Outstanding Documentary focusing on Crime in America, and the American Criminal Justice System.
Racially motivated crimes in the U.S., such as the murders of three civil-rights workers in Mississippi, and the 1988 beating death of an Ethiopian student in Oregon. Included: comments from attorney Morris Dees.
Cases of vigilantism in the U.S., including the 1984 Bernhard Goetz subway shooting in New York City; the 1984 murder of an alleged child molester; and the 1987 torching of a Detroit crack house.Watch Now:Amazon
Recapitulating the 1993 standoff between the Branch Davidians and Federal agents in Waco, Texas, and the 1994 trial of Davidian survivors. Also: video footage of David Koresh, and comments by his mother, Bonnie Haldeman.
The execution of Nicholas II and his family by the Bolsheviks in 1918.
The stories of three people accused of murdering their spouses are chronicled. Included: the trials of Debra Hartmann, Steven Steinberg and Charline Brundidge. Interviewed: attorneys, investigators and a psychiatrist.Watch Now:Amazon
Examining the case of boxer Hurricane Carter and his friend John Artis, who in 1967 were wrongly convicted of a 1966 triple homicide. Artis was eventually paroled in 1981, while Carter's conviction was finally overturned in 1985. Included: comments from Artis, Carter and their attorneys.
A case involving a man convicted of murdering a Texas Ranger over 25 years ago. Included: legal aspects of his crime and punishment.Watch Now:Amazon
Organized crime during the Prohibition era, including profiles of Al Capone, Bugs Moran and Lucky Luciano. Brooklyn DA Charles J. Hynes joins host Bill Kurtis.Watch Now:Amazon
A chronicle of the rise of major crime syndicates in America.
Case studies of people who were murdered by contract killers include a New York journalist whose death was ordered by Colombian drug barons in 1992. Also: a history of organized crime's “Murder, Inc.” in the 1930s.Watch Now:Amazon
In a murder case that makes headlines around the globe, a professional football player stands accused of killing his friend in cold blood.Watch Now:Amazon
In the Depression-torn dust bowl of the 1930s, a new kind of desperado is born. Pretty Boy Floyd, John Dillinger, and Bonnie & Clyde become as well-known and admired as movie stars. Bill Kurtis narrates their murderous rise and deadly fallWatch Now:Amazon
On October 20, 2014, white Chicago PD Officer Jason Van Dyke fatally shoots 17-year-old African American Laquan McDonald in an act that he and the Chicago PD called “self-defense.” However, when freelance journalist Jamie Kalven gets word from a source that there is more to the story, his search for the truth uncovers a disturbing cover-up. Through his efforts, as well as the efforts of fellow journalists and activists, officials are finally forced to release the police dash cam footage from that fateful night. Public uproar results in Officer Van Dyke’s arrest on first-degree murder charges, and in the midst of a media circus, the case goes to trial.Watch Now:Amazon
When 19-year-old aspiring artist Sarah Stern goes missing just weeks before Christmas 2016, investigators initially suspect she may have died by suicide or run away from home. Then, in January 2017, one of Sarah’s former high school classmates comes forward with chilling information that leads to an undercover police sting and the shocking arrests of two very familiar faces. Armed with a bombshell, caught-on-tape confession from one of the suspects and the damning testimony of the other, Monmouth County, New Jersey prosecutors face the uphill task of trying to secure a murder conviction without a body for only the second time in the state’s history. Features interviews include Sarah’s father, detectives and prosecutors, along with complete access to archival materials detailing the search and the undercover sting operation.Watch Now:Amazon
The case of 1940s serial killer William Heirens, known as “The Lipstick Killer,” is recalled.Watch Now:Amazon
The case of Alvin Ridley, who was acquitted in 1999 of charges that he killed his wife in 1997. Host:Watch Now:Amazon
The case of Barbara Stager, a North Carolina woman who was convicted in 1989 of the 1988 shooting death of her second husband, Russ. Stager claimed the killing was accidental, but hindering her defense were similarities in the deaths of her first and second husbands; and an incriminating tape recorded by Russ shortly before his demise.
A detailed examination of the case of Dr. Sam Sheppard, the Cleveland surgeon convicted of murdering his wife in 1954. Included: crime scene photos; the investigation and trial; legal appeals resulting in Sheppard's release; his son's effort to exonerate him.
A report on police corruption focuses on how officers are treated after they are convicted. Cases studied include the New York City probe chronicled in the 1973 film "Serpico."Watch Now:Amazon
Examining cases of unjust imprisonment, including that of boxer Rubin Carter, whose life sentence for murder was overturned in 1985; and a Missouri woman falsely convicted of killing her son, who actually died of a rare blood disease.Watch Now:Amazon
Recalling the case of Wesley Shermantine, who was convicted of murdering Cyndi Vanderheiden in 1998. Her body has not been found.Watch Now:Amazon
The 1978 mass suicide of followers of Rev. Jim Jones, a cult leader who founded Jonestown in Guyana for the work of his People's Temple. Also: the murder of Rep. Leo J. Ryan, who was investigating allegations made by temple members.
The case of Alex Kelly, a high-school athlete who fled the country for Europe just before his 1987 rape trial. Kelly surrendered to authorities in 1995, and was convicted in 1997.
The case of Roger Scaggs, a Texas businessman who was convicted in 1998 of murdering his wife.Watch Now:Amazon