BRAZIL: Skull & Bones

In the early summer of 1925, Colonel Percy Fawcett, his son Jack and another English explorer named Raleigh Rimell jumped off into the jungles of Brazil's Matto Grosso, to look for the ruins of a lost civilization. Somewhere beyond the Rio das Mortes (River of Deaths) the party vanished, never to be heard from again.

Colonel Fawcett's fate swiftly became one of the celebrated mysteries of modern times. Sunday-supplement editors printed endless accounts of travelers who claimed to have seen or heard of Fawcett alive in the Amazonian wilds. Most experts felt sure that he was dead, probably murdered by...

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