Chris Benoit documentary exploring the Benoit tragedy, his possible brain damage, the media’s coverage of roid rage, and online conspiracy theories surrounding alleged satanist Kevin Sullivan. What really happened to WWE star Chris Benoit, his wife Nancy, and young son Daniel?


Re-edit of the popular YouTube series uploaded in 2013/14.


In the sociological classifications of religious movements, a cult is a social group with socially deviant or novel beliefs and practices, although this is often unclear. Other researchers present a less-organized picture of cults on the basis that cults arise spontaneously around novel beliefs and practices. Groups said to be cults range in size from local groups with a few members to international organizations with millions.



Beginning in the 1930s, cults became the object of sociological study in the context of the study of religious behavior. From the 1940s the Christian countercult movement has opposed some sects and new religious movements, and it labelled them as cults for their “un-Christian” unorthodox beliefs. The secular anti-cult movement began in the 1970s and it opposed certain groups, often charging them with mind control and partly motivated in reaction to acts of violence committed by some of their members. Some of the claims and actions of the anti-cult movements have been disputed by scholars and by the news media, leading to further public controversy.


Even before the FIFA scandal, one thing was clear: International sports are riven with fraud, corruption and manipulation. [Online until: September 4, 2018]



The award-winning documentary Dirty Games takes a close look behind the scenes of the glamorous world of sports, focusing on the global games of football, boxing and basketball. From the outside, the world of elite sports likes to be seen as a dazzling spectacle. But there is little fair play there. Top international sports are a business worth billions. Fraud, corruption and other criminal activities have long been the rule. Investigative journalist Benjamin Best reveals the dark machinations within the immensely profitable sports business and talks to some of the people who are speaking out. This exciting documentary features some shocking pictures – but it’s also an appeal to the fans. As spectators watching sports on television and in the stadiums, fans have the power to push back against the corruption and wheeling and dealing that has taken hold in the world of international sports.



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The Peoples Temple Agricultural Project, better known by its informal name “Jonestown“, was a remote settlement established by the Peoples Temple, an American cult under the leadership of reverend Jim Jones, in north Guyana. It became internationally notorious when, on November 18, 1978, a total of 918 people died in the settlement, at the nearby airstrip in Port Kaituma, and at a Temple-run building in Georgetown, Guyana’s capital city. The name of the settlement became synonymous with the incidents at those locations.



909 individuals died in Jonestown, all but two from apparent cyanide poisoning, in an event termed “revolutionary suicide” by Jones and some members on an audio tape of the event and in prior discussions. The poisonings in Jonestown followed the murder of five others by Temple members at Port Kaituma, including United States Congressman Leo Ryan, an act that Jones ordered. Four other Temple members committed murder-suicide in Georgetown at Jones’ command.

While some refer to the events in Jonestown as mass suicide, many others, including Jonestown survivors, regard them as mass murder. It is more likely that the events at Jonestown be termed “homicide-suicide” due to the forceful nature of the events. All who drank poison did so under duress, and a third of the victims (304) were minors. It was the largest such event in modern history and resulted in the largest single loss of American civilian life in a deliberate act until September 11, 2001


Prostitution experienced its largest growth during 1861–1865. Some historians have speculated that this growth can be attributed to a depression, and the need for women to support themselves and their families while their husbands were away at war. Other historians considered the growth of prostitution to be related to the women wanting to spread venereal disease to the opposing troops.



The term “public women” was coined for the women that became prostitutes. There was moral outrage at this rising employment, and law officials classified the people they arrested as such. The word “hooker” predates the Civil War, but became popularized due to Union General Joseph Hooker’s reputation of consorting with prostitutes. After the outbreak of war, the number of brothels skyrocketed. “In 1864 there were 450 brothels in Washington, and over 75 brothels in nearby Alexandria, Virginia. A newspaper estimated there were 5000 public women in the District and another 2500 in Alexandria and Georgetown, bringing the total to 7500 by the war’s third year”. However, it was the towns located just outside the camps where prostitution was most prominent. These small towns were overrun by the sex trade when army troops set up nearby camps. One soldier wrote home to his wife, “It is said that one house in every ten is a bawdy house—it is a perfect Sodom.”

The most notorious area for prostitution was in Tennessee. Before the outbreak of the war, Nashville recorded 207 prostitutes; however, in 1863 reports claimed to have at least 1500 prostitutes. The area where these prostitutes could be found was known as Smokey Row. In an infamous campaign to rid the city of the “public women”, Lt. Col. George Spalding loaded the women on to the steamboat Idahoe. The women were sent to Louisville, where they were not allowed off the ship and sent further along to Cincinnati. Many of the women became sick due to lack of food and were forced to turn around and return to Nashville. Once they arrived back in Nashville, Lt. Col. Spaulding created a system of registration similar to European ones. He inadvertently created the first legal system of prostitution. This is the set of regulations he set up:


  1. That a license be issued to each prostitute, a record of which shall be kept at this office, together with the number and street of her residence.
  2. That one skillful surgeon be appointed as a Board of Examination whose duty it shall be to examine personally every week, each licensed prostitute, giving certificate soundness to those who are healthy and ordering into hospital those who are in the slightest degree diseased.
  3. That a building suitable for a hospital for the invalids be taken for that purpose, and that a weekly tax of fifty cents be levied on each prostitute for the purpose of defraying the expense of said hospital.
  4. That all public women found plying their vocation without a license and certificate be at once arrested and incarcerated in the workhouse for a period of not less than thirty days.

Prostitution experienced a large growth and spread across the North and South, and was one of the few industries to cross enemy lines throughout the duration of the war.


This is the life story of Conor McGregor. Conor McGregor became the UFC’s first ever multiple weight class champion after defeating Jose Aldo and Eddie Alvarez. Conor was born in Dublin, Ireland and has become the biggest star in MMA today.



Through McGregor’s battles with Nate Diaz and Floyd Mayweather we’ve seen so much about the man he is today but what you might not know is how he got to this point. True Geordie takes you from his birth to his struggles with becoming a fighter, meeting his girlfriend Dee Devlin and being signed to the UFC by Dana White and eventually being arrested in New York for a bus attack. This is episode one of True Life Stories featuring Conor McGregor.

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Africa’s only hospital providing open-heart surgery for free and using cutting-edge technology is the Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery in Sudan.



This film tells the story of eight Rwandan children who embark on a life-saving journey to receive open-heart surgery. The children have rheumatic heart disease, which often develops from untreated strep throat – a completely preventable condition if antibiotics like penicillin are available. Now, in order to save his young patients’ lives, Dr. Emmanuel Rusingiza, Rwanda’s lone public cardiologist, teams up with Dr. Gino Strada, the Salam Center’s head surgeon. Strada must also fight for the tenuous financial future of the government-supported hospital, which means negotiating with Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir – a man wanted by the international criminal court for “crimes against humanity.” This heartfelt 40-minute Oscar® nominee (Short Subject Documentary) highlights the bravery of the children as they go under the knife in a foreign place without their family to hold their hands. Their parents know all too well that they might never see their child again, but that they have to give them a chance for a healthy future.



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“O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession?” Sunday night (3/11/2018) and Simpson walked author Judith Regan through what happened on June 12, 1994. He starts out adamant — he was just talking hypothetically, which is weird, because if he didn’t do it what’s his basis for creating the hypothetical. Simpson starts by talking about his “friend Charlie”…



whom he says for some reason went to Nicole’s to snoop around. He says Charlie came over to Simpson’s home, told him what was going on and Simpson responded, “Whatever is going on it’s gotta stop!” Unfortunately, Regan didn’t ask Simpson what Charlie said was going on. Simpson says, hypothetically, he and Charlie drove to Nicole’s with a cap, gloves and a knife under the seat and parked in the alley. Simpson says he walked around the property and Ron Goldman appeared, saying he was at the restaurant where Nicole dined and was returning the sunglasses her mom left behind. Simpson says he got angry at Ron — presumably thinking he was there on a date with Nicole — and started screaming at him. Nicole came out, things got heated, she told O.J. to get the f*** off her property, and then he says Nicole fell and hurt herself. In fact, he swung the knife at her and hit her in the face with the blunt end.



Now the confession … Simpson loses the hypo and starts talking very clearly — undeniably — in first person, saying Ron got in a karate stance, O.J. responded, “You think you can kick my ass?” and then he says, “I remember I grabbed the knife.” O.J. eventually checks himself when he realizes he’s talking in first person and actually starts laughing … seriously. Check out the video for the rest. By the way … he also acknowledges dropping a glove on the property, which totally blows up the theory cops planted a glove.


The Ebola crisis hit Sierra Leone hard. Medical care collapsed almost entirely. These foreign doctors have come on their holiday to lend a hand.

A hospital in Sierra Leone is an unusual holiday destination – but not for these hardworking doctors. They’ve returned to the West African country to help with the aftermath of Ebola, treating patients for free. Foreign aid is a vital lifeline here.



Fritjof Schmidt-Hoensdorf always takes his surgical instruments with him. The orthopedic specialist doesn’t travel to switch off, he travels to help. He goes there with a group of doctors for two weeks to treat the sick for free. They focus on surgery. Hundreds of patients with terrible injuries await the international team of doctors upon their arrival. These patients haven’t seen a doctor for years. The work in Sierra Leone has become a vocation for Dr Schmidt-Hoensdorf. The orthopedist has been travelling there for years to volunteer. However, the last time he was there was around three years ago, because after that the country was struck by the Ebola epidemic that killed an estimated ten thousand people in this west African country alone. It’s the first time doctors have been back in the country since the outbreak. Ebola brought normal life in Sierra Leone to a standstill. Medical care collapsed almost entirely and nothing works without foreign help.

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