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Monday, February 03

The movie was an instant smash when it hit the theaters in 1977 and reawakened man's obsession with the eternal question: "Are we alone in the universe?" Though a work of fantasy, few realize that Steven Spielberg's sci-fi classic was actually inspired by real-life witness testimony, as well as a series of UFO sightings in Michigan in the summer of 1966. Separate science fact from science fiction as we reexamine government documents and put old witness testimonies to the test using modern technology. Spielberg also based his film on the research of Dr. J. Allen Hynek, a civilian scientific advisor to Project Blue Book who eventually admitted that 11 percent of the study’s findings about nidentified flying objects could not be explained using science. Show Less
The movie was an instant smash when it hit the theaters in 1977 and reawakened man's obsession with the eternal question: "Are we alon...Show More

The Best Picture winner for 1972 has several underworld inspirations. Don Vito A. Corleone is based on real mob boss Frank Costello. Don Corleone was born in the same year as Costello, and like Costello earned vast illegal incomes from gambling and bootlegging, and enjoyed unrivalled political clout through friends in the power. Carlo Gambino’s life also inspired Don Corleone’s character. Both were low-key gangsters, and quite different from their contemporaries. Gambino was careful enough never to be imprisoned, and died in his own home. Like Gambino, Don Corleone had three sons and a daughter. Also like Don Corleone, Gambino’s activities came under heavy FBI scrutiny with wiretaps, bugs and lip-readers being employed to gather evidence, but Gambino knew how to conduct his business “in silence” and escaped without any jail time. Show Less
The Best Picture winner for 1972 has several underworld inspirations. Don Vito A. Corleone is based on real mob boss Frank Costello. D...Show More

“Apocalypse Now” is regarding as one of the best movies about the Vietnam War. In the film, Army Special Forces Colonel Walter E. Kurtz has gone insane and now commands his own local troops inside neutral Cambodia. Army Captain Benjamin L. Willard is assigned to terminate Kurtz with extreme prejudice. Francis Ford Coppola’s movie was inspired by Joseph Conrad’s book, “Heart of Darkness”, about the disintegration into madness of a man who goes into the jungle. But the Shocking Truth is that the story is also based on a real army colonel who went rogue in the jungle. Robert Rheault, and five of his men were accused of murder and conspiracy in the death of a suspected South Vietnamese double agent. Colonel Rheault along with several of his Special Forces officers were arrested by the U.S. Military and threatened with court-martial charges of conspiracy to commit murder. The investigation and court-martial, held by the U.S. Army in Vietnam, rapidly became engulfed in a firestorm of media publicity. Most of the American public, and the Special Forces, believed that Colonel Rheault and all involved had been made scapegoats for a matter that reflected poorly upon the Army. Show Less
“Apocalypse Now” is regarding as one of the best movies about the Vietnam War. In the film, Army Special Forces Colonel Walter E. ...Show More

The movie was an instant smash when it hit the theaters in 1977 and reawakened man's obsession with the eternal question: "Are we alone in the universe?" Though a work of fantasy, few realize that Steven Spielberg's sci-fi classic was actually inspired by real-life witness testimony, as well as a series of UFO sightings in Michigan in the summer of 1966. Separate science fact from science fiction as we reexamine government documents and put old witness testimonies to the test using modern technology. Spielberg also based his film on the research of Dr. J. Allen Hynek, a civilian scientific advisor to Project Blue Book who eventually admitted that 11 percent of the study’s findings about nidentified flying objects could not be explained using science. Show Less
The movie was an instant smash when it hit the theaters in 1977 and reawakened man's obsession with the eternal question: "Are we alon...Show More

The Best Picture winner for 1972 has several underworld inspirations. Don Vito A. Corleone is based on real mob boss Frank Costello. Don Corleone was born in the same year as Costello, and like Costello earned vast illegal incomes from gambling and bootlegging, and enjoyed unrivalled political clout through friends in the power. Carlo Gambino’s life also inspired Don Corleone’s character. Both were low-key gangsters, and quite different from their contemporaries. Gambino was careful enough never to be imprisoned, and died in his own home. Like Gambino, Don Corleone had three sons and a daughter. Also like Don Corleone, Gambino’s activities came under heavy FBI scrutiny with wiretaps, bugs and lip-readers being employed to gather evidence, but Gambino knew how to conduct his business “in silence” and escaped without any jail time. Show Less
The Best Picture winner for 1972 has several underworld inspirations. Don Vito A. Corleone is based on real mob boss Frank Costello. D...Show More

“Apocalypse Now” is regarding as one of the best movies about the Vietnam War. In the film, Army Special Forces Colonel Walter E. Kurtz has gone insane and now commands his own local troops inside neutral Cambodia. Army Captain Benjamin L. Willard is assigned to terminate Kurtz with extreme prejudice. Francis Ford Coppola’s movie was inspired by Joseph Conrad’s book, “Heart of Darkness”, about the disintegration into madness of a man who goes into the jungle. But the Shocking Truth is that the story is also based on a real army colonel who went rogue in the jungle. Robert Rheault, and five of his men were accused of murder and conspiracy in the death of a suspected South Vietnamese double agent. Colonel Rheault along with several of his Special Forces officers were arrested by the U.S. Military and threatened with court-martial charges of conspiracy to commit murder. The investigation and court-martial, held by the U.S. Army in Vietnam, rapidly became engulfed in a firestorm of media publicity. Most of the American public, and the Special Forces, believed that Colonel Rheault and all involved had been made scapegoats for a matter that reflected poorly upon the Army. Show Less
“Apocalypse Now” is regarding as one of the best movies about the Vietnam War. In the film, Army Special Forces Colonel Walter E. ...Show More

The movie was an instant smash when it hit the theaters in 1977 and reawakened man's obsession with the eternal question: "Are we alone in the universe?" Though a work of fantasy, few realize that Steven Spielberg's sci-fi classic was actually inspired by real-life witness testimony, as well as a series of UFO sightings in Michigan in the summer of 1966. Separate science fact from science fiction as we reexamine government documents and put old witness testimonies to the test using modern technology. Spielberg also based his film on the research of Dr. J. Allen Hynek, a civilian scientific advisor to Project Blue Book who eventually admitted that 11 percent of the study’s findings about nidentified flying objects could not be explained using science. Show Less
The movie was an instant smash when it hit the theaters in 1977 and reawakened man's obsession with the eternal question: "Are we alon...Show More

The Best Picture winner for 1972 has several underworld inspirations. Don Vito A. Corleone is based on real mob boss Frank Costello. Don Corleone was born in the same year as Costello, and like Costello earned vast illegal incomes from gambling and bootlegging, and enjoyed unrivalled political clout through friends in the power. Carlo Gambino’s life also inspired Don Corleone’s character. Both were low-key gangsters, and quite different from their contemporaries. Gambino was careful enough never to be imprisoned, and died in his own home. Like Gambino, Don Corleone had three sons and a daughter. Also like Don Corleone, Gambino’s activities came under heavy FBI scrutiny with wiretaps, bugs and lip-readers being employed to gather evidence, but Gambino knew how to conduct his business “in silence” and escaped without any jail time. Show Less
The Best Picture winner for 1972 has several underworld inspirations. Don Vito A. Corleone is based on real mob boss Frank Costello. D...Show More

“Apocalypse Now” is regarding as one of the best movies about the Vietnam War. In the film, Army Special Forces Colonel Walter E. Kurtz has gone insane and now commands his own local troops inside neutral Cambodia. Army Captain Benjamin L. Willard is assigned to terminate Kurtz with extreme prejudice. Francis Ford Coppola’s movie was inspired by Joseph Conrad’s book, “Heart of Darkness”, about the disintegration into madness of a man who goes into the jungle. But the Shocking Truth is that the story is also based on a real army colonel who went rogue in the jungle. Robert Rheault, and five of his men were accused of murder and conspiracy in the death of a suspected South Vietnamese double agent. Colonel Rheault along with several of his Special Forces officers were arrested by the U.S. Military and threatened with court-martial charges of conspiracy to commit murder. The investigation and court-martial, held by the U.S. Army in Vietnam, rapidly became engulfed in a firestorm of media publicity. Most of the American public, and the Special Forces, believed that Colonel Rheault and all involved had been made scapegoats for a matter that reflected poorly upon the Army. Show Less
“Apocalypse Now” is regarding as one of the best movies about the Vietnam War. In the film, Army Special Forces Colonel Walter E. ...Show More

Wednesday, February 05

The movie “Casino” was directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Sharon Stone. It tells the true story of Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal and Anthony “The Ant” Spilotro and how the Chicago Outfit dominated gambling in Las Vegas. It is based on the book “Casino: Love and Honor” in Las Vegas by “Goodfellas” writer Nicholas Pileggi. The main character, Sam "Ace" Rothstein, is based on Rosenthal, who was retired and living in Florida when writer Nicholas Pileggi came around wanting to write a book about his career. Show Less
The movie “Casino” was directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Sharon Stone. It tells the true story o...Show More

Thursday, February 06

The movie “Casino” was directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Sharon Stone. It tells the true story of Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal and Anthony “The Ant” Spilotro and how the Chicago Outfit dominated gambling in Las Vegas. It is based on the book “Casino: Love and Honor” in Las Vegas by “Goodfellas” writer Nicholas Pileggi. The main character, Sam "Ace" Rothstein, is based on Rosenthal, who was retired and living in Florida when writer Nicholas Pileggi came around wanting to write a book about his career. Show Less
The movie “Casino” was directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Sharon Stone. It tells the true story o...Show More

Sunday, February 09

The movie “Casino” was directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Sharon Stone. It tells the true story of Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal and Anthony “The Ant” Spilotro and how the Chicago Outfit dominated gambling in Las Vegas. It is based on the book “Casino: Love and Honor” in Las Vegas by “Goodfellas” writer Nicholas Pileggi. The main character, Sam "Ace" Rothstein, is based on Rosenthal, who was retired and living in Florida when writer Nicholas Pileggi came around wanting to write a book about his career. Show Less
The movie “Casino” was directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Sharon Stone. It tells the true story o...Show More

About The Shocking Truth

The Shocking Truth digs deep into notorious real-life murders and crimes and explores how Hollywood turned them into its most memorable thrillers. The behind-the-scenes stories of how these gruesome events became unforgettable movies is as fascinating as the true crimes themselves. Through cinematic re-enactments and exclusive interviews with the writers, directors and cast members, as well as the detectives, attorneys, and criminologists who investigated the actual crimes, we lay out a compelling story line — how despicable wrong doings became art, creating moments etched in our pop culture.