Vivian Shillander left the cult, Children of God, with but one of her five children. Her husband, Richard Shillander supported by the cult, did not let the other four children leave with her. Vivian, aware of the reputation of the cult that encourages adult sex with minor children, and other abuses, got a court order awarding her custody of the children, hired two private investigators, and flew to Bangkok, Thailand, where her husband and children were located and set up a sting operation to bring the children back home to America with their Mother.
SLAPPs (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation) are a tactic being used by corporations, government agencies and other powerful interests to stop individuals and groups from speaking out against environmentally questionable development. A co-production with the Center for Investigative Reporting.
First network report on E. Coli 0157:H7 in vegetable produce, with reporter Lynn Sherr. The deadly strain of E. Coli ended up in pre-washed pre-packaged lettuce, which nearly killed four people. The piece traced the source of the germ back to a cow pasture near the produce field.
Report, with host Elizabeth Vargas, about Betty Tyson, a black woman wrongly imprisoned for 25 years. A single page from her police file was illegally hidden from the defense, and this exculpatory evidence eventually freed Ms. Tyson, who ironically credits her time in prison for keeping her alive and allowing her to get an education. The piece was nominated for an Emmy Award.
In an interview with Barbara Walters set to air on tonight's 20/20 Julie Andrews confirms that throat surgery last year damaged her vocal cords. In a pre-recorded interview, Andrews told Walters that she is trying to remain optimistic that her voice will return: "To not sing with an orchestra, to not be able to communicate through my voice which I've done all my life and not to be able to phrase lyrics and give people that kind of joy, I think I would be totally devastated , " she says.
The hour-long documentary, hosted by Charlie Gibson, traces a gallon of gasoline from the gas tank back to the source, and along the way investigates problems within the oil industry, including price instability. The Piece was nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Business or Economic Reporting (Longform) category.
"Amanda Knox Verdict" examines the guilty verdict in the Amanda Knox murder case. "Chris Brown" discusses his relationship with Rhianna. "D.I.Y. Cosmetic Procedures" investigates websites that features do-it-yourself cosmetic procedures. "Indoor Tanning Salons" looks at the cancer risk of tanning machines.
"Brian Ross Investigates: Make-A-Wish Swindle" features an investigation into an Internet charity scam. "Wife's Secret: She Was Born a Man" examines the case of Nikki Araguz a married trans-gendered woman who is in a legal battle with the family of her late husband who argue that since she was not born a woman she cannot be a beneficiary to his life insurance.
Diane Sawyer interviews Jaycee Dugard who was kidnapped when she was eleven and held in captivity for eighteen years by her abductor Phillip Garrido and his wife Nancy. Chris Cuomo examines how law enforcement and the justice system missed several opportunities rescue her.
Get ready for a big dose of the shocking truth as "20/20" gets the dirt from the professionals we depend on... who confess what their colleagues do and say behind closed doors, what they really think about you, and how they mess with you if you get on their bad side. Plus, Toni Braxton tells all about her roller coaster career as a platinum recording artist. Reports include True Confessions on "Hotel Horrors", "Gym Trainers", "Tow Truck Drivers" and "Cops".
From extreme shopping to saving yourself from embarrassment at the office holiday party and from holiday scams and real life Scrooges to Christmas-crazy neighbors "20/20" has the ultimate holiday survival guide.
In 2004, during a Napa Valley Halloween night, housemates Adriane Insogna, Leslie Ann Mazzara, both 26, and Lauren Meanza's home is invaded. After the first two women are viciously murdered, Meanza, whose bedroom is located on the first floor in the back, manages to escape harm. Though Lauren Meanza seeks help, it is too late and she becomes the lone survivor. Lauren tries to assist in the police investigation, but has no idea who would harbor such rage for her friends. When cigarette butts are found around the property, Meanza only knows one person who smokes. Will ...
Born into the spotlight for better or for worse, "20/20" reports on the kids of celebrities: "Stars, Scars and Showbiz Kids". Nick Watt rides along with the the paparazzi to find out if they have gone too far by following and photographing celebrity kids like Suri Cruise wherever they go. Deborah Roberts reports on the young daughter of Anna Nicole Smith and Larry Birkhead is following in her late mom's modeling footsteps. Sachi Parker, Shirley MacLaine's only daughter, talks to Elizabeth Vargas about growing up with a famous mom. Chris Connelly examines the lucrative...