An FBI cold case, kept secret for over 70 years sends an international team of world renown investigators on the ultimate manhunt in search of justice and to finally answer the question: Did Adolf Hitler survive WWII? In early 2014, the FBI declassified hundreds of pages of top secret documents proving that top officials in the U.S. Government not only believed that Hitler escaped Germany, but were also secretly spending millions of dollars trying to track him down. A memo from J. Edgar Hoover himself states: "American Army officials in Germany have not located Hitler's body nor is there any reliable source that will say definitely that Hitler is dead." With these newly released FBI files as their guide, the team will approach this investigation in the hopes of solving the mystery surrounding the demise of one of the biggest criminals of all time. Whether they are investigating a mysterious Nazi lair deep in the Argentinian jungle or diving for evidence of a missing U-Boat that could of shuttled Hitler to South America, our team will focus on the tried and tested tactics for solving a fraudulent death case: follow the money, where was the subject last seen, eyewitness reports, make contact with known associates, and forensics. Armed with new clues and cutting edge technology, this crack team of investigators will uncover what Hitler's movements could have been after the fall of the Nazi Empire.
A 21-Year CIA veteran, Bob Baer is one of America’s most elite intelligence case officers. Bob spent the majority of his career on the front edge of international espionage, counter-intelligence and information gathering. From decoding and intercepting illicit weapons trades between countries to tracking some of the most elusive and high profile terrorists, Bob has seen and done it all and is driven by the quest to know the truth regardless of the consequences.
Bringing his expertise to this case, Bob will expertly sift through the thousands of international declassified documents to focus the field team on the most crucial and actionable intelligence. Bob has lead international teams of intelligence officers, informants and officials across nations and through dangerous wartime situations from the moment of an intercepted message to the grave of bringing criminals to justice.
Bob has long held reservations and doubts about the reports of Hitler’s demise and today wants to apply the same techniques of truth testing he used on the fields of Iraq to the historical records of Hitler’s possible escape.
Baer brings with him an extensive Rolodex of contacts, from forensics experts to the most coveted on the ground investigators. No matter the challenges this case throws at him, the answer is only a phone call away.
Senior professor of criminal justice, Dr. John Cencich, is a legal scientist and career law enforcement professional who specialises, experientially and from criminological perspectives, in international crime and security.
Formerly a senior UN war crimes investigator based in The Hague, John led a team of some of the world’s top police investigators through one of the largest international criminal investigations in history. Taking them into war zones and across the globe, their efforts resulted in the indictment of then Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic and the naming of 15 major co-perpetrators in a joint criminal enterprise, including high-ranking military, political, police, state security, and organised crime leaders. Cencich’s team was among the first in history to bring a sitting head-of-state to stand trial on war crimes and crimes against humanity.
One of the unique qualities John brings to this investigation is the knowledge of how to build investigations of national and international scope due to his unsurpassed ability to analyse, collate and corroborate circumstantial evidence to bring about concrete, testable results; one of the most important elements in a 70-year-old cold case like this. Adding to his investigative leadership capabilities is Cencich’s unprecedented access to intelligence and law enforcement agencies, forensic scientists, and prosecutors around the world.
Gerrard Williams is an esteemed international journalist and Historian with a career span of over thirty years.
His resume includes Duty Editor for Reuters, as well as the BBC and Sky News. Williams’ groundbreaking reporting has taken him to the front lines of the fall of the Soviet Union, the Rwandan Genocide, the 2004 tsunami in Thailand and the US occupation of Iraq among many other international stories. Ten years ago, while reporting in Argentina, Williams came across evidence in a local archive that changed the way he looked at historical reporting. That lead was to the existence of Nazi war criminals, including Adolf Hitler, using clandestine international routes to flee defeated Germany for safe haven in Argentina and other South American countries.
The outcome of William’s mission through these archives, eyewitness reports, and local history was the book, Grey Wolf: The Escape of Adolf Hitler. Despite the rigour in his journalism and adherence to facts and evidence, the international community has largely ignored Williams. Today, with the release of the classified FBI and OSS documents, his work is finally getting the credit and respect it deserves.
Williams has taken over a dozen trips to Argentina and visited locations like Hotel Eden, Bariloche, and the Inalco House years before the FBI files pointed squarely to them. Williams believes that where he lacked the finances and technology to dig deep enough, this team won’t be held back in the same way. Despite the newly released intelligence material, Williams understands how sensitive ￼￼the subject is to discuss and unfathomable it is to comprehend, but stands by his work and welcomes a spirited debated revolving around the facts.
From a death claims standpoint, Steven Rambam believes Williams is an invaluable asset to the team. Williams has spent over a decade laser focused on the facts surrounding this investigation and has access to a legion of declassified information, buried contemporaneous BBC reports, and knows everything about the Nazi movements, motives, and capabilities of the time. As a journalist, his devotion to facts provides the precise framework that Rambam demands to make this investigation the most in-depth and revealing the world has ever seen.
Lenny DePaul has spent over three decades pursued the most violent criminals, terrorists and drug runners as the head of the largest fugitive tracking force in the entire world. Last year, he stepped down as Chief Inspector and Commander of the US Marshall Fugitive Task Force, where DePaul oversaw over 380 fulltime investigators from over 90 Federal, State, and Local agencies.
Under his watch, the Task Force was averaging over 100 fugitive arrests per week and answered only to the US Congress. Before leading the US Marshall Fugitive Task Force, DePaul spent five years in the US Navy and another five protecting high value targets for the United States Secret Service.
DePaul has always be drawn to the tools and tactics necessary to be a successful 'man hunter' and lives by the Ernest Hemingway quote that "There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter."
Due to the many successes of his man hunting team, DePaul was often called in to locate some of the most notable fugitives when all other agencies had failed. Whether it was the Boston Bomber or the DC Sniper, DePaul’s ability to uncover the trail of a fugitive that no one else has been able to is one of the reasons he is one of the most respected man hunters in the entire world.
Rambam is one of the world’s foremost death claims investigators with offices and affiliates around the world. He and his investigators have successfully closed more than 10,000 high-profile cases.
Specialties ranging from homicide and missing persons to sophisticated financial and insurance fraud. Rambam is perhaps best publicly known for his pro bono activities to track and locate 170 Nazi collaborators and war criminals in the USA, Canada, Europe and Australia.
He has also coordinated efforts to expose terrorist groups' fundraising activities in the United States and has conducted investigations, which resulted in the tightening of airport security in eight U.S. cities.
I’m not going to be modest about it. I’ve been doing this for 30 years... I teach it. I teach at Quantico. This case is a death claims case on steroids. There’s more than one foreign country. The person that we’re looking for had fairly unlimited resources. He had a group of fanatical people that would have been helping him and enormous support from the local governments.
No real investigative team has looked at Hitler since 1947. Addressing this case in this manner, as a death claim investigation, really allows intelligent focusing on the best way to pursue this guy.
In all these investigations, there are choke points. Money. Transportation. Local support. There are things that have to be overcome for a guy to really disappear. This is a new approach that I’m amazed nobody has thought to take before.
I do a lot of historical investigations and very, very cold cases. Sometimes the more time that passes, the better. The great investigator will check all the boxes.
Tim Kennedy is a Sergeant First Class with the 7th Special Forces Group of the US Army and is still part of the most elite section of the Special Forces.
Kennedy is essential to this death claim’s investigation due to his direct work in the Middle East after 9/11. Kennedy and his team were on the ground actively tracking the movements and eventual capture of al-Qaeda head Zarqawi and Bin Laden, giving him first-hand knowledge into the type of actions high-value targets utilise when attempting to evade capture.
Kennedy is currently part of the “Special Forces Detachment Unit” which pools the most elite military minds from the Army, Navy, and Air Force Special Forces to create an unparalleled intelligence and tracking force. In a death claim’s investigation, this high-level military thinking is key to determine the feasible actions and movements of an individual with the resources our subject had at his disposal.
In addition to his work in the Middle East, South America was Kennedy’s area of focus with the Special Forces and spent many months on the ground in Argentina. Among Kennedy’s multiple awards is the U.S Army’s Bronze Star Medal awarded for his valour under fire.
Kennedy has extensive experience using technology such as ground penetrating radar to gather Intel during the tracking of a subject.
Pressure testing the FBI files the team starts the investigation in the small farming town of Charata, Argentina. Following leads embedded in the declassified files the investigation uncovers a school that was once part of the Nazi Youth movement as well as a prominent Nazi Carlos Buck who lived in the area.
Furthering the investigation they also uncover a fortified storage facility with characteristics matching that of a military bunker in the area the FBI files place Hitler and a mysterious under anomaly on Carlos Buck’s property.
Following a declassified FBI file that connects Charata to the jungles of Misiones, Tim scours the location of a recently discovered and self-sufficient Nazi compound on the border of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.
Lenny DePaul digs into an exclusive database of eyewitness testimony from Hitler’s inner circle and determines that, contrary to popular belief, there were no eyewitnesses or positive identification of Hitler’s suicide or body in the bunker.
After determining that Hitler could have faked his own death, Lenny uncovers a mass Nazi exodus from Templehof airport the day after Hitler was last seen in public, and one of the planes had Hitler’s personal baggage on it.
In order to determine how Hitler could have arrived in South America, the team follows and FBI file to the Valdez Peninsula.
The team investigates General Franco’s summer palace as a possible landing strip for Hitler’s plane.
With all the evidence pointing to a sunken sub in the area of Caleta de Loros, the team uses state of the art sonar and deep sea metal detecting to try and locate a U-boat off the coast that could have transported Hitler to South America.
Lenny DePaul and Gerrard Williams discover the presence of escaping Nazi soldiers at the Samos Monastery, as well as an eyewitness placing Hitler at the same monastery.
The team dives on the metal objects detected earlier in their search in the hopes of rewriting a new chapter in history.
Based on FBI files on Hitler’s health it is determined that the Fuhrer could not have made the long journey from Spain to South America in one nonstop trip. They decide the Canary Islands as the most logical stopping place.
Lenny DePaul and Gerrard Williams uncover a documented Nazi presence on the island of as well as an enormous underground naval and U-boat base connected to the Nazi military, previously unknown to the public.
Following declassified FBI files that link Hitler’s U-boat unloading site to a massive German owned estate in the Southern Andes, the team uncovers the town of Bariloche and the Inalco House, where Hitler could have stayed.
Using network and financial analysis the team descends on Hotel Eden, a compound owned by two known and documented Nazi supporters, where an eyewitness claims to have seen Hitler, months after his death.
In the climax of the investigation, the head of the team leads a search of two marshes in the heart of Bogota that are listed in the declassified FBI files as being the location of a submerged plane that transported Hitler to the area.
Using historical maps and cutting edge technology the team corroborates information from the FBI file and finds evidence of a suspicious object buried deep in the mud of a marsh matching the description within the files, which could be a plane!
The Compound - Episode 2
Bob and John's dual investigation continues in Europe and Argentina. While investigating makeshift runways as an escape from Berlin by air, the team finds reason to believe Hitler would have had a stopping point on the way to Spain. Following files that place Hitler in Denmark after the war, Lenny and James Holland head to Denmark, where they investigate an airstrip and a massive bunker system and meet with local experts to uncover Hitler's possible escape route. Still deep in the jungles of Misiones, Argentina, Tim and Alasdair unearth clue after clue that could make this area a Nazi militarized compound. Terraced structures, man-made walls and defensible outposts all point to a heavily guarded area--perfectly set up to protect a high value Nazi target.
The Hunt Continues - Episode 1
Bob Baer and John Cencich return with new experts and new technology to examine Hitler's possible escape from every angle. Armed with 14,000 declassified files from international intelligence agencies, the team opens new lines of inquiry in their investigation that spans thousands of miles. They return to Berlin, where Lenny DePaul and Sascha Keil discover an unknown fifth exit from Hitler's Fuhrerbunker. Knowing that Hitler had access to another way out of the bunker, they begin investigating areas that could have served as a makeshift runway out of Berlin. Meanwhile, Tim Kennedy and Alasdair Brooks, historical archaeologist, reunite with Daniel Schavelzon at the mysterious Nazi lair in Misiones, Argentina. They discover a new building that could be more than just a hideout--it could be a military compound!