Forensic Files Episode Guide

Episode Guide

Forensic Files: Season 15 (2009 - 2013)

Forensic Files: Season 13 (2003 - 2009)

  • Season 13 Episode 23: Sands of Crime

    A DNA dragnet catches a killer eight years after the kidnapping, rape and murder of a college coed in Oklahoma.

  • Season 13 Episode 21: Sunday's Wake

    A little girl's death baffles investigators, who travel halfway around the world before finally uncovering the answer in two unusual places - a shredded legal document and the signature of the child's mother

  • Season 13 Episode 20: Good as Gold

    Groundbreaking tests reveal the race, eye color and hair color of the person responsible for killing two young women on Halloween night.

  • Season 13 Episode 12: Shoot to Thrill

    A man discovers his father has been shot dead in their Minnesota home. Freshly fallen snow reveals an unidentified set of shoe prints, which seem to belong to the killer, but police investigators soon uncover a web of deception, greed and murder-for-hire

  • Season 13 Episode 11: House Hunting

    Documentary examining an investigation into the murder of a successful estate agent, revealing how police used forensic hypnosis to help a witness recall every detail of a suspect's appearance, before making a composite sketch of the man they believed to be the killer

  • Season 13 Episode 10: Frozen Assets

    How scientific and forensic techniques can help solve puzzling crimes. Detectives have to decide whether a businessman has been killed with malice aforethought or accidentally in the course of a bungled robbery

  • Season 13 Episode 9: Smoking Out a Killer

    A college senior was found raped and murdered, two other students were killed in the same manner, forcing police to believe they had a serial killer.

  • Season 13 Episode 8: When the Dust Settled

    Forensic examiners use a sound test, an electron microscope and a nightgown to explain how a union official was murdered in his bedroom without his wife in the next room hearing a thing

  • Season 13 Episode 7: Yes, in Deed

    A woman's body is found inside a burned mobile home and the autopsy reveals she was beaten, making this a murder.

  • Season 13 Episode 6: In the Bag

    A killer places all the incriminating evidence to the murder in a plastic bag, hoping it will float down the river.

  • Season 13 Episode 5: About Face

    A human skeleton is found and determined to be at least 18 months old, an inventive computer consultant gives her a face and name.

  • Season 13 Episode 4: Printed Proof

    Police investigate the possibility of a hate crime when two women go missing and are later found murdered.

  • Season 13 Episode 3: Driven to Silence

    After 10 years, a witness decides to do the right thing about the rape and murder of a young hairdresser.

  • Season 13 Episode 2: Freedom Fighter

    A convicted arsonist claims his innocence and with no lawyer, no money and only a fifth-grade education, sets out to prove it.

  • Season 13 Episode 1: Disrobed

    A husband and wife are shot and their 16-year-old daughter was lucky to escape, or was it good planning.

Forensic Files: Season 12 (2007 - 2012)

Forensic Files: Season 11 (2006)

Forensic Files: Season 10 (2005 - 2012)

Forensic Files: Season 9 (2004 - 2008)

Forensic Files: Season 8 (2003 - 2007)

  • Season 8 Episode 40: Water Hazard

    Police investigate the murder of a man who died through ingesting cyanide. They find a clue in a mailing envelope which leads them to a dangerous killer

  • Season 8 Episode 38: Honor Thy Father

    A murdered teenager's parents accept responsibility for the killing, and claim they were acting in self-defence - but an FBI electronic surveillance device proves otherwise

  • Season 8 Episode 38: Foreign Body

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

  • Season 8 Episode 37: Murder She Wrote

    A victim of depression is found dead in what appears to be a straightforward case of suicide - until the discovery of a note hidden in a china cabinet leads investigators to her killer

  • Season 8 Episode 37: Traces of Truth

    A high school gym teacher disappears after offering to give a friend a lift home. Police suspect foul play when his wife receives letters saying they have moved away

  • Season 8 Episode 36: Concrete Alibi: The Karyn Slover Case

    Concrete from a junk car lot leads investigators to the most unlikely of suspects in solving the case of a young mother who disappears.

  • Season 8 Episode 36: Duelling Confessions

    A teenage girl is killed, and her boyfriend confesses to the crime. When another man turns himself in as well, a further 40 years are needed to solve the case

  • Season 8 Episode 35: Grounds for Indictment

    A man is killed and another seriously injured in a drive-by shooting. The police have plenty of circumstantial evidence but nothing concrete : until they examine soil taken from the suspect's tyre treads

  • Season 8 Episode 34: Web of Seduction

    Part one of two. Police investigating a fatal shooting discover no forensic evidence at the dusty and unkempt scene of the crime, but a trawl of computers belonging to the victim's wife and her lover soon yields the information they need

  • Season 8 Episode 33: Saving Face

    A look at how detectives used DNA samples to solve the mystery of three women who disappeared without a trace

  • Season 8 Episode 33: Death by a Salesman

    Police investigating a brutal murder in a quiet neighbourhood fail to find any witnesses, but forensic evidence helps them apprehend their suspect in less than 12 hours

  • Season 8 Episode 32: Over and Out

    Police are mystified as to why a young man and his mother should be the targets of a pipe bomb - until the remnants of a postage label point them in the right direction

  • Season 8 Episode 31: The Gambler

    A triple murder in the town of Verona, Wisconsin, leads detectives into the shady world of high-rollers and off-shore gambling

  • Season 8 Episode 31: Past Lives

    Investigators call in the experts when the wife of a wealthy car-crash victim makes a $7million insurance claim - and a chilling trail of fraud and deceit is soon uncovered

  • Season 8 Episode 30: Flower Power

    A discarded sweet wrapper and a number of tiny seeds are used by forensic scientists to provide evidence in a murder investigation

  • Season 8 Episode 29: Smoke in Your Eyes

    The bodies of two women are found in the aftermath of an apartment fire, and a small sample of blood helps police investigate their suspicions about the case

  • Season 8 Episode 28: Bed of Deceit

    A retired police officer is found murdered in his bed and his wife claims his death was suicide. However, a bank surveillance tape calls her explanation into question

  • Season 8 Episode 27: True Lies

    The murder of Kathleen Lipscomb, whose body was found on a deserted road outside San Antonio in 1986. Investigators believe a diary found years later could solve the case

  • Season 8 Episode 26: Letter Perfect

    An apparently healthy man dies mysteriously in his sleep, and toxicology tests reveal signs of foul play, causing police to suspect a 'suicide note' holds the key to the case

  • Season 8 Episode 25: Sign of the Zodiac

    A serial killer announces his intention to kill one person from each sign of the zodiac, until handwriting analysis gives investigators the clues they need

  • Season 8 Episode 24: Nailed

    A witness in a sexual assault case is murdered just before her appearance in court, leaving forensics to decide whether it was the defendant who killed her

  • Season 8 Episode 23: Sphere of Influence

    A woman's disappearance in Alaska doesn't arouse suspicions of foul play, until she is discovered shot dead. An eyewitness's evidence reveals more

  • Season 8 Episode 22: Bound for Jail

    Two decades after a woman's murder, investigators glean incriminating evidence including an old hat and a tiny shard of steel

  • Season 8 Episode 21: The Big Chill

    A woman is prescribed lithium to treat a mental disorder. When she dies, investigators must decide whether the side effects drove her to suicide

  • Season 8 Episode 20: All the World's a Stage

    A homicide detective claims his wife accidentally shot herself in the head, but the evidence indicates otherwise.

  • Season 8 Episode 19: Breaking News

    America's first DNA databank case succeeds in identifying the rapist and murderer of a TV news producer

  • Season 8 Episode 18: Hair of the Dog

    When witnesses are unable to agree on the circumstances surrounding a murder, investigators have to rely on clues from a gun and the victim's dog

  • Season 8 Episode 17: Bump in the Night

    A man is murdered in his sleep, no fingerprints are left behind, but a shoe impression outside leads to the killer.

  • Season 8 Episode 16: Private Thoughts

    Murder-suicide is suspected when police discover a family dead in their home until investigators start digging deeper.

  • Season 8 Episode 15: Within Arm's Reach

    A man accused of shooting his estranged wife maintains she committed suicide, and the investigators must establish which of the two versions best fits the evidence

  • Season 8 Episode 14: A Welcome Intrusion

    A man is hailed as a hero after shooting an intruder found killing his wife, but forensic evidence spins the case in a surprising new direction.

  • Season 8 Episode 12: Order Up

    A man is found shot dead in his home, and investigators suspect his wife, who claims she was away on a camping trip with her lover at the time of her husband's death

  • Season 8 Episode 11: A Wrong Foot

    A single footprint puts forensic investigators on the trail of a killer after two injured victims fail to identify their attacker

  • Season 8 Episode 10: Dinner and a Movie

    The forensics team are called in to investigate the murder of a pregnant woman, the circumstances of which bear a suspicious resemblance to scenes in a film recently shown on TV

  • Season 8 Episode 9: Shot of Vengeance

    When a nurse exhibits signs of flu, doctors are baffled : until it turns out she has been deliberately infected with HIV

  • Season 8 Episode 8: 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

  • Season 8 Episode 7: Once Bitten

    The story of a postman convicted of murder because of a bite mark on the victim. Ten years into his sentence, fresh evidence leads to another trial

  • Season 8 Episode 7: Ring Him Up

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

  • Season 8 Episode 6: Tourist Trap

    A bite mark leads police to convict a postman during an investigation into a spate of robberies which resulted in a number of tourists being killed and injured

  • Season 8 Episode 6: Shell Game

    Criminals attempt to cover their tracks using fire. However, through the investigators' tenacity they find a small clue which leads them to the killers

  • Season 8 Episode 5: Shadow of a Doubt

    When the prime suspect in a woman's murder produces a solid alibi, a time-stamped video tape showing his activities on the day of the killing is analysed for authenticity

  • Season 8 Episode 4: Chief Suspect

    The case of a murdered policeman's wife is reopened when a newly formed cold case unit take another look at the evidence, and they find critical clues to the killers identity

  • Season 8 Episode 3: Paintball

    New forensic science and microscopic paint particles found in a vacuum cleaner bag help identify a girl's killer 24 years after the crime was committed.

  • Season 8 Episode 2: The Music Case

    A girl's death is linked to a spate of burglaries when CDs similar to those owned by the victim are found among a cache of stolen goods

  • Season 8 Episode 1: Dessert Served Cold

    A team of toxicologists investigate the death of a man whose girlfriend's suspicious behaviour led police to believe he was murdered

Forensic Files: Season 7 (2002 - 2006)

  • 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

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  • 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

    Today at 9:00pm EDT - HLN
  • 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 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

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  • 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 mother investigates when her daughter is injured in an alleged hit-and-run incident

  • 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

    How the latest forensic techniques helped solve the death of a money launderer who drowned while tied to an anchor in the ocean

  • 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

    Police probe an illegal adoption ring when a woman goes missing - but their investigation changes direction when her husband is seen with another lady claiming to be his wife

  • Season 5 Episode 11: Lasting Impression

    Officers investigate possible links between two cases when a piece of chewing gum is found at the scene of a 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

  • 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)

Forensic Files: Season 3 (1998 - 2005)

Forensic Files: Season 2 (1997 - 2004)

  • Season 2 Episode 13: Deadly Parasites

    Discovering the largest water-borne outbreak of gastrointestinal illness in the US, when adverse weather conditions contaminated Lake Michigan with manure from Wisconsin's dairy herds

  • Season 2 Episode 12: Micro-clues

    How police used scientific techniques to detect where a boy was murdered, enabling them to link the case to a man arrested for another vicious killing

  • Season 2 Episode 11: Postal Mortem

    Scientists prove the injured victim of a blast was actually the person who constructed and delivered the bomb

  • Season 2 Episode 10: Sealed With a Kiss

    A primary school teacher claims a colleague has resorted to a smear campaign to oust her from her position. The facts seem to bear out her allegations : but will DNA tests back up her story or tell an entirely different tale?

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  • Season 2 Episode 9: Something's Fishy

    How a link was established between two poisoning cases, when traces of a chemical used to kill algae in fish tanks were discovered by investigators in both of the victims

  • Season 2 Episode 8: Charred Remains

    The use of forensic evidence to solve crimes, focusing on the discovery of a woman's charred remains which led police to uncover a tale of drugs, greed and murder

  • Season 2 Episode 7: Fatal Fungus

    How investigators traced a series of outbreaks of bleeding lungs in infants to a deadly black fungus which was growing in water-damaged houses in a Cleveland neighbourhood

  • Season 2 Episode 6: The Blood Trail

    A farmer fears someone is conducting a vendetta against him and his wife, but investigations reveal all is not as it seems

  • Season 2 Episode 5: Bitter Potion

    A woman's mysterious flu-like symptoms are diagnosed as something far more sinister, leading investigators to take an interest in one of her neighbours' passion for chemistry

  • Season 2 Episode 4: Sex, Lies and DNA

    How a man who killed his wife and set fire to her body on his boat was convicted of her murder, when incriminating blood samples were taken from the family home

  • Season 2 Episode 3: Killer Fog

    How experts investigated a thick fog's regular appearance over an American interstate - which led to a spate of fatal car crashes over a 15-year period - and found the trail seemed to end at the doors of a local paper plant

  • Season 2 Episode 2: The Dirty Deed

    The work of forensic teams in proving a missing couple's son was responsible for their disappearance, leading to the recovery of the body and the killer's conviction

  • Season 2 Episode 1: Common Thread

    The discovery of carpet fibres linked ten unsolved murders in Florida in 1984, but the police still couldn't crack the case until a 17-year-old girl managed to escape from her captor and provide the final clue to catch the killer

Forensic Files: Season 1 (2001 - 2002)

Forensic Files: Double Bill (2002)

  • 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.

  • 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.

Forensic Files: Other Episodes

  • Sole Searching

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

  • Garden of Evil

    A blood spatter expert helps police investigate the slaying of a DJ found dead in a garden.

  • Material Witness

    Evidence leads directly to a killer when a teenager goes missing and a month later her body is found.

  • Flashover: The 1987 Kings Cross Underground Fire

    Arson investigators attempt to determine the cause of the 1987 fire at the Kings Cross Underground Station in London.

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  • Pressed for Crime

    With a long list of suspects, forensic experts are clear on one thing in this brutal murder, the killer knew his victim.

  • Screen Pass

    Three fingerprints on a window screen are enough for a print examiner to uncover the work of a serial killer.

  • Sharper Image

    When a young girl is found dead, police quickly make an arrest, but could cutting-edge technology from NASA prove the wrong man is behind bars.

  • Message in a Bottle

    A used tissue, 12 years after the murder of a young Missouri woman, may be what cracks the case with a suspect list a mile long.

  • Ticker Tape

    A device intended to save lives proves to be the only witness to a mans death.

  • If I Were You

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  • Stand In
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  • A Wrong Foot

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    Today at 8:30pm EDT - HLN
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  • Guarded Secrets

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  • Live Wire

    When a man is killed with a bomb investigators search for every piece of evidence until they find a clue that identifies the murderer

  • Vanished

    The police struggle to believe a girl who claims she was abducted and sexually assaulted from her unemotional recounting of the tale - until fibres from her clothes prove the story

  • To the Viktor

    Investigators on both sides of the Atlantic seek links between three homicides that look like professional executions.

  • Key Evidence

    Tiny fibres and an asthma inhaler lead investigators to the gunman responsible for shooting an off-duty police officer

  • Weakest Link

    The body of a young girl is found on farmland in Delano, California, but a mailbox key is the only clue to her identity - prompting the police to search every building in the area

  • Naughty or Nyce

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  • Sunday School Ambush

    Investigators unravel a twisted tale of lust, greed and deception after a woman claims her husband was gunned down by intruders.

  • Mortal Sins
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    A known criminal's driver's license is found at the crime scene of a double murder, but collected DNA point investigators in another direction.

  • Capitol Crimes

    A medical examiner rules that a death was accidental despite detectives who thought otherwise, then it takes three years, an exhumation and a second autopsy to determine who was right.

  • Wood-be Killer

    Fire wood found a a crime scene helps investigators locate a killer.

  • Freedom of Information
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  • Wired for Disaster

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  • Penchant for Poison

    Arsenic poisoning is found to be the cause of a woman's mysterious illness.

  • Going for Broke

    Investigators probe the case of a stockbroker who has failed to return home, and soon uncover proof that he has been murdered

  • All Fall Down
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  • A Novel Idea

    A man calls the police to his house where his wife has fallen down the stairs, but the amount of bloodstains at the scene prompts investigators to treat the death as suspicious

  • Nice Threads

    A woman is found dead on her bedroom floor, the only clue is a bloodstained sheet. Breakthrough forensics enable police to identify the killer.

  • Dark Waters

    A man is the victim of a hit-and-run in a sailing accident, and when the police appeal for witnesses an unlikely person admitts to being a passenger on the killer's boat

  • Undertaken

    The detectives rely on their tenacity to make a conviction when a medical examiner rules a death was accidental, and three years later the answer is revealed

  • Picture This

    The case of a missing Californian teenager, who was presumed to have run away. However, her body turned up in a ditch 20 miles away

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  • Signed, Sealed and Delivered

    Officers suspect an act of revenge when a bomb explodes in the family home of a witness who testified against two men convicted of shooting and killing a passenger in a moving car

  • Summer Obsession

    Police investigate a seemingly accidental drowning in an affluent suburb of Philadelphia. The case becomes focused on one person who had a motive for murder

  • Writers Block

    The case of an architect who died just before she was due to testify in a criminal trial. Investigators are seeking a motive

  • Picture Perfect
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    The light of day and DNA picture painted by molecular biologist reveals new clues about a nighttime traffic accident.

  • Cop Out

    Police investigate the murder of a college student who appeared to have known his killer. Hairs and microscopic cells help officers unravel a web of lies

  • Four on the Floor

    When forensics investigate the murder of an American woman, they suspect a serial killer might be on the loose

  • Visibility Zero

    The derailment of the Sunset Limited was the deadliest train crash in US history.

  • Covert Operation
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    Investigators determine how blood splatter evidence could prove that an obstetrician murdered his wife, despite his claims from him that he found her dead when he returned home

  • Clean Getaway

    Investigating the rape and murder of a woman at the dry-cleaners she worked at. Police had eyewitnesses but when their descriptions were not clear, they turned to forensics

  • Gold Rush

    The police investigate when they receive a call from a man, who claims his girlfriend shot and killed herself. The autopsy reveals that the wound could not have been self-inflicted

  • Moss, Not Grass

    Finding the killer of a woman who was found dead on a golf course in the Bahamas. The distinctive grass on the course provided enough evidence to lead the police to two suspects

  • A Leg up on Crime

    Looking at how shoe prints aided the police in catching the killer of two people found in a canal

  • Cereal Killer

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  • Unholy Alliance

    Police investigate the disappearance of a young woman, who they feared was the latest victim in a string of similar incidents until forensic analysis proved otherwise

  • Oily in the Morning

    When the police recover a submerged car belonging to a man reported missing, they are perturbed to discover a pair of broken glasses on the floor but no body

  • Head Games

    The team employ the skills of a forensic psychiatrist and the results of ballistics tests to solve a murder case

  • In Her Bones
  • Hunter or Hunted?

    A forensic document examiner, a slingshot and an unusual physics experiment help investigators find another killer

  • The Financial Downfall

    At first investigators think a beautiful young woman's fatal fall from a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean was an accident, but forensic examination of photos arouses suspicion that foul play was involved.

  • Making the Collar

    When an English girl is found murdered nine months after going missing, forensic investigators piece together a portrait of her killer.

  • Over a Barrel

    How forensic scientists used material from a dentist's office to uncover ballistics evidence which had been overlooked in an investigation 10 years earlier

  • Sign Here

    How a forensic handwriting expert found clues pointing to the murderer of a woman seen being bundled into a car

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    A woman's 'accidental' drowning bears suspicious similarities to another death, casting doubt on the prime suspect's alibi

  • Brotherhoods

    A gay couple are murdered, leading investigators to a white supremacist organisation connected with hate crimes

  • Last Will

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

    Tomorrow at 4:00am EDT - HLN
  • Bump and Run

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

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

  • Pillow Talk

    An arson investigator's depressed wife burns to death.

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    Police investigate the murder of a Kansas City lawyer in his own office, in the middle of the day. The killer left microscopic evidence which led directly to him

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