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Crimes That Shook The World – Season 1 (2006)
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Crimes That Shook The World – Season 1 (2006)

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.

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Episode 1: The Wests / House of Horrors

The events that transpired at 25 Cromwell Street in the UK, where a seemingly normal father and mother (Fred and Rose West) tortured, raped and murdered young women, including their own children.

Episode 2: BTK Strangler

Profile of serial killer Dennis Rader, who preyed on families in Kansas for nearly 30 years, and called himself BTK to draw attention to his preferred murder method – bind, torture and kill. Rader’s narcissistic nature proved to be his downfall when, after years of mocking police attempts to find him, a careless mistake exposed his identity.

Episode 3: The Green River Killer

The case of Green River Killer Gary Leon Ridgway, who was arrested on November 30, 2001 after a 19-year police search. The offender had slain at least 48 women – more than any other US murderer. A warrant was granted to search his property in 1987 but no evidence was found at the time – it was only after a breakthrough in DNA technology in 1999 that the case was reopened.

Episode 4: The Vienna Strangler

The case of Austrian Jack Unterweger who, after serving a 14-year spell in jail for the murder of a girl in 1974, went on to become a celebrated media figure and an example of the reform system’s effectiveness. However, it then transpired he had killed up to 11 more people across Europe and America and he hanged himself in his cell after being given a life sentence without parole.

Episode 5: The Backpacker Murderer

Documents the hunt that led to Ivan Milat, a brutal serial killer, whose crimes both captivated and repelled the Australian public while decimating the country’s tourist trade.

Episode 6: The Phoenix Strangler

The case of Phoenix Strangler Sipho Thwala, who was sentenced to 506 years in jail in March 1999 when he was convicted of the murder of 16 women in Durban, South Africa. The police search was initially hampered as the bodies had been burned, but with the help of psychological profiler Micki Pistorius and DNA samples that matched those from a past attempted rape, Thwala was eventually brought to justice.

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