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While the battlefields of WWII were a stage for acts of heroism, strategic cunning, and horrific atrocities, conditions on the home front seemed more stable. Yet from bombed-out London to occupied France, the war enabled one thing to flourish - crime.

Wednesday 10:00 PM et/pt on AHC
1 Season, 6 Episodes
October 18, 2017
Documentary & Biography
7.3/10
Cast: Mike Bodie, Chris Pollard
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  • Incensed by their treatment under Mussolini's regime and anxious to re-establish their European criminal network, Mafiosi including incarcerated kingpin Charles "Lucky" Luciano offered their full support to American intelligence officers.

  • In Nazi Germany and Britain, the blackouts were a necessity for defending lives and property from enemy bombing but proved a useful tool for predatory criminals, allowing two serial killers who used the absolute darkness to prey upon victims.

  • In pre-war America street gangs were on the rise. California media stirred up panic about young Mexicans and Latinos. When WWII began, racial tensions increased, and they were quickly portrayed as a significant threat, leading to a racial boiling point.

  • When the US military takes over the German Kronberg Castle in 1945, a scandalous affair between a US Army Captain and Air Force Officer ensues, resulting in one of the most elaborate treasure heists of all time.

  • Billy Hill was the most powerful Kingpin in Britain's post-war underworld, but the secret behind Hill's empire is little known.

  • Known for his dubious medical practices and shady financial deals, the Nazi occupation liberated Dr. Marcel Petiot's murderous instincts, enabling him to embark on a shocking killing spree.

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