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13 Episodes 2006 - 2007

Osama Bin Laden: Dead or Alive

Tue, Aug 29, 2006 60 mins

An investigation of Osama bin Laden's escape from capture during the battle of Tora Bora in 2001 and how the Al Qaeda leader has eluded the military ever since. Included: first-person accounts from journalists and former CIA members who were on the ground during the manhunt in Afghanistan. Also: a look at unconventional military tactics used to try to capture the terrorist and missed chances in the 1990s; experts' theories on his current location.

Iran Hostage Crisis

Wed, Sep 27, 2006 60 mins

The Nov. 4, 1979, U.S. embassy takeover in Tehran is recalled. Sixty-six Americans were taken hostage and 52 were held captive for the next 444 days, until their release on Jan. 20, 1981.

Wed, Oct 4, 2006 60 mins

A report on the April 1992 Los Angeles riots, which erupted after four police officers were acquitted in the beating of black motorist Rodney King, which was caught on videotape. More than 50 people were killed and thousands were injured in the riots.

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Jonestown Tragedy

Wed, Oct 11, 2006 60 mins

Investigating the November 1978 mass murder-suicide in Jonestown, Guyana, where more than 900 people were led to their deaths by cult-leader Jim Jones of the Peoples Temple after he persuaded them drink a cyanide-laced fruit drink.

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Desert Storm

Wed, Oct 18, 2006 60 mins

An in-depth look at Operation Desert Storm and the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Included: U.S. military strategies; President George H.W. Bush's decision to declare a cease-fire; the war's effect on Iraq.

Getting Gotti

Wed, Nov 22, 2006 60 mins

"Getting Gotti" examines the inner workings of New York crime families and FBI strategies for uncovering Mafia secrets. Included: an in-depth look at the investigation of John Gotti, the "Teflon Don," who was convicted in 1992 for murder and racketeering.

Black Hawk Down

Mon, Jan 22, 2007 60 mins

Recalling the Oct. 3, 1993, Battle of Mogadishu, the U.S. Army Rangers' failed mission to capture Somali warlord Mohamed Farah Aidid, which resulted in 18 American deaths.

Standoff at Ruby Ridge

Tue, Mar 13, 2007 60 mins

A look at the 1992 FBI standoff with white separatist Randy Weaver in Ruby Ridge, Idaho, which left Weaver's wife and son dead, as well as a U.S. marshal. Also: examining the subsequent antigovernment backlash.

O.J. Simpson Trial

The O.J. Simpson trial is examined in this in-depth look at legal strategies, police methods and racial politics. Also: a timeline of major events from the night of the 1994 murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman to Simpson's 1995 acquittal.

Bombing Over Lockerbie

Tue, Mar 27, 2007 60 mins

Investigating the Dec. 21, 1988, bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which killed all 259 people on board and 11 more on the ground. Included: interviews with Scottish investigators, victims' family members and reporters who covered the case.

Tue, Apr 3, 2007 60 mins

A report on the April 20, 1999, Columbine High School massacre examines motivations behind the rampage and warning signs that were missed. Included: a look at the killers' diaries and home videos; interviews with former students.

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Tue, Apr 10, 2007 60 mins

An examination of the Nixon administration's efforts to contain the Watergate scandal. Included: interviews with key players, such as Ben Bradlee, then-editor of the Washington Post; G. Gordon Liddy and other members of the Nixon administration.

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Clinton Impeachment

Tue, May 1, 2007 60 mins

A look at the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton. Included: interviews with members of Congress and White House staff; its impact now.

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Get the inside story of the government's assault on the Branch Davidian compound, including the cult's armed stand-off and personal crusade against the U.S. government. Why did this religious sect have hundreds of unregistered fully automatic weapons?

The media cover and police investigate the case of a serial sniper who terrorizes the Washington area for three weeks.

Elusive al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden escapes a barrage of bombs and gunfire during the battle at Tora Bora, Afghanistan, in 2001.

At the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran, on November 4, 1979, 66 Americans are taken hostage and held captive for 444 days. The U.S. makes several unsuccessful attempts to secure the release of the hostages, including, imposing harsh economic sanctions, breaking diplomatic relations with Iran, and planning a military rescue mission. Finally, in January 1981, Algerian diplomats mediate an agreement between the U.S. and Iran, securing the freedom of the hostages.

In 1992 Los Angeles, mobs loot stores, burn buildings and attack innocent bystanders after a jury acquits four police officers of beating a black motorist.

In 1978 Guyana, more than 900 members of Peoples Temple die after drinking beverages laced with cyanide.

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Standoff at Ruby Ridge

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An attempt to arrest white separatist Randy Weaver for failing to appear in court results in an 11-day standoff and three people dead.

Genre: Documentary

Network: National Geographic

Air Date: Mar 13, 2007

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  • 2 DC Sniper Case
  • 3 Getting Gotti
  • 4 Iran Hostage Crisis
  • 6 Osama's Escape
  • 7 Jonestown Tragedy
  • 1 Black Hawk Down
  • 2 Bombing Over Lockerbie
  • 3 Columbine Massacre
  • 4 Desert Storm
  • 5 O.J. Simpson Trial
  • 6 Standoff at Ruby Ridge
  • 7 The Clinton Impeachment
  • 8 Waco Tragedy
  • 1 Battle for Fallujah
  • 2 Heaven's Gate
  • 3 Attica Prison Riot
  • 4 Exxon Valdez Spill
  • 5 Green River Killer
  • 6 Mob on Trial
  • 7 Oklahoma City Bombing
  • 8 Investigation of TWA Flight 800
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