The December 11, 1978 Lufthansa heist was the most infamous caper in U.S. history. At New York's JFK airport, associates of the Lucchese crime family netted nearly $6 million (or $22.5 million today) in cash and jewels; almost none of the take was recovered, and only one person served time. But a lot of people directly involved with the crime ended up dead.
A&E Real Crime spoke to the Richland County Sheriff's Department Deputy Sheriff about some embarrassing moments on the job, the story behind his Twitter handle, what he's learned from other Live PD cops and his work on his department's Community Action Team.
It's been 40 years since the Jonestown massacre, yet there is still some mystery surrounding how the group's leader Jim Jones died. Was his gunshot self-inflicted? Could someone else have pulled the trigger through an act of heroism or loyalty? Is it possible he was already dying from other health problems?
One element of the 1978 mass death at Jonestown that hasn't been explored much is leader Jim Jones' rampant drug abuse—and how he used substances as a tool of control in his church. A&E Real Crime investigate the roles drugs played at Jonestown.