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Aggression [electronic resource]: Is Violence Learned?

Do children who watch violent TV shows become violent themselves, or is anyone from any background capable of murder? This program explores two theories of extreme aggression: that it is learned from media and other elements of one's social environment, and that it can be induced by the command of authority figures. Research into violence is illustrated using Milgram's conformity experiments, Hannah Arendt's ideas about "the banality of evil" in Nazi concentration camps, the Columbine shootings, and the tragic case of James Bulger, a toddler who was murdered in 1993 by two 10-year-olds from abusive households.

Modern Marvels: Forensic Science - the Crime Fighter's Weapon [electronic resource]

This program traces the development of forensic science from its infancy to today as agents and investigators demonstrate powerful crime-solving tools such as DNA "fingerprinting" and fiber science and revisit notorious cases, from the ballistic evidence that led to the conviction of James Earl Ray to the tiny clues that put investigators of the Lockerbie disaster on the trail of Libyan terrorists.

Forensic Firsts [electronic resource]

This A&E Special traces the origins of four critical weapons in the war against crime: ballistics, trace evidence, polygraph tests, and psychological profiling. Stories of headline-making crimes such as the "Mad Bomber" investigation in New York during the 1950s help show how these techniques were developed and refined, while dramatic reenactments introduce viewers to innovators like Calvin Goddard, the father of modern ballistics, and Leonard Keeler, the designer of the portable polygraph machine.

Post Mortem [electronic resource]: Forensic Science

Post Mortem delves into the world of forensic science, and looks at some of the latest techniques in high-tech sleuthing. Fingerprints, fibers, blood-- forensic investigators turn these elements into compelling evidence, working routinely with police in their efforts to solve crimes. The pathologist's interpretation of data is used to reveal the cause and manner of death, type of weapon used, and other details. The entomologist can help determine time of death, while the forensic psychologist can draw up a personality profile that will help track a killer down. Post Mortem takes a close-up look at DNA typing which matches a person's genetic blueprint to saliva, semen, or blood found at the scene of a crime. The film tracks the emotionally-charged murder case of a teenage girl and sho [...]

The Real CSI

An episode of "Frontline," examining the tools and techniques used in forensic science to solve criminal cases, discussing inconsistencies and how forensic evidence is presented in the court room, and describing such specific cases as the murder trial of Casey Anthony, the FBI's investigation into the Madrid terrorist bombing, and capital cases in rural Mississippi.
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Big Noise Dispatches No. 7

Dispatches No. 7 reports on the Middle East, increased military recruitment of Latinos, and the FBI's abuse of power.
2017; 2011

How DNA Changed the World of Forensics

Before DNA testing, prosecutors relied on less-sophisticated forensic techniques, including microscopic hair analysis, to put criminals behind bars. But how reliable was hair analysis?
2017; 2014

Flawed Forensics

The fates of two men are still entangled in the FBI's faulty hair analysis from 20 years ago. Both men were found guilty of multiple murders and now one is on the outside, recently released and waiting for a retrial, while the other, after coming within hours of actual execution, is hoping that long-awaited DNA testing will finally prove his innocence. The uncovering of faulty forensic analysis by the FBI 20 years ago means that two men have a second chance at proving their innocence.
2017; 2015

Stacey Dooley Investigates: Canada's Lost Girls

This emotional, hard-hitting film takes Stacey Dooley to a remote part of Canada to investigate why the regular disappearance or murder of hundreds of young women from indigenous communities has largely been ignored. She discovers that in the last 30 years, an estimated 4,000 women from these First Nation communities have gone missing or been killed. And the vast majority were aged under 30. Why were so many of their killers never brought to justice—and why have incidents like the brutal murders of two 15-year-old girls failed to make the headlines? Stacey uncovers a tale of shocking racism and sexism by police, as well as prejudice from government services.

What It's Like to Go Through a Police Interrogation

In this video, former FBI agent and ABC News consultant Brad Garrettundergoes the various tactics police use when interviewing suspects.
2018; 2017

The Search for Alfred the Great [electronic resource]

Inside the churchyard of St. Bartholomew's in Winchester there is a mysterious unmarked grave, a grave that has long been thought to contain the remains of King Alfred and his family. Now a team of archaeologists are exhuming these bones and, using the latest scientific techniques and DNA sampling, combined with an informed history of the site, seek to find out if this really is the last resting place of King Alfred the Great. Just who was this King? What did he look like? How did he live? And how did he die? This remarkable film uncovers the story of one of England's greatest kings through the investigation of his 1000 year old remains and so pieces together, in more detail than ever before, the story of the extraordinary world in which he lived.
2015; 2014

Soaked in Bleach

The events behind Kurt Cobain's death as seen through the eyes of Tom Grant, the private investigator hired by Courtney Love to track down her missing husband only days before his deceased body was found. The film develops as a narrative mystery with cinematic re-creations, interviews with key experts and witnesses, and the examination of official artifacts from the 1994 case.
2019; 2015