Crime

Burke and Hare: Serial Killing for Science

Back in 1828 in Edinburgh, Scotland, there were a number of murders committed over a period of about ten months. 16 people were killed in total and this spree would later become known as the Burke and Hare murders, due to the fact that it was William Burke and William Hare who had committed the crimes. At the time Edinburgh could have been considered to be a leading European centre with regards

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The Murder of Jill Dando

The Murder of Jill Dando

Jill Dando born 1961 was an English journalist, she was one of Britians most well known television presenters having won BBC's Personality of the Year award in 1997. At the time of her death (1999), she was the presenter of the BBC programme Crimewatch. At the pinnacle of her career when she was mercilessly gunned down outside her house in Fulham, London. Her killer left the scene without a tra

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Oxyana

Oxyana

At first glance you could be forgiven for thinking that the town known as Oceana, located in West Virginia is perfect. It is one of the oldest town's in Wyoming County and is surrounded by pure beauty, mountains filled with colour, calm rivers flowing on the outskirts of town with its inhabitance moving at a leisurely pace. All of the above is true but in recent years a more sinister side has evol

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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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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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Interview With A Serial Killer

Serial killer Arthur Shawcross was born on June 6, 1945, and died on November 10, 2008 while serving a life sentence for the murder of 11 women. From his birthplace of Kittery, Maine, his family moved to Watertown, a small town near Lake Ontario in New York State, when he was still a child. Shawcross claims that his adolescence was turbulent, and cites a difficult relationship with both parents, p

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The Nuremberg Trials

The Nuremberg Trials

The Nuremberg Trials were a set of military tribunals which were held by the Allied forces once World War II had come to an end. The initial and more notable trail was held between 20 November 1945 and 1 October 1946, it was tasked with trying 22 surviving representatives of the Nazi elite, all of whom were charged with the systematic murder of millions of people and various other war crimes. T

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The Toolbox Killers

The Toolbox Killers

The Tool Box Killers consist of two individuals who committed some of the most horrendous crimes in America. Lawrence Sigmund Bittaker and Roy Lewis Norris together decided to kidnap, rape, torture and murder five teenage girls over a 5 month period in southern California back in 1979. Bittaker would later be described by FBI agent John Douglas as one of the most disturbing individuals he had e

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Chosen

Chosen

Peter Wright, an 83 year old former headmaster of posh prep school Caldicott, located in southern Buckinghamshire, England was convicted of 12 offences against five children who studied there. The assaults happened between the years of 1959 and 1970, as a result of pleading guilty Wright was sentenced to 8 years. This BAFTA award winning film primarily focuses on the assaults which occurred at 

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