Category “Crime”

The Poisoner’s Handbook

In 1922, 101 New Yorkers hanged themselves, 444 died in car accidents, 20 were crushed in elevators, there were 237 fatal shootings and 34 stabbings and that year 997 New Yorkers died of poisoning. In this film PBS takes us back through these grim statistics, explaining how in the early 20th century, the average American medicine cabinet would have been filled with poison, all easily purchased over the counter like any regular pain medication we see today, such as paracetamol. An example of such poisons found in everyday products were radioactive elements like radium, thallium and strong...

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Secrets of Mexico’s Drug War

The United States government currently spends billions of dollars each year trying to combat powerful Mexican drug cartels, but the Americans stand accused of getting to close to some of the worlds most notorious criminals and cutting deals with them. As a brutal drug war raged in Mexico, American law enforcement helped arm some of the gangs, over 2500 firearms where seen to have been shipped south to Mexico, but with cocaine and heroin still flooding the streets of America, many are now questioning the true cost of Americas war on drugs. On the 22nd of February 2014, Joaquin Guzman one...

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Elliot Rodger: The Virgin Killer

Friday May 23rd 2014, a night of horror in the small west coast community of Isla Vista, using a knife, machetes and three semi-automatic hand guns, Eliot Rodger goes on a hate filled killing spree. This spree resulted in six people being murdered and left many injured before Rodger eventually turned one of the guns on himself. Rodger had planned what he called his "Day of Retribution" with great care over many months and this documentary film by Channel 4 attempts to get a better understanding of his thought process by analysing the videos and manifesto he uploaded before committing this...

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Killer On The Run: David Bieber

It's Boxing Day, 2003 and much of Britain was quite as millions of people celebrated the Christmas holidays, but not everyone of course has time off. In Leads two police officers said goodbye to their families and went to work at Killingbeck police station, they were PC Neil Roper and by his side, his friend and colleague PC Ian Broadhurst. The two officers were expecting a relatively easy shift and no one could possibly have imagined what they were about to face. The officers were patrolling the east side of Leads, it was a journey that tok them down Dib Lane, a suburban street with a...

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On Death Row

In 2012 Oscar winning documentary film maker Werner Herzog released a new four part series entitled On Death Row, he dedicates each episode to a different individual currently on Death Row in the United States, focusing on a specific murder case each time. The four cases profiled are as follows: Douglas Feldman Joseph Garcia and George Rivas, members of the Texas Seven. (Not In Playlist) Hank Skinner, convicted of murdering a woman and her two sons. Linda Carty, convicted of murdering a woman and stealing her four-day-old child Each episode consists of Herzog, personally...

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The Paedophile Next Door

Paedophile's it seems are everywhere in Britain today and almost every week a new child abuse or sex scandal breaks, predatory paedophiles operating at every level of society have abused our children with impunity, for over 50 years they have made a mockery of the elaborate policies put in place to protect our children and the well known cases, including the likes of Jimmy Saville are only the tip of the iceberg. According to Steve Humphries, who was one of the first to break the story of child abuse in the Catholic Church back in the early 90's, the system isn't working and in this film...

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Ross Kemp on Gangs: Los Angeles

Ross Kemp pays a visit to the city of angles, which happens to have the seventh richest economy on the planet. It's famous for it's thriving film and television industries and it's home to the stars but besides all this it's also infamous for being the gang capital of the world. In 2007 there was a gangland killing reported every other day and for generations the Bloods and Crips have fought for control over the streets here but now it would appear there has been a change in the balance of power, the Latino gangs are on the rise and Ross Kemp has gone to LA to meet...

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H.H. Holmes: Murder Hotel

Back in 1995 an old antique collector happened to stumble upon a batch of old wax cylinder recordings that dated back a hundred years, as it turned out these recordings weren't of old tunes but rather one recording was the confession of a man known as H.H. Holmes made by a doctor days before Holmes was hanged for murder. This recording turned out to be a new clue into one of the most extraordinary yet interesting set of homicides in criminal history. In the late 1800's Holmes decided to turn his hotel into a sort of production line of murder, where he killed his patrons right up until two...

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Fritzl by Fred Dinenage

On the 27th of April 2008 the horrific case of Josef Fritzl sent shockwaves around the world, news report after news report gave details of a quite unbelievable story. For 24 years Josef Fritzl had kept his own daughter captive in a cellar beneath his house, in that time he had used her as his very own sex slave, fathering seven children. This film sets about uncovering exactly why Josef Fritzl carried out his terrible crimes and how he managed to keep them a secret for so...

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