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    1971 (2014)

    Joanna Hamilton’s well-constructed documentary “1971” showcases ordinary people who broke into a local FBI office, stole all the files and published them, thereby revealing to the unsuspecting American public the shocking illegal practices of J. Edgar Hoover’s agency. Despite an intensive five-year manhunt, the whistleblowers were never caught: “This,” to quote the film, “is […]

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    Back From The Dead: The John Darwin Story (2016)

    Five and a half years after a baffling canoe accident, the man said to have perished in the icy waters of the North Sea – now officially dead – walked into a London police station. He claimed he had lost his memory and didn’t know who he was… youtube John Darwin disappearance case @ […]

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    Bad Dads’ Army: The Hatton Garden Heist (2016)

    In April 2015, the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company, an underground safe deposit facility in London’s Hatton Garden area, was burgled. The total stolen may have a value of up to £200 million, the incident has been called the “largest burglary in English legal history.” The heist was planned and carried out by four […]

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    Britain’s Biggest Heists: Millennium Dome Diamond Heist (2010)

    On 7th November, 2000, The Millennium Dome became the scene of Britain’s biggest attempted heist. The Millennium Star – a 203 carat diamond – and a set of rare blue gems on show at the attraction became the targets of a highly dangerous gang of thieves. In the most audacious attack seen on British […]

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    Britain’s Biggest Heists: The Baker Street Robbery (2011)

    The Baker Street Robbery took place in September 1971, when a small gang tunneled their way 40 feet under Lloyds Bank in Baker Street, breaking through the reinforced concrete floor with a thermal lance. They were detected by a nearby amateur radio enthusiast who alerted the police, who originally failed to detect the robbery […]

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    Britain’s Biggest Heists: The Brink’s Mat Robbery (2010)

    In 1983 a gang of armed robbers hijacked a security depot near Heathrow Airport and held the guards hostage, expecting to steal cash in the region of £3 million. But their operation didn’t go exactly according to plan. Security guard Robin Risely couldn’t remember his part of the codes to the safes and remarkably […]

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    Britain’s Biggest Heists: The Swissport Robbery (2011)

    In May 2004 a gang of eight masked men raided a depot at Heathrow Airport with the intention of stealing millions of pounds in cash and gold bullion. Wielding knives, hockey sticks and clubs, they forced their way into a secure area of the Swissport warehouse and began to load bank notes and precious […]

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    Burglar in the House (2012)

    Every two minutes a house in Britain is burgled, and for years Nottingham has suffered the highest burglary rates in the UK. But the city’s police are fighting back, and are now capturing the burglars on camera. They are installing hidden minicams inside ordinary homes, which record the thieves in action. They call them […]

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    Copycat Killers: Saw (2016)

    He sat on the road with his legs twisted under him and his hands cuffed behind his back. His oversized glasses drooped as he cried for help. Brian Wells, a pizza deliveryman, was caught in a bizarre bank robbery. He had walked in with a bomb strapped to his neck, and now no-one wanted […]

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    D.B. Cooper: Case Closed? (2016)

    On November 24th, 1971 a man dressed in a suit and tie hijacked a Northwest Orient flight bound for Seattle, Washington. He said he had a bomb and demanded $200,000 in cash and four parachutes. Once he got his ransom, the man jumped into the night, never to be seen again. In the more […]

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    Don’t Fuck with the Lewises (2004)

    A Norwegian film crew travelling across the southern states of America comes across rock legend Jerry Lee Lewis’ native home in Ferriday, Louisiana. Although initially they are especially attracted to the nearby drive-thru liquor store and bar, they decide to concentrate on the striking manager of both the liquor store and Lewis’ childhood home. […]

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    Gypsy Child Thieves (2009)

    If you’ve travelled in Europe you will know the dangers of the Roma, or Gypsy, children who stake out the major tourist centres and swarm around visitors aiming to stealing their money, credit cards and other valuables. Now Producer Liviu Tipurita, using hidden cameras and some remarkable detective skills, shows how these children operate. […]