Great Crimes and Trials

Great Crimes and Trials

Discover the extraordinary stories behind the greatest crimes and trials in recent memory. The true stories have been carefully researched and reconstructed with actual archival footage of cases that have become almost legendary.
26 Episodes
Great Crimes and Trials - The BTK Killer

The BTK Killer

In June 2005, Dennis Lynn Rader appears in court. He works as an enforcement officer for the local authority, is a boy-scout leader and a prominent member of the Lutheran church. Then he's accused of the brutal murder of 10 people.
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Great Crimes and Trials - The Case of Amanda Knox

The Case of Amanda Knox

When a British student is found murdered in Italy, Police turn their attention to her housemate and her boyfriend in a trial that gripped the world.
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Great Crimes and Trials - A Very Dangerous Game

A Very Dangerous Game

Rising NFL star Rae Carruth's girlfriend is shot in a drive-by shooting and implicates him before dying. Rae goes on the run and search is launched.
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Great Crimes and Trials - Murder on Cape Cod

Murder on Cape Cod

Cape Cod, is a place where people go to escape the grind of city life. Few could imagine anything really horrible happening in such an idyllic place. However, on January 26, 2002, perceptions are drastically altered.
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Great Crimes and Trials - Death of a Mail Order Bride

Death of a Mail Order Bride

A devoted mother Nina Sharanova, disappears in mysterious circumstances in Oakland, California. The last time she's seen alive is just before she drops off her children at the home of her ex-husband, Hans Reiser. Police suspect he may be involved.
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Great Crimes and Trials - The Man Who Ate The Evidence

The Man Who Ate The Evidence

In 1996 a ten year old boy, Zachary Ramsay, disappears on his way to school. The police suspect Nathaniel Bar-Jonah was a known paedophile from Massachusetts but with no hard evidence, they can do nothing.
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Great Crimes and Trials - The Beast of Notting Hill

The Beast of Notting Hill

Australian heiress Janie Shepherd goes missing from a smart area of London. One policeman's intuition leads him to suspect David Lashley, a known rapist, of abducting her, but before he can be questioned, Lashley is convicted of a different attack.
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Great Crimes and Trials - The Kennedy Connection

The Kennedy Connection

Sixteen years after Martha Moxley is found dead in an exclusive New York suburb, her neighbour is brought to trial after new evidence is uncovered.
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Great Crimes and Trials - Murder on the Mountain

Murder on the Mountain

Peter Bergna and his wife Rinette were involved in a terrible accident. Peter drives their car off a mountain road and it plunges 800 feet. Rinette is killed, but miraculously Peter survives leaving police suspicious of his account of what happened.
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Great Crimes and Trials - The Australian Outback Killer

The Australian Outback Killer

In 2001 a British couple, Joanne Lees and Peter Falconio, disappear in the wilderness of the Australian outback in their orange VW Kombi on the final leg of their exciting round the world trip.
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Great Crimes and Trials - The Beast Of The Bastille

The Beast Of The Bastille

In Paris, France, 1995 a beautiful young nurse, Helene Frinking is found dead in her apartment. She is just one of the victims of the serial killer who becomes known as The Beast of the Bastille.
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Great Crimes and Trials - The Student Serial Killer

The Student Serial Killer

Danny Rolling tortures his victims and as a calling card, he mutilates and poses their corpses to taunt police. A taskforce is set up which links Danny to the Gainesville murders in Florida, but it's four years before he finally comes to trial.
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Great Crimes and Trials - Murder in the Mansion

Murder in the Mansion

In September 1987, elderly, reclusive, near blind, eccentric, Simon Dale, is found bludgeoned to death in his home Heath House, Shropshire, England. His ex-wife, Susan Wilberforce, quickly becomes the prime suspect in his murder.
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Great Crimes and Trials - The Long Island Railroad Massacre

The Long Island Railroad Massacre

In 1993, Colin Ferguson boarded a train and began shooting passengers, killing six people. At his trial, he defended himself, claiming his innocence.
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Great Crimes and Trials - America's Oldest Serial Killers

America's Oldest Serial Killers

In 1991 Ray and Faye Copeland become, at the ages of 76 and 69, the oldest couple ever sentenced to death in the USA. They are convicted of killing five drifters on their farm in Missouri as part of bad cheque scam.
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Great Crimes and Trials - Belgium's Worst Murders

Belgium's Worst Murders

In 2004, the European trial of the century began. Marc Dutroux was accused of unspeakable crimes in a dirty basement against six young female victims.
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Great Crimes and Trials - The Murder of Sarah Payne

The Murder of Sarah Payne

In July 2000, Sara Payne and her husband hear the news they have been dreading: the body of their 8 year old daughter, Sarah, has been found in a shallow grave.
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Great Crimes and Trials - The Case of Susan Smith

The Case of Susan Smith

In 1994, a mother appeared on TV to appeal for the safe return of her two missing children. But it soon emerged the children were already dead - killed by her own hand.
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Great Crimes and Trials - Murdered by the Mob

Murdered by the Mob

One families' fight for justice against the might of the mafia. The death of Peppino Impastato on the night of 8th May 1978 was initially dismissed by the Italian police as a case of either a suicide or a bungled bomb attack by a left-wing terrorist.
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Great Crimes and Trials - The Railroad Killer

The Railroad Killer

In 1997, students Holly Dunn and Chris Maier are attacked while taking a shortcut home along railway tracks. Maier is bludgeoned to death and Holly is beaten and left for dead, but she survives and vows to bring her attacker to justice.
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Great Crimes and Trials - The Salt Lake Slayer

The Salt Lake Slayer

Graeme Cunningham leaves his home and vanishes. After several dead ends, police are alerted to a mild mannered bookkeeper, Arthur Bishop, who they discover is a thief and fraudster, who has been molesting Graeme's friend.
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Great Crimes and Trials - The Ken and Barbie Killers

The Ken and Barbie Killers

Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo were married in a picture perfect wedding by a lake in Niagara, Canada, right near the falls. But despite their Ken and Barbie appearances, this couple had murder on their minds
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Great Crimes and Trials - Britain's Worst Serial Killer

Britain's Worst Serial Killer

An unassuming family doctor stands trial for murdering 15 of his former elderly patients. Harold Shipman pleads not guilty to all charges and the investigation into his crimes is dramatically played out in court.
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Great Crimes and Trials - The Neighbourhood Killer

The Neighbourhood Killer

Ashley Pond disappears on her way to school and 2 months later her best friend Miranda Gaddis also vanishes. A major hunt for the girls is launched by the FBI, and a media circus descends on the small suburb of Portland, Oregon.
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