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The Real Story

The Real Story



Bond...James Bond, Amityville, The Untouchables, Alcatraz and Indiana Jones. These are all names and places embedded in American pop culture. Several versions of the classic mystery and adventure tales exist, but do we know the real story behind the famous names? This series delves into an investigation that will finally reveal the real story. (Source: Smithsonian Channel)


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Slasher movie "Scream," which portrays a brutal serial killer who terrorizes an entire town, has spawned one of the most commercially successful horror franchises in movie history. THE REAL STORY reveals that the facts are far more terrifying than Hollywood fiction. Over a week in the summer of 1990, 36-year-old masked serial killer Danny Harold Rolling stalked, tortured and murdered five young students in Gainesville, Florida. The "Gainesville Ripper" serial killings sparked mass panic, a student exodus and the largest manhunt in Florida's history. THE REAL STORY explores the impact Rolling's shocking killing spree had on the university town, from the media frenzy to the mass paranoia that swept across the small community, and follows the trials and tribulations of the year-long investigation to track down the murderer. Viewers will hear from firsthand witnesses, homicide investigators and scientists how the forensic team finally pieced together the murderer's methodology, and learn the trail of evidence that finally led police to unmask the killer.


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Warning: The Real Story guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Documentary
Genre: Educational | History
Status: Returning Series
Network: Smithsonian CHANNEL ( USA)
Airs: Sundays at 08:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: August 27, 2008
Episode Order: 5
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