American Justice Season 1997
S1997 E01Jan 19, 1997
The Yorkshire Ripper Jan 19, 1997 Chronicling the case of the Yorkshire Ripper, a serial killer who preyed upon young women (some of them prostitutes) in the 1970s. A manhunt led to the arrest of Peter Sutcliffe, who was convicted of 13 murders in 1981.
S1997 E02Jan 22, 1997
Narcs Jan 22, 1997 Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration battle those who grow, process and distribute illegal drugs both inside and outside the U.S.
S1997 E03Jan 29, 1997
Eyewitness Jan 29, 1997 Cases in which misidentification by eyewitnesses resulted in wrongful convictions.
S1997 E04Mar 23, 1997
Amy Fisher Story Mar 23, 1997 "The Amy Fisher Story" recounts the 1992 case of the Long Island teenager who allegedly had an affair with a married man and then was convicted of trying to kill his wife, Mary Jo Buttafuoco (who is interviewed).
S1997 E05Apr 27, 1996
Roberts, Witney and Duddy Apr 27, 1996 The 1966 murders of three British police officers---Harry Roberts, John Duddy, John Witney---at the hands of three thugs are recalled.
S1997 E06May 21, 1997
Presumed Guilty May 21, 1997 A report on the 1983 abduction, rape and murder of 10-year-old Jeanine Nicarico, a case in which two men were convicted and sentenced to death but were later cleared 12 years after they were placed on death row.
S1997 E07May 21, 1997
Profilers May 21, 1997 A look at profiling as a criminal-investigation tool and how it is increasingly used by law-enforcement agencies.
S1997 E08May 28, 1997
Rise and Fall of the Jewish Mobster May 28, 1997 Recalling such Jewish crime figures as Bugsy Siegel, Meyer Lansky and Arthur Flegenheimer (a k a Dutch Schultz). Interviewees include lawyers who defended and prosecuted Lansky, and authors Albert Fried, Sidney Zion and Robert Rockaway.
S1997 E09Jun 29, 1997
Great Train Robbery Jun 29, 1997 The infamous 1963 “Great Train Robbery” of a mail train in England is recalled.
S1997 E10Aug 13, 1997
Crime Family Aug 13, 1997 A look at the Genovese clan of New York City, reputed to be one of the most powerful crime families in America. Included: interviews with a godson of patriarch Vito Genovese, reporters, defense attorneys, prosecutors and other law-enforcement officials.
S1997 E11Sep 3, 1997
Scarsdale Diet Doctor Murder Sep 3, 1997 "The Scarsdale Diet Doctor Murder" examines the 1980 trial of Jean Harris for the shooting death of her lover, Dr. Herman Tarnower. Included: interviews with Harris, her defense attorney and other trial participants.
S1997 E12Sep 17, 1997
Von Bulow: A Wealth of Evidence Sep 17, 1997 Examining the two trials plus one successful appeal of Claus von Bulow, accused of attempting to murder his wife, Sunny, with insulin injections. Interviewed: von Bulow, his children, Alan Dershowitz, and other attorneys.
S1997 E13Oct 22, 1997
Texas Cheerleader Murder Plot Oct 22, 1997 "The Texas Cheerleader Murder Plot" examines the conspiracy by Wanda Holloway, the mother of a high-school cheerleader, to have another cheerleader's mother murdered. Interviewed: the intended victim; trial attorneys; and a forensic psychologist.
S1997 E14Nov 19, 1997
Preppie Murder Nov 19, 1997 "The Preppie Murder" examines the trial of Robert Chambers for the Central Park slaying of a young woman, Jennifer Levin, in 1986. Included: Chambers' videotape statement, plus interviews with the victim's mother and friends, jurors, attorneys and reporters.
S1997 E15Nov 26, 1997
The Donnie Brasco Story Nov 26, 1997 An account of how FBI agent Joseph D. Pistone, a.k.a. Donnie Brasco, infiltrated the New York mob in the late 1970s. The undercover operation became the subject of a 1997 feature film starring Johnny Depp and Al Pacino. Pistone discusses the operation, various mobsters and the strain on his family.
S1997 E16Dec 17, 1997
Murder 'In Cold Blood' Dec 17, 1997 "Murder In Cold Blood" examines the 1959 slaughter of the Clutters, a Kansas farming family memorialized in Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood." Included: comments from family friends; graphic crime-scene photos.