Racial tensions are simmering in the US, dominating political debate, monopolising newspaper headlines and dividing communities. This timely documentary series investigates three recent crimes in the States. These are crimes spurred by love and hate, which polarise opinion, inflame passions and expose disturbing prejudice.
In Mississippi, a beautiful teenage transsexual, Mercedes Williamson, is killed by her gang-member boyfriend Josh. With Josh sentenced to life, a series of interviews reveal the truth behind his relationship with Mercedes. An alleged homosexual hate-crime in North Carolina sees a church under suspicion and a racially-motivated murder in Mississippi tears a community in two.
Interviews with police, prosecutors, perpetrators and friends of the victims, as well as witness accounts and court testimony expose crime stories with an emotional twist and a sting in the tail.