Crime

Lockup: Criminal Minds

Criminal Minds on MSNBC. It’s part of MSNBC’s Lockup series. On this special they highlight nine of the most violent inmates the series has ever interviewed. Even if you don’t like watching shows about prison, inmates, etc., this one is a must-watch for those who care about self-defense because it shows the worst of what you might have to deal with: Someone who has nothing to lose. Nine of the mos

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Lockup Raw: The Daily Grind

In this episode, our producers take you behind the scenes and behind prison walls. You will see how the monotony of prison life can push some inmates to the brink. While some use the time wisely, other inmates self-destruct.

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Vlad The Impaler

Vlad The Impaler

This documentary examines the bloody career of Vlad the Impaler, the 15th-century prince of Wallachia who took no prisoners in his resistance to the spread of the Ottoman Empire. Known as Dracula, he learned the arts of war as a hostage of the Turks, but asserted his independence by working his own disloyal nobles to death and repelling a Turkish invasion by filling the battlefield with 23,000 imp

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The War On Drugs: The Prison Industrial Complex

The war on drugs has been going on for more than three decades. Today, nearly 500,000 Americans are imprisoned on drug charges. In 1980 the number was 50,000. Last year $40 billion in taxpayer dollars were spent in fighting the war on drugs. As a result of the incarceration obsession, the United States operates the largest prison system on the planet, and the U.S. nonviolent prisoner population is

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Charles Manson Superstar (1989)

In the late 60s, Charles Manson convinced a group of "followers" to move in to the California desert to train for the apocalypse. They eventually committed on of the most horrific string of serial murders in modern times. Considered to be one of the definitive documentaries about Manson and his infamous "family," CHARLES MANSON SUPERSTAR tells the killer's story with archival news footage, police

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Dispatches – Is Torture A Good Idea?

Clive Stafford Smith is a British lawyer who has represented American prisoners on Death Row and, more recently, detainees in Guantanamo Bay. In this programme, he reveals the abuses suffered by Guantanamo detainees and talks to experts in the field of torture, including CIA and US Army veterans. The programme examines cases of false confessions extracted under torture, suggesting that torture is

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Secrets of the Dead: Umbrella Assassin

Georgi Ivanov Markov was born on March 1, 1929 in Sofia, Bulgaria, which came under the control of the Bulgarian Communist Party in 1944. Although his father was a "class enemy" of the party, Markov published his first novel at the age of 32 to stellar reviews, and he eventually became an acclaimed novelist and playwright. His life among the privileged elite in Bulgarian society -- including among

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