An upcoming Science Channel series will explore the suspicious deaths of scientific geniuses.
Deadly Intelligence (8 x 60 minutes) will take a closer look at the circumstances surrounding the fatalities to determine if the deaths of these geniuses were unfortunate mishaps, or if they were perhaps murdered for knowing too much.
The premiere episode will examine the death of Frank Olson (pictured) — a CIA-employed biological warfare scientist who died after falling out of the window of a New York City hotel. While reports note that Olson jumped, his family believes he was murdered after having developed misgivings about his work, leading the CIA to kill him.
Other mysteries explored in the season will include the deaths of Nikola Tesla (pictured), Gerald Bull, Jack Parsons and Shane Todd.
“It’s said that knowledge is power, but in these compelling stories, knowledge is also tightly intertwined with mystery, conspiracy and perhaps even murder,” said Caroline Perez, VP development and production for Science Channel, in a statement. “Innovative scientists have always run the risk of creating or discovering something so dangerous – or valuable – that others would kill for it.”
Deadly Intelligence is produced for Science Channel by Beyond Productions. For Beyond Productions, Martyn Ives serves as executive producer and Nick Long is series producer. For Science Channel, Lindsey Foster Blumberg is supervising producer.
The series premieres April 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.