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The Murders Before the Marathon

A triple homicide, the alleged involvement of a Boston Marathon bombing suspect, and those caught up in the FBI’s ongoing investigation.

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The Mark

On then-agent, now-congressman Michael Grimm and what happens when an F.B.I. informant turns out to be a con man.

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Murtha and the FBI: The Director's Cut

In 1980 a convicted con-man named Melvin Weinberg was sent by the FBI to offers bribes to U.S. Congressmen on behalf of a phony Arab sheik. The Abscam, short for ‘Abdul Scam’, sting brought down for several representatives, but longtime politician John Murtha narrowly avoided offering a bribe on camera.

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To Catch a Terrorist

The FBI hunts for the enemy within.

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Forensic Topology

How architecture has made Los Angeles a bank robber’s paradise.

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Trying to Unlock the Secrets of a Dead Serial Killer

Israel Keyes confessed to multiple murders, but committed suicide before revealing all the details.

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The Yankee Comandante

The story of William Morgan: American, wanderer, Cuban revolutionary.

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The Ballad of Richard Jewell

How the media and law enforcement fingered the wrong man for the 1996 Olympic Park bombing.

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The Informants

On the FBI’s program to infiltrate Muslim communities in America.

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Some Real Shock and Awe: Racially Profiled and Cuffed in Detroit

A first-person account of an arrest:

I stared at the yellow walls and listened to a few officers talk about the overtime they were racking up, and I decided that I hated country music. I hated speedboats and shitty beer in coozies and fat bellies and rednecks. I thought about Abu Ghraib and the horror to which those prisoners were exposed. I thought about my dad and his prescience. I was glad he wasn’t alive to know about what was happening to me. I thought about my kids, and what would have happened if they had been there when I got taken away. I contemplated never flying again. I thought about the incredible waste of taxpayer dollars in conducting an operation like this. I wondered what my rights were, if I had any at all. Mostly, I could not believe I was sitting in some jail cell in some cold, undisclosed building surrounded by “the authorities.”
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Unmasking D.B. Cooper

What ever happened to the world’s most elusive skyjacker?

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The G-Man and the Hit Man

The questionable close relationship between a mobster/informant and an F.B.I. agent during a bloody Colombo crime family battle.

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Fast Money, Secret Lives

In an elaborate FBI sting to expose corruption, four agents pose as futures traders in Chicago. The plan works–if you don’t count the hundreds of thousands in taxpayer dollars the agents lost in the process.