Category “Crime”

Killing Boys: Russia

A gritty and absorbing film about a street gang of Russian ten year olds that cleans cars, begs, steals and sometimes even murders. On 23rd February 1994, ten year old Vlodya Jacobs and his gang killed and mutilated a 50 year old man. Police records show that the gang was involved in at least four other killings. This film began as an investigation of homeless children. It became a report on Vlodya, his family, his friends and the reasons why he has committed such grotesque crimes. Popular with the sellers at his local market and generous to other homeless children, it seems inconceivable...

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Crack House USA

Summer 2005: federal agents and police record over a thousand hours of surveillance footage inside a crack house in Rockford Illinois. For six weeks the gang smoke weed, play with guns and sell crack and heroin, unaware that their every move is being filmed. The customers come and go with no clue that their secret lives would be exposed. This is an intimate portrait of the rise and fall of a crack house and of an American urban community brought down by drugs. Interviews with gang members, their families and cops reveal the inescapable tragedy - and occasional dark comedy - of a world that...

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Dead Famous: Melbourne’s Underworld War

Dead Famous lifts the lid on the slaughter that resulted when two underworld tribes went to war over drug profits during Melbourne’s infamous gangland killings. This documentary takes viewers behind the frenzied headlines to put the killings in their true perspective. Leading crime writers John Silvester and Andrew Rule analyse the causes and effects of the decade-long war. The film investigates the reasons it began, why it was allowed to escalate and flourish for so long and point to what lessons, if any, have been learned by law makers and breakers alike. It was a unique...

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A Man Who Delivers

An innovative film about the daily grind for a drug dealer. Following a day in the life of a London cocaine dealer, the challenge was to build a narrative without the contributor wanting to appear on camera for obvious reasons. The film is based on a real interview and real text messages. Documentary by Jamie Jessett for Channel 4′s Shooting...

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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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