Category “Crime”

Wham Bam Thank You Scam

This is the story of someone who got scammed by a fabricated stock broking firm (actually a sophisticated gang of fraudsters in South East Asia). While the back story is fairly typical - a western man answers the phone to a seemingly legitimate American sounding financial adviser who is touting financial investments, and an impressive sounding firm, with returns which are attractive but no so attractive as to warrant suspicion. The man entrusts the firm with thousands of his life savings, and sure enough eventually the line goes cold, and when he goes to withdraw his money, it's not there. So...

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Are The Net Police Coming For You?

A proposed new law is threatening to disconnect the millions of internet users who unlawfully download free music, films and TV. Jo Whiley looks at how broadband use at home may never be the same, and could even be cut off. The record industry claims to be losing £200 million a year to people downloading music for free and the government is introducing the Digital Economy Bill in an attempt to combat this. Artists including Billy Bragg and Kate Nash, and X Factor judge Louis Walsh discuss the bill and the...

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Kendall Francois

Kendall Francois is a serial killer from Poughkeepsie, New York, convicted of killing eight women, from 1996 to 1998. He is currently serving life in prison for his crimes. In October 1996, Wendy Meyers, age 30, was reported missing to the Town of Lloyd police, in Ulster County, New York. She was described as a white female, with a slim build, hazel eyes and short brown hair. She was last seen at the Valley Rest Motel in Highland, a small town situated near the banks of the Hudson River south of Kingston. In December 1996, Gina Barone was reported missing by her mother,...

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Inside Death Row with Trevor McDonald

Trevor McDonald goes inside one of America's most notorious maximum security prisons, Indiana State, where he comes face-to-face with 12 condemned men awaiting execution. Part 1: The broadcaster ventures inside Indiana State Prison, meeting 12 condemned men awaiting execution and some of the other inmates in the maximum security facility. Among those Trevor talks to are Benjamin Ritchie, who murdered a policeman, and John Stephenson, who killed three people on the orders of a gang boss, while James Harrison reveals how he escaped the death penalty with only weeks to spare after accepting a...

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Drugs, Inc: High Stakes Vegas

This documentary takes us to the heart of America’s ultimate Sin City, Las Vegas. Ever year over 40 million tourists come to this fantasy-land to gamble, party and get high. This adult oasis fuels a massive demand for illegal drugs. This documentary takes us inside the world of the drug dealers, gangs, and the Mexican cartel traffickers who are making their millions from the tourists who flock here looking for a good time. From the VIP party host to the notorious Playboy Bloods street gang who control the crack industry in West Las Vegas, to the Mexican cartel trafficker who uses three...

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A Cambodian Story of Trafficking

Human trafficking is an immense issue in Cambodia. Traffickers force vulnerable individuals into prostitution and exploitative labor. This film shows a story of trafficking and provides an insight into the strategies World Relief uses to fight this huge problem. These films were shot, directed & edited by filmmakers Mark Luigjes and Lieuwe...

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Mega Man

Kim Dotcom claims he wants to protect internet privacy. The United States claims he’s the internet’s biggest pirate. This film meets the man, as the future of the internet and $500m in copyright claims hang in the balance. This film captures the special forces raid on Kim Dotcom’s house last year. His lawyer called it: “A political contract hit…” So why are the US and now the New Zealand government so desperate to get the self-styled Dotcom? The flamboyant 39 year-old tycoon says he just makes a good scapegoat. The US wants him extradited on copyright, money laundering and...

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Drug Kings Of New York

In New York City heroin use is on the rise, as a new generation of suburbanite dealers hooked on prescription pills switch to heroin, and venture down the Long Island Express-way dubbed the Heroin Highway into urban Brooklyn and Queens to get their fix. America’s largest city is quickly becoming the distribution hub for narcotics. Drugs Inc. Drug Kings Of New York features authorities questioning a suspect attempting to smuggle 70 pellets of cocaine in his stomach. While, Mr. Fence sells over 35 kinds of high grade drugs to Manhattan’s wealthy bankers and socialites. It’s...

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Terror in Moscow

In 2002 a group of heavily armed Muslim extremists from the Russian province of Chechnya burst into a crowded Moscow theatre during a musical performance, holding more than 800 members of the cast and audience hostage at siege. The 57 hour catastrophe, which gripped the world and shook the Russian government was captured by the theatre’s video camera. Playing at the theatre that night was a popular Russian musical “Nord-Ost”, a musical about the Red Army in World War II, so when masked gunmen burst on stage, the audience at first thought that it was all part of the show – the...

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