Category “Crime”

Anders Behring Breivik: Killing Field

Anders Behring Breivik is the main suspect in the July 22, 2011 attacks in Norway. Breivik is a Norwegian citizen who has admitted to perpetrating Norway's biggest massacre since World War II. He is responsible for killing 77 people and injuring hundreds in Oslo, Norway's capital. Breivik was born on Feburary 13, 1979, to Jen Breivik, an economist at the Norwegian embassy in London, and Wenche Behring, a nurse. Breivik's parents split when he was a year old, and Behring moved back to Norway, taking her young son with her. Breivik has two half-brothers and one half-sister from his father,...

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Meet The Burglars

Victims of burglary and other crimes are increasingly being offered the opportunity to meet the criminals who offended against them, in a controversial scheme aimed at empowering victims and potentially cut levels of re-offending among former prisoners. Panorama reporter Raphael Rowe goes into a jail to witness a tense encounter between two young women and the youth who broke into their home while they slept. Meetings between victims and offenders have proved to be remarkably successful in cutting reoffending and allowing victims to recover far more quickly. The government wants to see more...

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The Derby Fire: Secrets and Lies

The Derby fire, in which six children died, was an attack on a family that shocked the country. The truth behind it is equally appalling. The father - apparently a hero who'd fought to save his kids from the flames - was convicted of starting the fire himself along with his wife Mairead and friend Paul Mosley. Mick Philpott achieved notoriety for sharing his three bedroom home with two women and 11 children. Not everyone was surprised when within weeks of the tragic blaze he'd gone from hero to suspect. With exclusive access to friends and relatives plus interviews with investigators closest...

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Female Murderers

Dorothea Helen Puente (January 9, 1929 - March 27, 2011) was a convicted American serial killer. In the 1980s, Puente ran a boarding house in Sacramento, California, and cashed the Social Security checks of her elderly and mentally disabled boarders. Those who complained were killed and buried in her yard. Alvin Howard Neelley, Jr. (1953 - 2005) and Judith Ann Adams Neelley (born 1964) are an American couple responsible for two torture murders. They each were convicted of the kidnappings and murders of Lisa Ann Millican and Janice Chatman. Judy Neelley was sentenced to death by the state...

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Alcatraz: Prisoners Breakout

The island jail of Alcatraz was promoted by the US authorities as 'escape proof'. However, various breakouts suggested that it was about as escape proof as the Titanic was waterproof. This programme analyses one of the most celebrated escape attempts, that of Clarence and John Anglin and Frank Morris, which was immortalised in Clint Eastwood's 1977 movie. The forbidding rocks of Alcatraz rise steeply from the sea, lashed by the treacherous waters of the San Francisco Bay. They posed a challenge to the many would-be escapees once penned up in this former penitentiary island. Alcatraz was...

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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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