Notorious Killings

The potential for shocking brutality haunts the history of civilization, and the destructive actions of a few can steer the course of history in unpredictable ways. Delve into the dark motivations behind the violent deaths that still reverberate.

The Lost Diary of Dr. Livingstone

Examine new forensic techniques being used to study the explorer’s lost diary. Livingstone’s account of the mass slaughter of the village Nyangwe, recorded in his journal, horrified the American and British public and ultimately led to the end of the African slave trade, and closing down the world’s last open slave market. But Livingstone may not have told the entire story of the massacre in his journal.

Premiered March 26, 2014 | Video expires March 26, 2017

JFK: One PM Central Standard Time

Narrated by George Clooney, JFK: One PM Central Standard Time recounts the riveting story of the reporting from Dallas and the CBS Newsroom in New York from the moment President Kennedy was shot until Cronkite’s emotional pronouncement of his death at 1 p.m. CST.

Premiered November 13, 2013

Death on the Railroad

Less than two months after 57 Irish immigrants were hired to lay railroad track in Pennsylvania in 1832, all were dead. Were they victims of a cholera epidemic or something much darker?

Premiered May 8, 2013

Aztec Massacre

The grisly discovery of over 400 mutilated bodies in Mexico paints a new picture of the violent relations between the Aztecs and the Conquistadors.

Premiered April 23, 2008

Gangland Graveyard

In 1981, three Mafia captains were killed by a gangster named Massino in a strategic Bananno family takeover. Over the next 20 years, the FBI used undercover testimony and forensics to end Massino’s career. Joseph D. Pistone, the real life Donnie Brasco, leads viewers deep into the world of the Mafia.

Premiered November 15, 2006

Umbrella Assassin

On September 11, 1978, Bulgarian Cold War defector Georgi Markov died. Three days before, while waiting for a bus, Markov felt a sudden sting in the back of his thigh and was soon hospitalized. After his death, an investigation ruled Markov had been poisoned with a pellet of ricin. But how and by whom?

Premiered October 4, 2006

The Witches Curse

The trouble in Salem began during the cold, dark Massachusetts winter, in January of 1692. Eight young girls began to take ill, beginning with 9-year-old Elizabeth Parris and 11-year-old Abigail Williams. But theirs was a strange sickness.

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