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Double Cross 

A U.S. Navy air traffic controller is found raped and murdered in her own home, and the body of one of her male co-workers is found right next to her bed. Is this crime the result of workplace sexual harassment and rape?




Episode credited cast:
Peter Thomas Peter Thomas ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Catherine Dodson ... Self - Prosecutor
Ross M. Gardner ... Self - Crime Scene Analyst
Dennis Hebert ... Self - Homicide Detective
Eddie Makdessi ... Self (archive footage)
Elise Makdessi ... Self (archive footage)
Mike Mather ... Self - Reporter
Damian Muziani ... Eddie Makdessi
Nancy Simpson ... Self - Elise's Friend
Paul Yoakam ... Self - Homicide Detective


A U.S. Navy air traffic controller is found raped and murdered in her own home, and the body of one of her co-workers is found right next to her bed. She was stabbed to death, and he was shot multiple times. Her husband says that after they come home from dinner, he was attacked by an intruder and knocked unconscious. When he awoke, he found his wife being raped in their bed, and he shot and killed her attacker. His U.S. Navy wife had left a journal and a videotape alleging sexual harassment and multiple rapes at her place of employment. Does the evidence at the murder scene back up her claims? Written by Malia Kapalena

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Double Cross
21 June 2016 | by a_baronSee all my reviews

There is a well-known saying which is especially suitable for some crime documentaries: you couldn't make it up. The story of killer couple Bittaker & Norris or the unbelievable tale of Karla Homolka and her serial rapist husband fit into that category. So too does the story of false rape accuser Elise Makdessi and her double crossing partner-in-crime, Eddie.

In May 1996, US Navy worker and air traffic controller Elise made a tape in which she accused several of her male colleagues of sexually harassing and even raping her. On this tape she claimed she had reported these infractions and assaults, but said the Navy had covered them up and tried to silence her. Then she and husband Eddie invited her co-worker Quincy Brown over to their place for a bondage session with Elise. The reason Eddie was so cool with another man having sex with his wife was that he was setting him up as a murder suspect. After shooting Quincy dead as planned, Eddie stabbed Elise (as planned only by him), then called the police. Then he pocketed the insurance and compensation on his dead wife, around seven hundred grand.

He might have got away with it, but tiny cracks emerged, and he was eventually brought to justice. This short but powerful documentary includes archive footage of the dead woman, and interviews with some of the major players, including the journalist who persuaded Eddie Makdessi to return from Russia and try to bluff his way out of it.

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24 October 2008 (USA) See more »

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