Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister of India, was assassinated on 31 October 31 1984 by her Sikh bodyguards as she walked in the garden of her New Delhi home. It appeared that her murder was an act of revenge for her orders to storm the Sikh's holiest shrine at Amristar in 1983. Six years later, on 21 May 21 1991 in Sriperumbudur, near Madras, her eldest son Rajiv was also assassinated by Khan separatists in a bomb explosion.
On 6 September 1966, seven minutes after taking his seat in the House of Assembly, South African Prime Minister Dr Henrick Verwoerd was assassinated by Demetrio Tsafendas, a Bible-quoting parliamentary messenger. Verwoerd had played a key role in constructing South Africa's Apartheid laws, but ironically the assassin claimed he was not doing enough for whites. It was the second attempt on Verwoerd's life.
On August 17 1988, en route for a military base in Northern Pakistan, Pakistan's pro-military strongman was brought down by a bomb in his Hercules transport plane, possibly in retaliation for helping the rebels fight the Russians in Afghanistan. Was a Russian agent in the aircraft minutes before he took off?
On November 4, 1995, as he was about to address a mass rally of his supporters celebrating the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Accord, one of Israel's greatest Prime Ministers was gunned down by a young Israeli opposed to his concept of Land for Peace. The trial revealed shortcomings in the Israeli President's security arrangements.
On the morning of 10 June 10 1942, whilst driving his open-top Mercedes to his office, Hitler's effective deputy and architect of the Final Solution was blown to pieces by a bomb thrown by two Czechoslovakian agents parachuted in by the British Royal Air Force. Hitler exacted a terrible revenge on the village of Lidice.
On September 6th 1901, whilst opening an expedition, President McKinley was shot by Polish anarchist, Leon Czolgosz. McKinley's successor, 42-year-old Teddy Roosevelt, was sworn in within 12 hours. McKinley was the third US president to be assassinated. How did his killer get so close?
On 4 July 1943, General Wladyslaw Eugeniusz Sikorski, Commander-in-Chief of the Polish Army, was flying to the Middle East on a Liberator bomber when it crashed into the sea off Gibraltar. He was very anti-Russian at the time and German propaganda claimed that he had fallen victim to the dirty tricks of the Allied Secret Service.
The trafficking of women and children for prostitution is a global problem. The United Nations estimates that more than one million children are forced into sexual slavery each year. Some of them are trafficked into Australia. This documentary follows former police officer turned private investigator, Chris Payne, as he investigates this shocking crime.
In January 1981 the biggest manhunt in Britain came to an end when the police arrested Peter Sutcliffe, the serial killer dubbed the Yorkshire Killer. Over five years Sutcliffe murdered thirteen women claiming it was a divine mission to rid the world of prostitutes.
On June 25, 2006 a Palestinian resistance force in Gaza crawled out of a tunnel and attacked an IDF tank. Two Israeli soldiers were killed and Gilad Shalit was captured and taken to Gaza. The Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, refused to negotiate with the captors for his release and pursued aggressive retaliations. This documentary picks up two years later, with Gilad still in captivity, and examines the events that followed the capture. Over 600 Palestinians were killed in a large scale retaliatory operation, in the first three months.
A group of Serbian nationalists were determined to kill the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne. Two of the assassins had bombs and one had a pistol. The Archduke and his wife were mortally wounded. The events of that day on Sunday 28 June led to the outbreak of World War I.
In October 2002, Fatemeh Saharkhizan, wife of one of Iran's biggest football stars, Nasser Mohammad-Khani, was found murdered in her bedroom. Mohammad-Khani's mistress Khadijeh Jahed (Shahla), became the prime suspect and was arrested a year later. She was charged and held after confessing to the murder whilst in police custody. But serious inconsistencies have arisen, including the fact that the victim was raped. This film follows Shahla's trial.
Insight into the life of Dennis Nilsen who was London's most macabre serial killer, who preyed on the lost and the vulnerable. He murdered fifteen men without the police realising a killer was at large.
On 9 October 1934, just after King Alexander of Yugoslavia had arrived in France, a man jumped onto the running board of the King's car and opened fire. In the confusion, the King accidentally bled to death in his car because his aides failed to apply a tourniquet.
Take a chilling journey to Snowtown, the South Australian town where one of the world's most heinous crimes took place. A serial killing truly unique to all others for one reason - the perpetrators believed they were doing the right thing.
On 17 July 1918, Tsar Nicholas II and his entire family were murdered and buried in a nearby wood. For more than seventy years their whereabouts was unknown, but new material released from Russia now conclusively reveals their fate.
Get ready to witness the 20th Century's most damaging and outrageous assassination attempts, first-hand.
Australia's relationship with its enormous, vastly populated northern neighbour is complex. In an engaging, heartfelt and accessible style Indonesia: A Reporter's Journey follows respected Australian journalist Mike Carlton on a journey to explore the historical relationship between Australia and Indonesia through a contemporary prism.
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