Political Assassination Series

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Aldo Moro: Death In Rome
Early 1978, the President of the leading Italian Christian Democratic Party, Aldo Moro, was working on an historic compromise that would allow communists in a coalition government. He had even…
Anwar Al Sadat - Death Of A Pharaoh
Anwar al Sadat, successor of Nasser and the President of Egypt, was the first Arab leader to try and break the wall of enmity between two peoples who laid claim…
Benazir Bhutto: Duel In Pakistan
Since its independence in 1947, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan has been torn between civil rule and military dictatorship. The first civilian to take power is Zulfikar Ali Bhutto when…
Dag Hammarskjold: Night Flight To Death
During the Cold War, the power blocs of the East and West vied to control the vast mineral resources of the former Belgian colony, The Congo. The CIA working with…
Felix Moumie - Death In Geneva
For the French government, Cameroon had a particular strategic importance. Paris was afraid that in case of defeat against Moumie's UPC, a left wing movement of independence, France would not…
Jorge Gaitan - The End Of A Colombian Dream
On April 9, 1948, despite strong social tensions, US general Marshall opens the 9th Pan-American conference in Colombia's capital Bogota. Jorge Gaitan, the popular opposition leader and fierce opponent to…
Lord Louis Mountbatten: Bloody Monday
Glassybourne House at Mullaghmore in Ireland was the favorite holiday spot of Lord Louis Mountbatten, cousin to the Queen of England, celebrated navel hero, last Viceroy of India, the man…
Mahatma Gandhi: A Death For Peace
Mahatma Gandhi is considered the father of the partition of the Indian Empire into India and Pakistan. Over 50 years later it is critical to analyze Gandhi's struggles in context…
Malcolm X - Murder In New York
In the opinion of some, his name still stands for violent black activism, his anti-white acid and incendiary speeches are still quoted by advocates of violence. But for most, his…
Martin Luther King: Death In Memphis
In April, 1968, Rev. Martin Luther King was at the height of his public popularity. But J. Edgar Hoover, the head of the FBI, had an obsessional hatred of King…
Olof Palme: Murder In Stockholm
A Social-Democrat and a true man of the people, Sweden's Prime Minister, Olof Plame, detested the rules and regulations that came with his rank as much as he hated the…
Patrice Lumumba - Assassination Colonial Style
Patrice Lumumba, the first Prime Minister of the newly independent Congo, was a hero to his fellow Africans but a communist threat to the West. The West believed Lumumba was…
Pim Fortuyn: Death Of A Populist
Pim Fortuyn was a political outsider and reformist poised to be the next Prime Minister of Holland when on May 6, 2002 he was gunned down in the street after…
Rafic Hariri: Car Bombing In Beirut
Son of a peasant worker, born in Saida on November 1, 1944 Rafic Hairiri leaves Lebanon at the age of 18 and builds an immense empire in Saudi Arabia. He…
Robert F. Kennedy: The End Of An American Dream
It was June 1968 and senator Bobby Kennedy was running for President of the United States. The people adored him, but the political establishment and big business saw him as…
Roberto Calvi: The Murder Of God's Banker
For many years Roberto Calvi was the Vatican front man in a secret operation to transfer money to Poland, supporting the Solidarity trade union in its anti-communist uprising. The Vatican…
Salvador Allende: Coup D'etat In Santiago
On September 11, 1973 General Pinochet leads a military coup d'etat against democratically elected President Salvador Allende. Allende decides to barricade himself with a few loyal friends and his guards…
Sergio Vieira De Mello: Black Tuesday In Baghdad
On August 19th, 2003, an explosion destroys one side of the headquarters of the UN peace mission in Baghdad located at the Canal Hotel. The explosion, caused by a huge…
Thomas Sankara: Fratricide In Burkina, Africa
Burkina Faso, Africa, October 15, 1987. Automatic gunfire breaks the evening's silence and kills President Thomas Sankara. Would the assassins have been sent by his brothers in arms, Blaise Compaore,…

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Looking for Lara - A Guerrilla Fighter Struggling Against Brazilian Dictatorship
Lara Lavelberg -- a young, beautiful and highly-refined Jewish woman -- left a comfortable life to engage in the violent struggle against a military dictatorship in Brazil. Living underground, Lavelberg became the lover of former army captain, Carlos Lamarca, and became one of the government's primary targets. Through a personal…
Jonestown - The Life & Death of Peoples Temple
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