Can an assassination change the course of history? Find out what led to the world's most significant assassinations and what impact they had on society.
Can one assassination change the world? Some argue that it changes nothing. But history shows that it often triggers a political turning point, leading to countless more deaths and deeply damaging social change. In the course of the 19th and 20th centuries, the number of assassinations has increased considerably. On average, every two years a world leader is killed by an assassin. Attacks on political leaders such as the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand triggered worldwide conflicts and wars. Even peace activists such as Mahatma Ghandi or Martin Luther King are not safe from assassination. Sometimes people have to die because they know too much, like the former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko. The assassins do not always act of their own free will, sometimes they are brainwashed. We take a look at the way assassins think. From religious zealots to to political extremist, the series explores backgrounds, uncovers myths, re-visits crime scenes, and reconstructs the sequence of events up to the moment when the assassin strikes.