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Examining the twisted and true stories of people in positions of power and prominence taking advantage of their authority to commit heinous acts of crime, all stemming from their control and unyielding power.

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Examining the twisted and true stories where people in positions of power and prominence take advantage of their authority to commit heinous acts of crime, all stemming from their control and unyielding power.
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