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Travel through America's shadowy underground in Killers, Mobsters and Criminals.

Casey Anthony, a young, attractive single mother, stood accused of the murder of her adorable 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. Hailed as “the trial of the decade,” the proceedings generated a media feeding frenzy, as each new disclosure provoked a blizzard of coverage leading up to the shocking verdict. Go back to the beginning of it all and explore Casey Anthony’s life and the series of lies that led to the massive public outcry over her acquittal in this sensational case in Casey Anthony: How Did We Get Here?

Dutch Schultz, born Arthur Flegenheimer, was a ruthless New York gangster in the 1920s and 30s. He changed his name thinking it would be a better fit for tabloid headlines. Dutch started out by opening an illegal speakeasy in a Bronx tenement not far from where he grew up—eventually becoming New York’s number one bootlegger during Prohibition. When Prohibition was lifted in 1932, Dutch began making money through extortion. Find out what led to this gangster’s untimely death in Dutch Schultz: Menace To Society.

Valentine’s Day 1929 was like no other. It was the day when brutality and carnage were unleashed by warring mobsters in Chicago. The result was the greatest gangster mass murder in history. Go back to Chicago in the “Roaring Twenties”—the era of guns, speakeasies and big money. When tough guys like “Scarface” Al Capone and Jake “Greasy Thumb” Guzik battled the likes of “Bugs” Moran and “Two-Gun” Louie for their share of the profits from illegal booze, brothels and gambling. This is the story of the most infamous event in the history of organized crime—St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.

Here’s a look at some other episodes from Killers, Mobsters and Criminals:

  • Look inside the network of extraordinary corruption that allowed the formation of a tropical paradise fueled by rum, rumba and gangsters on America’s doorstep in Godfathers of Havana.
  • As a stream of immigrants crowded into New York’s downtown slums from the late 1800s to the mid-20th century, the area known as Five Points nurtured the rise of the American gang and bosses from Capone to Luciano—the Five Points Gangs.
  • Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid and the mysterious Etta Place rode the outlaw trail until the world came after them. Did they die in a shoot-out? Or assume new identities and fool their would-be captors? Find out in Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid.
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