In Search Of… (1979): S03E18 – Angel of Death


In Search of… is an American television series that was broadcast weekly from 1977 to 1982, devoted to mysterious phenomena.

The series was revived with host Mitch Pileggi in 2002 and again in 2018 with Zachary Quinto. The original series was shown in Australia in the 1980s under the title Great Mysteries of the World with each episode having an introduction and conclusion presented by television presenter Scott Lambert.


Angel of Death: Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal tracks infamous war criminal Josef Mengele to his hiding place in Paraguay.

Mengele is believed to have died only six days after this episode was broadcast, having drowned as a result of a stroke while swimming. At the time of his death, his identity was not widely known.

Years after this instalment was initially transmitted, Mengele’s remains were found and identified; he proved to have had to eke out a bare existence as a farm worker, and his punishment for his war crimes was to have lived out the rest of his days in both comparative obscurity and the fear of eventual discovery.

In Search Of… Series

You can find a full index and overview of In Search Of… here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 01 February 1979.
  • Rating: Not Rated.
  • Running Time: 30 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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