Off the beat: Has the Glenn Miller mystery been solved?

July 8, 2014 

Glenn Miller

AP

The Glenn Miller mystery is getting a fresh look nearly 70 years after the beloved bandleader disappeared over the English Channel in 1944 on his way to play a concert for US troops in Paris—and a historian says newly discovered documents help explain what happened to him.

An episode of History Detectives Special Investigations airing on PBS examines his disappearance, as well as the conspiracy theories that say he failed in a plot to overthrow Hitler or died in a Paris brothel.

"This is a story about a guy who was in essence a rock star of his time—he was every bit as big as the Beatles or the Rolling Stones," one of the program's hosts said.

More on the Glenn Miller mystery here.

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