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Mad or Bad? [electronic resource]: Psychologically Assessing Criminal Competence

Sane or insane? Court verdicts and parole decisions alike often hinge on that single crucial question. This program explores the intricacies of psychiatric evaluation and parole risk assessment with forensic psychologist Jeremy Coid, clinical psychologists, a probation officer, and others. The Yorkshire Ripper serial murders, the London Nail Bomber case, the Ipswich Rapist case, the 1999 attack on a London church congregation by a naked sword-wielding man, and a parole review involving a composite serial pedophile-a case that neatly illustrates the challenge of balancing society's right for safety against a convict's right to be treated fairly-are profiled.
Online
2005; 2001
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In the Name of Liberation [electronic resource]: Freedom by Any Means

This program analyzes terrorism used in the name of national liberation through studies of covert wars for independence in British Palestine, British Malaya, French Algeria, apartheid South Africa, and Northern Ireland. Bruce Hoffman, co-author of Countering the New Terrorism, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu offer their insights, while former Irgun commander Shraga Alis; former Malayan Communist Party leader Chin Peng; former FLN commander Yacef Saadi; Milk Bar Cafe bomber Zohra Drif; retired French military officers Paul Aussaresses and Pierre-Alban Thomas; former ANC bomber Robert McBride; and former IRA member Patrick Magee-the Brighton Bomber-reflect on the parts they played in terror and counter-terror actions.
Online
2005; 2002
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In the Name of God [electronic resource]: Holy Word, Holy War

By detailing key incidents ranging from the Dawson's Field hijackings to the Luxor massacre, this program charts the ever-widening holy war that is pitting Islamists against Zionists and the Arab world against the West. The Kach Party's Noam Federman; Bassam abu Sharif, founder of the Palestine Democratic Party; Abdel Aziz Rantisi and Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, operational and spiritual leaders of Hamas; Sheikh Jamal Khatab and Sheikh Fadlallah, spiritual leaders of Lebanese al Qaeda and Hezbollah; former Jewish Underground leader Yehuda Etzion; and former PFLP hijacker Leila Khaled are featured, as are former prime minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu and Conor Gearty, expert in human rights law.
Online
2005; 2002
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In the Name of the State [electronic resource]: When Might Makes Right

This program profiles cases of Iranian-sponsored terrorism via the Hezbollah and the PLO as well as Argentina's dirty war, when the government used terror tactics against its own people. U.S.-backed insurgency in Nicaragua via the Contras is also analyzed. Joseph Kennedy II; Duane Clarridge, former chief of the CIA's Latin American division; and Bayardo Izaba, of the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights, are spotlighted, as are retired General Martin Balza, former head of Argentina's armed forces; former interrogator Hector Vergez; Estela Barnes de Carlotto, president of the Association of Grandmothers of the May Square; and forensic anthropologist Luis Fondebrider, who is committed to identifying remains of the disappeared.
Online
2005; 2002
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Conflict [electronic resource]

Five guards, nine prisoners.until one changes sides. In this study in elemental power politics, the prisoners work to undermine the guards' authority; the most powerful prisoner is sentenced to solitary confinement, but refuses to go; and the guards squelch an attempt to break out. Contains harsh, inflammatory, and explicit language.
Online
2005; 2002
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Order [electronic resource]

In this profile of the psychology of leadership, a new prisoner joins the group in lockup, a master set of the guards' keys is stolen, and the two most forceful prisoners go head-to-head in a struggle for authority. Contains harsh, inflammatory, and explicit language.
Online
2005; 2002
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Rebellion [electronic resource]

As time creeps by, the exercise of reward and punishment and the friction of social inequality within the microsociety of prison take their toll, fraying nerves among the prisoners and generating anxiety among the guards. In this episode, two inmates form an unlikely alliance-and the guards are taken by surprise when three prisoners launch a nighttime revolt. Contains harsh, inflammatory, and explicit language.
Online
2005; 2002
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Tyranny [electronic resource]

In this episode, the primal exercise of negotiation and opportunism is explicated as 12 prisoners and guards band together to form a new and balanced society. Mere hours later, faced with an inability to enforce the commune rules, four members fill the power vacuum by launching a ruthless bid for control of the group. Contains harsh, inflammatory, and explicit language.
Online
2005; 2002
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Obeying or Resisting Authority [electronic resource]: Psychological Retrospective

Echoing the infamous Milgram experiment from the 1960s, this ABC News program sets up a psychological test in which an authority figure urges men and women to inflict pain. Test administrator and social psychologist Dr. Jerry Burger interprets the disturbing findings. The program also analyzes the 1971 Stanford prison experiment as well as the 2004 hoax in which a McDonald's manager and her fiance-directed by a caller impersonating a police officer-strip-searched and abused an employee. Original footage from all of these occurrences is included, along with present-day commentary from Dr. Philip Zimbardo, who designed the Stanford test. Finally, the program explores the ethics of using human participants in psychological tests.
Online
2007
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Of Dolls and Murder [electronic resource]

Of Dolls and Murder explores a haunting collection of dollhouse crime scenes and our universal fascination with murder. The documentary film explores the dioramas, the woman who created them, and their relationship to modern day forensics. From the iconic CSI television show to the Body Farm and criminally minded college students and a crime fighting granny, legendary filmmaker and true crime aficionado, John Waters narrates the tiny world of big time murder.
Online
2012
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The Future of Crime Prevention [electronic resource]

Modern criminal investigations rely heavily on technology. Fingerprint databases, crime scene reenactments, and DNA testing are all part of almost every investigation. This film looks at how scientists reconstruct the whole life of an unknown corpse; how computers can solve deaths that happened thousands of years ago; and how genetic fingerprints can become a faulty source in murder trials?
Online
2005
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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Scott Fraser - Why Eyewitnesses Get It Wrong

Forensic psychologist Scott Fraser studies how humans remember crimes - and bear witness to them. In this powerful TEDTalk, which focuses on a deadly shooting at sunset, he suggests that even close-up eyewitnesses to a crime can create "memories" they could not have seen. Why? Because the brain abhors a vacuum.
Online
2012
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Forensics [electronic resource]

In this episode, Dr. Michael Taylor of ESR, a government-owned New Zealand Crown Research Institute, gives host John Watt a crash course in forensic science and explains his own field of expertise: back spatter analysis. Nardia Foote is a grad student who works with Michael to better understand the process of back spatter relating to cranial gunshots. John catches up with Nardia at a firing range where she's set up an experiment to see precisely what happens when a head is shot with different caliber firearms. Using several different guns, some molded gelatin and plastic casing to simulate a head, and a high-speed camera, Nardia sets to work simulating her very own crime scene.
Online
2012
94.

Home Is Where the Heart Lies [electronic resource]

The fact is that most offenders do not travel very far to commit their crimes, says Professor David Canter. "Like you and me, their home is where their heart lies." In this program, Canter makes his point through the case of British TV personality Jill Dando, who was murdered on her doorstep by a man who lived just a few streets away; the Railway Rapists, a pair of men who raped and, in two cases, murdered their way up and down a rail line that passed by perpetrator John Duffy's dwelling; and Jack the Ripper, who terrorized London's East End and probably resided there. A look at the Soho cholera epidemic of 1854, which was brought under control through the geographical mapping of Dr. John Snow, is also included.
Online
2002
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Crime and Motion [electronic resource]

In 1981, Peter Sutcliffe (the Yorkshire Ripper) was convicted of killing 13 women and assaulting seven others. In 1994, Scottish serial killer Robert Black was convicted of abducting and murdering three girls. In 1996, Welsh serial killer Peter Moore (the Man in Black) was convicted of torturing and murdering four men. In this program, Professor David Canter examines serial murder involving travel near and far while explaining how the application of geographical profiling helped-or could have helped-bring these perpetrators to justice sooner rather than later.
Online
2002
96.

Moving Targets [electronic resource]

Like any predatory animal, a serial criminal defines a territory through the predatory logic that guides his hunting. In this program, Professor David Canter illustrates the complexities of running a human predator to ground through three cases. The first, which occurred in Las Vegas, focuses on a teenager who was arrested for committing a crime spree that combined murderous assault, rape, and robbery; the second, which occurred in Canada, focuses on 36-year-old Garrett Young, who abducted prostitutes in St. John's, Newfoundland, and then raped, beat, and left them for dead in a rural area outside of the city; and the third, which occurred in Bath, England, focuses on a perpetrator dubbed the Batman Rapist, who struck at least 14 times.
Online
2002
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Black Holes and Spider Webs [electronic resource]

Not all serial killers travel to commit their crimes; some lure their victims to their lair, where they are silenced forever. In this program, Professor David Canter uses the case of Fred and Rosemary West-a British husband/wife duo who cleverly concealed the bodies of no fewer than 13 girls and young women they tortured, sexually abused, and murdered-to explain how a black hole-like absence of victim bodies can itself provide insights into the whereabouts of a predator. The case of the Belgian serial killer and child pornographer Marc Dutroux is also exhibited, showing how a wide cluster of black holes can indicate the presence of a multi-person, web-like crime network.
Online
2002
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Marauders and Commuters [electronic resource]

In the world of criminal investigation, a marauder is a serial predator who works from a centrally placed home base. A commuter, on the other hand, is one who travels to a locale in search of victims. What happens when commuting and marauding are combined? In this program, Professor David Canter compares and contrasts two commuter-marauders who perpetrated homicidal assaults on women: Frenchman Jacques Plumain (the Phantom), who marauded in Strasbourg, crossed the border into the German town of Kehl, and marauded some more, and Birmingham resident Adrian Babb, who crossed a highway into a different Birmingham neighborhood to commit his crimes.
Online
2002
99.

Virtual Crime and the Future [electronic resource]

In the 21st century, "we are all becoming visible...in that other, parallel world of electronic records, databases, video films, and computer memories," says Professor David Canter. "Criminals who would've been hidden in the past are also becoming visible in this virtual world-provided we know how to look for them." In this program, Canter addresses the use of data mining to track the virtual and real-world movements of criminals. Case studies include the following: Simon Wadland of Northamptonshire, who, using only his telephone, terrified 11 women into mutilating themselves and was snared by his phone records; Londoner Edgar Pearce (the Mardi Gra Bomber), a terroristic extortionist who was tripped up through a sting involving a huge surveillance campaign; and Gary Ridgway (the Gree [...]
Online
2002
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Physicists Help Solve Cold Cases [electronic resource]

Accelerator measurements of tooth fragments help detectives identify remains.
Online
2012