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.
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.
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.
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.
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.