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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.