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The Secret Life of Elliot Rodger

On May 23, 2014, in Isla Vista, California, a young man named Elliot Rodger took it upon himself to kill 6 people and injure 14 more near the campus of University of California, Santa Barbara, before turning a gun on himself and taking his own life.   In this "20/20" special we take a closer look at how Elliot came to commit such crimes and for the first time we hear his father speak ou

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I Am Alive: Surviving the Andes Plane Crash

Released in 2010 I Am Alive: Surviving the Plane Crash explores the tragedy which was that of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571, a charter plane carrying 45 passengers which on October 13, 1972, vanished over the Andes, the longest continental mountain range in the world. Through interviews with Nando Parrado, a surviving member of the crash itself and the use of reenactments we learn of the 72-da

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The Summer Of Rave, 1989

Great British summers may not come often but when they do people all across the nation start shedding not only their clothes but their inhibitions too and if summertime is party time the scorcher which was the summer of 1989 was one long party from beginning to end. 1989 saw young people were turning their backs on the rat race and throwing themselves into a hedonistic rush of new music and new

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The Buddha

The Buddha

Over 2,500 years ago nestled in a fertile valley along the border between India and Nepal a child was born who was to become The Buddha. The stories say that before his birth his mother, the Queen of a small Indian kingdom had a dream. In this dream of hers she is said to have come across a beautiful white elephant who offered her a lotus flower, after doing so then quickly entered the side of her

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Secrets of the Samurai Sword

The Samurai were considered to be the hero's of ancient Japan and still to this day their legend continues to live on and the Samurai sword is one of the greatest fighting weapons of all time. A perfectly engineered piece of hardware for close combat, renowned for it's deadly cutting edge. With the use of modern science we can now reveal just how technically excellent the ancient craft of manuf

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Zombies

Zombies

The trouble with zombies is that they keep coming back, whether you shoot or maim them it doesn't really matter, unless you destroy the head they just keep coming. The living dead seem to saturate cinema, television and games these days and it is a cultural phenomenon which seems impossible to stop. An unholy congregation with limitless appetite, it's not a matter of if they will get you but ra

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Louis Theroux: Savile

Louis Theroux: Savile

Over 15 years ago critically acclaimed documentary filmmaker Louis Theroux made Jimmy Savile the subject of one of his When Louis Met... episodes. Theroux spent quite a bit of time with Savile for this project and even kept in touch afterwards, but in light of Savile's unmasking as a sexual predatory Louis felt he had let himself down and his subject off the hook back in 2000 when the original fil

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Nixon in the Den

He was one of America's most successful presidents on the international stage, lauded as a world statesman who thawed the cold war. He was reelected in one of the biggest landslide victories in American history, capturing 49 out of 50 states. This being said however, Richard Nixon was the only president to ever resign from office, forced out of the Whitehouse in abject disgrace. Over 40 years o

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The Race for Everest

Everest, Chomolungma, Sagarmāthā, five and a half vertical miles of rock, ice and snow and in the winters temperatures can fall to minus 60 degrees celsius, in it's summer up to 10 feet of snow can fall on its slopes in a single day. It lies on the border of Nepal and Tibet, though far away it has always had a special place in the hearts of British mountaineers. First measured by the British su

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