Category “Crime”

Buenaventura: Dismemberment and Displacement

The city of Buenaventura lies along the Pacific coast of Columbia, it is home to the most important port in the country which handles about 60% of the countries imports and exports, despite this for decades Buenaventura has been one of the most impoverished cities especially the coastal region where the population settled decades ago building stilt elevated slums above the water. While the rest of the country has become much safer and the economy along with tourism has boomed Buenaventura has become the most violent city in all of Columbia with a 42% increase in homicide in the past two...

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Back from the Brink: Heroin’s Antidote

The United States has seen a spike in Opioid abuse over the last decade, in 2010 an average of 100 people died a day due to an overdose. Drug overdoses now kill more people each year than gun shot wounds or car crashes but finding a solution has been hard because of the stigma surrounding drug users and lack of support for programs that are based on reducing the harmful effects of drug use rather than those requiring abstinence. New England in particular has been hit hard by this rise in fatal overdoses and in Massachusetts deaths by heroin and other such opiates has rising by more than...

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15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story

At fifteen years old Kenneth Young was sentenced to life in prison after receiving four life sentences for carrying out armed robberies, were no one was actually injured. A landmark supreme court decision says that juveniles deserve special consideration as they don't fully understand the consequences at such a young age. Currently however the United States is the only country in the world that sentences children to serve life in prison and this film sets about following Kenneth as he struggles for...

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Dennis Nilsen: Born To Kill

Dennis Nilsen, is a man who in the 1980's would be uncovered as the most prolific serial killer in British history. A civil servant who's extraordinary behavior would see him named with cruel irony "The Kindly Killer", but was this murder of young men driven by nature or nurture and was the Kindly Killer born to kill? Throughout his killing spree which lasted from 1978 to 1983, Nilsen committed a minimum of 12 murders and was sentenced to life imprisonment on the 4th of November...

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Oscar Pistorius: The Truth

A BBC film that goes behind the scenes of the recent Oscar Pistorius trial for murdering his partner Reeva Steenkamp and follows Reeva's parents as they prepare for the courts proceedings including interviews with them after the verdict is announced. Pistorius has always maintained his innocence in regards to the charge of premeditated murder but does accept that he did kill Reeva so the case itself was to determine if he was telling the truth. The judge has now found him guilty of culpable homicide i.e....

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Ohio Slave Girls: Their Story

This is the story that shocked the world, a dramatic escape after 11 years in captivity. How had a school bus driver managed to kidnap and enslave three local girls? How did they remain undiscovered whilst being under the noses of neighbors and friends all that time? These are some questions Channel 5's film about the kidnapping of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight asks and helps to explain through exclusive interviews with those closest to the kidnapper himself, Ariel...

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Most Evil

Murderous masterminds, brilliant, wicked, conniving, they are driven by revenge, dogma and ego their common trait appears to be exceptional intelligence but what transforms such gifted men into some of the most brutal killers and which of them could be considered most evil? A scale exits to measure the darkest corners of human behavior, it weights the criminal mind and the crime committed. From impulsive murders to serial killers this 22 point scale attempts to determine who are the most evil among...

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The Real True Detective?

In 2014 Entertainment Weekly asked the creator of HBO's series True Detective Nic Pizzolatto about the inspirations behind the show, he suggested Googling the word combination "Satanism, Preschool, Louisiana" so Vice took upon themselves to do so and found that there was in fact a case involving old church family and ritualistic child molestation which had a striking resemblance to the shows plot. In this episode of Vice's new series entitled "The Real", they travelled to Louisiana in order to meet with two law enforcement officials who helped investigate and put an end to these...

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Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid

Well before actors Paul Newman and Robert Redford made them famous on screen, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid dazzled many Americans with tales of infamy spanning both coasts.  Their escapade's took place primarily around the 1890's, were by they robbed banks and trains throughout the West. After their crime spree these two seemingly vanished into thin air, becoming national news and the stuff of legends but who exactly Robert Leroy Parker and Harry Alonzo Longabaugh? This film attempts to unravel the myths in order to get to the truth behind these...

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