American Justice

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American Justice
American Justice logo.jpg
Created byTowers Productions
StarringBill Kurtis (host)
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes265
Running timeapprox. 45–50 minutes
Original channelA&E Network
Original runSeptember 15, 1992 – Final episode was made in 2005; currently being rerun under the title Notorious on The Biography Channel
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American Justice
American Justice logo.jpg
Created byTowers Productions
StarringBill Kurtis (host)
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes265
Running timeapprox. 45–50 minutes
Original channelA&E Network
Original runSeptember 15, 1992 – Final episode was made in 2005; currently being rerun under the title Notorious on The Biography Channel
External links

American Justice is an American criminal justice television program that aired on the A&E Network, hosted by Bill Kurtis. The show features interesting or notable cases, such as the murder of Selena, Scarsdale Diet doctor murder, the Hillside Stranglers, Matthew Shepard, or the Wells Fargo heist, with the stories told by key players, such as police, lawyers, victims, and the perpetrators themselves. More than 250 episodes were produced, making it the longest-running documentary justice show on cable.

The series' final new episode was produced in 2005. However, old episodes are being rerun on A&E's sister, network, The Biography Channel, under the title Notorious, with no changes to the episodes except for new credit sequences and commercial bumpers. Past episodes are also available on DVD.



#TitleEpisode Summary
1Dahmer: Mystery of the Serial KillerThe case of Jeffrey Dahmer, who was convicted of murdering and dismembering 15 young boys.
2Vigilante JusticeBernard Goetz New York City Subway shootings, and a case of a man who killed his son's alleged molester.
3Mob RatsLooks at Joseph Valachi, the first Mafioso to break the code of silence, and Sammy Gravano, who helped convict the Gambino family boss
4Lorena Bobbitt: Women and ViolenceExamines the highly charged issue of battered women. Do they have the right to respond with violence, and under what circumstances? Will the acquittal of Lorena Bobbitt lead to an "open season" on men? And why are women increasingly involved in drug and gang activity?
5Cops on TrialExamines how police are treated as defendants and the types of sentences they face; and reveals research results that show that police and the general public are held to different standards of justice.
6Attack at WacoThe story of the tragic assault on the Branch Davidian compound in Texas and the subsequent efforts to determine the facts and assign blame
7Gang BustersLooks at: the "Secret 6", a group of civic-minded Chicago businessmen who aided in bringing down Al Capone; drug trade in a Boston housing development; and gang violence in the Midwest


#TitleEpisode Summary
8Prostitution: Sex and the LawFrom the street-corner hooker to the high-class Hollywood call girl, this episode examines how the sellers of sex are brought to justice.
9Riot: The Chicago Conspiracy TrialExamination of the turbulent events behind the 1968 anti-war riots in Chicago which led to the "Conspiracy to Commit Riot" trials of the famed Chicago Seven.
10Divorce WarsExamines how divorce has changed from the days when women were considered the legal "property" of their husbands to today's high-stakes divorce contests, typified by the battle between Donald and Ivana Trump.
11Godfathers vs. The LawProfiles of top gangsters and the lawmen who have risked their lives to defeat the underworld. (2-hour version)
12KidnappedA look at the cases of biathlete Kari Swenson in Montana and Exxon executive Sidney Reso in New Jersey, and examines just how effective law enforcement authorities are in investigating and negotiating tense kidnap situations.
13Defending the MobA look at the career of Frank Ragano, attorney to Florida mob boss Santo Trafficante, Jr. and corrupt Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa.
14Witness ProtectionInterviews with several gangsters, who reveal what their lives are like after getting plastic surgery, new identities, legitimate jobs, and moving into new neighborhoods.
15Bad MedicineIncludes a nurse suspected of killing babies in her hospital's pediatric intensive care unit; a doctor charged with nine counts of second degree murder; and the owner of the "Personal Best" plastic surgery centers who was accused of allowing his chauffeur to perform medical duties and was hit with 212 malpractice suits.


#TitleEpisode Summary
41Mob LadiesFeatures Virginia Hill, who helped Bugsy Siegel build Las Vegas, Arlyne Weiss-Brickman, who trafficked in heroin even while working as an FBI informer, and "Mafia Princess" Antoinette Giancana, who professes great love for her father, mob boss Sam Giancana.
43Hired GunsIncludes the case of a corrupt businessman who had his partner murdered and a millionaire who arranged to have his wife killed to avoid splitting his fortune with her in divorce proceedings.
44Cruel and UnusualIncludes: Henry Young, who was kept in the "Dark Hole" of Alcatraz; Tommy Ortiz, who was beaten by prison guards wearing lead-filled gloves; and John Evans, whose body was charred in the electric chair.
47Deadly ForceFeatures the police bombing of the MOVE headquarters in Philadelphia, which killed 11, and the shootings of Randy Weaver's wife and son at Ruby Ridge.
48The Quiz Show Scandal and Other FraudsProgram examines the game-show scam involving distinguished professor Charles van Doren.
49Cop KillersIncludes the murder of Texas State Trooper Bill Davidson by Ronald Ray Howard, who claimed gangster rap music by Tupac Shakur encouraged him to shoot the officer, and the execution of rookie cop Eddie Bryne by members of a drug gang, while he sat in his patrol car guarding the home of a drug witness in Queens, New York.
50The Chicago MobIncludes segments on Al "Scarface" Capone, Anthony "Joe Batters" Accardo, and Sam "Mooney" Giancana.
52Vegas & The MobFeatures an interview with Frank Rosenthal, a former casino manager who was the basis of Robert De Niro's character in the movie "Casino". (2 hours)
58The Long Island Railroad MassacreA look at the mass murder committed by Colin Ferguson on board a New York commuter train in December 1993. Includes Ferguson's bizarre attempts to defend himself at his trial.
59John Wayne Gacy: Buried SecretsThe bizarre case of the successful businessman and volunteer parade clown who raped and murdered 33 men after luring them to his home in suburban Chicago.
60Crime of Passion: The Pamela Smart StoryExplores the dark side of passion by examining the case of Pamela Smart who seduced her lover, a 15-year-old, into killing her husband.


#TitleEpisode Summary
61The Menendez MurdersExamines the spectacular trials of Erik and Lyle Menendez, the brothers accused of murdering their wealthy parents.
63Mob Hit MenA look at hitmen and the terror they wrought on the streets of Philadelphia.
64To Catch a Killer: Homicide DetectivesA look at the men and women who gaze into the depths of evil to solve the mystery of humanity's most heinous crime—murder.
66Death Row WomenInside America's prisons for a rare look at mothers and grandmothers awaiting execution on death row
67Free to Kill: The Polly Klaas MurderThe focus of this episode are the repeat offenders who, like Richard Allen Davis, American justice has failed to rehabilitate. We also examine attempts to protect future victims with new laws and aggressive policing
71The Amy Fisher StoryThe case of Amy Fisher, the 17-year-old who was willing to kill to get the man she wanted.
73The Night StalkerA look back at the yearlong killing spree of Richard Ramirez in Los Angeles, his capture, and trial.
74Presumed GuiltyA look at the shocking case of Rolando Cruz and Alex Hernandez, who were sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a young girl, Jeanine Nicarico—a crime they did not commit.
76Myth of a Serial Killer: The Henry Lee Lucas StoryA probe into the strange case of the one-eyed Henry Lee Lucas, sentenced to death in Texas. Were his confessions hoaxes designed to fool police?
77The Rise and Fall of the Jewish MobsterThe stories of the most notorious Jewish gangsters in America, including "Dopey Benny" Fein, Abe "Kid Twist" Reles, Dutch Schultz, Meyer Lansky, and Bugsy Siegel
78Crime FamilyProfile of infamous mob boss Vito Genovese and how he built the most ruthless and powerful crime family in the nation.


#TitleEpisode Summary
81The Scarsdale Diet Doctor MurderCovers the case of school headmistress Jean Harris, who was accused of murdering her lover, "Scarsdale Diet" author Dr. Herman Tarnower
82The Susan Smith Story: A Mother's ConfessionA look back at the shocking story of how Susan Smith drowned her two sons and then tried to fool the nation into believing that an African-American man had committed the crime
83The Texas Cheerleader Murder PlotProbes the bizarre case of Wanda Holloway, who would stop at nothing—including murder—to get her daughter on the cheerleading squad.
84Von Bülow: A Wealth of EvidenceAn examination of snooty, aristocratic Claus von Bulow and if he attempted to murder his wife.
85Murder "In Cold Blood"Chronicles the 1959 murder of the Clutter family in Kansas, and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of their two killers, Richard Hickock and Perry Smith.
87The Donnie Brasco StoryThe true story of Joe Pistone, the FBI agent who risked his life to infiltrate a ruthless New York Mafia family and gather evidence against crime bosses
88The Preppie MurderA probe of the death of young Jennifer Levin, who was killed in New York City's Central Park by Robert Chambers, a handsome prep-school graduate
89The Hillside StranglersAn examination of the infamous case of serial killers Angelo Buono and Kenneth Bianchi, who murdered 10 young women and girls in Los Angeles in 1977 and 1978
90The Pizza ConnectionStory of how the FBI busted one of the largest drug rings ever. The exploding case led investigators from New York's sidewalk pizzerias to Zurich's financial districts and the highest levels of the Italian government
91The John Lennon AssassinationA look at the twisted mind of Mark David Chapman, the deranged Beatles fan who grew up worshipping John Lennon, then stalked and murdered him on December 8, 1980.
92Spree KillersA look at the crimes and capture of Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate, teenage lovers who murdered 10 people in the 1950s.
95FramedThe shocking story of Clarence Brandley, an innocent man who was convicted of murder and spent seven years on death row before being cleared.
96False WitnessThe strange case of Gary Dotson, who wasn't released from prison even when the woman who accused him of rape admitted that she'd been lying.
97Marriage & MurderAn examination of three cases where husbands and wives have murdered their spouses. Features Charlene Brundidge, who killed her husband, then later won clemency because she was an abused wife.
99Hunting Bambi: The Laurie Bembenek StoryThe case of beautiful ex-cop Lawrencia "Bambi" Bembenek, who escaped after spending nine years in prison for the murder of her husband's ex-wife.
100Dead Woman Walking: The Karla Faye Tucker StoryRecalls the controversial life and death of the first woman executed in Texas since 1984.










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  1. ^ "American Justice - Episode Guide - A&E TV". American Justice. A&E TV. Retrieved June 29, 2013.