Dark Matters: Twisted But True

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Dark Matters: Twisted But True
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Science fiction
Written byAdam Rosenthal, Annalisa D'Innela
Narrated byJohn Noble
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes19
Executive producer(s)Dan Gold, Jasper James
Editor(s)Mark Gravil
Camera setupSingle camera
Running time40–48 minutes
Original networkScience Channel
Picture format1080i
Original releaseAugust 31, 2011 (2011-08-31) –
December 26, 2012 (2012-12-26)
Related showsWeird or What?
External links
Official Website

Dark Matters: Twisted But True was a television series featured on the Science Channel. Hosted by actor John Noble of Fringe and Lord of the Rings, the show takes the viewer inside the laboratory to profile strange science and expose some of history's most bizarre experiments. This show uses narration and reenactments to portray the stories in this show.[1] A new season of episodes, under the title Dark Matters: Extra Twisted, premiered on January 23, 2013. The episodes revisit previous stories with "deeper insight and new information."[2]


Season 1[edit]

# Title Original air date
1"The Philadelphia Experiment, Ape-Man Army, Zapped to Death"August 31, 2011 (2011-08-31)
The Philadelphia Experiment: In 1956 astronomer and UFOlogist Morris Jessup received an extraordinary letter. It claimed that during World War 2 the US Navy had experimented with invisibility and teleportation in a botched test on a destroyer, the USS Eldridge.
Ape-Man Army: Examines the work of Russian scientist Ilya Ivanov who tried to create a human-ape hybrid.
Zapped to Death: Examines Thomas Edison's role in the first execution by electricity.
2"I Have Einstein's Brain, Unidentified Flying Nazis, Killer Thoughts"September 7, 2011 (2011-09-07)
I Have Einstein's Brain: When Albert Einstein dies in 1955, the pathologist tasked with the autopsy steals his brain. Dr. Thomas Harvey promises he will unravel the mystery of where genius lies within its physical structure. In fact, he embarks on a bizarre 40 year odyssey accompanied by the brain, floating in a mayonnaise jar...
Unidentified Flying Nazis: A fireball streaks through the skies of Pennsylvania in 1965. Is it just a meteor? If so, why have the military cordoned off the area within hours? Could it be a UFO? The Air Force says, 'No'. Then a historian discovers some extraordinary evidence from the end of the Second World War. Could the fireball be evidence that the US got hold of an outlandish piece of Nazi anti-gravity technology?
Killer Thoughts: Could the Cold War have been won just by thinking about it? Both the Soviet Union and the United States spent millions trying to develop mind-weapons and extra-sensory espionage. While nuclear weapons were paraded in front of the world, behind the scenes there was a full blown psychic arms race going on.
3"Sexy Secret Agent, Full Body Transplant, Honey I Nuked the Planet"September 14, 2011 (2011-09-14)
Sexy Secret Agent: A woman undergoing hypnotherapy alleges that she has been secretly trained as an assassin for the CIA in a scenario reminiscent of the film, 'The Manchurian Candidate'.
Full Body Transplant: A doctor successfully transplants one primate's head to another primate's body. The only catch here is that he is unable to reconnect the spinal cord and the subjects all expire in less than a day.
Honey I Nuked the Planet: The Kennedy Administration detonates a 1.4 megaton hydrogen bomb at an altitude of 250 miles above the Earth. The resulting EMP or electromagnetic pulse knocks out all the television sets in Hawaii. Scientists also remain unable to study the Van Allen radiation belts for another ten years due to persistent interference from the temporary man-made radiation belt.
4"It's Alive!, Tripping with Uncle Sam, My Hand is Killing Me"September 21, 2011 (2011-09-21)
It's Alive!: Could we restore the dead to life? At the beginning of the 19th century, Italian scientist Giovanni Aldini suspected that electricity could be the God given vital force of life. He began with frogs' legs...but he ended up attempting to resurrect a human corpse. This is the true story that inspired Mary Shelley to write the classic horror story Frankenstein.
Tripping with Uncle Sam: Could madness be infectious? In the late 90's journalist Hank Albarelli tied an epidemic of insanity in a small French town to the apparent suicide of a top US government scientist. Combining his own government sources with a detailed analysis of declassified files he concluded that the town of Pont Saint Esprit in Southern France had been used as a test bed for a mind control experiment and that the scientist had been murdered to prevent him blowing the story.
My Hand is Killing Me: Are you alone in your head or could there be another, darker personality hidden away in your mind? In 1908 a German woman's left hand began attacking her. She became the first recorded case of a new condition: Alien Hand Syndrome. Experiments later revealed that when the two hemispheres of the brain become separated a new, often irrational personality can appear alongside the patient's original one. But does this only happen when the brain is split in two, or could it exist in all of us?
5"21 Grams, Missing Cosmonauts, Sound of Death"September 28, 2011 (2011-09-28)
A man attempts to prove that people are fundamentally different from animals by weighing their souls. Was Yuri Gagarin really the first man in space, or was he simply the first to survive space flight? A man explores the deadly effects of infrasound.
6"Jekyll vs Hyde, How to Make a Zombie, Radio Waves of Death"October 5, 2011 (2011-10-05)
Zombie research conducted by Wade Davis, experiments with chloroform and a deadly invention purportedly created by Nikola Tesla are discussed.

Season 2[edit]

# Title Original air date
1"Lindbergh: American Nazi?, Suicide Song, Living Organ Donor"July 14, 2012 (2012-07-14)
Stories about a song that might have caused people to commit suicide and a man with a hole in his body are featured in the Season 2 premiere. Also: A possible Nazi link to a famous American aviator, Charles Lindbergh, is discussed.
2"Resurrection Row, Operation Brainwash, Rabid Roulette"July 21, 2012 (2012-07-21)
Louis Pasteur's rabies vaccine, Ewen Cameron's experiments for the CIA and Robert E. Cornish's efforts to restore life to the dead are discussed.
3"Dr. Lobotomy, Voodoo Rx, Killed by Kindness"July 28, 2012 (2012-07-28)
Neurologist Egas Moniz's efforts to cure mental illness and research on altruism conducted by geneticist George Price are discussed plus, a man wonders if being kind is really just a genetic trait and can a doctor cure a man who was hexed by a voodoo man?
4"Amnesiac, Party Poopers, Risky Radiation"August 4, 2012 (2012-08-04)
A mishap with an atomic bomb is detailed and a doctor searches for a cure to a deadly disease. Also: Brain surgery that produced an amnesiac is discussed and Dr. Joseph Goldberger and his work on pellagra.
5"Positively Poisonous, Medusa's Heroin, Beauty and Brains"August 11, 2012 (2012-08-11)
Fritz Haber toys with technology. Contaminated heroin slows down addicts, the cure is dangerous and involves the use of brain cells. Did an actress foresee cell-phones and wi-fi?
6"Creative Evil, Curiosity Killed Dr. Katskee, Bat Bomb"August 18, 2012 (2012-08-18)
The Stanford experiment is detailed. Also: A dentist's plot to bomb Japan is discussed.
7"Tuskegee STD, Do You See What I See?, Cold War Cold Case"August 25, 2012 (2012-08-25)
An illegal experiment conducted by the U.S. government is detailed and a French scientist sees a new form of ray that no one else can see. Also: A case involving nine skiers who were found dead with strange injuries is examined.
8"Agent Orange, Ben Franklin: Fraud Slayer?, Price of Beauty"November 21, 2012 (2012-11-21)
A chemical that speeds up the flowering process of soybeans and was used as a weapon during the Vietnam War is examined. Also: the origins of hypnotism plus: a deadly beauty treatment using x-rays.
9"Unabomber, Get the Lead Out, Salvation by Starvation"November 28, 2012 (2012-11-28)
Examining a psychological experiment that Ted Kaczynski (aka the Unabomber) underwent during his teenage years. Also: leaded-gasoline poisonings; a look at Russian scientists who protected their work from the Nazis during World War II.
10"Human Puppets, Cadavers for Cash, Einstein's Revenge"December 5, 2012 (2012-12-05)
Jose Delgado begins to discover how to electronically control the mind. A doctor at the University of Edinburgh doesn't ask any questions when two men begin supplying him with fresh human cadavers.Scientist Phillip Lenard leads a vendetta against Albert Einstein.
11"Pavlov's Children, Alien Rain, Glow Girls"December 12, 2012 (2012-12-12)
Ivan Pavlov's experiments are performed on orphans; red rain that appears to contain biological cells falls in India; a glow-in-the-dark paint used during World War I contains a deadly ingredient.
12"Instrument of Espionage, Stutter Study, 'Roid Rage"December 19, 2012 (2012-12-19)
A look at a piece of spy technology created by Russian inventor Leon Theremin. Also: a stuttering experiment conducted on orphans; the first use of anabolic steroids in American sports.
13"Magickal Jet Propulsion, Missing Link Mystery, Typhoid Mary"December 26, 2012 (2012-12-26)
A combination of sorcery and rocket science; a skull found in 1912 that provided clues to human evolution; the story of Mary Mallon, aka Typhoid Mary, who was the first known asymptomatic carrier of typhoid fever.


  1. ^ Science Channel Home Page Retrieved 2012-02-20.
  2. ^ Dark Matters: Twisted But True TV Schedule Retrieved 2013-01-23.

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