Posted in: Crime
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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
Posted in: Crime, Music
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...
Posted in: Crime, Society
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...
Posted in: Crime, Drugs
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...
Posted in: Crime, Human Rights
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...