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DVD Collections

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DVD 117.00
Body detectives. 2003.

1 videodisc  (52 min.)

This clinical program travels to the world's first open-air crime lab with founder Bill Bass, of The University of Tennessee, for a close-up look at how cadavers decay.  As proxies for murder victims, these decomposing bodies are studied in the name of science and the cause of justice. Factors and biological markers that help pinpoint time since death, including wind and weather, insects and carnivores, fire damage, soft tissue leachate, mold, and bacteria, are addressed.  Three homicide cases that hinged on data and expertise gained at the Farm are presented, and Ph.D. students are filmed doing field work and body processing.

DVD 791.00

Born killers: Leopold and Loeb

1 videodisc (ca. 50 min.)

Examines the case of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb who kidnapped and murdered Loeb's 14-year-old cousin just to see if they could get away with it. Details the astonishing courtroom drama that unfolded and tells how famed attorney Clarence Darrow turned the case into a national referendum on the death penalty.

DVD 1657.00

Broken child : case studies of child abuse

1 videodisc (61 min.)

A documentary exploring the effects of early childhood deprivation and abuse and their impact on emotional and cognitive development. Analyzes the socially destructive impact of children and young adults who have been victimized by early life trauma.

DVD 1501.00

Clarence Darrow

1 videodisc (80 min.)

In a rarely seen filmed version of his acclaimed one man show, Henry Fonda stars as controversial lawyer Clarence Darrow. Follow Darrow's reflections on his life, his passions, his personal disappointments, and his professional triumphs.

DVD 126.00
Crime and punishment: how intelligent do you have to be to be put to death? 2002.

1 videodisc (22 min).

Discusses the case of convicted murderer John Paul Penry that prompted the Supreme Court's ruling that executing prisoners who are mentally retarded is unconstitutional.


Crime scene university

2 videodiscs (264 min.)

 General Note: Bonus feature: The science of interrogation.

 Contents: Master of the house -- Drugs and dirty deals – Road rage -- Dismemberment –

 Murder/suicide – Serial killer dumpsite.

 Summary: Penn State University students learn how to unmask a killer in the classroom and in the field

 Through violent crime scenarios that would challenge the most experienced investigators. From   

 studying blood spatter patterns to using electrostatic printing to locate footprints, students work in two    

 teams to recreate the most brutal and intriguing crimes you can imagine.

DVD 1271.00

Effective courtroom testimony I: preparing for court

1 videodisc (46 min.)

Designed to acquaint police officers with the basic principles of evidence and courtroom demeanor and to prepare them to give accurate, probative testimony in court. The objectives of the tape are to understand the importance and the liabilities of professional credibility when testifying in civil and criminal trials, depositions, probable cause hearings, and suppression hearings; to realize the significance of knowing state and federal case law and the ramifications of the Fourth Amendment in law enforcement activities; and to articulate the following concepts and associated justifications: reasonable suspicion, probable cause, seizures, nonseizures, custody, searches, non-searches, exigent circumstances, and the use of force.

DVD 1272.00

Effective courtroom testimony II: principles and performance

1 videodisc (60 min.)

Law enforcement attorney Randy Means describes the basics of effective courtroom testimony, such as clear articulation of facts and observations, the importance of physical appearance and professional behavior, and some common mistakes to avoid.

DVD 1636.00

Genetic fingerprinting

1 videodisc (20 min. 10 sec.)

Shows the basic techniques used in creating a DNA fingerprint and the practical application of this technology in solving crimes, agricultural tracking, and the detection of diseases such as AIDS. Everyone, with the exception of identical twins, has a unique genetic fingerprint. This absorbing program shows lab techniques used in genetic fingerprinting and presents real life applications of these techniques. Viewers learn how genetic fingerprinting of blood and semen samples from the scene of a crime can help the law identify and convict the guilty party.

DVD 407.00

Guerrilla: the taking of Patty Hearst

1 videodisc (ca. 89 min.)

On February 4, 1974, college student Patty Hearst (granddaughter of newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst), was kidnapped from her apartment by a terrorist group calling itself the Symbionese Liberation Army.  The SLA, seeking to foment a violent  uprising within America's working class, forced the Hearst family to donate millions of dollars in food to  the poor.  But two months after her kidnapping, Patty emerged in public as Tania, an armed member of the SLA  who helped her captors to rob a bank.  Director Robert Stone uses rare and previously unseen archive footage  as well as interviews with former SLA members to  explain "America's first encounter with modern media-driven political terrorism."

DVD 116.00

Insanity in the courtroom: mental illness and the search for justice.  c2003.

1 videodisc (23 min.)

If a person is deemed mentally unfit to stand trial for a capital crime, should the state be allowed to administer drugs so the person is healthy enough to be tried and sentenced to death? In this  program, ABC News correspondent Chris Bury reports on this legal paradox in the case of Russell Weston, a paranoid schizophrenic who allegedly killed two policemen in 1998.

DVD 1066.00

The killer's trail: the story of Dr. Sam Sheppard

1 videodisc (ca. 60 min.)

Did Dr. Sam Sheppard kill his wife? With the help of advanced technology, Nova re-examines the 1954 murder of Marilyn Sheppard.

DVD 1273.00

Legal considerations in report writing

1 videodisc (26 min.)

Law enforcement attorney Randy Means discusses the legal and practical risks and considerations of police report writing, especially the "use of force" report.

DVD 1268.00

Lies and how to spot them

1 videodisc (47 min.)

An expert on interpreting facial expressions and body movements shows how to surmise if you are being told lies.

DVD 1265.00

Mental health and the law

1 videodisc (29 min.)

A discussion of the legal ramifications of incarcerating the mentally ill in California's prison system.

DVD 1277.00

Modern marvels. FBI's crime lab

1 videodisc (ca. 50 min.)

In April 2003, the new FBI Crime Lab was opened and dedicated to the memory of all crime victims. At 500, 000 sq. ft. and equipped with the most modern equipment, it is considered one of the finest crime labs in the world. All the efforts are focused on using modern forensic science in order to solve crimes.

DVD 1645.00

Predators and parasites

1 videodisc (50 min.)

Exploring forensic entomology, this program examines the ways in which forensic entomologists use insect evidence to solve cases.

DVD 1640.00

Portrait of abuse : an American epidemic

1 videodisc (45 min.)

Through interviews with actual victims and abusers, this film offers practical advice from survivors, doctors, nurses, shelter advocates, social workers and prosecutors.

DVD 323.00

Presumed guilty: tales of the public defenders

1 videodisc (118 min.)

Follows several ongoing misdemeanor and felony cases being handled by the San Francisco Office of the Public Defender.  

DVD 1274.00

Probable cause and reasonable suspicion. II, The suspicion factors

1 videosdisc (ca. 45 min.)

Discusses how to use, group, and weigh suspicion factors while determining whether reasonable suspicion and/or probable cause exists in various types of law enforcement actions. Explains how to distinguish between reliable and unreliable sources while considering such issues as curfew laws, profiling, hearsay, and dealing with suspects with criminal records.

DVD 122.00
Racial profiling and law enforcement c2003.

1 videodisc (44 min.)

Focuses on racial profiling in law enforcement, investigating the issue from the victim's point of view as well as through the eyes of the police.

DVD 128.00

Talk to me: the dynamics of hostage negotiation c2002.

1 videodisc (47 min)

In 1993, gunman Damacio Torres shot up the Los Angeles County USC Healthcare emergency room and took two hostages. Using the Torres case as a springboard, this program explains the tricky business of hostage negotiation while seeking to understand the mentality of hostage-taking. Psychologist Kris Mohandie, SWAT team supervisor Lt. Michael Albansese, and former hostage Anne Tournay, all present that day, offer keen observations on the five-hour standoff.

DVD 127.00
To catch a killer: the use and abuse of criminal profiling c2002.

1 videodisc (46 min.)

In 2001, the last piece of a serial rape/murder case that had tantalized London police for nearly 20 years finally fell into place. In this program, retired FBI profiler Robert Ressler, LAPD psychologist Kris Mohandie, and British law enforcement professionals discuss the history and techniques of criminal profiling within the context of the Railway Rapist crimes that terrorized greater London during the 1980s. In addition, the sensational case of Rachel Nickell, murdered in broad daylight on Wimbledon Common in 1992, illustrates how profiling improperly applied can hijack an investigation. Forensic psychologist Gisli Gudjonsson, of King's College London, provides commentary on that crime.

DVD 167.00

Two towns of Jasper and America's racial divide

1 videodisc (22 min.)

This ABC news program discusses the documentary, Two towns of Jasper, made by two filmmakers, Whitney Dow and Marco Williams, during the trial of men charged with the murder of James Byrd. Includes clips from their documentary aired on the ABC News program Nightline, as a segment of America in black and white.

DVD 120.00
Understanding murder

1 videodisc (51 min.) 

"Why do people kill?  Are murders a product of heredity or circumstances?  As this program shows criminologists and researchers are close to definitely answering these questions."

DVD 1275.00

Use of force

1 videodisc (ca. 40 min.)

Explains appropriate use of force for law enforcement officers. Demonstrates use-of-force tactics in practical situations. Discusses how to avoid using excessive force and gives advice to protect law enforcement officers and their agencies from frivolous complaints or litigation. Explains report preparation and how to prepare to give sworn testimony. Includes footage of use-of-force incidents, realistic reenactments, and commentary from several experts.

DVD 168.00

The world history of organized crime

2 videodiscs (250 min.)

A comprehensive look at the operations of the most infamous outlaw syndicates on earth. Featuring interviews with highly-placed officials and convicted gansters from Russia, Colombia, Sicily, China and India.