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Crimes That Shook The World – Season 2 (2009)
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Crimes That Shook The World – Season 2 (2009)

aka Serial Killers

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The in-depth stories of some of the most notorious murderers in recent history.
Using dramatic reconstruction and expert testimony, this is a forensic account of the perpetrators and the detectives in the crimes that shook the world.

IMDB (7.8)

Episode 1: Arthur Shawcross –

Documentary exploring how Arthur Shawcross murdered 11 women in Rochester, New York, in the late 1980s, before being caught with the aid of ground-breaking criminal profiling work.

Episode 2: Alexander Pichushkin – The Chessboard Killer

The story of `chessboard killer’ Alexander Pichushkin, who aimed to kill 64 people – one for each square on the board of the game – but was caught before he could complete his task. The Russian committed his crimes over a 15-year period between 1992 and 2006 before being apprehended, and officers encountered problems substantiating his claims to have killed more than 50 people.

Episode 3: The Monster of Florence

The unsolved case of the Monster of Florence, who preyed on young couples and committed murders in and around the city in the early 1980s, but who has never been officially identified. Among several people suspected of the crimes was peasant farmer Pietro Pacciani, who was tried and convicted, but later cleared by the Italian Supreme Court due to a lack of evidence.

Episode 4: John Bunting – Bodies in the Barrels

Examining a string of gruesome murders that affected the close-knit community of Snowtown, near Adelaide, Australia. The perpetrators, led by ruthless psychopath John Bunting, tortured and killed 12 people during the 1990s, before disposing of the bodies in barrels of acid. This programme reveals how the murder of one of the victims, Elizabeth Haydon, alerted police to the gang’s activities.

Episode 5: Marc Dutroux – Monster of Belgium

The story of Belgian Marc Dutroux, who kidnapped, tortured and abused six girls during 1995 and 1996 – four of whom died. The country’s initial joy at the rescue of two of the captives turned to horror when information emerged about the police investigation, suggesting that corruption – and not incompetence – led to Dutroux being free to carry on with his crimes for so long. This possibility brought 300,000 people to the streets in protest and left the nation in turmoil.

Episode 6: Lucie Blackman Murder

Exploring the death of Lucie Blackman, who left her home in Sevenoaks, Kent, to live in Japan, but was murdered while working at a hostess bar in Tokyo in July 2000.

Episode 7: Dennis Nilsen

Investigating how the psychological state of Dennis Nilsen, who killed at least 15 men and boys, was approached by the judiciary and media, after the serial killer claimed he committed the murders in a trance.

Episode 8: Peter Sutcliffe – The Yorkshire Ripper

Between 1975 and 1980, Peter Sutcliffe terrorised the north of England, killing 13 women and injuring more. This documentary examines how he was eventually brought to justice, with survivors of his attacks and senior police officers discussing an investigation that was hindered by hoaxes, controversy and accusations of incompetence. Sutcliffe was interviewed nine times without being charged, while police devoted almost two fruitless years to the tape-recorded messages and letters sent by John Samuel Humble, who claimed to be the Ripper.

Episode 9: Aileen Wuornos – Angel of Death

Profile of serial killer Aileen Wuornos, who was convicted and sentenced to death for the murders of six men in Florida over the course of a year. The programme explores how police were able to gather only circumstantial evidence against Wuornos, and launched an undercover operation to lure her and a possible accomplice out into the open.

Episode 10: Steve Wright – The Suffolk Strangler

The hunt for the Suffolk Strangler, who murdered five prostitutes in the Ipswich area during 2006, leading to the largest manhunt since the Yorkshire Ripper.

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