Category “Crime”

The Mafias Secret Bunkers

There is a new frontline in the war against organized crime. In southern Italy's rugged highlands a previously unknown criminal group know as the 'Ndrangheta meet, it's bosses are some of Europe's biggest cocaine traffickers. The police are fighting back forcing mafiosi underground into bizarre sophisticated bunkers. From here they run their criminal empires protected by a wall of silence. "They dug up the entire street to bury their bunkers and no body breathed a word". This is the story of a little known mafia who's secret inner workings are only now coming to...

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Al Capone

Alphonse Gabriel "Al" Capone was an American gangster who led a Prohibition-era crime syndicate. The Chicago Outfit, which subsequently also became known as the "Capones", was dedicated to smuggling and bootlegging liquor, and other illegal activities such as prostitution, in Chicago from the early 1920s to 1931. Capone was convicted on federal charges of tax evasion in 1931 and sentenced to federal prison; he was released on parole in 1939. His incarceration included a term at the then-new Alcatraz federal prison. In the final years of Capone's life, he suffered mental...

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American Outlaw: The True Story of a Marijuana Millionaire

A documentary chronicling the life of author Richard Stratton, from his early experiments with marijuana in suburban Massachusetts to his ultimate entry into the world of high volume, international hashish and marijuana trade. His involvement in the drug market, including the shipment of 7 tons of hashish from war-riddled Beirut into New York Harbor, led to his arrest and conviction to 25 years in maximum-security prison. This video, through re-enactments, stock footage, score and interview, tells the unbelievable...

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Deranged Killers: DC Sniper

Criminal investigators race against time, hunting down John Muhammad and Lee Malvo as the pair carry out one of the most terrifying killing sprees in American history: a murderous rampage that left ten dead, three seriously wounded, and the more than 5 million residents living in and around the nation's capital in total shock. The nightmare lasted more than three weeks, during which time the entire nation watched the events unfold, sometimes live, on television. This episode is a comprehensive, analytical account of this unprecedented crime spree. A gripping presentation of the...

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The Yorkshire Ripper

Peter William Sutcliffe (born 2 June 1946) is a British serial killer known as "The Yorkshire Ripper". In 1981 Sutcliffe was convicted of murdering 13 women and attempting to murder seven others. Sutcliffe was a regular user of prostitutes in Leeds and Bradford. His obsession with killing streetwalkers seems to have originated with an argument over payment, but he claimed he was being guided by the voice of God. He carried out the murders over a five-year period, during which the public were especially shocked by the murders of some pedestrians who were not prostitutes. When arrested in...

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The Honeymoon Murder: Who Killed Anni Dewani?

When a beautiful young bride was murdered on her honeymoon in South Africa - allegedly on the orders of her British husband - it made headlines around the world. Nearly three years on, the truth about Anni Dewani's killing remains a mystery, while in July a British judge ordered Shrien Dewani - still sectioned under the mental health act in the UK - should be extradited to South Africa to stand trial. BBC Panorama has obtained the secret police files which make up the prosecution case against the 33-year-old Bristol businessman, and has commissioned leading forensic experts to review all the...

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The Real Jack The Ripper

In 1888, London England was the world's largest city and the first to experience a serial killer. Fear and confusion gripped the city for a ten week period now know as the Autumn Of Terror. Over a century has passed and the murders remain unsolved. What really happened and why wasn't Jack the Ripper caught? In separating the facts from fiction we uncover a Victorian era unprepared to protect its citizens from this nocturnal monster. With new perspectives the victims stories are finally understood, not by their terrible deaths but by their heartrending...

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Britain on the Fiddle

It's estimated that twenty-two billion pounds of taxpayers' money is effectively stolen or lost every year through fraud and error - a sizeable chunk of that is benefit fraud - money that could end up being taken out of the pockets of those in genuine need. In this Panorama Special, Richard Bilton uses undercover cameras to expose people on benefits sailing yachts and driving Bentleys. And he follows fraud investigators as they tackle the rising tide of benefits cheats using fake identities to steal...

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Ghost Rapes of Bolivia

For a while, the residents of Manitoba Colony thought demons were raping the town's women. There was no other explanation. No way of explaining how a woman could wake up with blood and semen stains smeared across her sheets and no memory of the previous night. No way of explaining how another went to sleep clothed, only to wake up naked and covered by dirty fingerprints all over her body. No way to understand how another could dream of a man forcing himself onto her in a field—and then wake up the next morning with grass in her hair. For Sara Guenter, the mystery was the rope. She would...

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