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Documentary about the case of Marianne McLaughlin, the victim of a hit and run in a Boston parking garage. Marianne recovered, but the culprit or culprits were never found. To police, it didn't look like a random accident, and they always came back to the victim's husband, Joseph McLaughlin, a succe
As technology evolves, UFOs are observed at increasing rates. The program travels to the hot spots of the UFO sighting world, including San Luis Valley, Colorado, where hundreds of sightings have taken place, and southern Arizona, considered "UFO alley." The program also combs through the historical
Documentary about the case of Cameron Hooker and his wife Janice, who were accused of holding Colleen Stan captive for seven years, often inside a coffin-like box under the couple's waterbed. In 1977, 20-year-old co-ed Collen Stan left school to hitchhike from Oregon to Los Angeles. She accepted a r
On September 11, 2001, four commercial jetliners were hijacked by Islamic militants and used as weapons of war. The program examines what went wrong with airline security and what is being done to prevent this from happening again.
Profile of mother-and-son con team and murderers, Sante and Kenneth Kimes.
Documentary about William Heirens, also known as "the lipstick killer." The serial killing of two women and a 6-year-old girl was the crime of the century in post-war Chicago, and the biggest story of 1946. Banner headlines welcomed Heirens's capture and every new development. The papers praised his
Documentary that examines the life of the Egyptian-born chemist who brutally raped women wherever he took up residence -- West Palm Beach and Gainsville, Florida, to Midland, Texas, and Juarez, Mexico. Sharif Sharif's skills as a chemist brought him the full backing of his companies that were willin
On a hot July night in 1984, an intruder broke into Jennifer Thompson's apartment, held a knife to her throat and brutally raped her. Thompson stayed calm during the attack and tried to memorize the rapist's face. Two days later, she identified Ronald Cotton, a black man with a former conviction of
Documentary that examines the 1984 case of alleged sexual abuse at Fells Acres day care center in Malden, Massachusetts. Investigators were convinced that sexual abuse had taken place and children who denied that anything had occurred were labeled "not ready to disclose."
Documentary about mother-and-son con artists, Sante and Kenneth Kimes.
Profile of chocolate-chip cookie entrepreneur Wally Amos.
Leroy "B.J." Brown, Jr. became a key homicide witness at age seven and a homicide victim at age eight. The program recalls the murder of the boy and his mother in their home in Bridgeport, Connecticut. B.J. was shot in the head as he cried for his mother, Karen, who had just been gunned down a few f
Profile of union activist Karen Silkwood, who died in a car crash while she was delivering documents about the nuclear power industry.
Profile of the Genovese crime family.
The real-life story on which the hit movie "Erin Brockovich," starring Julia Roberts, is based. In 1987, the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) told the townspeople of Hinkley, California, that chromium had been found in the drinking water. When PG&E began buying up homes and property near the
In 1988, Ronald Reagan signed the Anti-Drug Abuse Act, a law stipulating that drug dealers who ordered killings could face the death penalty. The first person to be convicted and sentenced to death under this law was not an inner-city crack dealer or a mafia don, it was David Ronald Chandler, a mari
Examination of the 1998 murder of 21-year-old gay college student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. He was robbed, beaten and left to die by two small-time criminals, Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson, whose trials became a national forum for supporters and opponents of gay rights.
A report on the problem of unstable viewers stalking television news personalities. In the past ten years, hundreds of newscasters have faced the unwanted and sometimes menacing advances of viewers.
On the afternoon of September 17, 1998, 55-year-old casino millionaire Lonnie "Ted" Binion lay dead on the floor of the den in his Las Vegas home of an apparent drug overdose. A 911 call was placed from his live-in girlfriend, Sandy Murphy, a former topless dancer in a Las Vegas club. Less than 48 h
Profile of Mario Puzo, author of "The Godfather."
On one night in 1973, two attendants at gas stations miles apart were brutally murdered with shotgun blasts to their heads. Seventeen-year-old Michael Pardue was known as a troubled teenager with a police record and was questioned for several days about the murders. While he was being questioned, an
There is much speculation regarding Jack Ruby's motive for killing Lee Harvey Oswald. For nearly 25 years, Ruby's heirs and the executor of his estate have fought over the murder weapon. Why is this weapon so controversial and why has it been such a hot item sought after by collectors?
Peter Falk returns as Lieutenant Columbo in the series of ongoing "Columbo" television movies. A man plots the murder of his nephew, after discovering that the nephew has a winning $30 million lottery ticket.
Documentary about counterfeiting, from the earliest known counterfeits of ancient Greece, to the latest in anti-counterfeiting technology. The program examines how fake money has been used as a potent weapon of war; details some of the boldest counterfeiting stories in history; and explores the tech
Profile of fitness guru Richard Simmons.
Documentary about the 1995 disappearance of the country's most famous atheist, Madalyn Murray O'Hair, her son, Jon Murray, and Madalyn's granddaughter, Robin. After two and a half years, a former American Atheists office manager and two ex-con friends were linked to the disappearance. As part of a p
Profile of Henry Hill, a man who was on the inside of the Mafia for more than two decades. His story has been depicted in a novel and in the movie "Goodfellas."
A retrospective of Yo-Yo Ma's performances that incorporates personal material, home videos and performance films, complemented by an interview with the cellist in which he describes the musical relevance of each piece and his emotional connection to it.
Documentary that examines the case of the man some believe is one of the last casualties of the Vietnam War. For 28 years, his "Wanted" poster described him as "armed and dangerous," but when authorities finally caught up with one-time student radical, Howard Mechanic, he was running a health food b
In 1973, 51-year-old Barbara Gibbons of Falls Village, Connecticut, was killed in a brutal attack in her home. She suffered stab wounds and broken bones. She was also sexually mutilated. Police immediately focused their investigation on the victim's 18-year-old son Peter Reilly. Peter told police h
On May 22, 1960, a massive 9.5 earthquake -- the highest ever measured -- devastated the entire southern region of Chile. The quake triggered tsunamis that struck as far away as Japan and Hawaii, causing a volcano to erupt and massive landslides. Nearly 7000 were killed.
Retelling of the 1972 Joseph Wambaugh book and the 1979 movie ("The Onion Field"). On March 9, 1963, two Los Angeles plainclothes police officers were kidnapped during a routine traffic stop. They were driven to a remote onion field in Bakersfield, California, where one of the cops was executed. The
In June 1988, in the small central Florida town of Alturas, the Carr family received a note in the mail which read: "You and all your so-called family have two weeks to move out of Florida forever or else you all die. This is no joke." Four months after the note arrived, Peggy Carr, a 41-year-old wa
On Friday, January 28, 1977, snowbound Buffalo was hit with a six-day blizzard that left up to 40 inches of snow in some places. The city was paralyzed, trapping motorists and making it impossible for firefighters and rescue crews to get through. Twenty-nine people died and 300 million dollars in da
Documentary that examines the case of Louise Woodward, a British babysitter arrested for the death of the baby in her care. On February 4, 1997, in the quiet Boston suburb of Newton, Massachusetts, police received a frantic 911 call from the 18-year-old live-in sitter when baby Matthew Eappen stoppe
Documentary that examines the case of Nathaniel Abraham. On October 29, 1997, a sniper opened fire in a parking lot in Pontiac, Michigan. One bullet to the head killed 18-year-old Ronnie Greene. Police received a tip about the identity of the killer and officers were dispatched to a local public sch
During the summer of 1944, a fire erupted inside the canvas tent during a Ringling Brothers circus show in Hartford, Connecticut, killing 168 people and injuring 550. Unbeknownest to the crowd, the tent had been waterproofed with a highly flammable mixture of parafin wax and gasoline. The disaster w
On February 1, 1953, the North Sea spilled over the dikes along Holland's southwest coast. Over 1,800 people drowned and 47,000 homes were destroyed. It was Holland's worst flood disaster. Four years later, the government began the Delta Project, a vast engineering undertaking that has given the inh
Profile of television personality Ed McMahon.
Documentary about how immense wealth can change the outcome of a trial. On August 2, 1976, gunshots ripped through an exclusive Fort Worth mansion, killing two people, including a 12-year-old girl. Survivors and eyewitnesses told the same story: Cullen Davis, a well-known Texan millionaire, invaded
On August 8, 2000, the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley was lifted off of the ocean floor after 136 years and returned to Charleston, South Carolina. The raising of the Hunley was the culmination of decades of searching for the lost sub, and the beginning of solving the mystery behind its watery de
Documentary that recounts how 7-year-old Jaclyn Dowaliby was discovered missing from her home on September 9, 1988. An extensive search uncovered her body five days later. All leads pointed to Jaclyn's parents, David and Cynthia Dowaliby, who had called in her disappearance to the police.
Documentary about three brutal murders and the controversial landmark court ruling they generated. On March 3, 1992, an intruder broke into a quiet suburban home in Silver Springs, Maryland, and murdered a mother, her crippled child and his nurse. The victims' family pointed to the ex-husband, who w
Documentary about the August 1990 serial killings of five students at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Documentary that examines the trials of 44-year-old Tom Bonney of Chesapeake, Virginia, accused of murdering his 19-year-old daughter, Kathy Bonney. On November 22, 1987, a motorist spotted a nude body on the edge of a canal bank. It was Kathy Bonney and she had been shot 27 times. Her father, Tom,
Documentary about Dr. Michael Swango, currently serving a three and a half year sentence in a Colorado prison on a fraud charge. The FBI is racing against time to collect enough evidence to bring murder charges against him before his release on July 15, 2000. Despite suspicious behavior in medical s
Documentary about some of the major hurricanes of the 20th century.
Documentary about bounty hunters, hired guns out to capture fugitives and bring them back any way they can.
Profile of Jimmy Hoffa, the controversial man responsible for organizing the country's most powerful union -- the Teamsters. Hoffa used his power to make his workers' lives better, to increase their wages and improve their standards of living. His methods, however, were questionable. He had close ti
A look at security on the Internet. The program visits hackers who know how to exploit software weaknesses; a hacker convicted of cybercrime; a victim of Internet credit card fraud; the national Infrastructure Protection Center, housed at the FBI in Washington DC; and the military's Joint Task Force
Documentary about the murder of 6-year-old Lisa Steinberg. In 1987, New York City police were called to a posh Greenwich Village address. They came upon a 16-month-old boy sitting in his own waste, tethered to a playpen. His sister Lisa lay naked and unconscious. When she was taken to the hospital,
Documentary about the most famous diamond in the world: the Hope Diamond. Many believe that bad luck comes to all who own the diamond. Owners have included King Louis XVI and Washington socialite Evalyn Walsh McLean.
A documentary about Chicago, a city cut from wilderness prairie, raised out of mud, and rebuilt out of the ashes of the Great Fire. Chicago's history echoes the emergence of modern America. The program features the Chicago River, the North Side, the downtown area known as the Loop, the West Side, th
Documentary that tells the story of Barbara Stager -- a woman convicted of murdering two husbands.
Documentary about the flooding of Florence, Italy, by the Arno River on November 4, 1966. While the race to save lives was in full swing, others were battling to save masterpieces of the Renaissance -- creating a conflict that would test the resources and determination of Florence.
People who have survived being buried alive tell their stories.
A look at the case of Rolando Cruz and Alex Hernandez, who were sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a young girl -- a crime they did not commit.
Examines the 1977 disappearance of Helen Vorhees Brach, heiress to a candy fortune of over $20 million.
Documentary that examines the as yet unsolved 1975 homicide of 15-year-old Martha Moxley in Greenwich, Connecticut. The two prime suspects are members of the prestigious and controversial family, the Kennedys.
Examines pyramids built throughout the world, from pyramids beneath the surface of Rock Lake in Wisconsin, to the ancient ruins in Mexico and the pyramids of Egypt.
A look at alien encounters involving American celebrities.
Examines the phenomenon of mediums and channelers including the tale of psychic James Van Praagh.
Documentary about the natural phenomenon of landslides.
Documents the case of the Han twins, twins with a mutually destructive relationship. On November 6, 1996 in Irvine, California, Sunny Han was in her bathroom when she heard her roommate, Helen Kim scream. Sunny quickly dialed 911. Moments later, a young man burst in on her, held a gun to her head an
Lawyer/author Alan Dershowitz leads viewers through three "strange defenses," commenting on their dangers, the reasons why they work and the harm they can cause.
Documentary about the case of Robert Diaz, a hospital worker accused of killing 12 patients by giving them an overdose of the common heart-regulating drug lidocaine. Diaz is on San Quentin's death row for his crimes, but maintains his innocence. New evidence may lead to a new trial.
Documentary that tells the story of Leah Bundy, who was convicted of drug possession and sentenced to 15 years to life in prison despite evidence that pointed to her innocence. Bundy's co-defendant in the case was represented by William Kunstler, whose defense was inept, paving the way for both defe
A look at men and women who are able to push their bodies to do things that would be infeasable for the average person. The program travels to the top of the world to witness a solo summit of Mt. Everest in record-breaking time, without using supplemental oxygen; journeys across the country with a m
Documentary special that reveals little-known stories of the last 1000 years based on The New York Times Magazine's millennium series of six special issues published in 1999. The program includes the stories of La Malinche, a slave woman who became the interpreter and lover of Spanish explorer Herna
Profile of Eppie Lederer, also known as advice columnist Ann Landers.
Documentary about earthquakes in the United States during the 20th century: San Francisco in 1906 and 1989; Alaska in 1964; and Los Angeles in 1994.
Biography about Richard Speck, a man convicted of killing eight nurses in 1966.
Examines the case of Thomas Capano, a powerful, wealthy and well-connected former prosecutor in Wilmington, Delaware, who, on March 16, 1999, was convicted of the murder of his ex-lover, Anne Marie Fahey, a thirty-year-old scheduling secretary for Delaware's governor.
Profile of mafia chieftan Joe Bonnano.
Profile of Melvin Purvis, a FBI agent who helped end the careers of John Dillinger, Pretty Boy Floyd and Baby Face Nelson.
Documentary about the murder of Adrianne Jones by David Graham and Diane Zamora, two young lovers from Texas who aspired to careers in the military.
Biography of talk show host Jenny Jones.
A look at Larry Flynt, a pornographer who challenged America's definition of free speech.
Documentary that examines the three deadliest nightclub fires in U.S. history. On December 30, 1903, 602 people died when a backstage fire ripped through the Iroquois Theater in Chicago. On November 28, 1942, a fire in the Coconut Grove nightclub in Boston trapped and killed 492 patrons. On March 25
A look at the power and influence of love and how the desire to save a loved one can become stronger than one's own will to live.
Documentary that explores two cases in which defendants received death penalties and spent many years in prison, but were later acquitted. In October 1967, the seven children of James and Annie Mae Richardson were murdered. James Richardson, a poor African-American farmer living in rural Florida was
Documents the case of Ken Arrasmith, a father who shot and killed Ron and Luella Bingham after the couple was accused of raping his teenage daughter, Cynthia.
Three stories of alternative healers who say they help the body heal itself through the use of herbs to the transference of healing energy.
Examines the growing number of homicide victims murdered by members of their own families. Cases include the Freeman brothers, Jeffrey Howorth and Lizzie Borden.
Documentary about the 1991 murder of Laurie Shaw. On the night of December 20, 1991, 16-year-old Laurie Shaw's mother found her lying in a pool of blood with a rope around her neck. Under the rope, a gaping wound spanned from ear to ear. Laurie's last words, "Michelle did it," led to the arrest of L
Examines the events that spawned two trials and a plea bargain in the mysterious death of Julie Post. On the morning of June 4, 1986, Edward Post claims he drew a bath in a hotel room for his wife and then went out for his morning jog. Upon returning to the hotel, Post found his wife unconscious in
Profile of Allan Pinkerton, a innovator at fighting crime. Until the advent of the FBI in 1908, the Pinkerton National Detective Agency was America's de facto national police force.
Documentary that examines the disasters brought about by fog. During the 20th century, ships, trains and planes have all been lured into lethal collisions in the mist. Among the most famous, the Air Force B-25 Bomber that slammed into the Empire State Building; the collision of the Andrea Doria and
Profile of Monty Hall, host and co-creator of the game show "Let's Make a Deal."
Documentary that looks at the 1993 murder of 20-year-old Bobby Kent by seven of his friends, including his best friend of thirteen years, Marty Puccio, and Bobby's ex-girlfriend. In their confessions to police, they all insisted that Bobby was killed because he was a ruthless bully.
Profile of Kate "Ma" Barker, the mother of four sons who grew up to be violent criminals on the FBI's most wanted list, in the 1930s.
A look at three cases of murder perpetrated by spouses.
The story of the Old West's most murderous villains, including the James Younger gang, the first real bank robbers in America; the Dalton Brothers; and Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch.
Recounts the search for the unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, a gifted mathematician who lived a hermit's life in Montana and waged war against America by sending bombs through the mail for 17 years.
Profile of 1930's gangster Louis "Lepke" Buchalter.
Profile of serial killer David Berkowitz, also known as the Son of Sam.
Examines the eight-year-old court case brought by parents in Woburn, Massachusetts against the W.R. Grace Company and Beatrice Foods for contaminating the local water supply with toxic chemicals, causing leukemia in at least five children who died from the disease.
Reports on a group of people called the Saucer Seekers, who face ridicule and government wrath as they track and chase UFOs.
Examines the personality traits that may contribute to the survival of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances where water is the obstacle they must overcome.
Documentary special examining the curse of King Tutankhamen. It is believed that when archeologists uncovered King Tut's tomb, it awoke a deadly curse placed by ancient Egyptians. Museum curators, Egyptology experts, the discoverer of Tut's tomb and the author of a book on King Tut offer informed op
A look at the life of Mexican-American entertainer Selena Quintanilla-Perez and the events that led up to her murder.
Documentary special examining two of the best known secret societies -- the Freemasons, the world's oldest and largest society, and Yale University's Skull and Bones, perhaps the world's smallest and most prestigious society.
A look at obsession, an uncontrollable preoccupation of the mind, a disorder that can strike anyone at anytime. The program explores the story behind the murder of actress Rebecca Schaeffer and the story behind the arrest and conviction of schoolteacher Mary Kay Latourneau for her forbidden relation
Three true-life adventures show how experience, stress and intelligence play a part in who will survive life or death situations in the wilderness.
Explores the theories behind self-sacrifice through three acts of heroism: a Secret Service agent who risked his life to save President Reagan from an assassin's bullet; a U.S. Marine who threw himself on a live grenade to save five fellow Marines; and a woman who dove into the Niagara River to save
Examines the cases of three celebrities whose careers and reputations were ruined by scandal: Marv Albert, Mel Reynolds and Bess Myerson.
Follows the investigation, capture, trial and execution of spree killer, Charles Starkweather and the imprisonment of his girlfriend and accomplice, Carol Ann Fugate, in the late 1950s.
A look at the mysterious disappearance of 42-year-old new-age computer executive and ex-rock guitarist Philip Taylor Kramer from a California freeway in 1995 and an alleged top-secret US Navy experiment supposedly done in 1943, in which the Navy made a ship and crew disappear.
Profile of serial killer Aileen Wuornos, a prostitute sentenced to death on January 31, 1992 for the deaths of the first of seven men that she robbed and killed.
Explores the ways and the reasons people transform themselves. Features the story of Cindy Jackson, an Ohio woman who has had almost 30 surgical procedures in an attempt to look like the Barbie doll, and the story of a Chicago man whose fascination with "Star Trek" prompted him to leave his marriage
Documentary special examining paranormal research conducted by the United States military during the Cold War. Profiles three pyschic operatives, Chief Warrant Officer Joseph McMoneagle, Master Sergeant Melvin Riley and Captain Paul Smith, who allegedly worked for the Pentagon, the CIA and other U.S
Documentary special examining the phenomenon of zombies. Presents opinions and beliefs of voodoo experts, an anthropologist, a biochemical researcher and others.
Documentary on the assassination of musician and peace activist John Lennon, on December 6, 1980, in New York City.
The story of the crime of the 1960s -- the murder of actress Sharon Tate and six others by hippies under the thrall of Charles Manson.
Explores the case of Clarence Brandley, who was falsely accused, convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of 16-year-old Cheryl Ferguson, in 1980.
The story of Dan White, the San Francisco politician who snuck into City Hall with a gun, then shot and killed Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk in 1978.
Examines the case of Karla Faye Tucker, executed in February 1998 for a double murder she and her lover committed on June 13, 1983.
Documentary special dissects the folklore from the historical facts to reveal how the vampire myth was created. Features two practicing blood drinkers, as well as interviews with scholars, professors, a hypnotherapist, pyschics, a vampire's blood donor, historians and a medical doctor.
Explores the ancient system of voodoo rituals. Includes interviews with members of the South Carolina African village, Oyotunji, as well as members from Benin, West Africa. American professors of psychology, philosophy and religion also share their views on the subject.
Profile of bank robber Baby Face Nelson, a cold-blooded, psychopathic killer, included in a group of criminals in the Roaring '20s that grabbed the attention of the public.
Documentary special examining belief in the power of the number 13. One of the most universal superstitions in existence, the number 13 traces its origin to early Judeo-Christian and Nordic traditions. References to unlucky 13 can also be found in Greek and Roman texts, as well as the Bible and Arth
An interview with Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss from the prison where she is serving her sentence.
Examines the experience of pain and torture with in-depth looks from those who have suffered and survived.
Biographical documentary of political figure G. Gordon Liddy.
Special examines four stories of people who predicted a plane crash, an earthquake, the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger, and the death of an Army sergeant killed in combat in Vietnam.
Special explores some mysterious medical recoveries that defy conventional understanding where prayer seems to be the only explanation for the miraculous cures.
Special examines several prophetic situations: a prophecy from Isaiah in the Old Testament that some feel was fulfilled with Israel's airlift of Ethiopian Jews in 1991; Martin Luther King's prophetic speech in Memphis on April 3, 1968 that may have predicted his assassination the next night; and pro
Examines the phenomenom of spontaneous combustion which is said to consume its victims from the inside out, turning them into cinders while leaving their surroundings totally untouched. Believers in the phenomenom go head-to-head with skeptics and fire investigators.
Examines reported UFO sightings and stories from those who believe in the existence of flying saucers and their alien occupants. Also looks at scientific realities about the vast distances between stars and the possiblities of life evolving somewhere beyond Earth.
Special explores the taboo practice of cannibalism and its various forms ranging from cultural ritualistic cannibalism to psychotic criminals.
Documentary traces the history of the New York Mafia, America's largest and best known criminal enterprise. Includes interviews with famous New Yorkers and others who offer their unique perspectives on the underworld.
Biographical documentary exploring the rise and fall of the Gambino crime family.
Documentary on Susan Smith, who in October of 1994, claimed that a black man stole her car with her two young boys asleep in the back. She eventually confessed to murdering her children.
Examines cults, the foundation of the beliefs of various cults, and reveals how people are duped into giving up all logic and reasoning to follow one man.
Special examines the claims of three families who have witnessed mysterious sounds, visions and floating objects in their homes. Also included are the opinions of skeptics who offer scientific, medical and cultural explanations for the occurrences in these homes.
Special examines the history of exorcism, describing the secret ritual performed by specially trained Catholic priests, and exploring how exorcisms are carried out in other cultures.
Special examines four reported sightings of UFOs in England, Belgium, Canada and Southwestern Michigan. These sightings were considered by experts to supply some of the best evidence of possible extraterrestrial spacecraft. After the stories are told, disbelievers present their version of what witne
Biographical documentary of Frank Serpico, a police officer who went public about corruption in the New York City police department.
Examines four poltergeist outbreaks in the United States and England. From a quaint New England Inn to a Kentucky honky tonk, from a remote farm in Oregon to universities in the United Kingdom, the program delves into the minds of people who have seen poltergeists first-hand and those who are trying
Biographical documentary of mobster Frank Costello.
Explores the powerful bond between twins that many believe links them from the womb and throughout their lives. Interviews include several sets of twins, parents of twins, spouses of twins, twin experts, twin debunkers and an expert on genetics.
Special examines the phenomenon of sexual attraction.
Biographical documentary of crime fighter Eliot Ness, who is most famous for his alleged capture of Al Capone. His stories, mythical image and squad known as the "Untouchables" inspired a television series and feature film.
Documents the story of Texan Wanda Holloway and how her obsession with her daughter Shanna's success in cheerleading prompted her to plot the murder of the rival cheerleader's mother.
Documents the true stories that pushed the world to the edge of nuclear disaster during the Cold War. Draws on news footage, once-secret files and interviews with experts, including former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, former White House chief of staff Alexander Haig, and ex-Soviet double-agent
Special examines the fascination with astrology in modern society, exploring the relationship between humans' lives on Earth and the celestial bodies. Profiles different ways in which western astrology is practiced today: personality trait predictions, stock market timing, finding love and psycholog
Documentary on the murder of the Clutter family of Holcomb, Kansas, on November 15, 1959, by Richard Hickock and Perry Smith, ex-convicts who had planned the murders in prison. Truman Capote transformed the murder into a nonfiction novel entitled "In Cold Blood," creating a new genre in literature a
Documentary examining the experiences of lightning-strike survivors.
Biographical documentary of escort service madam Sydney Biddle Barrows.
Biographical documentary of convicted murderer Gary Gilmore, who in 1977, was the first man to be executed in the United States in over ten years.
Biographical documentary of mobster Meyer Lansky.
Biographical documentary of The Boston Strangler, who brutally strangled eleven women in the Boston area over an eighteen month period in the early 1960's. Arrested on charges of robbery and assault, Albert DeSalvo admitted to killing 13 women, but the police couldn't corroborate his story and never
Biographical documentary of mobster Lucky Luciano.
Documentary profile of Depression-era gangster and bank robber John Dillinger.
Biographical documentary of gangster Bugsy Siegel.
Documentary looking at recent cases of espionage against the United States. Includes interviews with former FBI Director William Webster, agents who have hunted down the spies, and prosecutors and defense attorneys. Tells the stories of spies John Walker, Jonathan Pollard, Aldrich Ames and Larry Wu-
Documentary looking at men who use the law to defend the kingpins of organized crime.
Biographical documentary of gangster Pretty Boy Floyd.
Examination of some of the more notorious cases involving the barbaric and bizarre punishment of prisoners in the United States.
Documentary looking at courtroom cases involving well-known figures, in an attempt to see whether all Americans are indeed equal before the law. Includes interviews with two such defendants -- singer James Brown and actress Zsa Zsa Gabor -- and the prosecutors and defense attorneys in their cases.
Biographical documentary of gangster Al Capone.
Documentary looking at why riots begin and how police try to control them. Focuses on riots at the Democratic Convention in Chicago (1968) and in Crown Heights, New York City (1991), and includes interviews with participants.
Documentary addressing the controversial and complex issue of sexual harassment, as seen in the case of Anita Hill and then Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, as well as other sexual harassment cases.
Documentary looking at the often painful legal side of divorce proceedings in the United States, with a focus on high-visibility cases like Donald Trump vs. Ivana Trump.
Documentary looking at the controversy behind the use of "sting" operations by law enforcement authorities. Focuses on the cases of Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry and auto tycoon John DeLorean, both trapped in drug-related activities and captured by hidden camera.
Documentary examining the effectiveness of the United States jury system -- specifically, the way various social tensions affected the 1992 trial of Los Angeles rioters and the death sentence verdict of William Hance in 1984.
Documentary examining why United States' prisons are breeding grounds for violence and riots. Focuses on the 1971 uprising at New York's Attica State Prison and the 1980 riot at the New Mexico State Penitentiary, using interviews with inmates and other key players in the events, as well as archival
Documentary about the events leading up to and the aftermath of the bungled government capture and rescue operation at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, on April 19, 1993.
Documentary on how mobsters turn against their partners in crime, enlist in the witness protection program, and provide information that helps the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to convict top Mafia bosses.
Documentary addressing the issue of gang violence and how the criminal justice system deals with it. Focuses on Daryl Whiting, a drug dealer who transplanted his New York gang to Boston in 1987 and an Iowa gang, the Vice Lords.
Documentary examining how the American justice system handles prostitution and how AIDS has turned what was once considered a "victimless" crime into a deadly one.
Examination of two historic cases of arson: the Happy Land Bronx Social Club fire which killed 87 people; and the Hartford Circus fire that killed 168 spectators in 1944.
Examination of the espionage trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were convicted of treason for providing nuclear weaponry information to the Soviets in the early 1950s.
Examination of two recent rape cases: the Mike Tyson date-rape conviction and the Massachusetts gang-rape case in which a woman was raped on a pool table as a crowd watched and cheered in a bar in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Documentary on the psychological manipulation of adults and children and its role in criminal activity.
Documentary on the evolution of the Ku Klux Klan and the events that led to the "Mississippi Burning" case in 1964.
Documentary on the most daring escape attempts of Alcatraz prisoners.
Documentary profiling individuals who have grown frustrated with the legal system and have taken the law into their own hands.
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