Forensic scientists uncover stories of the soldiers who went to war and never came back.
11 June 1996
One case concerns a serial killer who phones police confessing he murdered someone; he is captured a few blocks from the pay phone. To convict him, they need to prove there's been a murder (a body would help), tie it to the perp, and motive might help. Led to the disposal place of one victim, a tool marks expert links the bone's cut marks to the killer. But is he sane? Second, a cold case squad is working on identifying the young woman whose bones and clothes have been discovered abandoned in a woody area.
Using forensics to solve poisoning.
22 April 1997
How psychological profiling can be used to catch criminals.
24 March 1998
How crime scene photos can provide valuable clues during an investigation.
DNA can be used to convict or exonerate a person, identify criminals and victims, and can be collected in a variety of ways.
Forensic sculptors use skulls and clay to create models of victims' faces.
Modern technology is used to convict the killer of a teenage girl, linking a bloody shirt, a broken watch, and blood in the wheel well of the suspect. The second case starts with fragments of a skeleton found buried at a Boy Scout camp. Falsely believed to be Caucasian, the skull proved to be of Mongolian descent; a forensic reconstruction circulated on TV, etc., led to a bizarre story--including a body kept in the freezer before burial. The last case involves a parent abduction and computer "aging" of a child's picture which restored them to the custodial parent, thanks to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
How forensics can find clues even in charred remains.
Season 2, Episode 8: Short Fuse1998
Finding clues in explosions.
Season 2, Episode 9: Death Grip17 June 1997
In San Diego a serial killer who strangled 35-40 prostitutes, put them in garbage bags wrapped with tape, and disposed of them in dumpsters was not found until a Canadian lab was able to get prints from a plastic bag 6 years later. A Hollywood cold case file was solved by computerized fingerprint ID (AFIS), convicting a killer over 30 years later! A man in Vermont was skewered to the floor by a ski pole; the murderer had left bloody fingerprints on a door frame and a palm print on the pole, but raising them took an expert. The suspect was convicted--delivered into the arms of justice by his own hands.
Handwriting analysis can determine mood, motive, and many other psychological traits.
Flight Data Recorders can hold valuable clues to the last minutes of a doomed aircraft.
What forensics uncovered during the O.J. Simpson
How ballistics can help identify cause of death, guns, and killers.
The most famous serial killer (Ted Bundy), who may have killed 40 women, was only convicted because of an odontologist's being able to match his teeth with a bite mark on a victim in Florida. In the home of a Canadian serial rapist-turned-killer, tiny trace evidence was found. Videotapes convicted him, but his wife's participation in torture and sexual abuse was ignored because she turned state's evidence for a 12-year sentence before the tapes were found. A single bloody palm print led to the female serial killer Aileen Wuornos, who confessed to killing six middle-aged men.
9 December 1997
How murders can be solved even when the body is missing.
16 December 1997
Evidence as minute as hairs and fibers can be used to track killers and victims whereabouts.
30 December 1997
A simple seed pod found at a crime scene provides the missing link in a murder by placing a suspect at the crime scene.
6 January 1998
While drugs can cure diseases and ease pain, they can also be agents of murder. Toxicologists can examine blood and tissue to uncover cases where death is not as natural as it may seem.
13 January 1998
Sometimes the same tool or weapon used to commit a crime can be used to solve it.
How new technological advances can solve cases even a thousand years old, and answer questions long unanswered.
27 January 1998
Experimental techniques and computer analysis can give new dimensions to a case.
3 February 1998
Arson investigators turn ashes into concrete evidence.
Terrorists, armed with bombs and other new technology, are disarmed through the same means.
24 November 1998
Blind ambition, rage, and desire can lead to murder.
17 November 1998
The smallest clues can solve a case.
29 December 1998
As technology becomes more advanced, people can't help but leave electronic traces wherever they go.
Season 4, Episode 4: Dead Wrong8 December 1998
Criminals often attempt to change crime scenes to hide a crime. Forensics can detect how.
1 December 1998
Sometimes killers leave behind unintentional traces, like shoe treads and fingerprints.
26 January 1999
Though women kill in less violent ways, they're equally as deadly as men.
15 December 1998
Why some killers hire others to kill for them.
Season 4, Episode 8: Body Count22 December 1998
The New Detectives examines several disturbing cases of serial killers including the Hillside Stranger (Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono) in Los Angeles, the Trailside Killer (David Carpenter) near San Francisco, and the Interstate Killer (Larry Eyler) who dumped bodies along Interstate 294 in Illinois and Indiana.
2 February 1999
Those who poison must first put their victims at ease and earn their trust.
23 March 1999
The passage of time can convince people to talk and coupled with new technologies can help to solve old cases.
30 March 1999
The New Detectives looks at several crimes investigated by the Texas Rangers including the murder of Billy Staton who tape recorded his own death, the rape and murder of seventy-two year old Lydia Schumacher by Charles Supak Jr., and a body discovered in Cooke County that eventually leads to Terry Brown a truck driver and multiple murderers.
6 April 1999
How forensics can be used to crack drug rings.
13 April 1999
Some of the best clues com from the least likely places. Baffling crimes betrayed through evidence provided by insects, beer bottles and other seemingly meaningless objects.
Season 4, Episode 14: True Crime27 April 1999
How forensics can be used to crack drug rings.
18 May 1999
Two noteworthy coroners describe their job and its importance in solving cases.
5 October 1999
The solutions to the most atrocious crimes often hinge on the smallest of clues. Even with advanced technology, vision still remains one of the most important tools for forensic investigators. They must train their eyes to find the full story of a murder written in a single scrap of evidence.
There's an old saying that a burden shared is a burden halved. But when people team up to commit murder, the weight of their guilt remains just as heavy. Investigators must rely on forensic science to capture partners in crime.
19 October 1999
There's never a good reason for murder but some killers are especially cruel - choosing their victims at random or with no apparent motive and then expertly covering their tracks. These crimes may seem unsolvable, but telling clues remain. It's up to investigators to follow the trail of evidence to capture these deadly killers.
The great outdoors may offer clues to solving heinous crimes. Seed germination and the presence of certain insects provide vital information about the murders. But it takes the skilled eyes of the forensic entomologist and botanist to decipher the clues nature provides.
16 November 1999
Poison is the subtlest murder weapon, and poisoners are sometimes the most brutal of killers, gaining their victims' trust and harming them over time to disguise the murder. Investigators must see through the unusual circumstances to bring these murders to light.
14 December 1999
What does it take to prove murder if the victim cannot be found? Forensic investigators must go to great lengths to catch the killer when the victim is only presumed dead.
21 December 1999
When lovers turn on each other or marriages fail, some coldblooded spouses find a gruesome way to gain an uncontested divorce: murder. Forensic scientists must piece together the mystery of love gone awry to catch these killers.
Season 5, Episode 8: Cold Cases11 January 2000
There's no statue of limitations on murder, so as a case turns cold and clues become scarce, investigators must rely on modern forensic technology to solve the crimes and catch the killers.
Every family has its secrets and sometimes blood relations lead to bloodshed. When murder becomes a family affair, investigators must turn to science to uncover family plots.
8 February 2000
Some people murder for love, others murder out of hatred. But sometimes people kill for the money. When greed is the motive, investigators must make every clue pay off in these murder-for-profit cases.
15 February 2000
For some killers, once is never enough. Often, cold and calculated serial killings are more difficult to solve than violent crimes of passion. For investigators, the challenge is steep when the killers murder by numbers.
28 March 2000
When there's a difficult case to crack, agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are called in to help. These investigators have the means to tackle crimes involving drugs, arson and weaponry.
4 April 2000
Sometimes, arson fires are set to cover a different, more heinous crime - such as murder. But killers are wrong to think that fire destroys all vital clues. Arson investigators can pull evidence from scorched rubble and ashes to ignite the unquenchable flames of justice.
In criminal investigations, a simple clue can provide the missing link by placing a suspect at the scene of the crime. Dirt left on shoes, tires or clothes can pinpoint where the crime occurred. But it takes the skilled eye of a forensic investigator to follow the trail of evidence to find the killer.
17 April 2001
Time of death is an important consideration in a murder investigation but when a killer freezes, burns or even grinds his victim, even the most expert medical examiner would be at a loss about how to calculate a time frame. Forensics has its own techniques to solving these grisly crimes.
12 December 2000
Investigators use forensics to solve relationship tragedies.
2 January 2001
Poison is an almost invisible form of death and is often interpreted as a heart attack or underlying health issue. But when foul play is suspected, toxicologists must look for hidden clues in blood and tissue to bring these murders to light.
Some people do get away with murder, at least for a while. Thrilled by their success, they tend to kill again and again. But with each crime they leave behind more clues for investigators. In this episode, two serial killers are profiled: Faryion Edward Wardrip who murdered five women in Texas, and landlady Dorothy Apuente, who murdered seven of her tenants.
4 December 2000
At the scene of a murder, sometimes the only clues to the killer come from the victim. Forensic anthropologists use skeletal remains to decipher the clues written in the bones to bring the murderers to justice.
22 May 2001
Drowning deaths often look like accidents and over time water can destroy the few clues the killer may have left behind. Investigators must turn to forensic science to solve homicides in which the victims were found in bodies of water.
Season 7, Episode 1: Bloodlust18 September 2001
For homicide investigators, it's a race against time when they track their deadliest foe: a serial killer who murders to feel alive.
25 September 2001
Murder victims are often lured to their death by someone they trust, someone with "Deadly Intentions." Examples: a responder to a newspaper ad in Virginia; a "girl" that a Texas Aggie student met in an Internet chat room; and a California family member with an ulterior motive.
Season 7, Episode 4: Deadly Aim28 August 2001
When a killer turns a gun on a victim, ballistic analysis is key to cracking the case. Each shot fired leaves behind its own clues, allowing scientists to target murderers with deadly aim.
18 December 2001
Investigators rely on forensic odontology - the examination of dental evidence - to identify a body from a single tooth and to catch two ruthless killers from their bite marks.
Examining crimes committed by military personnel, including the case of a Marine Corps sergeant who reported his wife missing and found himself charged with murder; and a sailor killed with his own gun.
Some homicide cases go unsolved for years. It takes diligence and cutting-edge technology to catch suspects who believe their crimes have been forgotten.
5 March 2002
Forensic scientists find clues written in blood as they investigate the murders of three women who were killed by men who once loved them.
19 March 2002
Three men wrongly convicted of crimes are ultimately set free by DNA analysis.
A teenager is abducted on a shopping trip. Two hikers go missing on the Appalachian Trail. A grandmother never returns home from work. Forensic artists turn witness statements into pictures to recreate the face of their killers.
10 September 2002
A millionaire is murdered for a stash of buried treasure. A young woman dates violent men, only to be killed by her best friend. A decomposed body is found but the victim's organs look as if he had died the day before. When real crimes are stranger than fiction, forensic science can sort fact from fantasy.
21 May 2002
For the forensic entomologist, insects that nest in corpses are like witnesses to the crime. By studying their behavior, scientists learn everything -- from when a murder was committed to what sort of weapon was used.
11 June 2002
Photography has long been a fundamental tool in homicide investigations. A single image can hold enough information to identify a suspect and preserve vital clues long after a witness's memory fades.
25 June 2002
Investigators dispute the innocence of teens involved in murders.
24 September 2002
Two heads are better than one. When killers are cunning and truth elusive, a private think-tank called the Vidocq Society can provide investigators with fresh perspectives on cold cases.
For some killers, murder can be a lucrative business. When a victim has been targeted for death, investigators must dig deep and go beyond the obvious to uncover a murder for hire.
Sometimes, the cause of death does coincide with the scene of the crime. When an untraceable poison is used as a murder weapon, investigators rely on forensic toxicologists to follow a killer's tracks and expose a toxic death.
Season 8, Episode 4: Betrayed2003
The cases of the Row Family, who were murdered by arson in Boise, Idaho in 1992; and 18 year old Nicholas Howard, who was strangled to death in Yolo County, California in 1997.
17 December 2002
The cases of Susan Galloway, who was murdered in Montana in 1982; Lenora Robinson, who died in Nashville, Tennessee in 1997; and Jennifer McCready, who was murdered in Belpre, Ohio in 1996.
Killers often will try to cover up their crime by hiding the remains of their victims. Sometimes, bodies may lay hidden for years before they are discovered. That's when forensic scientists are called upon to reveal buried clues that can lead investigators to the killers.
When a victim is gunned down at point-=blank range, police often assume that an acquaintance is to blame, since it's less-likely for a stranger to commit an assault at close range. However, experience shows the most obvious suspect is not always guilty.
25 March 2003
In most cases, the killer and victim share a personal history. But when a victim is caught in a stranger's deadly grasp, a crime may go unsolved for years. It takes an arsenal of forensic tools to expose the killer behind a Lethal Encounter.
22 April 2003
When killers are driven by jealousy, rage and desire, their desperation is evident in both the crime and their efforts to cover their tracks. But forensic science can reveal even the smallest mistake to solve these crimes of passion.
27 May 2003
A woman's estranged spouse is often the key witness in a murder investigation. When the body of a missing person is found and identified, family members and friends can provide crucial information to the investigation.
17 July 2004
|Gene Galusha|| ... ||Narrator (voice)|
|Keith Bettles|| ... ||Himself - Forensic Podiatrist, Prince Edward Island (as Doctor Keith Bettles)|
|Carl Burrows|| ... ||N.Y.P.D. Detective|
|Greg Cool|| ... ||Doug Beamish|
|Gregg Coon|| ... ||Himself - Grundy County, Missouri (as Sheriff Gregg Coon)|
|Kathleen Green|| ... ||Herself - Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Lab|
|George Marks|| ... ||Himself - Bethany Police Department, Missouri (as Chief George Marks)|
|Alfonse McNeil|| ... ||Himself - Royal Canadian Mounted Police (as Inspector Alfonse McNeil)|
|Jim Meisner Jr.|| ... ||Custodian|
|David Mesmore|| ... ||Himself - Mansfield Ohio Police Department (as Lieutenant David Mesmore)|
|Stephen O'Brien|| ... ||Himself - National Cancer Institute, Maryland (as Doctor Steven O'Brien)|
|Larry Pishatelli|| ... ||Himself - CTL Engineering, Ohio (as Forensic Geologist Larry Pishatelli)|
Plastic, industrial tie-wraps lead police to a killer.
A woman is mysteriously abducted in Colorado, and it's not long before the police are investigating her murder.
19 August 2003
A charred corpse is found at the site of a house fire. When investigators determine arson caused the fire but not the death, detectives are set on a hot pursuit to catch a cold-heated killer.
25 March 2004
When victims of murder know their killers, they are often caught off guard. The killers rely on their intimate knowledge to pull off the perfect crime. But even the best-laid plans leave traces of the forsaken trust.
28 October 2003
The Great Miami River washes up a torso leaving investigators baffled by where the remaining body parts might be or if the person was male or female. Also, a passer-by stumbles upon a human finger in a dumpster behind a local pet store and calls 911.
Often, a killer will build the victim's trust before he or she attacks. In this episode, New Mexico police search for a missing teenager who disappeared from a local skating rink. Authorities suspect the two friends she was last seen with.
Sometimes the faintest fingerprint or tire track is all investigators need to solve even the most brutal of crimes. When a woman's body is discovered in a field, detectives employ a rarely used technique to lift fingerprints from her corpse and bring her killer to justice.
A house fire in California turns into a murder investigation when authorities discover that the victim's best friend and personal manager had recently cleaned out her bank account.
13 March 2004
Police search for a 22-year-old college student whose car was found abandoned outside Philadelphia; 10-year-old boy missing in Illinois.
Sometimes, cooperation from people who are not associated with a crime in any way is the only link between a criminal and the clues left behind for forensic experts. This episode examines cases in which good Samaritans provide tips to investigators to help solve these puzzling crimes.
Season 9, Episode 8: Raw Greed2004
Even ordinary objects, when used to kill, carry enough evidence for forensic scientists to piece together the most complicated murders. In this episode, criminals who killed for money are brought to justice with evidence found on mundane, household objects.
A car plunged down an embankment in Jellico, TN and was engulfed in flames. When the fire was extinguished, investigators found a victim charred beyond recognition. But when coroners examine the DNA more closely, will they find a victim, or a look-a-like?
13 November 2004
When several patients in a small ICU facility die, investigators turn to forensics to solve the mystery. One nurse is suspected of using a deadly dose of medicine to take patients' lives.
A killer will often try to disguise the victim's body in an attempt to the hide the actual cause of death; however, forensics cannot be fooled. In this episode, authorities use reverse DNA testing to identify remains and solve an old crime.
When the amount of money is substantial enough, a person can be motivated to do terrible things to someone they love. Police discover that a large life insurance policy was motive for a man's murder. A woman hires outside help to cover up her husband's death with claims of a brutal home invasion.
12 June 2004
A 10-year-old girl is reported missing after she failed to show up at a friend's house after school. With few clues to work with, investigators turn to forensics to fill in the blanks and help them solve the case.
3 July 2003
A Russian woman is killed in her home; police search for a box whose contents may prove a man guilty of his wife's murder.
Blood can be the most telling evidence of a murder and often it is the only thing investigators have to link a killer to his or her victim. Forensic scientists and medical examiners can look at blood spatter patterns and the amount of blood lost to determine how someone was killed.
Whether it is a fingerprint or a single bullet, sometimes it is the smallest piece of evidence that is needed to crack the biggest cases. In this episode, detectives use an ingenious technique to find the bullet that killed an elderly man.
A Virginia real estate agent misses an appointment and is never seen again. It's up to forensic experts to piece together evidence and find the answer to this story's Fatal Twist.
Season 9, Episode 18: Vanished2004
Murderers will often go to great lengths to keep their crimes concealed, but forensic evidence is impossible to cover up. In this episode, medical examiners and authorities rush to identify bodies found in drum barrels and locate several missing women linked to the killer.
13 May 2003
When murderers hide or destroy the remains of their victims, forensic scientists must reconstruct the scenes and prove murder for an absent witness.
22 March 2002
13 December 2002
26 February 2002
The elements of nature can reduce a body to bones in a matter of weeks. Combining art and science, forensic anthropologists can give victims a face long after they've been forgotten.
Coroners play a vital role in piecing together the final moments of someone's life. Los Angeles County coroner Julie Wilson provides an in-depth look into the science of death, as well as the techniques and methodology used by coroner investigators.
10 October 2000
Often, the eyewitnesses of a crime are also the main suspects. They're able to manipulate the truth to throw off the authorities. When a murder is committed and deceit clouds the evidence, investigators turn to forensics to uncover the truth, expose a murderous lie and capture the killer.
21 November 2000
A sniper is brought to justice through ballistic tests; a missing woman is identified through her dental remains; a semen sample is tied to a gunman.
26 December 2000
Police use trace evidence and paint analysis to track a killer of gay prostitutes; a husband is linked to his estranged wife's murder by saliva and ink found at the scene.
Some killers choose to hide their victims and investigators must then rely on forensic examiners to uncover proof of murder. From identifying remains to uncovering post-mortem clues, these medical examiners are integral in solving some of the most brutal crimes.
21 November 2000
Approximately 1.8 million Americans are reported missing each year. Some are runaways who find their way home, but others simply disappear. When foul play is suspected, investigators turn to forensics to find the missing.
Examines the double murder of Jose Trias and Julie Gilbert* and the murders of Carrie Love by Jesse Pratt in Klamath Falls, Oregon and Susan Bauer*. *Victims' pseudonyms.
14 January 2003
Most victims are meticulously chosen by their murderer because of a connection or because they match an intricate set of criteria. The most terrifying cases of murder occur when the killer appears to choose victims at random, seemingly without an apparent connection or reason.
In May 1996, Ray and Fleta Holladay were worried about their daughter, Kathy Beadle. She had checked into a clinic in Toronto, Canada for cancer treatment. That was six weeks ago and they hadn't spoken to her since.
A car crashes down an embankment in Northern California. Rescue workers scramble to save a couple trapped inside. Susan Moyer lay motionless while passenger Mitch McLees is barely conscious. An unexpected twist is revealed during a routine investigation.
When theft is committed, something valuable is stolen. But when a criminal needs a new identity, theft becomes lethal.
8 July 2003
Solving crimes may begin with intuition but advanced science provides investigators with irrefutable proof to uncover murder masked as an accident. When criminals go to great lengths to hide their crimes, skeptical investigators must step up the challenge and remain undaunted.
The 'stars' of this episode are forensic entomologists who specialize in determining time of death by the development of insects found with the body. In Hawaii, a missing person case becomes a murder when a body wrapped in a blanket is found. An entomologist simulates conditions with a dead pig and watches fly development to pinpoint her time of death and convict her killer. In Tennessee, a dried-out wasp's nest in a dry skull helps identify a victim. William Bass, a forensic anthropologist, determines age and sex, as well as the length of time required for conditions to allow skull and nest to be there (at least 18 months). Searching missing teen reports are matched with jewelry found, and the victim is identified. Forensic entomologist Neal Haskell teaches lawmen how to observe and collect the evidence provided by insects. The last case involves a house in Indianapolis with three dead bodies in it (two of them mummified), bodies and surfaces covered with beetles. Haskell helps police unravel the STRANGE circumstances they had encountered. Last, we are reminded that many insects can provide DNA and toxicology on victims.
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