Mysteries & Crime
Dive into stories of crimes, mysteries and unsolved phenomena.
A king who offended the all-powerful Emperor, and then rebelled against him, but failed. How do these dramatic events in China's history link to the finding of 4000 buried terracotta warriors discovered in Jiangsu Province, China?
Deep in the mountains of West Virginia, the Green Bank Observatory has been receiving a mysterious signal from deep space. Could this be a message from an advanced civilization, or is it a much stranger and violent occurrence? Visit the largest steerable radio telescope on the planet for answers.
49,000 year old Neanderthal bones have been discovered by chance in a remote, mountainous region of Northern Spain. The bones may help solve the biggest Neanderthal puzzle of all - why we are here today and Neanderthals are not.
Virtually anyone with an Internet connection will be the victim of a cyber attack at some point in his or her life. It’s no longer a matter of ‘if,’ it’s a matter of ‘when’. In the fight against this new legion of criminals, our only hope is to embrace the full potential of AI.
Despite the UN's seeming attempts at hindering cocaine production by subsidizing farmers of cocoa, coffee, or palm oil, the cocaine plantations in Peru have still managed to become one of the world's largest sources of production. Why is that?
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In 1998, intelligence agents followed three young neo-Nazis to a garage where they were assembling pipe bombs. But before the police could arrest the suspects, they vanished into thin air. 13 years later, two were found dead in a burning camper and days later, the third member turned herself in.
2500 years ago, a dynasty of Celtic Princes founded the first towns in Northern Europe. They constructed harbours all over Europe. This Celtic Golden Age bears testimony to the intense trade and rich cross-influences that existed between Celtic, Greek and Etruscan cultures.
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Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera. You know him as El Chapo – a ruthless drug lord who became famous for using slick maneuvers to evade capture. But Chapo is not only a dark and devious character. He is also a wildly successful billionaire entrepreneur with business acumen.
The last time Hannetjie Stadler heard her daughter's voice was a voicemail, as she called for help during a brutal, murderous attack. In 2005, the popular tourist town of Knysna was shattered when two young women were murdered in a nightclub over a period of two months.
In 2012 and again in 2015, Crossrail has unearthed human skulls during their engineering works in London. Since the 1800s, hundreds of skulls have been found in the city - it is one of the most intriguing mysteries of archeology in London.
- 1h 21m
The Curse of the Gothic Symphony follows the journey of a fanatical and eclectic group of music lovers who aspire to break the curse behind British composer Havergal Brian's notorious First Symphony.
In a Church in Rome is a piece of wood. It is clearly inscribed with the remains of the line, 'Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews. This is a fascinating detective story, about a small walnut headboard, which may have been attached to the true cross immediately before the crucifixion.
- 1h 31m
Dean Reed’s story is the story of a wild and changing world. Through the prism of his life, we witness global youth rebellion, revolutions in popular music, and the shifting tectonics of superpower rivalry.
Graeme Eadie was driving his two young sons home from their grandparents’ house. In the car in front, Kevin Duncan was driving dangerously. So when they reached an intersection, Eadie jumped out of his car and grabbed his hockey stick, and proceeded to beat Duncan to death.
In April 2006, a double murder in Cape Town made world headlines. The two victims were Brett Goldin, a 28-year-old actor at the height of his career, and Richard Bloom, a fashion designer. Both were gay.
This is the story of one of the worst ever killing sprees in South Africa. Several bodies have been discovered within a small area. There seem to be similarities between victims - couples out at night have been kidnapped, raped, and then shot.
This is the definitive documentary of Europe’s most sensational murder case. For the first time ever the whole story of the Murder of Meredith Kercher and the subsequent incrimination of Amanda Knox, Raffaele Sollecito, and Rudy Guede can be told.
Rome. May 13, 1981, 17:00. John Paul II crosses St. Peter's Square in an open Jeep among thousands of cheering people. Suddenly three shots ring out across the square. The Pope collapses.
This fly-on-the-wall documentary follows the story of three extraordinary men who fight crime using extremely unorthodox methods. Their remarkably fascinating use of nothing more than their inventive minds leads to the creation of the ultimate crime-fighting team.
How do we explain malicious human behavior? What makes one person “normal” and another “evil?” Does a serial killer have evil in their genes? Why are some people capable of torturing others? Anatomy of Evil explores various approaches in an attempt to find answers.
History is littered with criminals, con artists, frauds, and fakes. We look at the most interesting from Adam Worth, the 19th-century inspiration for Professor Moriarty, to a jewel thief named ‘Diamond’ Doris and a ‘Count’ who sold the Eiffel Tower to gullible buyers… twice.
What makes a person become a serial killer? Follow forensic scientists, law enforcement, profilers, and prosecutors on the trail of German female serial killer, Tuba S. She was accused of murdering the magician Riconelly in 2016, but it seems that he was not her first victim…
- 6 episodes
Inside the Mind of a Con Artist unearths the human truths behind some of the most extraordinary cases in con artistry.
- 6 episodes
Just how much ‘science’ is in ‘forensic science’? It’s time to put crime scene investigation methods on trial.
- 6 episodes
Homicide detective Rod Demery and scientist Professor Turi King investigate history’s most intriguing murders to find long-lost killers.