Did Nikola Tesla conceive one of the first weapons of mass destruction and was he murdered for it? That’s the question the new TV series, “Tesla’s Death Ray: A Murder Declassified” tries to answer.
The series, which debuted Jan. 2, follows military investigator Jack Murphy and Tesla historian Cameron Prince as they travel the world looking for clues about Tesla’s innovations and potential missing research. This eventually leads the pair to Colorado Springs.
In the show’s second episode, which airs next week, Murphy and Prince focus on finding the exact location of Tesla’s Colorado Springs lab. They visit the Penrose Library downtown, the Union Printers Home, and Memorial Park. The duo find where they believe the site of Tesla’s lab was and even ask a local homeowner if they can investigate his backyard for clues.
Why all this sudden interest in Tesla? In 2016, the FBI declassified 250 documents that gave insight into Tesla’s final work and final days. According to the show, these documents reveal new information about a weapon Tesla conceived called the Death Ray and show world superpowers including the US, Soviet Union and Axis powers were all interested in it. The declassified FBI files lead Murphy and Prince to believe a full investigation is needed to determine what happened to Tesla.
I’ve watched the episode, and while its heavy on conspiracy theories and light on specific facts, I found it entertaining. The Colorado Springs episode of “Tesla’s Death Ray: A Murder Declassified” airs on the Discovery Channel at 8 p.m. on January 9.
Gazette media columnist Terry Terrones is a member of the Television Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. You can follow him on Twitter at @terryterrones.