21 February 1996
Forensic pathologist Dr. Sam Ryan returns to Cambridge to take up a teaching assignment and to work for the police as required. In her first case, she has to deal with the death of a six year old girl find floating in a nearby river. The autopsy reveals that the child has suffered previous abuse, including cigarette burns and several broken ribs. Sam receives information from a prison inmate that implicates someone in a previous death and Sam suggests a radical step. In her personal life, Sam has to deal with her elderly mother who is showing signs of dementia and her sister Wyn with whom she has a strained relationship.
22 February 1996
With the exhumation of a child that had died from abuse some years earlier, Sam is able to demonstrate that there are similarities between the deaths of the two children. There is also only one individual with a connection to both cases. When Sam's house is broken into, her personal safety is a risk but she pursue the case with her usual zeal.
28 February 1996
When Mark James' decomposing body is found in an abandoned building, there is every indication that he was part of some occult ritual. An upside down cross was carved on his chest, his wrists were bound with ivy and he was strangled. All evidence points to his friend Sebastian Bird, a rich idler who allowed James to live in his house but who had also developed a expert knowledge of the occult before being sent down from Cambridge for having had an affair with a professor's wife. Sam Ryan's testy relationship with the police continues as she is having difficulty establishing a forensic link in the case and also for publicly criticizing the well-liked Police Surgeon, Dr. Richard Owen, for attending the crime scene without the proper protective clothing. Sam also has to deal with her rebellious nephew Ricky, who is constantly fighting with his mother and announces that he has left home to move in with her.
28 February 1996
Sam continues her investigation into Mark James' murder. When another of Sebatian Bird's one-time friends is killed the police are ever more convinced of his guilt and grow increasingly frustrated at Sam's inability to provide them the evidence that they are sure is there. The solution lies in an old case and someone's desperate need for revenge.
13 March 1996
Sam investigates the death of a gay man while in police custody. He had been arrested while drunk and was sharing a cell with another drunk, in for the night. The victim died from a blow to the head and was badly beaten post-mortem. DS Farmer is concerned that the assault may have been the work of some of her officers. Sam also meets up with Liam Slattery an old friend she has not seen for 20 years. Sam's sister however is convinced Liam was responsible for the death of their father years before.
14 March 1996
Sam continues her investigation in the prisoner's death and believes the police are covering up. When a police constable whose wife reported was cracking up is found dead, the investigating officers themselves believe something is amiss. Sam continues to be harassed by someone unknown and has to call in the bomb squad when she receives a mysterious parcel and subsequently someone tries to run her off the road. Liam and Sam renew their relationship but she is faced with a difficult choice.
27 March 1996
One of Sam Ryan's students has a problem and seeks some personal advice. She and her family immigrated from Vietnam during the boat people exodus and her father wants her to enter a marriage he's arranged for her. She's worried that her husband to be will realize she is not a virgin and Sam counsels her that honesty is always the best policy, but in this case it drives the prospective groom to violence. When the family's restaurant is burned out, the police find a badly burned body. On the home front, Sam continues to bicker with her sister Wyn about whether their mother should be placed in a home and the bitterness over their father's death continues to divide them.
3 April 1996
DI Adams and DC Cox's personal relationship is now affecting their work, leading Cox to request a transfer. With the burned body now identified through dental records, the police have a suspect. However, he suffers from post traumatic stress disorder and the police are concerned that he may lash out. When the police do finally locate him, a member of the team is killed.
14 February 1997
Boxer Kevin Sharma dies from blows received in the ring, but pathologist Sam Ryan determines that he has a brain injury dating from sometime after his last bout two months ago. One of the governors of the boxing board, retired police Superintendent Jack Reeve, is concerned that it will reflect badly on them. Reeve is also trying to cancel one-time trainer Terence Cross' license after he is the victim of a hit and rub accident that leaves him a quadriplegic. A new Detective Superintendent, Peter Ross, is now in charge and Sam and he knew each other many years previously. Trevor finds himself alone after his wife leaves him. Sam and her sister Wyn bury their mother
15 February 1997
The investigation continues and a boxing trainer apparently commits suicide. Sam isn't convinced however and with the assistance of a ballistics expert, obtains the evidence to prove the suicide was actually murder. She also learns the reason for Kevin Sharma getting into a bare-knuckles fight and now suspects that Terence Cross' hit and run may not have been an accident. Sam's sister Wyn continues to have difficulty coping following the death of their mother.
28 February 1997
Stuart Evans is 40 years old and in the advanced stages of AIDS. When he dies the night after his birthday party no one thinks anything of it but his parents donate his remains to scientific study. When Sam and Trevor start an examination of the remains, they notice needle marks and suspect his death may not have been straightforward. Their suspicions are confirmed when the toxicology reports indicate an extremely high level of morphine. Mark Tate is also an AIDS sufferer who has been told that he will soon go blind. He too dies suddenly and when the police learn that he and Evans had the same physician, they begin to suspect doctor-assisted suicide.
1 March 1997
As Sam continues her forensic investigation into the two deaths, the police make an arrest but soon realize they have the wrong person in custody when a crucial piece of evidence is uncovered. Sam discovers the true identity of the person behind the deaths but rather than tell the police, she decides to let him to turn himself in. Unfortunately, this leads to a tragic result. In her personal life, Sam and Peter Ross renew their long-ago romance.
21 March 1997
Helen Mathews is found strangled on the street. In the course of the investigation, the police learn that she was having an affair with Alan White, a flying instructor working for her husband Michael. From the evidence, it appears that she was about to leave her husband and move to Canada. The police uncover a similar case from several years earlier with a striking resemblance to this case and are convinced that the two must be connected. Friction again develops between Sam Ryan and the police when her forensic analysis demonstrates that the two cases have no connection whatsoever. Sam continues to fret over her decisions in her last case and her personal relationship with Peter Ross reaches a breaking point.
22 March 1997
With a second murder on their hands, the police make an arrest in the case. Sam however uncovers some very peculiar bruising on both victims that provides the police with the evidence they need to identify the person responsible. Sam's life is put at risk however when the murderer threatens her. Wyn Ryan, who has been living with Sam since their mother's death, has found a job and is now looking to move on. Sam and Peter continue to struggle with their relationship but are determined to make a go of it.
4 April 1997
When 72-year old Millicent Lockwood is found brutally beaten to death in a local park, the police immediately focus on a local who was seen arguing with her a short time earlier. The autopsy reveals little evidence but Sam Ryan once again refuses to make the evidence they do have fit the suspect, which leads to an inevitable clash with the police. She also sees two youths, Kelvin Price and Ben Quayle, act out part of the murder. The police however are pursuing other lines of inquiry and don't have the time, nor the inclination, to pursue Sam's theories. She then sets off on her own investigation.
5 April 1997
Convinced that Kelvin and Ben are the murderers, Sam Ryan pursues her own investigation. She is also concerned that one of the boys may do himself harm after a third boy, who was only peripherally involved, hangs himself. The police are concerned that her involvement may actually taint some of the evidence they have and an angry DCI Peter Ross informs her that he has filed a formal complaint with the Coroner and the Chief Constable over her conduct. This obviously affects their professional and personal relationship.
19 March 1998
Sam is shaken when she has to look into the death of a very dear friend, Dr. Annabelle Evans, a Cambridge professor. She was found in her home, badly beaten in what appears to be a botched burglary attempt. The police immediately focus on the husband as the likely killer but Sam suspects that an altercation at a local restaurant during the May Ball, where a waiter spilled wine on Annabelle and was fired on the spot, may provide another suspect. Sam is also intrigued by the relationship some of her students may have had with Annabelle, particularly when she learns her friend may have had a lover. In her personal life, Sam has moved on. Her sister Wyn has relocated to Ireland and Peter Ross has also been transferred. She does however run into an old friend who also happens to be an acquaintance of her business partner Trevor.
20 March 1998
2 April 1998
Gemma Boyd, an attractive 17-yr old, is found dead at the bottom of a staircase. Although the cause of death was a broken neck, there is little to indicate whether she fell or was pushed. She was found in a vacant house that her estate agent mother and step-father were selling. The autopsy reveals that Gemma had already had a child and was pregnant. The police think that Gemma's boyfriend is their man but when someone else is revealed as the father in the latest pregnancy, Sam thinks there is a far more complex set of relationships at play. Sam's sister Wyn visits from Ireland with big news: she is going to get married. Sam's relationship with James however takes an unfortunate turn and seems to come to an end.
3 April 1998
15 April 1998
Sam Ryan looks into the death of Maggie Collins who died of a heroin overdose. Sadly, her body wasn't discovered for several days and in that time, her infant daughter died of dehydration. Soon after Maggie's death Stephen Jackson, a small-time dealer and addict, is killed in an explosion in his home. The autopsy reveals that both of them died of overdoses from the same batch of heroin and Sam begins to doubt that their deaths were accidental. When another small-time dealer is killed, the police think they have either vigilantes or a turf war on their hands. What they have is something far more complex that involves one of their own.
17 April 1998
23 April 1998
When Philip Nelson is killed in a farm accident, the pathologists conclude they have a straightforward case of man vs. machine and the machine won. Sam makes an error however and soon finds evidence that points to murder. The police suspect his handyman, all the more so when they discover he was having an affair with Nelson's wife. When the murders continue however, Sam uncovers evidence that connect at least some of the men to events in Northern Ireland when they served in the army together many years before. Sam is more than a little surprised when Charlie, an old friend, sounds her out about taking up a new Chair in Forensic Pathology at London University. DI Michael Connor and his wife take a stab at a reconciliation but he finds it difficult to forgive her infidelity and realizes he has feelings for Sam.
24 April 1998
31 May 1999
Now installed in London as a Professor at the university, Sam Ryan is called to assist when a helicopter carrying 16 men crashes in the North Sea en route to a drilling platform. The pilot's body is recovered and the autopsy reveals he suffered a heart attack between the time he sent a distress signal and the time the helicopter crash. He had recently postponed his annual medical check-up but Sam suspects there is more to this than meets the eye. In completing the autopsies on the recovered bodies, it seems that the aircraft may have suffered a catastrophic failure.
1 June 1999
8 June 1999
Brian McNally is a one-time criminal with a major problem. The day after he is badly beaten by gangster Mike Georghiou, McNally finds Georghiou's strangled body at his business. He's convinced that Mike's brother Tony, also a gangster known for his violent streak, will come after him so he gets Sam Ryan to prove that he couldn't have been the killer. Sam does so but when McNally's body is found at the foot of a building, a supposed suicide, she feels she has somehow contributed to his death. What Sam doesn't realize is the is not only going up against organized crime but coppers who've acted as judge, jury and executioner.
9 June 1999
15 June 1999
Sam Ryan is reunited with newly promoted DCI Michael Connor when they investigate a fire in a cinema. Sam manages to identify all but one of the 12 victims, body #10. As she gathers more information, including the use of a facial reconstruction, she comes to believe that body #10 is in fact someone who was supposed to have been killed years before and for which Chris Caldwell was convicted of murder. Sam becomes quite attracted to him and manages to get him set free, but when others are subsequently murdered, Connor doesn't believe Caldwell is quite as innocent as Sam believes.
16 June 1999
11 December 2000
When twin brothers Jake and Henry Davies are found dead in their home, the police initially suspect robbery as the elderly gentlemen were known to keep large sums of cash in the house. The autopsy reveals murder however and Sam determines that skin grafts both men have on their arms may have been a crude form of plastic surgery meant to cover tattoos of concentration camp numbers. Thinnking they are now dealing with a hate crime, the police focus on Carl Martin, a known race-hater. What they have however is a case of someone seeking revenge for the atrocities committed long ago.
12 February 2001
When the naked body of a young woman is found in the snow at a Norwegian ski resort, Sam Ryan is asked to represent the Townsend family whose daughter Ruth disappeared there several weeks before. The autopsy however reveals that it is in fact the body of Louise Hutton who had vanished there some 15 years previously. When Ruth's body is subsequently found, it appears both girls were strangled in a similar fashion. The police focus their enquiries on Ruth's boyfriend and on Henry Hutton, Louise's uncle while Sam seeks the advice of a university colleague and tries to draw a profile of the serial killer.
16 March 2001
Sam Ryan is under great stress when she learns that she may have a tumor. As a result, she starts to question her judgment when she misses a possible explanation in determining the time of death in the case of Lloyd Dupen's wife, an apparent suicide. She's not convinced however that everything is above board and agrees to undertake a second autopsy at the request of the dead woman's mother. She's also asked by Bishop Craig to perform an autopsy on the remains of Sister Constance, a beatified nun who died forty years ago and is under consideration for canonization. The results of the autopsy will have an impact on the religious order as well as many of those in the community who see the commercial advantages of having a local saint.
28 September 2002
Sam Ryan assists the police in the investigation of a multi-vehicle collision that results in the death of 11 people. She is joined by two new colleagues: Dr. Leo Dalton, an experienced pathologist from Sheffield and Dr. Harry Cunningham. As they try to determine the causes of the accident, they find a severed arm that does not belong to any of the victims. They also have to deal with DCI Carol Deacon whose role in the investigation is not quite clear to them. Sam and Leo have somewhat different approaches to their job, particularly in how they deal with the police. Harry performs his first autopsy on a child.
29 October 2002
The mystery of the severed arm is partly solved when the police discover a body floating in the river with a missing arm. The pathologists continue their investigation with little help from the police and DCI Deacon in particular. When she reveals to Tom that two of the men in the accident were undercover policemen, he realizes that Sam was correct and that he is being manipulated. The police refuse to tell them what is going on and Sam's interference has serious consequences. Harry continues to try and find a balance between detachment and compassion as one of the survivors of the crash seeks his assistance.
5 October 2002
The police investigate an apparent break-in that results in the death of Derek Irons, his wife and youngest daughter. Two older children survived the attack but one is in serious condition and in a coma. Irons was a ruthless businessman who targeted his rivals' customers resulting in regular confrontations. Irons was stabbed but his wife and daughter were shot. Sam is reunited with an old friend from Northern Ireland, Det. Supt. Tony Ashton who is the senior investigative officer on the case. Harry assists the police with the death of an old woman who is believed to have fallen down a staircase. His post-mortem reveals evidence that is not consistent with a fall.
6 October 2002
The police continue their investigation into the deaths of several members of the Irons family but based on the forensic evidence, they now believe he may have been killed elsewhere and then transported to his home. When one of Irons' two surviving children is killed, they look to his circle of friends and family for a possible motive. Thanks to Harry's information, the police investigate further into the death of an elderly woman who supposedly fell down the stairs in her home. Supt. Tony Ashton clearly wants to renew his friendship with Sam but she isn't so sure. Leo's home life is in turmoil and it's been affecting his work.
19 October 2002
When a decomposed body is found hidden in the wall of an old factory building, Sam Ryan concludes he was murdered. He is eventually identified by his ex-girlfriend Selina Thomson as Marcus Saul, who had simply disappeared one day some seven years earlier. There has also been a break-in on campus and drugs have been stolen. The Dean asks Leo Dalton to speak to some of the students on the issue, but he's not quite sure what he can do.
20 October 2002
With the death of a student from a drug overdose, the university must face the wrath of the girl's father, a major benefactor. The autopsy reveals that not only had she taken drugs but also that she had sexual relations with three different men in the previous 48 hours. Although the police have a suspect in the murder of Marcus Saul, new information suggests that the identity of the killer may lie in a completely different direction.
26 October 2002
The police may have a serial killer on their hands when they locate a second body in a site where the first victim was found several months before. The body was trussed up in the same way and had an identical burn mark on his back. There is no apparent link between the first victim, student Michael Haughty, and the second Jason Villers, a probationer at the police college. While the police find evidence that may solve the Haughty case, they have nothing on the Villers murder. In a separate case, Harry is approached by the wife of an old university friend who asks him to perform a post-mortem on her husband who died in a fall. Harry finds that his old friend was injecting himself regularly. Leo's family is visiting for a few days but he's constantly being called into work.
27 October 2002
When a second police probationer dies at the police college, Sam concludes that they may be dealing with a copycat murder rather than a serial killer. The investigating officer thinks that a fellow probationer may have been responsible for the original murder but the college's commandant, whose son is a student there and soon to be a police constable, would like the reputation of the college protected and the whole thing swept under the carpet. Harry learns that his late friend's wife was prescribing the drugs he was taking and is not quite sure what to do with the information. Leo's relationship with his wife and daughter is stretched thin when he spends most of his time at work and they are left on their own.
11 October 2003
In a suspected terrorist attack on a London hotel a government minister is killed. As Sam and the team investigate the case, old friends and government officials soon muddy the water.
12 October 2003
18 October 2003
Sam comes under intense scrutiny during an official inquiry into the deaths of two brothers while they were in prison. Her findings are soon challenged by her colleague, Leo Dalton, who is brought in to perform a second autopsy. Meanwhile, a series of murders that are taking place cast suspicion on a recently released ex-convict. He served years in prison after being convicted of killing his wife; the evidence against him was given by Sam during one of her very first cases. During his time in prison, however, he continued to deny his guilt. Sam begins to believe that someone is stalking her, while the police have trouble locating the ex-convict.
18 October 2003
25 October 2003
A John Doe is found months after his death; an attractive female agent for a championship athlete is believed to have jumped to her death from a rooftop. Forensic pathologists must sort out time and methods of death.
1 November 2003
Sam Ryan steals a toothbrush to get the DNA of the father of the unborn child of a suspected suicide. Tangled relationships between an athlete and his family are amplified when his body is found hanging in her apartment. Police arrest the athlete's brother-in-law after an anonymous tip. Harry's attempts at determining time of death by the growth of maggots give a wrong answer.
1 November 2003
Questions about a celebrated pathologist's accuracy in past cases leads to several exhumations; Sam Ryan is assigned to reexamine the remains. One particularly brutal murder conviction depends on the time of death being precise. Two crucial witnesses are found: one on her deathbed, anxious to get something off her chest, and the other dead behind a remodeled wall.
2 November 2003
Sam is determined to find out how Dr. Sachs is able to pinpoint time of death so precisely, even if it means several convictions are overturned. A mother changes her plea to guilty, but Leo is still not satisfied that they have the truth. A loving daughter draws a picture for her prisoner dad that brings a confession. Dr. Sachs is found to have violated professional ethics, but what will serve the cause of justice best?
5 September 2004
The team is called out to Northern Ireland to investigate the bodies of two men killed by paramilitaries twenty years ago. For Sam, it is a case that is soon to turn personal.
6 September 2004
12 September 2004
Tensions are running high in the 'leaderless' team as Leo and Harry clash over an investigation into an outbreak of breathing difficulties among children on the South Coast.
13 September 2004
19 September 2004
Harry is called out to a death at a racecourse. A jockey was killed when his horse pulled up and fell, crushing him to death.
20 September 2004
25 September 2004
The team investigates the derailment of a train caused by someone leaving Maj. Mark Wiltshire's Land Rover on the tracks. The army is suspected but Wiltshire was in the officers mess at the time. The team have yet to identify the 21st victim, or determine if that person was on the train or in the car. Working with a survivor's group, they try to re-create where everyone was seated just prior to the crash occurring. When of the survivors commits suicide, the crash claims its 22nd victim.
26 September 2004
The investigation continues and one of the survivors remembers a vital piece of information. It becomes evident that the identification of body 21 may also lead to the cause of the crash. In the end, the solution rests on discovering a an unknown romantic affair and marital betrayal.
25 July 2005
The team is shocked when Leo Dalton's wife and daughter are killed when a fancy sports car careens out of control and smashes into a café. The police are puzzled by the cause of the crash but believe the driver may have been involved in a identity theft ring when they find several several passports and ID cards in the vehicle. Meanwhile, Nikki must perform urgent autopsies on two bodies found floating in the river. When she finds fingerprint evidence linking one of the bodies to the car accident, it becomes apparent that the two cases are linked and the police may have been less than forthcoming about their investigation.
26 July 2005
Unsatisfied with the progress of the case, Leo Dalton takes matters into his own hands trying to get in contact with an identity theft ring. The information he gathers assists the police and they work together. The death of one of the gang members, and a vital clue, lead police to identify the their leader, but in the end, the solution brings little solace to Leo.
1 August 2005
The team investigates deaths and injuries resulting from a drive by shooting outside a club. The forensics team determines that the bullets were home-made and it would appear that someone in the crowd returned fire. The police want to solve this quickly before it escalates into a gang war. Curiously, the bullets fired by both sides were made using the same equipment. Nikki attempts to determine the cause of death for a badly decomposed body found in a crack house.Leo continues to have difficulties dealing with the recent death of his wife and daughter.
2 August 2005
With the murder of the club manager, the pathologists also determine that the club owner shot his own girlfriend, likely by accident. They also identify an unlikely suspect in the shooting of the club manager. Harry and Nikki confront Leo over his abusive and unprofessional behavior.
8 August 2005
Harry investigates the death of a woman who drowned in a backyard pool. She was apparently struck on the side of the head and her husband claims that her expensive necklace is missing. Leo and Nikki investigate the death of Lucie Philips, a kidnap victim who was taken a week previously. The girl's father tried to pay the ransom but the money was never collected leading the police to believe that the kidnappers may have had other motives. They also investigate the murder of a pizza deliveryman that has similarities with the Philips crime scene. A third murder leads the police to suspect that they may be seeing the work of a serial killer. Nikki's grandmother dies bringing her into contact with her estranged father.
9 August 2005
Leo and Nikki find yet another victim who was apparently bound and buried alive. However, they continue to have difficulty finding a common link among all of the victims. The investigation focuses on the editor of a philosophical journal who had an intellectual disagreement with one of the victims but the case is more complex than first imagined. Harry discovers that his drowning victim was pregnant which may have indirectly contributed to her death. Nikki's father is released from prison and promptly disappears.
15 August 2005
The team investigates two deaths, the first a suicide where someone jumped to their death and the second where a paranoid schizophrenic dressed as a vicar goes on a rampage stabbing innocent bystanders. Their suspicions are aroused when they learn that both men were receiving treatment at the same clinic, January House. Leo assists the police in their investigation of a building society employee who is forcibly taken from his house and subsequently found dead in his own car. Harry is asked to perform an autopsy and provide a second opinion in the death of a young woman. The death was ruled a suicide, but the mother refuses to accept the verdict.
16 August 2005
The Director of January House tries to take his own life on the clinic grounds and the pathologists suspect they may have a case of adulterated prescription medication. Harry's repeat autopsy reveals that the young woman was also under medicated, but she had no contact with the clinic. The police suspect the wife in the case of the building society employee and Leo sets out to disprove her time line.
16 July 2006
When a boat carrying illegal passengers is found crashed in the Thames, the team investigate.
17 July 2006
The team follows the trail of the people traffickers, and has to find any remaining survivors before a highly contagious disease breaks.
23 July 2006
Harry investigates a case of hit and run where the victim was a 16 year old boy from the nearby housing estate. Working with Sgt. Susan Fenn, they attempt learn if this was an accident or intentional. Harry takes quite a liking to Susan and is shocked by a sudden turn of event. Leo examines a death resulting from a house fire where the lady of the house died. He is puzzled at why she was unable to leave and the police immediately suspect the husband, who was in a nearby park with the children, of murder. Nikki looks into the case of a young woman who collapses at her hen night. She had recently had minor surgery and was taking pain killers, but there is surprising information to be found about her background.
24 July 2006
The pathologists busy week continues with a variety of cases. Nikki examines a death in a telemarketing office. Several workers were vying for promotion and the police suspect foul play. Harry deals with the case of a professional footballer who committed suicide. He realizes there is a link to another case he is working on. Leo deals with the case of a drunk who died on a bus. There is little information about the man and the case becomes more of a puzzle when the autopsy reveals that he wasn't drunk at all.
30 July 2006
Harry is shocked when his former university girlfriend, Penny Harris, is brought in dead. She drove her car into a tree and the police initially suspect suicide but the autopsy reveals that the medication in her system was ground rather than in pill form, so they conclude she was likely murdered. Her husband tells the police that he thought his wife was having an affair and her parents react strangely to the news. Leo assists the police in the death of Jimmy Triangle, a conceptual artist whose latest work dealt with the death of conceptual art - and includes his own body, as he is shot through the head. The question is whether the shot was self-inflicted or not.
31 July 2006
Nikki and Harry continue to investigate the death of Penny Harris. Harry is shocked to learn that she had apparently at some point in her life had a child but her husband denies any knowledge of such. Another death in the Harris family allows them to narrow the suspects and identify the killer. Leo continues to look for clues and the police think they have solved the case through fingerprint evidence, but Leo is able to prove that the suspect has been framed. The victims penchant for videotaping his activities provides a vital clue.
6 August 2006
Alison Garland is a 14 year old schoolgirl found dead on the school grounds just after lunch. She appears to have slit her wrists and committed suicide, but there is also evidence that she had sexual relations just earlier that day. As Leo Dalton looks into the case he learns that Alison was also a school bully and was a very unhappy young woman. Harry assists the police in the stabbing death of a car dealer. The evidence suggests that he was stabbed in his garage and his body then dumped. The case takes a radical twist when they find that the knife found by Alison's body was also used to kill the car dealer. Nikki assists the police in the death of an elderly woman who appears to have been maltreated.
7 August 2006
A third murder is discovered on school grounds and Leo realises the killings are connected to a sinister teenage pact. Meanwhile, Nikki proves her elderly victim died of hypothermia - but there is still a guilty party to be caught.
13 August 2006
Harry and Nikki deal with the case of a young woman who is found dead in an animal shelter. Her dead body has obviously been posed and the autopsy reveals she may have been tortured before death. Information from police intelligence suggests that they may be dealing with a group of radical animal rights activists. It all becomes quite personal for Harry when Nikki is taken prisoner. It's also a difficult time for Leo who has been asked to appear before a medical council hearing and testify on the propriety of a close friend's medical research. Harry has been offered a prestigious chair at an American university, but has had difficulty discussing the issue with his colleagues, especially Nikki.
14 August 2006
Harry and the police desperately search for Nikki as they continue to find more bodies. The animal rights activists' target is a well known pharmaceutical firm that is undertaking research on behalf of the government. Leo finally decides on a course of action in testifying at the medical council hearing.
28 August 2007
The pathologists investigate when a military helicopter crashes into a refugee detention center. Harry and Nikki actually witnessed the crash and were first on the scene but the case is complex since the center was Ministry of Defense property leased to the Home Office. The team is shocked at the conditions they find in the center and Harry, who has a close friend in the RAF, is shaken when a government Minister attributes the accident to pilot error.
29 August 2007
Harry is convinced that the RAF is trying to cover up the real reasons for the crash. This is re-enforced when the dead pilot's father tells him that no one liked or trusted the particular type of helicopter that crashed. When given a chance to perform the post-mortem on the pilot, they find a possible physical cause however. In examining one of the dead refugees, Nikki concludes that he had undergone plastic surgery. She attempts a facial reconstruction to see if they can identify him.
3 September 2007
Leo Dalton investigates the death of a young boy whose body is found in the river. He was badly abused and his hands and feet were severed. The child is found to have been HIV positive and the pathologists determine that he may have been the victim of a ritual killing., perhaps as part of an exorcism that went too far. When the skeletal remains of another child is found, Leo believes the police have focused their investigation on the wrong man. Nikki Alexander investigates the apparent suicide of Father Anthony Reid who appears to have jumped from his apartment window on the grounds of a well-known Catholic school. He had colon cancer but those who knew him question that he would take his own life. Harry Cunningham looks into the case of Austin Chambers who is found floating in his swimming pool with an obvious ligature mark on his throat.
4 September 2007
When a second person, Vincent Fricks, is found dead with ligature marks around his neck, Nikki and Harry not only find a connection between the two dead men but also with the school where Father Reid committed suicide. They also find another common link between the three. Leo Dalton continues his investigation into a local church that combines Christian with African beliefs and customs. He manages to find physical evidence linking one of the dead boys to the church.
10 September 2007
Harry Cunningham investigates when a car accident reveals two bodies inside one coffin. The coffin contained the body of 80-year-old Ethel Mortimer, who was supposed to be there and also that of James Featherton, a high tech sales rep who also had a heavy cocaine habit. Leo Dalton and Nikki Alexander have to deal with the death of a young child who died post-operatively. The pediatric surgeon in the case, Alice Huston, is well known in her field but may be prone to undertaking aggressive surgeries. The pathologists find a connection between the two cases when Featherton's girlfriend is found to be a nurse on Huston's surgical team.
11 September 2007
With Claire Kowalski missing and Nikki Alexander unconscious from a blow to the head, Harry and Leo investigate exactly what is going on at the hospital. Harry discovers that a member of Huston's surgical team is not who they claim to be and has actually stolen the identity of someone who died six years before. Blackmail is at the center of it all and it turns out Alice Huston is hiding a secret. However, the killer is identified only by looking to old friendships and the calling in of an old debt.
17 September 2007
Nikki Alexander finds herself working on a case from her past. Four years previously, she had been instrumental in getting 17 year-old Anna Holland acquitted of a murder charge. She had been accused of egging on her boyfriend in the murder of a young mother they chose randomly. Now, while under police protection, her body has been found in a burnt car. The autopsy reveals that she had been stabbed but had died from carbon monoxide poisoning and so was burnt alive. Nikki also receives a surprise visit from her estranged father who wants her to perform a second autopsy on a friend who recently died.
18 September 2007
Nikki Alexander begins to have serious doubts about her conclusions four years previously when her testimony helped acquit 17-year-old Anna Holland of murder. Anna's mother had withheld information from the police and as Nikki reconstructs the scene of the crime, she realizes that the blood spatter evidence no longer holds up. The police focus on the dead woman's husband but the pathologists find that a series of unsolved murders may have a bearing on the case. Nikki is also annoyed with her father, who has conned Harry Cunningham into completing a second autopsy on his late wife.
24 September 2007
Harry Cunningham is asked to review a case in a insurance dispute. The insurance company is refusing to pay out on an policy when the autopsy results show that the woman was intoxicated and likely was responsible for the fall that killed her. Her family insists that that is impossible as she was an abstainer. Nikki Alexander investigates when human remains are found buried in an field. The locals believe the body to be that of Clara Young, who had disappeared 18 months before. The remains are found on the site of a travelers or gypsy caravan site and the police are convinced that George Wood, one of the camp residents is responsible, but Nikki's evidence proves otherwise.
25 September 2007
George Wood is released by the police but he is soon found dead in his caravan. Although made to look like a suicide, it is clearly a murder. The case gets even more complicated for Nikki and the authorities when she determines that there are the remains of two victims in the field, not just one. The evidence in the George Wood murder points to someone with connections to the police. Harry Cunningham believes that the dead woman in his insurance case was likely suffering from dementia and looks to prove the cause
1 October 2008
Following a court appearance for drunk driving, Leo is required to perform unpaid work as a punishment, assisting AJ, a community worker on a run-down,largely black-occupied housing estate in South London. AJ is hoping to divert boys away from crime by encouraging them to do sports, and, though initially dismissive of Leo as a white intruder, comes to respect him after he has saved the life of Errol, a former gang member now anxious to keep his little brother Levi out of trouble. Errol has been stabbed in the leg by members of a gang from a rival estate and Leo stops him from bleeding to death. Earlier in the week a young girl called Shana Block was stabbed to death at a funfair and her murder recorded on a mobile phone. As Shana lived on the estate police sergeant Wallace involves Leo as a go-between with the suspicious residents. Also on the scene are Harry and Nikki, the latter dating Ryan, a young Scottish paramedic she met when called to the scene of Shana's death. Before any arrests can be made, Richard Ojana, a member of a rival gang, is shot in broad daylight and nobody is willing to come forward as a witness. Believing he knows who the killers are, Errol goes off into the night, but the next day his corpse, tarred and feathered, is dumped on A.J.'s recreation ground.
2 October 2008
The examination of the latest body from the housing estate proves it to be that of Errol Harris who was asphyxiated while being tarred and feathered. The policeman in charge of the case, DS Nick Wallace, is exasperated at the lack of physical evidence the pathologists are able to provide him as without concrete proof of who is involved in the killings, he knows they will never get a conviction. Leo Dalton thinks that the key to getting information is Errol's younger brother Levi who is actively being recruited to join the gang. Tragedy ensues however after the police question the boy. Finally at their wit's end, Leo comes up with a piece of evidence that has been available from the very beginning of the case.
8 October 2008
The team is called in to identify the corpse of a woman whose face was surgically removed after death. Janet Mander, a Home Office anthropologist, cannot link it to similar murders but, after Nikki has reconstructed the face, Holly, a medical student on work experience with Harry,recognizes the woman as Fran Price, an investigative journalist. Pargeter, her agent, is evasive and Supt. Barker, the investigating police officer, does not help as he is obsessed with the idea that Leonid Polyak, a Russian criminal Fran helped to put behind bars, has ordered a hit on her from his prison cell. Whilst Leo gets closer to Janet, Harry is concerned when he sees Barker entering Holly's flat and later she is found murdered in her bed.
9 October 2008
Everyone is affected by Holly Farr's murder. The pathologists find that she was tortured and beaten but died from having her throat slit. The police believe that her death is related to that of Fran Price and the recent leaks of forensic evidence to the press may have led the killer to her. Supt. Barker decides to put armed policeman to guard each of the three pathologists but Harry Cunningham, who saw Barker go into Holly's house, is suspicious of his true motives. When a prominent Russian, Oleg Kolik, seeks asylum in the UK saying he is the true target of the Russian assassins, Harry thinks that Fran Price may have been targeting him in her new book. When Leonid Polyak is murdered while being transferred between prisons, he decides it's time to put his job on the line in the pursuit of justice.
15 October 2008
The team is called in after Mr. Stickley of the Police complaints Board feels that something is not right about an armed police raid on a house where several people were killed, including one of the officers and a mystery woman. A young Muslim called Melik has been badly wounded and lies in hospital. Mr. Stickley believes the policeman was killed by Rhys Allen, a colleague who was having an affair with the deceased's wife. Melik's sister Isra confides in Nikki that all the 'suspects' were unarmed and not terrorists and fears of a cover-up by the authorities are not helped by the aggressive attitude of Inspector Transfield, particularly when Nikki is attacked and evidence stolen from her laptop.
16 October 2008
Harry Dalton and DI Helen Okoroafor manage to identify the dead woman from the scene of the raid - who turns out to be a DS who was working undercover and who the police refused to identify when the pathologists submitted her DNA sample to them. While DI Tranfield continues to search for the terrorist cell that he is sure is about to strike, Nikki Alexander continues to try and piece the evidence together from the scene of the raid but clearly there are pieces missing. A re-creation of the shooting shows her what happened and also identifies the only person in the right position to have shot the police officer.
22 October 2008
Harry Cunningham investigates the death of a young Orthodox Jew. He accedes to the family's request that he not use invasive procedures in his examination and finds that the young man was savagely kicked and beaten to death. DI McKenzie has a suspect in custody but from what medical and forensic evidence Harry is able to find, with Nikki Alexander's assistance, it's obvious that the family is lying about the young man's whereabouts the night he was killed. Leo Dalton meanwhile investigates the death of a young student who died from a drug overdose. Leo is uncomfortable with what he finds, particularly that she had sex with one of the men at a party when her boyfriend was in the next room. He thinks she may have been given GHB.
23 October 2008
With a second member of the Orthodox Jewish community dead, Harry performs a complete examination. This time, Harry does not hesitate to use all examination methods at his disposal and finds forensic evidence that clearly links a third member of the Hassidic community to both deaths. After DI MacKenzie makes the arrest however, Harry realizes he may have inadvertently contaminated the DNA evidence leading to a false result. Nikki retests all of the evidence and together they figure just who the attacker was. Leo Dalton meanwhile tries to prove that the dead student had been given GHB. He concludes that someone also tried to administer CPR.
29 October 2008
The half-naked corpse of a twelve-year-old boy is found in his school grounds and Liam, the child in whose company he was last seen, has disappeared. Nikki is particularly involved because the school's head teacher,Noel Hopkins, is the teacher who, years earlier, encouraged her interest in science.
30 October 2008
A severely mutilated corpse is found on a railway line, belonging to a known paedophile in his twenties, Francis Neil. Noel Hopkins is arrested, following revelations years earlier of an affair with a young pupil Nikki believes to be Francis but he is released due to insufficient evidence, though he is sacked from his job and his house torched, his saviour being Danny, father of the dead boy Michael. It is ultimately revealed that in fact Liam did not exist - he was the 20-something Francis, obsessed with Michael, and both were victims of the paedophile ring. Ultimately Nikki helps Noel to overcome prejudice and regain his job.
5 November 2008
Stephen Harrington, a friend of Leo, is concerned that his daughter Rachel, an aid worker, has gone missing in Zambia. Leo and his colleagues fly to Africa where Rachel's corpse is discovered. It seems that she was investigating the deaths of local villagers and may have been silenced. In the absence of the local coroner, the team get involved but find that uncooperative police officers are not exclusive to Britain.