Series Features Engineer Leading a Team Building and Test Firing Tesla’s Most Deadly Invention: The Death Ray
Did Nikola Tesla conceive one of the first weapons of mass destruction and was he murdered for it? The radio, cell phone, and alternating current electricity have all revolutionized the way humans live and they all have one very important person in common: Nikola Tesla. Tesla, often called the Man Who Invented the 20th Century, was the most famous and perhaps most dangerous mind of his time. In 1943, he was found dead in a hotel room, his safe cracked open, and his research missing. In 2016, the FBI declassified 250 documents that give fresh insight into Tesla’s final work and final days. These files 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 the weapon. The declassified FBI files lead many experts to believe a full investigation is needed to determine what happened to Nikola Tesla.
The all-new Discovery series TESLA w/t premieres Tuesday, January 2 at 10:00 pm ET/PT on Discovery and seeks to uncover information about the innovator’s life and inventions. On December 22, 2017, Discovery will air an all-new special highlighting the work of Tesla and his many contributions to communication and transportation technologies. The series will also air on Science Channel Monday nights beginning January 8th. All episodes will be available on Discovery Go.
In TESLA w/t, military investigator Jack Murphy and Tesla historian, Cameron Prince, journey around the globe hunting for information about his innovations and the research that may have gone missing from his safe. From Tesla’s last standing American laboratory in Shoreham, NY on Long Island to his first American lab in Colorado to Tesla’s homeland of Serbia, the team searches for missing documents and new data to understand Tesla’s Death Ray. Murphy and Prince interview a wide-range of people including a rare conversation with Tesla’s closest living relative. In Serbia, the team uncovers documents that will change how the world sees Tesla and this weapon. Deep in the Tesla archives, our team examines never-before-seen, hand-drawn sketches and calculations for the Death Ray — completed by Tesla himself.
While the team investigates, their findings are shared with engineer Aron Koscho who has assembled a team to build and test-fire a prototype of Tesla’s Death Ray. If Koscho can prove that constructing and activating this fatal weapon is plausible, it would provide a motive for murder. Tesla’s Death Ray could have swung the balance of power in World War II and the world’s superpowers would have been in a race to get the plans – or at least keep them out of the hands of their enemies.
TESLA w/t is produced for Discovery Channel by Sirens Media LLC. For Sirens Media, Executive Producers are Rebecca Toth Diefenbach, Valerie Haselton Drescher, Lucilla D’Agostino, Faith Gaskins, John Collin, Casey Dale, Chris Sgueglia and Kyle Terboss. For Discovery Channel, Chris Rantamaki is Senior Vice President of Production and Development, Joseph Schneier and Michael Gara are Executive Producers and Maryna Harrison is Producer.
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