Interpol is a unique player in law enforcement, a voluntary global alliance that traces its roots to 1923 when Vienna’s chief of police gathered his counterparts in 20 countries to share crime tips and expertise.
Today, Interpol is a low profile, high impact organization. The one hundred and eighty-one member countries assist each other voluntarily in international investigations. Run by experienced law enforcement officers from around the world, the men and women of Interpol often work day-to-day in their own country’s police forces. When the need arises, they act on behalf of Interpol and dedicate their efforts to international cooperation in law enforcement. When criminals cross borders, Interpol is there.
Headquartered in a state-of-the art secure facility in Lyon, France, a small army of agents and analysts track the worst criminals to the four corners of the globe. In a world that runs on information, Interpol’s vast databases hold critical intelligence. A license plate number, a stolen passport or a set of fingerprints from across the world can be the link that leads to the criminal. A police officer in a remote rural village collaborates with his urban counterpart thousands of miles apart and achieves justice.
Member countries are not required to share resources. To do its job, Interpol must foster cooperation among countries with different legal and political systems, not to mention different languages and cultures. Complications arise from extradition laws that vary country to country. Some countries, even though they are members of Interpol, choose to harbor criminals for political reasons. In the face of great challenges, Interpol serves as the bridge that keeps the criminal investigation on target.
Interpol Investigates takes viewers inside the complex investigations of the worlds most vital, and least understood law enforcement organization. Using a seamless blend of first person interviews, archival footage and vivid dramatizations, Interpol Investigates will tell the stories of terrible crimes… international cooperation… and world class justice.
Each hour-long episode will explore the global and cross-cultural context of cases that require law enforcement officials to cooperate even when these cultural differences threaten to get in the way. The show takes the viewer deep inside the dark world of kidnappers, murderers, drug traffickers, and human smugglers. Interpol Investigates takes audiences all over the world as agents and police officers battle an expanding threat: global crime.
Episode 01 – The Serpent
This is the case of Charles Sobhraj, a serial killer who preys on naïve, young Westerners traveling in Southeast Asia. Known as “The Serpent” for his ability to elude capture, Sobhraj uses his sophisticated charm to lure victims to their deaths. It will take the persistence of a Dutch diplomat to crack the case. Cooperation between law enforcement officers is the only strategy that can finally corner this notorious con man and bring him to justice.
Episode 02 – Body Double
The Albert Walker case: after stealing millions from his trusting clients and colleagues, Walker flees Canada, taking his teen-aged daughter with him. It takes Interpol, British and Canadian police years to unravel a series of intricate crimes that ultimately leads to murder in a small seaside English village. Offshore banking, international money laundering and stolen identities are explored in this intriguing story, set in the cultural geography of North America, Switzerland, and Great Britain.
Episode 03 – Tracks of a Stalker
This is the case of Sid Ahmed Rezala, known as the Killer of the Trains. A murderer spreads terror throughout Europe, as he randomly begins killing women on the trains in France. British, French and Portuguese police work with Interpol to find the Algerian killer, who uses his keen knowledge of train travel to elude authorities. For years, Rezala traveled in the underground world of “the train rats”, a sub-culture of vagabonds who ride the trains and prey on passengers. We will also explore cultural attitudes toward the media and how the media can help or hinder criminal investigation.
Episode 04 – One Way Ticket
A boat carrying over 300 illegal Chinese immigrants runs aground in New York Harbor. People jump over-board into the icy water, trying to reach America’s shore. Several die, others are taken into custody by INS officials and NYPD. The case leads investigators to the gangs of Chinatown…and on a seven-year hunt to find the leaders of the human smuggling operation, known as “snakeheads.” New York City Police, the INS, the Coast Guard, the Thai and Hong Kong police, and Interpol all work together to bring the smugglers to justice.
Episode 05 – The Missing Link
A small automotive repair shop explodes in the early morning hours in Managua, Nicaragua, killing two people and shattering a peaceful neighborhood. Under the shop’s rubble, police discover a bunker filled with weapons, names of terrorist organizations and files on potential kidnap victims including Latin America’s wealthiest and influential family. Six terrorists, are tried in absentia and found guilty in Nicaragua. Eusebio Arzalluz is still being sought by Interpol but is believed to have taken refuge in Cuba.
Episode 06 – Rising Sun
In the mid 1980’s, art theft is at an all-time high. Mireille Ballestrazzi is in charge of the Art Theft Squad of the French National Police. Her efforts to track down thieves who took five paintings by Jean Baptiste Camille Carot lead her into collaboration with Interpol. When one of the most famous paintings in the Musee Marmottan in Paris, a Monet called “Impression, Soleil Levant (Rising Sun)”, is stolen at gun-point a year later, Mirelle Ballestrazzi and Interpol follow the criminals to Japan and uncover one of the world’s largest art theft rings.
Episode 07 – Deadly Traffic
Juan Miguel Ponce Edmonson, head of Interpol in Mexico, tracked famous drug dealer Amado Carrillo Fuentes thru Mexico and Chile. Fuentes was known as “Lord of the Skies” and his Juarez Drug Cartel was the most powerful in Mexico in the 1990’s. He took over the Cartel at his own wedding when he killed his uncle’s cousin, who was then the leader.
Episode 08 – Stealing History
In 1991, an antiquities smuggler comes across a rare find in an ancient tomb outside of Cairo. Using his restoration skills he smuggles the piece out of Egypt into London, England. There, he and New York art dealer conspire to sell the piece as part of a fake art collection. They succeed, and thus begins a series of smugglings.
Episode 09 – Fatal Compulsion
Ira Einhorn, a renowned New Age guru, killed his girlfriend in Philadelphia in the late 1970’s and then vanished. Interpol tracked him to Ireland, England, Stockholm and France by Interpol until he was caught in 1997.
Episode 10 – Terror In The Skies
It’s Thanksgiving weekend, November 23, 1985, and Athens Airport is packed. Despite the crowds, security is incredibly lax. A group of passengers have one thing in common; they are about to board Egypt Air Flight 648 destined to be hijacked by one of the most dangerous terrorist groups – Egypt’s Revolution.
Episode 11 – Lethal Obsession
Elizabeth meets Jens at college and she wants him to kill her parents. When Elizabeth’s parents are found brutally murdered, they are the prime suspects. Interpol struggles to track the couple across Europe and bring about justice.
Episode 12 – Betrayed
DEA agent Darnell Garcia conducted one of the biggest drug seizures in history. But, Garcia stole some the drugs and fled the county. Several months later, Interpol captures DEA Agent turned drug lord and brings him to justice.
Episode 13 – Dangerous Company
Craig Pritchert and Nova Guthrieare are accused of robbing banks all across America. They flee to South Africa and it takes Interpol and several countries working together to capture these elusive criminals.