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Crimes of the 20th Century
From the John F. Kennedy assassination to the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City, take an in-depth look at the major crimes of the last 100 years. Includes archival footage and rare photographs of the Lindbergh kidnapping, the Manson murders, Bonnie and Clyde, Al Capone and, Son of Sam.
GENRE(S): History, Crime
RUNTIME: (5 x 1 hr)
YEAR: 2000
Crimes of the 20th Century
In this revealing seven video box set, you will witness the inside stories of brutal crimes of the 20th Century.  In this panorama of crime and detection, delve into the shocking Lindbergh kidnapping, the St. Valentine’s Day massacre, the daring Brinks robbery, Leopold and Loeb, the Sam Sheppard case, the Martin Luther King and Kennedy assassinations, the Manson murders, the O.J. Simpson case, the Oklahoma bombing and many more infamous crimes of the 20th Century.

I.  Psychos
Adolf Eichmann and the Nazi Horrors 

Nazi atrocities, death camp experimentation, and The Final Solution crafted by Adolf Eichmann are implemented by the Nazi party.

John Wayne Gacy
A part-time clown becomes a full-time murdered, eventually filling his basement with 29 rotting corpses.

Richard Speck
A combination of mental deficiency, mania and alcohol lead to an all-night killing spree during which eight nurse are raped and murdered.  One survivor of the night of horror is left to testify.

Jonestown
A charismatic madman with ties to the CIA gathers his flock in a Guyana commune,  About to have his tyrannical madness exposed, cult leader Jim Jones “encourages” his 913 followers to drink poisoned Kool-Aid.

Ed Gein
A quiet little farmer from Wisconsin inspired the movies, Psycho and Texas Chainsaw Massacre, after he is arrested for a particularly brutal murder and the police discover his bizarre penchant for digging up dead bodies.


II.  Assassinations   

President McKinley and Archduke Ferdinand
Shocking turn of the century murders that marked a distinct pattern for our century at large.

Rasputin

Dubbed the “Mad Monk”, he held sway over Imperial Russia but his influence ended in a grisly overkill - death by poison, beating and bullets.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, Adolf Hitler, Pope John Paul II and Ronald Reagan
Failed murder attempts that produced a change in the course of history.

John Lennon

A disturbed young loner, angered by misconceptions, plots to change the world by killing a beloved rock star.

John F. Kennedy
Was J.F.K. the victim of a “Lone Nut”, or was he the target of a high level conspiracy involving the Mafia, the C.I.A. and reactionary political forces?

Martin Luther King

A sniper’s bullet killed him - but was notorious villain, James Earl Ray the assassin or only one small cog in a machine of murder?

Robert F. Kennedy
An eerie replay of his brother’s assassination.  What was the underlying connection between Sirhan Sirhan and Teamster chief, James Hoffa?


III.  Unsolved

Lindbergh Kidnapping
an entire nation is shocked when all-American here Charles Lindbergh’s only child is kidnapped and then found dead - but did the clamor for justice result in the execution of an innocent man?

Torso Killer

In 1930’s Cleveland, Elliot Ness searches for America’s first serial killer, a brutal monster who leaves behind horribly mutilated corpses for the police to find.

Black Dahlia

A beautiful young actress moves to Hollywood with dreams of becoming a star, but her only fame comes when she is found dead and mutilated in an abandoned lot.

The Sam Sheppard Case

In a real-life drama that inspired “The Fugitive”, a respected doctor is convicted of murdering his wife.  F. Lee Bailey suspects the doctors was railroaded and calls for another trial.

IV.  Cold Blooded Murder

O. J. Simpson
A world famous athlete and television star who tries to strategically charm his way out of a double homicide - and nearly succeeds.

Charles Manson
The dark prince of the hippie movement, he was the wild-eyed leader of an adoring band of drug-crazed killers who stopped at nothing to serve him.

Hillside Strangler

A pain of conspiring cousins who travel the Los Angeles highways terrorizing the largest city in the United States with serial rape and murder.

Charlie Starkweather

The inspiration for the film “Badlands”, a psycho obsessed with James Dean accompanied by his rebellious teenage girlfriend, go on a killing spree in the 1950’s.

V.  By Reason of Insanity 

Son of Sam
David Berkowitz, an evocative New York serial killer, claimed he received orders to murder from the dog next door.

Boston Strangler

Police officers, psychics and citizens could not seem to apprehend the crazed strangler as he prowled a terrified, unsuspecting metropolis.

Leopold and Loeb

Two brilliant young deviates devise the perfect murder to prove they are superior to the rest of the human race and go on trial for their lives.

Oklahoma City Bombing

Timothy McVeigh and co-conspirator, Terry Nichols, succeed in the terrible bombing of the Oklahoma Federal Building by way of a fertilizer/fuel bomb.

Ted Bundy

The charismatic law school student held an immoral fascination for women with long dark hair.  He was responsible for the murder and rape of many women throughout the United States. 

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From the John F. Kennedy assassination to the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City, take an in-depth look at the major crimes of the last 100 years. Includes archival footage and rare photographs of the Lindbergh kidnapping, the Manson murders, Bonnie and Clyde, Al Capone and, Son of Sam.

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From the John F. Kennedy assassination to the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City, take an in-depth look at the major crimes of the last 100 years. Includes archival footage and rare photographs of the Lindbergh kidnapping, the Manson murders, Bonnie and Clyde, Al Capone and, Son of Sam.

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From the John F. Kennedy assassination to the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City, take an in-depth look at the major crimes of the last 100 years. Includes archival footage and rare photographs of the Lindbergh kidnapping, the Manson murders, Bonnie and Clyde, Al Capone and, Son of Sam.

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From the John F. Kennedy assassination to the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City, take an in-depth look at the major crimes of the last 100 years. Includes archival footage and rare photographs of the Lindbergh kidnapping, the Manson murders, Bonnie and Clyde, Al Capone and, Son of Sam.

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From the John F. Kennedy assassination to the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City, take an in-depth look at the major crimes of the last 100 years. Includes archival footage and rare photographs of the Lindbergh kidnapping, the Manson murders, Bonnie and Clyde, Al Capone and, Son of Sam.

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From the John F. Kennedy assassination to the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City, take an in-depth look at the major crimes of the last 100 years. Includes archival footage and rare photographs of the Lindbergh kidnapping, the Manson murders, Bonnie and Clyde, Al Capone and, Son of Sam.

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From the John F. Kennedy assassination to the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City, take an in-depth look at the major crimes of the last 100 years. Includes archival footage and rare photographs of the Lindbergh kidnapping, the Manson murders, Bonnie and Clyde, Al Capone and, Son of Sam.

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