Benjamin Franklin is considered to be one of the most revered figures in America’s rich history. He is one of the nation’s founders. He is also considered one of the nation’s great philosophers. He is also thought of as one of the country’s great inventors among many other titles. But is it possible that there was a darker, more sinister side to Benjamin Franklin? Or could it have been someone else? The unearthing of twenty-eight sets of human bones from Franklin’s residence in December 1997 has left many wondering these questions. That’s because another man named William Hewson lived at Craven Street. Hewson had his own intriguing background, which left even more questions.
Now PBS is “digging deeper” into the mystery of the remains in a new episode of its history-based series Secrets of The Dead titled Secrets of the Dead: Ben Franklin’s Bones. PBS Distribution will release Secrets of the Dead: Ben Franklin’s Bones on DVD on Tuesday, March 17th. It will retail for $24.99. The program focuses on the discovery of the bones during renovations done on Franklin’s residence in December 1997 and their potential link to both Franklin and the mysterious William Hewson. The renovations were part of a project to turn the residence into the Benjamin Franklin Museum. When examined, the bones dated back to the mid-1700s, right around the time that Franklin would have lied at the residence on 36 Craven Street. The findings were made by Professor Simon Hillson, of the University College London. Hillson is a specialist in the biology and history of human remains.
Secrets of the Dead: Ben Franklin’s Bones runs approximately sixty minutes. It can be ordered direct online via PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=57131096&cp=&sr=1&kw=secrets+of+the+dead&origkw=Secrets+of+the+Dead&parentPage=search. Audiences can check out a clip from this episode of Secrets of the Dead online now via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pkQeQJU9eU.
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