Alcatraz prison and Anglin brothers: Criminal justice research topic ideas

So many books and movies have used Alcatraz prison as source material that it can be hard to separate fact from fiction. A new History Channel special looks at the Anglin brothers— John Anglin, Clarence Anglin and Frank Morriswho escaped from “The Rock” and were believed to have died during their attempt.

Learn more about the Anglin brothers' escape from Alcatraz. (Credit:

Learn more about the Anglin brothers’ escape from Alcatraz. (Credit:

But did they? This and other areas connected to the history of prisons in America and this particular prison offer many research paper topics. Read more

Explore History Channel’s “Harry Houdini” in your next research paper

The History Channel mini series on magician Harry Houdini starring Adrien Brody demonstrates how we just can’t get enough of this master of magic and illusion.

Adrien Brody plays Harry Houdini in the History Channel mini series. (Credit: Colin Hutton)

Adrien Brody plays Harry Houdini in the History Channel mini series. (Credit: Colin Hutton)

But does the TV mini series do justice to Houdini’s legacy? Could there be more behind his great escapes? What was true and what was myth about the man originally born as Erik Weisz? These questions can be the impetus for many research paper topics to explore. Read more

Vikingdom, Thor, and History Channel Vikings celebrate history and mythology (while making it up)

Thor: The Dark World

Thor: The Dark World

If you haven’t heard of Thor: The Dark World, you probably don’t watch television, and you’re one of the few people who missed Marvel’s Avengers when it topped the box office last year. But while the Marvel film might have top the charts, it’s not the only Viking-inspired film to hit screens big and small. It is, however, probably the film least expected to resemble anything from history. Vikingdom, a Malaysian film that was released in the U.S. October 4, has faced some controversy about whether it’s truly based on Viking mythology, and the hit scripted mini-series on the History Channel, Vikings, was both praised and derided for its fictional elements. How true to history does any Viking inspired film or series need to be? Read more