The Final Report goes beyond the bold news headlines and widely reported stories to reveal a clearer picture of events. From the Jonestown suicides to the Waco tragedy, and from the D.C. sniper to the L.A. riots, the series presents a comprehensive and compelling perspective of events that shook the nation.
The Final Report: Battle of Fallujah examines and answers key questions central to the ambush on four American contractors in Fallujah, Iraq and the subsequent US military assaults on the city. The program documents how the initial attempt to destroy the insurgency in Fallujah only results in increasing chaos. Using compelling images and interviews with soldiers and leadership on the ground, National Geographic details how many pivotal events in Iraq the beheading of Nicholas Berg, the hunt for al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and the transition to an Iraqi-led government directly influence how military leaders handle operations in Fallujah.
"Heavens Gate" examines and answers questions central to the 1997 mass suicide of 39 members of the Heavens Gate cult - the largest committed on U.S. soil. The cult began in the mid-1970s under Marshall Applewhite and Bonnie Nettles, who mixed Christian theology with a belief in UFOs and extraterrestrials. The hundreds of members who joined over the years abandoned their family, friends, and former lives in search of spiritual fulfillment. They believed they would achieve this on the so-called "Next Level." a physical heaven to which they would travel in a spaceship. National Geographic dissects how one cult succeeded in disconnecting its followers from the bonds of life on earth.
The Final Report looks back at the notorious 1971 revolt in New York States Attica Prison, where 1,200 inmates took 39 hostages during a four-day standoff. How did these events result in the death of 29 inmates and 10 hostages?
Revisit the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill that dumped 11 million gallons of oil into Prince William Sound with significant impact on the Alaskan environment and economy. Follow the massive cleanup and see the outcome of the most studied spill in history.
In the 1980s, police found the bodies of dozens of young women near the banks of the Green River and throughout the Seattle areas forests. But it wasnt until 2001 that DNA evidence allowed authorities to link Gary Ridgway to the slayings. After pleading guilty, he supplied the names and locations of other victims as part of a plea bargain to avoid the death penalty. He is now serving 48 consecutive life sentences without any chance of parole. The Final Report: Green River Killer uses interviews with authorities involved to analyze the investigation and exposes rarely-seen confession tapes to reveal the motivation behind the most prolific serial killer in U.S history.
The Final Report: The Commission will examine and answer key questions in the case against the countrys most powerful mob organization in the 1980s, The Commission. The program will look at how investigators uncovered this shadowy association comprised of New Yorks toughest crime bosses, and ultimately loosened its deadly grip on the nation.
On a spring morning in Oklahoma City, Timothy McVeigh parked a Ryder truck outside the Alfred P. Murrah federal building. Moments later the truck exploded. Follow the planning and execution of this American tragedy.
What caused TWA Flight 800 to explode in midair off the coast of Long Island, killing all 230 passengers? Was it mechanical error -- or terrorism?
From hot dog-eating contests to oyster-gulping gorge fests, competitive eating is made for the oversized appetite. But how do speed eaters hold such immense amounts of food, and what happens to their bodies when they do? Now, NGC bites into the gut-wrenching world of competitive eating as doctors examine a competitive eater?s stomach. Follow along with three of the world?s top competitors as they devour their way through the professional speed eating circuit.
Survivors of a tragic mission in Mogadishu are interviewed.