Who Killed Tutankhamun?
Atlantic Productions for
the Discovery Channel, first
aired October 6, 2002.
In a tale of religious revolution and political intrigue this documentary
brings the tools of modern homicide investigation to one of the greatest
riddles of the ancient world. Two former FBI detectives reopen the casebook
on the murder of Tutankhamun, tracking down his killer in a compelling
murder mystery. Featured in Time Magazine and on the cover of The Sunday
Times Magazine. BAFTA nominated in 2003. The 90-minute screening outperformed
five's normal feature film rating.
Narrator: They're assisted by one of the world's leading
forensic psychiatrists, Dr. Harold Bursztajn.
Bursztajn: To begin to understand Tutankhamun, we need
to understand that he was the son of a powerful, revolutionary leader,
of a dictator. He was the son of a Joseph Stalin, of an Adolph Hitler.
Bursztajn: When, at the age of 9, Tutankhamun is made
king, clearly someone has made him king, or some group has made him king
for their own purposes.
Narrator: Upon the death of Tut's father, Ay became
the boy king's protector.
Bursztajn: Why would someone who was a surrogate father
in some sense, turn around and destroy his own creation? Being Tut's
protector had given Ay a taste of power.
Ankhesanamun: Had I a son, would I have written about
my own and my country's shame to a foreign land? Never shall I take a
servant of mine and make him my husband.
Bursztajn: She reaches out as far away as she can, to
a traditional enemy. What does this tell us?
Narrator: The detectives' psychological expert also
believes that the evidence points to Ay.
Bursztajn: The three elements which come together to
point to Ay being the Murderer are that Ay had the motive, wishing to
maintain power; he had the opportunity, he was so close to Tut; and he
had the means, he had the power at the court to be able to put his plans
Bursztajn: It's a reasonable inference that Tutankhamun
was murdered, and that he was murdered by Ay.
Bursztajn: From what we know about Ay, he's not above
forcing King Tut's wife into marrying him. And then, lo and behold, she
disappears from history as much as Tut was expunged from history. It's
likely that she was murdered by him once she served to legitimize his