Most widely held works by Towers Productions
KKK hate crimes in America ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1996 and 2002 in English and held by 208 libraries worldwide
The Ku Klux Klan has preached a gospel of hate, intolerance and exclusion. Examine the tactics of Klan leaders like William Joseph Simmons and David Duke. And, finally, find out how the Klan has repeatedly battled back from the brink of extinction.
Cruel and unusual punishments ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 119 libraries worldwide
"They are convicted felons who have been branded menaces to society. Yet each of their cases has drawn scrutiny because their punishments are considered cruel and unusual ... investigates the controversial subject of how America treats its prisoners"--Container.
Pleading insane ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 87 libraries worldwide
Focuses on the attempt on President Reagan's life in 1981 by John Hinckley. Hinckley's trial would become a pivotal moment in American justice - a nationwide reflection on what it means to plead insane. Hinckley's attorneys saw this as a classic case of a defendant not being responsible for a crime because of insanity. They were successful in that Hinckley was ultimately sent to a mental hospital instead of prison. This program also looks at other prominent cases in which defendants used, or considered using the insanity plea.
Spontaneous human combustion ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1997 and 2001 in English and held by 67 libraries worldwide
It is said to consume its victims from the inside out, turning them to cinders while leaving their surroundings relatively untouched. Believers in the phenomenon go head-to-head with skeptics and fire investigators. Interviews include fire experts who investigated deaths that have been purportedly caused by spontaneous human combustion, and relatives of spontaneous human combustion victims.
The Defenders ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 67 libraries worldwide
More than 80% of felony defendants in America receive a publicly funded defense. "How can you defend those people?" is a question that attorneys for the poor constantly hear. This program looks at the role of public defenders. Meet idealistic lawyers drawn to this difficult work, who become cynical of their role. Obstacles they must overcome include limited funding, overwhelming caseloads, recalcitrant clients, and the pervasive racism of the system. Discussions of noteable cases show that the credibility of American criminal justice depends on its ability to defend unsympathetic clients.
Witness protection ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 66 libraries worldwide
Tracks down the informants hidden away by the Federal Witness Protection Program, and explores one of the most unusual aspects of law enforcements in America.
The Gambinos first family of crime ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 57 libraries worldwide
Examines the Gambino crime family.
Presumed guilty ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 47 libraries worldwide
When cops kill ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 45 libraries worldwide
This program examines NYPD's response in the Eleanor Bumpurs case when a mentally disturbed grandmother was killed in her Bronx home. Also examines the shooting of Malice Green, an unarmed man, by Detroit police officers. Explores the issue of new techniques and weapons and how this critical issue will be handled in the future.
The Menendez murders ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 41 libraries worldwide
The Chicago mob ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 38 libraries worldwide
The Chicago mob has been romanticized over time, but behind legendary men like Al Capone and Sam Giacana lies the brutal truth-- they were killers with no regard for the law. Profiles the most powerful and notorious crime bosses that ever prowled the streets of the Windy City.
Vigilante justice ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 38 libraries worldwide
The police tell you to never take the law into your own hands. But there are times and circumstances where individuals feel the need to settle the score themselves. What are the consequences of these actions? Profiles vigilantes and their spectacular cases.
Celebrities on trial ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 34 libraries worldwide
Can America's celebrities get a fair trial? Or is justice blinded by the limelight of fame? Looks at the cases that have made headlines for their glamour, their excess, and their curiosity factor. By examining the charges and cases made against James Brown, Christian Brando and Fatty Arbuckle, you may find that when it comes to "innocent until proven guilty," being famous may be the worst sentence of all.
The quiz show scandal and other frauds ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 32 libraries worldwide
Sooner or later, they would be caught. But for a few, brief, profitable moments, the deceived the American public. Investigates four of the greatest hoaxes in modern history. Why have so many others risked their reputations in schemes that were bound to faiil?
Hauntings ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 32 libraries worldwide
Hauntings is an episode from the television series "The unexplained."
Hot pursuit ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 31 libraries worldwide
High-speed chases are one of the most controversial activities police undertake, jeopardizing the lives of the officer, suspect, and innocent bystanders. However, unlike their glamorous portrayals in Hollywood movies, an officer must follow a strict departmental policy that governs how many police vehicles can be involved, what techniques can be used, and if the pursuit should be terminated to insure public safety.
Baby Face Nelson rebel with a gun ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 30 libraries worldwide
A look at the life of George (Baby Face) Nelson. Born Lester Gillis, Nelson was involved in theft from his youth onwards. Later, he teamed up with John Dillinger to rob banks and murder. He was killed by the FBI November 1934 at the age of 26.
NARCs ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 29 libraries worldwide
A look at the United States government's Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Examines the agency's history, successes, and failures. A major focus of the program is the kidnapping and murder of DEA agent Enrique Camarena in Mexico, and the agency's response.
Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 28 libraries worldwide
All about shipwrecks of the great lakes.
Cops on trial ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1994 and 2002 in English and held by 27 libraries worldwide
They are charged with protecting society and preventing crime, but what happens when corruption and criminalty among the police becomes endemic?
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