Frank Cullotta, a criminal associate of the Chicago mafia, arrived in Las Vegas in 1979. He was invited by his childhood friend, mob boss Anthony ‘The Ant’ Spilotro, a notorious mafia enforcer with a deadly reputation. Frank’s task is to set up a burglary crew in Sin City. Frank employs a corrupt insurance agent to…

By Katie Smithson, Writer/Producer Ever wonder what it’s like to shoot in the morgue of an abandoned military base on Long Island? Yeah, us too! So that’s why we put this little video together to share. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the Locked Up Abroad promo shoot. It was a long cold day, but we…

If you tuned in to Mike Cooke’s heart-pounding story on Locked Up Abroad: Mexican Prison Escape, I’m sure you have questions. We checked in with Mike to get answers and see what life is like for him today and here’s what he had to say: Before you took off for Mexico with your buddies, how…

If you tuned in to Frank Sayre’s heart-pounding story on Locked Up Abroad: Mexican Prison Escape, I’m sure you have questions. We checked in with Frank to get answers and see what life is like for him today and here’s what he had to say: When did you first learn how to sail? I was…

“Although I loved the movie ARGO and found it kept me on the edge of my seat, Locked Up Abroad gave us the opportunity to tell the true story of what happened to us.” CORA AMBURN-LIJEK About Cora: Cora was 25 and working as a consular assistant in the visa unit of the U.S. embassy…

If you tuned in to Roy Hallum’s harrowing story on Locked Up Abroad: Buried Alive, I’m sure you have questions. We checked in with Roy to get answers and see what life is like for him today and here’s what he had to say: How long had you been working in Iraq before you were…

If you tuned in to Shaun Attwood’s incredible story on Locked Up Abroad: Raving Arizona, I’m sure you have questions. We checked in with Shaun to get answers and see what life is like for him today and here’s what he had to say: What was going through your mind as you drove to Los…

When Shaun Attwood leaves England for Phoenix, Arizona to chase his American dream of being a millionaire stockbroker, his parents are overwhelmed with pride at their son’s ambition. But, they have no idea where it’s going to lead him. Starting at the bottom in his new job means Shaun’s forced to work harder than anyone…

If you tuned in to Ernie Brace’s harrowing story on Locked Up Abroad: Vietnam POWs: McCain & Brace, I’m sure you have questions. We checked in with Ernie to get answers and see what life is like for him today and here’s what he had to say. “My four-and-a-half years of solitary confinement, two and…

As the longest Civilian POW in Vietnam history, Ernie Brace likely endured more than any other POW during the war. Held for almost eight years — from May 1965 to March 1973 — he faced capture, starvation, sickness, torture, solitude, desperation and more. Call him resilient and impressive. A survivor and true American hero. So says Sen.…

Actor-director Ben Affleck’s Argo, which won the Best Picture statuette at Sunday night’s Academy Awards, is such an evocative spy thriller that from now on, it’ll be difficult to resist picturing  Affleck as the CIA agent who ingeniously rescued six U.S. diplomats from Tehran in 1980 by staging a fake movie production. But if you want to…

If you tuned in to Jerry Amster’s incredible story on Locked Up Abroad: Escape From the Gulag, I’m sure you have questions. We checked in with Jerry to get answers and see what life is like for him today and here’s what he had to say. Did you have any second thoughts about going through…

If you tuned in to Angela Carnegie’s incredible story on Locked Up Abroad: Busted in Bangkok, I’m sure you have questions. We checked in with Angela to get answers and see what life is like for her today and here’s what she had to say: After Andrew discovered you were in Bangkok and called you…

The popularity of  heroin has fluctuated throughout decades depending on its price, availability, and even how fashionable it is at the time. Derived from the opium poppy plant, heroin, when snorted or injected creates a euphoric high that can last hours. Classified as a Schedule I drug, heroin has become a threat to the health…

Journalists have been risking their lives for years in order to expose their audience to war, rebellion, and various political upheavals. These daring adventures are often seen by journalists as a way to boost their careers and reach more people. Unfortunately, the danger of these assignments can end in assault, kidnapping, and even death for…

Originally built to confine criminals until reparations were assigned, prisons have become a form of punishment themselves. Over the course of time the condition of penal institutions has decreased with overcrowding and corrupt staff playing a large role. For those prisoners serving their time in a foreign country, language barriers and discrimination against their nationality…

Each day adventure seekers set out to explore new territories and bear witness to nature in its purest form. As they absorb breathtaking sites and experience new cultures, many people return from their trips with a new outlook on life. In Locked up Abroad: The Orchid Hunters,  Paul Winders was on a quest to travel…

If you tuned in to Tom Hanway’s heart-pounding story on Locked Up Abroad: Chilean Prison Break, I’m sure you have questions. We checked in with Tom to get answers and see what life is like for him today and here’s what he had to say: Did you ever figure out why Steve turned you in?…

Many tourists traveling to Peru are drawn to the ancient monuments of the Norte Chico civilization and the Inca Empire—one of the oldest civilizations in the world. The rich history has made Peru’s cultural tourism the fastest growing tourism industry in South America. Tourism is the third largest industry in Peru with mining and fishing…

If you tuned in to Susan Haglof’s nightmarish story on Locked Up Abroad: Not Without My Baby, I’m sure you have questions. We checked in with Susan to get answers and see what life is like for her today and here’s what she had to say: Were you aware of Egypt’s adoption laws before you…

Egypt is one of the most populous countries in the Middle East with more than 81 million people living throughout Cairo, Alexandria, or along the Nile River. Of those 81 million, an estimated 1.7 million are orphans. In addition, the number of children that live in the streets of Egypt is thought to be far…

The largest country in South America and the fifth largest in world, Brazil has been gaining in popularity with tourists in the last decade. Home to several beaches, the Amazon rainforest, and complex system of rivers, Brazil attracts many ecotourists interested in exploring the diverse topography. In 2011 over 5.4 million visitors chose Brazil as…

Often referred to as the land of lagoons and volcanoes, Nicaragua is a hotspot of biodiversity. Its freshwater lakes and rainforests have made the country an attractive destination for ecotourists and agritourists. As a result, tourism has increased greatly in the last six years making it the second largest industry in Nicaragua. Despite this boost…

If you are thinking about visiting China to explore its diverse landscapes and experience its rich culture, you are not alone. The most populous country is also the third most popular destination for tourists with over 55 million visitors each year.  With the Great Wall and Forbidden City drawing more and more people, China’s tourism…

23 year-old Iraqi soldier Latif Yahia is fighting in the Iran-Iraq War when he was summoned to the Republican Palace. There, Saddam Hussein’s eldest son Uday demands that Latif becomes his body double. Latif is a near-exact physical match for the evil son, virtually his twin.  He doesn’t want the role, but Uday has him…