In 2009 the History Channel approached one of the foremost forensic archaeologists in the United States, UConn’s own Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni, to be the lead researcher in a documentary investigating the death of Adolph Hitler. Dr. Bellantoni agreed, joining the production team in Germany and Russia to examine and gather evidence. While in Europe he studied human bone fragments, read once-secret documents, and gathered soil and other samples for forensic analysis. Dr. Linda Strausbaugh and her team from UConn’s Center for Applied Genetics and Technology analyzed the biological samples for DNA evidence. What they discovered deepened the mystery of Hitler’s final moments and brought international attention to this multidisciplinary approach of forensic anthropology and forensic genetics at UConn. During the screening of this program, Bellantoni and Strausbaugh will offer intriguing behind-the-scenes commentary of the MysteryQuest production.
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