Forensic Files Episode Guide

Episode Guide

Forensic Files: Season 14 (2010 - 2011)

Forensic Files: Season 13 (2008 - 2010)

Forensic Files: Season 12 (2007 - 2008)

Forensic Files: Season 11 (2006 - 2007)

Forensic Files: Season 10 (2005 - 2012)

Forensic Files: Season 9 (2004 - 2005)

Forensic Files: Season 8 (2003 - 2004)

Forensic Files: Season 7 (2002 - 2006)

  • Season 7 Episode 42: Last Will

    Authorities are able to apprehend a kidnapper because he allowed his victim to write a will on a telltale pad of paper.

  • Season 7 Episode 41: Plastic Fire

    The story of a woman who was sentenced to life for killing her mother. Her chances of winning a retrial appeared slim, until an expert witness proposed a different theory

  • Season 7 Episode 40: The Sniper's Trail

    A random serial sniper is plaguing Virginia and Maryland, with no profile of their victims.

  • Season 7 Episode 39: Marathon Man

    When a man's body is found on a road near his family ranch, his wife tells police he went jogging, but the trail of evidence leads them back to his home

  • Season 7 Episode 38: House Call

    Police in St. Petersburg, Fla., use cell phone mapping, wiretapping and a host of forensic evidence to find a surgeon's killer.

  • Season 7 Episode 37: Breaking the Mould

    Respiratory problems in a three-year-old boy and signs of Alzheimer's disease in his father leave doctors baffled, but an expert on toxic materials believes their home may reveal the cause

  • Season 7 Episode 36: X Marks the Spot

    Police in St Louis reveal how a computer helped to capture a serial killer

  • Season 7 Episode 35: All Charged Up

    How a composite drawing of a suspect provided a lead in the hunt for a serial rapist responsible for multiple attacks in Philadelphia and Colorado

  • Season 7 Episode 34: Fire Proof

    How the latest forensic investigation techniques, such as behavioural profiling, hypnosis and sketch artistry, helped identify a serial arsonist in Seattle

  • Season 7 Episode 33: Scratching the Surface

    Despite the serial number being scratched off a gun used in a shooting crime, forensic scientists demonstrate how they were able to make the digits reappear using the latest technology and help police trace the weapon's owner

  • Season 7 Episode 32: Sleight of Hand

    The hunt for an elderly woman's murderer, which took 16 years after fingerprints and a trail of blood were found at the scene of the crime

  • Season 7 Episode 31: Sniffing Revenge

    The sudden death of a rich woman which baffled investigators, who could find no evidence of foul play, until the widower's ex-wife came forward to tell her story

  • Season 7 Episode 30: Tooth or Consequences

    The discovery of a charred tooth provides enough evidence to convict the prime suspect in a case involving a woman's disappearance

  • Season 7 Episode 29: A Bag of Evidence

    The abduction and murder of a nine-year-old girl from her home. Forensic investigators pieced together a trail which led to the arrest of the man who called the police

  • Season 7 Episode 28: Elephant Tracks

    The brutal murder of an elderly couple, which initially produced no suspects. However, years later, a pawn shop owner made a chance discovery which led police to the killer

  • Season 7 Episode 27: A Vow of Silence

    The disappearance of a Texan man's mail-order bride was initially seen as suspicious, but when police discovered his two previous wives died mysteriously, he was promptly arrested

  • Season 7 Episode 26: Palm Print Conviction

    How investigators managed to lift a handprint from the body of a murder victim using superglue fumes, and so gained enough evidence to catch her killer

  • Season 7 Episode 25: Dressed to Kill

    The disappearance of a six-year-old girl. Investigators initially accepted a confession from her father, who failed the polygraph test, but 10 years later, the truth was discovered

  • Season 7 Episode 24: Extreme Makeover
  • Season 7 Episode 24: The Metal Business

    Toxicologists discover the cause of a 62-year-old businessman's failing health where doctors were unable to diagnose the condition

  • Season 7 Episode 23: Cold Storage

    How forensic teams solved a case in which the friends of a talented dancer came under suspicion from the girl's parents following her disappearance

  • Season 7 Episode 22: Frozen in Time

    The disappearance of a teenage girl who vanished while returning from a concert. Police found her abandoned truck with one tyre blown, but had to wait three years to find her body

  • Season 7 Episode 21: Telltale Tracks

    A case involving an abandoned car in Philadelphia. Police found the driver's body the next day, and unusual marks on her corpse led investigators to her killer

  • Season 7 Episode 20: A Ghost in the Machine

    How a Presbyterian minister's wife was discovered to have ingested large doses of different medications, leading investigators to suspect she was the victim of a murder plot

  • Season 7 Episode 19: Sip of Sins

    Forensic scientists use DNA testing to reveal the sinister truth about a respected Sunday school teacher in a murder investigation

  • Season 7 Episode 18: A Bitter Pill to Swallow

    A mother-to-be discovers her fiance may be to blame for the severity of the side-effects associated with her pregnancy

  • Season 7 Episode 17: Chief Evidence

    The murder of a couple during a suspected drug deal baffles police when the pair are found to be clean of any narcotics, until their pet dog gives investigators a new lead

  • Season 7 Episode 16: Within a Hair

    The investigation into sexual assaults on four women in Indiana during the summer of 1996. A man was arrested and convicted for the crimes, but new evidence casts doubt on his guilt

  • Season 7 Episode 15: Partners in Crime

    The murderers who burned their victim's body to try to cover their crime, but failed to conceal 24 stab wounds found during forensic examinations

  • Season 7 Episode 14: A Leg to Stand On

    Phoenix police pursue a murderer-mutilator with little more to go on than the severed leg of a victim; anthropology, toxicology and DNA testing all come into play.

  • Season 7 Episode 13: A Touching Recollection

    An 18-year-old girl's abduction from her home. Determined to prove the identity of her kidnapper, she deliberately left DNA at the crime scene

  • Season 7 Episode 12: Scout's Honor

    The study of insects provides experts with vital clues as to when a murder took place and whether the man accused is actually guilty

  • Season 7 Episode 11: A Clutch of Witnesses

    A case in which two witnesses reported seeing a truck drive over an apparently unconscious man. They retreated to the safety of a bar, but when police arrived, they found nothing

  • Season 7 Episode 10: Without a Prayer

    The disappearance of Madalyn Murray O'Hair, the founder of organisation American Atheists. Investigators have a number of suspects, until a mutilated body helps reveal the culprit

  • Season 7 Episode 9: A Shot in the Dark

    A bizarre case in which a woman was shot dead. Investigators initially suspected her husband of the crime, but forensic evidence gave the story a surreal twist

  • Season 7 Episode 8: Bioattack

    A mass food poisoning in Oregon in 1984, where investigators tracked the outbreak to a cult who intended to use germ warfare to overthrow the American government

  • Season 7 Episode 7: Purr-Fect Match

    How cat hair helped police identify a killer, after forensic investigators traced the feline fur discovered in a car along with the body of a woman

  • Season 7 Episode 6: A Bite Out Of Crime

    The manhunt launched as police tried to catch a serial rapist. When their original suspect was brought into custody, investigators lacked enough evidence to prove their case

  • Season 7 Episode 5: The Alibi

    When a teenage student is murdered and left in a deserted field, the authorities ask 51 of her friends to agree to DNA testing; shockingly, the evidence implicates her best friend Ken, yet he has an alibi for the night of the crime.

  • Season 7 Episode 4: Who's Your Daddy?

    The murder of a young prostitute who was found dead in an Ohio waterway. Investigators faced an uphill battle to find her killer, as DNA evidence had washed away and a number of policemen featured on the woman's client list

  • Season 7 Episode 3: Reel Danger

    Although a group of teenage thugs are suspected of attacking two boys on a fishing trip, there is no solid evidence; murky fishing hole, however, provides some answers.

  • Season 7 Episode 2: Forever Hold Your Peace

    The story of a woman who was raped and murdered in a pizza restaurant. A man was jailed after confessing to the crime, but, eight years later, a new confession reopened the case

  • Season 7 Episode 1: The Cheater

    The real-life detective series ventures into the music world and asks how an American hit single from 1966 -The Cheater, by Bob Kuban and the In-Men foreshadowed the demise of their lead singer, Walter Scott.

Forensic Files: Season 6 (2001 - 2004)

  • Season 6 Episode 30: Shopping Spree

    Series revealing how the latest forensic techniques help solve crimes. A mother and daughter disappear without any trace. The girl's body is then found on a roadside with still no sign of the mother's whereabouts. Forensic investigators have to determine whether she is a suspect in her daughter's murder or a victim.

  • Season 6 Episode 29: Treading Not So Lightly

    A vehicle accident which leaves a young girl critically injured is deemed to be a hit-and-run; the girl's mother believes she can trace the driver and, using her own detective skills, goes on to gather evidence about the driver's identity.

  • Season 6 Episode 28: Naked Justice

    The pregnant wife of a young, successful attorney is found dead from a shotgun wound to the head; detailed analysis suggests that it wasn't suicide.

  • Season 6 Episode 27: Cats, Flies and Snapshots

    A young woman goes missing without leaving many clues, but the advanced technology on offer makes it possible for cat hears and insects to help build an image of the abductor.

  • Season 6 Episode 26: Double Trouble

    The similarities between an attack on a Maine State Trooper and the murder of a woman in New Jersey speed up the investigation into the killer's identity.

  • Season 6 Episode 25: Bagging a Killer

    When a nine-year-old girl vanishes on her way to school, the entire community help with the search; detectives believe her mother may be involved, and a hidden fingerprint seals the case.

  • Season 6 Episode 24: Pastoral Care

    How the death of a female prison guard led to an investigation which revealed clues to a murder from 10 years earlier

  • Season 6 Episode 23: Sibling Rivalry

    A look at the case of a leading pornographer who shot his brother. Investigators study the recording of the emergency call to find out why

  • Season 6 Episode 22: Punch Line

    Despite a patient's claim that the cut to his hand had been caused by a dumpster, the doctor treating the injury recognized it as something else - and soon became the chief witness in a murder case.

  • Season 6 Episode 21: Where the Blood Drops

    A murder suspect's son who enrolled at law school and studied until he discovered the evidence needed to clear his mother's name

  • Season 6 Episode 20: Root of All Evil

    When the wife of a farmer disappears, there are no clues to her whereabouts and even when the farmer's former lover turns up with a tale of murder and cremation, there is no way to test her story.

  • Season 6 Episode 19: Pure Evil

    The search for the killer of two teenagers in Texas shows a behavioral study on how most serial killers also have a history of abusing animals.

  • Season 6 Episode 18: Bad Blood

    When a young doctor is accused of sedating and sexually assaulting two of his female patients; DNA tests show him to be innocent, but the women persist with their claims, and seven years later a private investigation leads to a surprising discovery.

  • Season 6 Episode 17: Line of Fire

    Fundamentalist group is accused of robbing banks, authorities know they are dealing with experienced criminals and overwhelming evidence but the defense is very well funded.

  • Season 6 Episode 16: Skin of Her Teeth

    A killer wants to outwit the police and keep the identity of his victim secret so he removes the teeth; however, lab tests on the skull reveal not just the horrific nature of the murder, but the identity of the victim too.

  • Season 6 Episode 15: Killer's Cattle Log

    Cattle auctions, dud cheques and homeless drifters lead police to an elderly couple who are found to be responsible for a series of murders

  • Season 6 Episode 14: Treads and Threads

    How a tyre impression and a few threads led Florida police officers to identify a serial killer

  • Season 6 Episode 13: Horse Play

    A woman dies in a horseback-riding accident, but investigators find facts that make her husband a murder suspect.

  • Season 6 Episode 12: Whodunnit

    How scientists uncovered a trail of deceit and medical trickery in their bid to learn the truth about a badly burned body

  • Season 6 Episode 11: Photo Finish

    A professional photographer is linked to a missing model after vital evidence is uncovered by a park ranger

  • Season 6 Episode 10: Church Disappearance

    The disappearance of a six-year-old girl from a church service leads investigators to a taxi driver who was in the area at the time

  • Season 6 Episode 9: Soft Touch

    How technology enables fingerprint evidence to be taken from fabrics such as curtains : a scientific advance which proved vital in identifying a woman's killer

  • Season 6 Episode 8: Frozen Evidence

    Investigators race against time to preserve evidence of a criminal's footprints found in the snow

  • Season 6 Episode 7: Mistaken for Dead

    The investigation of a man's death in a doctor's office reveals an insurance fraud involving stolen bodies and false identities

  • Season 6 Episode 6: Fire Dot Com: Hinson

    How a woman charged with murdering her child in a house fire conducted her own investigations, bringing into doubt the government's conclusions

  • Season 6 Episode 5: Death Play

    A Shakespearean play forces a girl to reveal the truth about the death of her father, who was thought to have died from a heart attack

  • Season 6 Episode 4: Hand Delivered

    How laser technology was used to trace the sender of an anonymous letter containing information about a murder and to discover the city, street and office number from where it was posted

  • Season 6 Episode 3: Man's Best Friend

    How a girl's parents were jailed for her murder despite their claim that she was killed by the family dogs. Five years later, forensic scientists spot vital evidence

  • Season 6 Episode 2: Missing Pearl

    How forensic techniques helped find the body of a missing woman after a trail of blood petered out

  • Season 6 Episode 1: Missing in Time

    A man becomes the prime suspect when his wife is missing presumed dead after a domestic dispute - but new evidence comes to light suggesting he may have been framed

Forensic Files: Season 5 (2001 - 2002)

  • Season 5 Episode 18: Video Diary

    The killer in a petrol station shooting is identified when cutting edge technology and forensic experts are brought together in the analysis of poor quality CCTV footage

  • Season 5 Episode 17: Journey to Justice

    A prosecutor uses a ground-breaking video reconstruction in court to demonstrate how a drink-driving accident occurred

  • Season 5 Episode 16: Second Shot at Love

    Experts uncover the violent history and insatiable greed of a respected heart surgeon's wife as they investigate his alleged suicide

  • Season 5 Episode 15: Time Will Tell

    When a money launderer is found dead in the ocean, the only obvious clues to his identity are a Rolex watch and a tattoo; the anchor with which he is weighed down proves most helpful, providing clues in solving the crime.

  • Season 5 Episode 14: Broken Promises

    A man who died from what appeared to be an accidental gunshot wound, a case that turned into a murder investigation - with his widow as prime suspect - when police learned her previous husband suffered a similar fate

  • Season 5 Episode 13: Deadly Knowledge

    When a young woman goes missing, the police investigation reveals that she led a double life - student by day, call girl by night; but when her body is discovered, even more strange truths are uncovered.

  • Season 5 Episode 12: Foundation of Lies

    When the wife of a well-known doctor goes missing, the authorities believe a shady adoption ring may be involved, but the focus shifts when the doctor is seen with another woman who claims to be his wife.

  • Season 5 Episode 11: Lasting Impression

    When the police have no information about the identity of a dead girl's body, the victim of a stabbing provides a clue - she thinks she might have witnessed the murder.

  • Season 5 Episode 10: Nursery Crimes

    An investigation into the high child mortality rate at a Texas hospital, which revealed that a particular nurse was on duty in almost all cases. The discovery of an unlikely murder weapon provided sufficient proof to build a case against her

  • Season 5 Episode 9: Killigraphy

    Detectives think the marks on a victim's body implicate a man in his wife's murder, but medical detectives have an alternative theory about how the scars were caused

  • Season 5 Episode 8: Material Evidence

    The application of modern technology to crime-fighting, revealing how unusual orange fibres found near a corpse provided the only clue to a girl's murder

  • Season 5 Episode 7: Trail of Truth

    Investigators attempt to prove their prime suspect raped and murdered a mother and her two daughters.

  • Season 5 Episode 6: Memories

    A pregnant woman who is attacked in her own home loses her memory. She later identifies her husband as the culprit - but 16 years on, new DNA evidence casts doubt on her story

  • Season 5 Episode 5: Burning Ambition

    Forensic scientists search the ashes of a blaze for clues to determine how the fire was started, and discover it may not have been ignited by a cigarette as was first thought

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  • Season 5 Episode 4: A Voice from Beyond

    A decomposed body is found in a barrel, and a dilapidated address book may hold the answer.

  • Season 5 Episode 3: A Woman Scorned

    A husband accused of killing his wife and her infant son is proven innocent when forensics discover a blonde hair at the crime scene

  • Season 5 Episode 2: Dew Process

    Forensic evidence from fibres provide clues to the murder of a dentist's wife committed two years previously - and disproves a confession to the killing

  • Season 5 Episode 1: Badge of Deceit

    How computer studies and behavioural science combine to create the forensic technique of geographical profiling, which helped police catch a rapist

Forensic Files: Season 4 (2004 - 2005)

  • Season 4 Episode 14: Slippery Motives

    The police grow suspicious of a man when his wife drowns in the bath and an autopsy reveals a series of bruises on her body

  • Season 4 Episode 13: With Every Breath

    How the FBI worked with Navajo medicine men to identify what had caused the deaths of children from their reservation

  • Season 4 Episode 12: Haunting Vision

    The disturbing tale of an American woman who experienced visions of her mother being killed by her father 30 years previously, although it was uncertain whether the events actually occurred

  • Season 4 Episode 11: Core Evidence

    A baby's death prompts a police investigation when she is discovered to have died from E-coli poisoning and the trail of bacteria is traced to contaminated apple juice

  • Season 4 Episode 10: Accident or Murder?

    A housewife is found dead at the foot of a flight of stairs, but the police initially rule out foul play : until her husband claims the life insurance and takes up with a new woman

  • Season 4 Episode 8: Ties That Bind

    Using forensic techniques, investigators try to uncover the murder of two boys who were killed in a similar way three months apart

  • Season 4 Episode 7: Til Death Do Us Part

    How police became suspicious when they discovered traces of thallium in a deceased man's body, causing them to re-examine his 'accidental' death

  • Season 4 Episode 6: Innocence Lost

    The case of a young girl's abduction, solved by police when fibres left at the scene were matched with those recovered from the car of their prime suspect

  • Season 4 Episode 5: Cement the Cases

    A man confesses to his wife's bizarre murder, but the police are unconvinced. It needs the intervention of a dentist and a forensic geologist to find the real killer

  • Season 4 Episode 3: Killing Room

    How faint blood splatters found on a wall during the search for a missing man alerted police to a love triangle gone tragically wrong

  • Season 4 Episode 2: Invisible Intruder

    An unusual murder case in which a woman was injured and her two children were killed, though the assailant left little evidence of his presence

Forensic Files: Season 3 (1998 - 2004)

  • Season 3 Episode 13: Out of the Ashes

    How police forensic teams used blood found at a murder scene to capture the killer of an 18-year-old woman, who was killed by her boyfriend when she refused his sexual demands

  • Season 3 Episode 12: Broken Bond

    An investigation into the cause of a baby's sleep disorder, which mysteriously stopped when it was taken away from its mother

  • Season 3 Episode 11: Speck of Evidence

    How police solved the case of a missing nine-year-old when they recovered a fragment of paint from a convicted child molester's car

  • Season 3 Episode 10: Crime Seen

    How DNA evidence finally exonerated a prisoner after he had been wrongly sentenced to three life sentences for rape and sodomy by a Virginia court in 1984

  • Season 3 Episode 9: Beaten by a Hair

    How a partial thumb print and single wig fibre led to detectives discovering what happened to a 23-year-old woman who disappeared without a trace, revealing a tale of murder, madness and mistaken identity

  • Season 3 Episode 8: Deadly Formula

    Detectives learn that a genetic disorder caused the deaths of a woman's children, resulting in an overturned conviction.

  • Season 3 Episode 7: Grave Evidence

    A car accident which killed a young man develops into a sinister case when detectives believe it was murder. The results of the investigation devastate three families

  • Season 3 Episode 6: Similar Circumstances

    The police investigation into the kidnap of Robert and Paula Sims' baby daughter, which uncovered a similar incident that had taken place three years previously

  • Season 3 Episode 5: Deadly Delivery

    A bomber who appeared to be targeting members of the legal profession was tracked down after the police asked the FBI to draw up a psychological profile of the offender

  • Season 3 Episode 4: Foreign Body

    A Californian doctor claims to have proof that the human form of BSE can be contracted through eating infected beef

  • Season 3 Episode 3: The Talking Skull

    Insight into how forensic work revealed that human remains found on a campsite belonged to a pregnant woman who had been missing for five years, ultimately leading to the arrest and conviction of the victim's husband : a Scout leader

  • Season 3 Episode 2: Knot for Everyone

    A series of murders near Sacramento, Calif., where prostitutes were gagged and molested, their clothes cut in random patterns and their hair cut off.

  • Season 3 Episode 1: Without a Trace

    The puzzling deaths of two dinner guests in Nebraska in 1978 which confounded police until they realised both victims had consumed lemonade laced with poison - the discovery of which led them to an embittered killer

Forensic Files: Season 2 (2004)

Forensic Files: Season 1 (2001 - 2002)

Forensic Files: Other Episodes

  • Speck of Evidence

    A speck of bicycle paint and a speck of nickel tie a suspect to the murder of a 9-year-old.

  • Stand In
  • Sole Searching

    A shoe impression leads investigators on the right track to finding a killer.

  • Hot on the Trail

    An arsonist is on the loose in Washington, D.C.

  • Murder on the Menu

    Detectives question the staff of a historic restaurant when the head chef is found dead.

  • Picture This

    When a grounded teenager disappears from her California home, police suspect that she is a runaway until her body is found several days later.

  • Photo Finish; Sibling Rivalry

    Police find photographs in a big trash bin leading them to a model's murderer; computer animation helps investigators determine whether a shooting was premeditated.

  • The Tamika Huston Case

    When a young woman disappears, police think an abusive ex-boyfriend is to blame.

  • Black Friday (The Robert Erik Denney Case)

    A woman's murder goes unsolved for almost two years until a tiny drop of saliva revives the police investigation.

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  • The Kathy Augustine Case

    Authorities delve into the facts surrounding the suspicious death of a prominent politician who apparently died of a heart attack during her campaign for office.

  • All Fall Down
  • Mortal Sins
  • Freedom of Information
  • Covert Operation
  • Picture Perfect
  • In Her Bones
  • Bump and Run

    An abandoned car is found with the engine running and the driver's door open.

  • Bioattack/A Bitter Pill to Swallow

    Alarmed by the severity of her morning sickness, a pregnant woman suspects foul play; disease detectives investigate a suspicious case of mass food-poisoning in Oregon.

  • The Cheater/Naked Justice

    A song called 'The Cheater' foreshadows a singer's demise; investigators analyze blood to determine if a gunshot wound was self-inflicted.

  • Pillow Talk

    An arson investigator's depressed wife burns to death.

  • Unholy Vows

    War criminals who moved to the United States are captured many years later thanks to forensic technology.

  • Bad Blood; Badge of Deceit

    An accused rapist has blood taken from his arm on several occasions, but the results are misleading; after more than a decade, geographical profiling enables police to catch a rapist.

  • A Tight Leash

    A stalker who was able to steal his victim's alarm code and personal photos is caught out by his threatening letters

  • Ring Him Up

    New scientific testing sheds light on a ten-year-old case involving a missing college student

  • If I Were You

    A daughter uncovers a mystery surrounding her father when she realises something is wrong with him, even though she lives more than a 1,000 miles away

  • Shoot to Kill

    How the latest scientific and forensic techniques can help solve puzzling crimes

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