The Ultimate Crimes series tells the true life stories of the world's most infamous murders. Revealed for the first time on vodeo are the crimes, clues and forensic evidence that brought! the most violent murderers to justice.
Somebody Killed the President! - James Garfield was known as the last of the 'log cabin' presidents of the United States. Restoring prestige to the Presidency after the Reconstruction period he was assassinated in his prime by an embittered attorney. - President McKinley was the last American president of the nineteenth century who annexed the Philippines and Puerto Rico and fought the Spanish in Cuba. His second term was cut short by his murder at the hands of a deranged anarchist in 1901. - John F. Kennedy remains one of the most important icons of American culture. His murder in 1963 Dallas at the hands of Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas and the ensuing events marked a turning point in American history. Murder at the Top - Ernst Roehm was Hitler's chief of the Sturmabteilung known as the 'Brownshirts'. He was extremely loyal to Hitler but became a victim of the 'night of the long knives' when Hitler ruthlessly eliminated the Brownshirt's commanders to increase his own power base. - Monsignor Juan Gerardi Condera was a coordinator of the Guatemalan human rights office. He had recently given a report on the kidnappings, tortures and massacres of the Guatemalan army during the 1990-1996 conflict. Two days later he was found murdered in his garage. - Earl Mountbatten of Burma was the great grandson of Queen Victoria, a war hero and the last Viceroy of India. He was assassinated by the IRA whilst fishing in his boat in Sligo. Royal Murders - King Faisal was the King of Saudi Arabia from 1964 to his murder in 1975. He was the architect of the oil crisis in 1973 when he withdrew Saudi oil from the world markets. He was shot dead by his nephew. - King Birendra had reigned absolutely until he decided to create an infant democracy in Nepal. Birendra and nearly all the Nepalese Royal family were murdered by his son the Crown Prince in their Kathmandu palace. - The Tsars were the autocratic rules of Russia until the Bolshevik revolution of 1917. Captured by the Red Army, the last Russian Tsar Nicolas II and his family were all murdered on Lenin's orders in 1918.