Wednesday, August 25, 2010

A Different Kind Of True Crime Show

Guest post written by Christine Duncan

Most true crime shows are entertaining. They might be about an unsolved crime, detectives bringing in potential suspects for questioning, or even psychics. But if you want something that is really unlike all the other true crime shows out there, you have to watch Locked Up Abroad. I have been trying to tell people about this show for years. If they don't listen to me, either they don't trust my judgment or they're dumb. Based on the people I associate with, the latter is a more likely possibility. They're more interested in American Idol and Ugly Betty than Locked Up Abroad.

What is Locked Up Abroad? There are two versions of the show. The first and more common version is a reenactment about someone who tried smuggling drugs from one country to another. As you might have guessed from the title, they get caught. Their sentences can lead to desperate attempts at survival because of unruly prisons, attempts at escape, and trying to find loop holes to get transferred to the United States or United Kingdom. If they get transferred, they will have a shorter sentence. The other version of the show is about people getting captured while hiking in unlawful countries. These episodes can be extremely disturbing, so be prepared.

I have been watching Locked Up Abroad on bestchoicetv satellite tv for about three years now. I can only hope that they will continue to produce new episodes.

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