Category “Crime”

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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This is the Zodiac Speaking

California was thrown into a paralysis of fear in 1969, distraught over the unsolved murders of the Zodiac killer. The Zodiac became the most elusive and frustrating adversary ever encountered by the law enforcement community. A series of letters, allegedly written by the murderer himself and published in local newspapers, only added to the mystery and panic. The Zodiac serial killer remains an enigma that is unparalleled in the history of crime in America, and the case still remains unsolved. This documentary explores one of the great unsolved murder mysteries of all time, taking...

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This (Illegal) American Life

From a small town in Oaxaca, Mexico, and from a kitchen table in East Los Angeles, from a flophouse in a coastal farming town, to a strip-mall in Phoenix, Arizona, these are snapshots of illegal immigration in America. It’s estimated that as many as 12 million people are living in United States illegally, but this story is about just two. An American lit major named Ilse, and a strawberry picker named Filemon. They know that many do not want them here. But for different reasons they’re staying. Their lives are testaments to both the power of the American dream and the absolute failure...

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American Call-Girl

American Call-Girl takes us inside the world’s oldest profession, a thriving black market economy that’s just an internet connection or a phone call away. But there’s a gritty reality to the supply and demand of the American escort industry. National Geographic’s Mariana van Zeller heads to Las Vegas, ground zero for the escort underworld. Here, high-end escorts like Sarah explain how they cultivate their illegal business online. As an independent worker, Sarah calls the shots and commands big money from clients. Yet for many women, a much different reality awaits. Las Vegas...

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Sex, Lies and Cigarettes

In the spring of 2010 video of a smoking baby went viral and became an international sensation. When the laughter stopped the world moved on. But there’s much more in this story then one child’s cigarette addiction. If you thought that public health battle against tobacco was over, think again. This is the story of how smoking decline in the West has fueled Big Tobacco’s hunt for new consumers in some of the poorest countries on Earth. They’re doing everything in their power to take the same product, the same deceptive marketing practices, and transport them around the...

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Kill at Will? America on Trial

Ahead of America’s costliest ever elections, this documentary investigates how powerful lobby groups helped create laws blamed for some of the most controversial killings in recent US history. The documentary looks at the shooting death of a 17-year-old teenager by neighbourhood watchman George Zimmerman, the Texas grandfather Joe Horn’s shooting of two burglars robbing his neighbours house; and the Aurora Theatre mass-shootings (Dark Knight Rises massacre). These events provoked presidential intervention and shone a light on an extreme American law, called “Stand Your...

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Cleveland Captives: What Really Happened?

For 10 years Amanda Berry, Georgina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight were presumed dead when they were kidnapped on the same stretch of road in Cleveland, Ohio. But in May, 2013, the trio were miraculously discovered alive, one of them with a six-year old daughter. Their captor, Ariel Castro, who has been charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. He is facing the possibility of the death penalty if prosecutors successfully argue that he forcibly caused his captors to miscarry their unborn babies. The documentary investigates how the victims could disappear from the...

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Young Kids, Hard Time

Young Kids, Hard Time is an American MSNBC TV show which premiered November 20th 2011. The show is about children age 12 to 17 incarcerated as adults in the American prison system. These children have all been tried as an adult. The United States is among only a few countries in the world where children can be tried as adults. The show was shot at the Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility and the YIA (Youth Incarcerated As Adults) unit of the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility in Indiana. The crimes portrayed range from theft to...

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