Medical Detectives

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Medical DetectivesEagle-eyed technical experts prove there is no such thing as a perfect crime as they assemble the pieces every criminal leaves behind. Dramatic crime re-creations and, sometimes, part of the investigations are a staple of the series. Some of the re-creations include alternate versions of the crimes, which are disproved by science. The show's episodes follow each case from the initial investigation until it reaches its legal resolution.
S6, EP14 "Treads and Threads"A serial killer in Tampa, Fla., taunts police by strangling prostitutes and leaving their bodies in plain sight, but tire marks and fibers lead to the culprit.
S5, EP16 "Time Will Tell"A money launderer is found dead in the ocean and 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 in solving the crime.
S6, EP16 "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.
S6, EP24 "Pastoral Care"When prison guard Donna Payant's body is discovered at a landfill, a medical examiner uses a "signature" clue to link her death to a murder the same examiner investigated 10 years earlier.
S8, EP23 "Death by a Salesman"A quiet residential community, shattered by the murder of a neighbor. See how modern techniques helped investigators catch the culprit in less than 12 hours.
S4, EP9 "Accident or Murder?"A new life-insurance policy sparks suspicions of murder when a Nova Scotia schoolteacher's body is found at the bottom of her basement stairs.
S7, EP50 "Plastic Fire"A woman wins her release after being imprisoned for allegedly killing her mother in a car fire.
S8, EP28 "Honor Thy Father"A 16-year-old girl is killed in her own home by her mother and father. Her parents said they acted in self-defense, but the forensic evidence indicates otherwise.
S8, EP24 "Web of Seduction"A man is found dead in his Michigan auto-salvage shop.
S9, EP2 "Hunter or Hunted?"A woman's apparent accidental death begins to look fishy after police uncover a letter written by the victim days before her untimely death.
S8, EP26 "Dueling Confessions"When a teenage girl is found dead, her boyfriend confesses to her murder. However, in a strange twist, so does another man; police must determine which is the killer.
S9, EP5 "No Corpus Delicti"Police link a clump of hair discovered in an isolated area with a woman who disappeared 20 years ago.
S9, EP17 "The Dustin Harless Case"A man is charged with the murder of a wrestling champion; six years later, a forensic animator testifies on his behalf.
S9, EP11 "Head Games"A husband was shot and killed, forensic psychiatry helped the wife to remember the details for what happened.
S9, EP21 "Deadly Matrimony"Police become suspicious of a man who reported his wife missing 15 years after doing the same thing with his first wife.
"Medical Detectives"Eagle-eyed technical experts prove there is no such thing as a perfect crime as they assemble the pieces every criminal leaves behind. Dramatic crime re-creations and, sometimes, part of the investigations are a staple of the series. Some of the re-creations include alternate versions of the crimes, which are disproved by science. The show's episodes follow each case from the initial investigation until it reaches its legal resolution.
S7, EP12 "A Vow of Silence"The disappearance of a mail-order bride proves suspicious when detectives learn that two of the Texas husband's previous wives had died in mysterious circumstances.
S7, EP30 "Dressed to Kill"When a 6-year-old disappears, her father becomes the prime suspect; he fails a polygraph test and even confesses, but 10 years later, the investigation gets turned on its head.
S14, EP20 "Funeral Services"Police discover a mask near the crime scene and hope that it leads to the killer of a funeral director.
S14, EP19 "Skeleton Key"A woman goes missing for a month with the only clues being a set of keys, a fingerprint and a code.
S14, EP16 "Gone Ballistic"A real estate developer is shot and his wife becomes the prime suspect, until the bullet is linked to a weapon reported missing 20 years ago.
S14, EP12 "Social Circle"Four young adults are murdered in an affluent Texas neighborhood, with little evidence but two people walking by dressed in black.
S14, EP9 "Textbook Murder"A young bride-to-be is gunned down in her own home. The attack is personal and as investigators start digging, they uncover the man she loved was living a lie.
S14, EP6 "The Effie Ratley Case"Lack of evidence compels investigators to look beyond the obvious when a woman is beaten to death at her in-laws house.
S14, EP3 "Hell's Kitchen"A woman has an accidental fall down a flight of stairs and appears to have hit her head, but the lack of blood splatter and misplaced shoes lead police to believe the fall was staged.
S13, EP48 "Lights Out"Fifteen years later, DNA technology leads to justice for a murdered woman and her savagely beaten 4-year-old daughter.
S13, EP32 "All That Glitters Is Gold"A bullet-riddled car, a missing driver, and no witnesses. An ambush or a random attack? The clue was something so tiny, it was measured in millionths of a meter.
S13, EP28 "Needle in a Haystack"Initially, there were no clues in the murder of Florida college student Michelle Herndon, until a small needle mark was found on the victim's arm.
S13, EP14 "Sworded Scheme"A college student turns up dead and her boyfriend becomes a prime suspect when blood splatters are discovered on his wall.
S13, EP6 "Dancing With the Devil"A few drops of blood are the only clues a man's female killer leaves behind, but years later and hundreds of miles away investigators hear an intriguing story about an exotic dancer who got away with murder.
S13, EP5 "Double Cross"A Naval officer who threatened to go public with tales of on-the-job sexual harassment and assault is brutally murdered, but when investigators find the allegations could be part of an elaborate scheme for money, they turn to forensic science.
S12, EP30 "Guarded Secrets"Security guard who disappeared from his post was found a year later in a remote camp site; a decade later, a phone call and a paint smear on his boot helped scientists determine what happened during his final moments.
S12, EP29 "In the Bag"A killer places all the incriminating evidence to the murder in a plastic bag, hoping it will float down the river.
S12, EP26 "Driven to Silence"After 10 years, a witness decides to do the right thing about the rape and murder of a young hairdresser.
S12, EP24 "Disrobed"A husband and wife get shot and their 16-year-old daughter manages to escape, but investigators suspect she may be involved in the murder.
S12, EP23 "Brotherly Love"When a single mother is murdered, her brother vows to find the person responsible for the death of his sister -- even if it takes more than 30 years.
S12, EP20 "All Butt Certain"A young girl beaten after watching her grandmother killed, identifies the wrong person; years later she tries to change her statement.
S12, EP18 "Dog Day Afternoon"A canine behaviorist uses the family dogs, who are the only witnesses, to find the murderer of their owner.
S12, EP16 "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.
S12, EP15 "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.
S12, EP14 "Finger Pane"The only lead to finding a serial killer on the loose is a bloody fingerprint on the body of a victim.
S12, EP12 "Screen Pass"Three fingerprints on a window screen are enough for a print examiner to uncover the work of a serial killer.
S12, EP11 "A Cinderella Story"A pair of tennis shoes are found near a victim who had been stabbed on the beach, less than ten yards from her hotel.
S12, EP10 "Catch 22"A woman shot in her driveway had recently rejected a co-worker half her age.
S12, EP7 "The Day the Music Died"Ten years after the murder of a rock singer, forensic scientists use evidence collected to finally bring her killer to justice.
S12, EP5 "Quite a Spectacle"A squashed tomato and a pinpoint reflection of light in a photo help catch a killer.
S12, EP3 "Cold Hearted"When two men appear to die of heart disease six years apart, police notice they have one thing in common -- they were each married to the same woman.
S12, EP2 "The Michael Andrade Case"A man is found strangled and burned in his San Antonio apartment and the killer thinks he has destroyed all the evidence.
S12, EP1 "Sharper Image"When murder strikes a young girl, police quickly make an arrest, but cutting-edge technology from NASA proves they have the wrong suspect behind bars.
S11, EP41 "Bitter Brew"The kidnapping of Adolph Coors leads to one of the most intense manhunts in US history.
S11, EP39 "Fired-Up"When a house burns to the ground and a woman's charred remains are found, investigators must determine whether it was an accident or arson.
S11, EP38 "Blanket of Evidence"A wax bullet, white blanket and olive colored carpeting, tell a lot about the murder of a young woman found in a ravine.
S11, EP34 "Small Town Terror"How the bombs were made leads investigators in Colorado to find the perpetrator.
S11, EP33 "Skirting the Evidence"A woman is abducted and a month later found dead, then a tip leads investigators in the right direction.
S11, EP28 "If I Were You"Woman suspected something wrong with her father flew back a thousand miles to find his home empty.
S11, EP24 "Water Hazard"Murderer killed innocent people to get the person he wanted.
S11, EP21 "Van-ished"When police doubt a young girl's story about being abused, fibers on her clothes help her case.
S11, EP20 "Live Wire"A bomb kills a man and a painstaking search yields tiny clues which precisely identify the killer.
S11, EP19 "No Safe Place"Wealthy man is shot dead while his wife is forced to open their hidden safe, but they couldn't be identified because they were wearing ski masks.
S11, EP17 "Internal Affair"A woman is found dead, police use blood evidence and computer forensics to convince a jury that the murderer is guilty.
S11, EP16 "Grave Danger"Police are suspicious of a mysterious car crash that kills a young man.
S11, EP15 "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.
S11, EP13 "Undertaken"Three years later, a second autopsy determines who's right when a medical examiner and detectives disagree on the cause of death.
S11, EP11 "Weakest Link"Police search every apartment building in town when the body of a young girl found on an isolated farm holds a set of keys but no ID.
S11, EP8 "Concrete Alibi"When an aspiring model turns up dead, police suspect her boyfriend. But must dig deeper for clues when he is cleared.
S11, EP7 "Murder She Wrote"A woman who appeared to have taken her own life told her sister that, if anything were to happen to her, there was a note in the china cabinet.
S11, EP5 "Shattered Dreams"A couple is found dead in a car with broken windows but no shattered glass.
S11, EP4 "Sunday's Wake"A child's death from flu-like symptoms triggers an investigation that ranges from the United States to Egypt and uncovers murder.
S11, EP3 "Just Desserts"Physical evidence intially condemns a prime suspect to a double homicide, but DNA from a discarded spoon points to another.
S11, EP2 "Going for Broke"A Russian immigrant is found dead and a strange phone call to his office is the only lead investigators have.
S11, EP1 "Naughty or Nyce"After a tycoon's wife is found dead in her SUV submerged in a half-frozen creek, police begin to suspect it wasn't an accident.
S10, EP43 "Wood-Be Killer"Fire wood found a a crime scene helps investigators locate a killer.
S10, EP42 "Wired for Disaster"Who put a bomb in the home of a 29-year-old woman and killed her?
S10, EP41 "To the Viktor"Investigators on both sides of the Atlantic seek links between three homicides that look like professional executions.
S10, EP40 "High 'n Dry"A man becomes the prime suspect in his wife's death after forensic science raises questions about her apparent suicide.
S10, EP37 "Sole Searching"With very little else to go on, investigators find that a show impression puts them on the right track to finding a killer in Lansing, Mich.
S10, EP35 "Penchant for Poison"Arsenic poisoning is found to be the cause of a woman's mysterious illness.
S10, EP33 "Garden of Evil"A sniffer dog and a blood splatter lead to the killer of a popular disc jockey.
S10, EP32 "Material Witness"Evidence leads directly to a killer when a teenager goes missing and a month later her body is found.
S10, EP31 "Moss, Not Grass"Police are led to two suspects when a woman is found dead on a golf course.
S10, EP30 "Elemental Clue"Two women are murdered in the same town and police fear a serial killer is on the loose, further investigation finds that they were both close to the same man.
S10, EP27 "Cop Out"Police suspect a gay college student's slaying is a hate crime until forensic evidence points the case in another direction.
S10, EP25 "Unholy Alliance"Woman disappears from grocery store parking lot in Boulder, Colo.; investigators find extraordinary clues in a pair of bloody gloves, unique tire tracks, and ordinary grass and pine needles.
S10, EP22 "Writer's Block"Experts seek answers to a young businesswoman's death just before she was to testify in a criminal trial.
S10, EP21 "Four on the Floor"Police investigate a Native American woman's murder less than 10 miles from another murder scene.
S10, EP20 "Gold Rush"Emergency dispatch recieved a call from a man who said his girlfriend shot and killed herself. But the wound was not self-inflicted.
S10, EP19 "Oily in the Morning"When police recovered the submerged car of missing man, they found no body; the investigation that followed uncovers a deadly obsession and the motive for murder.
S10, EP18 "Picture This"A missing teen is found dead several days later.
S10, EP13 "Crash Course"A patrol officer is shocked by the amount of blood at a traffic accident and is shocked by the coroner's ruling until an anonymous phone call re-ignites the case.
S10, EP11 "Strong Impressions"At first glance it appears a young woman suffocated, but further investigation shows the scene was staged.
S10, EP10 "Tagging a Suspect"Pieces of plastic the size of sand hold clues to a bombing.
S10, EP9 "Shear Luck"The wife of a serviceman was brutally murdered in the Philippines in 1991, investigators must reassemble a 5-1/4 computer disk cut to pieces with pinking shears to find the murderer.
S10, EP8 "Army of Evidence"Suicide notes and a pistol in hand lead police to suspect that a mother of two young children appeared to had killed herself, but when investigators learned of a house fire she was in three years earlier, they reinvestigate.
S10, EP7 "One for the Road"A wife is missing in Key West; investigators wonder if they should be searching for a missing person or a killer.
S10, EP6 "Headquarters"When hunters find a skull in a Texas canyon, police find bits of clothing, a woman's shoe, some small bones and a strand of hair; once they discover her identity, it was time to find the killer.
S10, EP3 "Plastic Puzzle"Police collect evidence leading to a driver who fatally injured a cyclist in a hit-and-run accident.
S10, EP2 "Marked for Life"California police in 1957 search for a murderer, but the case goes cold; 50 years after a crime is committed, advances in computer technology determine the killer.
S9, EP32 "Silk Stalkings"The son of a murder victim contacts the police when a flight attendant is brutally murdered in a remarkably similar way.
S9, EP31 "Flashover"Arson investigators attempt to determine the cause of the 1987 fire at the Kings Cross Underground Station in London.
S9, EP30 "Northern Exposure"Hikers near Anchorage, Alaska discover a body wrapped in sheets edged in orange stitching; they discover threads of evidence clinging to the sheet.
S9, EP29 "Visibility Zero"The derailment of the Sunset Limited was the deadliest train crash in U.S. history killing 47 passengers and crew with several more injured.
S9, EP28 "South of the Border"The cold-blooded murder of an American tourist in a Mexican resort causes law enforcement to focus on both sides of the border.
S9, EP27 "Fishing for the Truth"A two-man shrimp boat sinks when a fast-moving, violent storm struck the Louisiana coast; a deckhand is considered a hero for trying to save the drowned captain, until his body is found.
S9, EP24 "Muddy Waters: The Bruce Dodson Case"While investigating the case of a Colorado hunter shot three times and killed, police suspect two murder weapons, and two killers, but forensic evidence points them closer to home.
S9, EP23 "Deadly Curve"Car with three Secret Service agents collides with local deputy's car; investigation launched into who was responsible for the deadly car accident finds two very different conclusions.
S9, EP22 "Seeds for Doubt"A small community in upstate New York is devastated when a car accident claims the life of a well-respected nurse.
S9, EP20 "Badge of Betrayal"The body of a young California co-ed under an isolated interstate ramp sets off an investigation; San Diego police have no idea who would want her dead, but they discover a tiny, unique fiber on the victim's clothing.
S9, EP18 "Cries Unheard"A 19-year-old girl is found dead in her car in what appears to be a suicide; police discover that the victime was involved in a love quadrangle, giving several people motive to kill.
S9, EP15 "Over a Barrel"The robbery and brutal murder of an elderly couple goes unsolved for 10 years; a forensic scientist makes history when he solves the crime.
S9, EP13 "Making the Collar"The body of a 16-year-old girl is discovered nine months after her disappearance; forensic scientists find clues that paint a virtual portrait of her killer.
S9, EP12 "Burning Desire"A fire, caused by an unattended cigarette, kills the estranged wife of a police officer; forensic scientists discover that the cause is far more complicated.
S9, EP9 "Cloak of Deceit"A trio of men, responsible for several bank robberies, leaves no evidence behind; forensic scientists help catch them by looking at the criminals' posture and clothing.
S9, EP8 "Bad Medicine"When a woman's bone marrow test reveals arsenic poisoning, investigators try to determine if it is due to groundwater contamination or something more sinister.
S9, EP7 "The Stake-Out"When a prominent banker's wife is kidnapped, the trail leads police on a wild goose chase; they track down disgruntled bank customers and examine computer fonts.
S9, EP6 "News at 11"A news anchor is shot to death outside her home in an apparent crime of passion by a fan; a police dog tracks the scent of the killer back to the crime scene.
S9, EP4 "For Love or Money"A real estate tycoon must have had a premonition about foul play, as he wrote it in his will.
S9, EP3 "In Harm's Way"An Alaskan trooper finds a woman's body beside a frozen road, but evidence is scant even after a suspected murder weapon is found.
S9, EP1 "Road Rage"A discarded sleeping bag, containing bloody sneakers and a purse, leads police to the body of a young woman; a mark found on the victim's body enables police to track the killer.
S9 "Making the Collar; The Financial Downfall"Retracing the steps of real investigations with interviews and dramatic re-creations as experts draw on forensic science to solve baffling crimes and other mysteries.
S8, EP27 "Traces of Truth"A high school gym teacher gives his friend a ride home but never returns; his wife and friend receive letters saying he started a new life, but they suspect foul play despite no body being discovered.
S8, EP25 "Grounds for Indictment"A man is murdered in a drive-by shooting. When a mobile phone trace incriminates a killer, it's up to a forensic geologist to find evidence that he was at the scene.
S8, EP22 "Over and Out"When a pipe bomb rips through a rural home, killing a young man and seriously injuring his mother, detectives hope that the remnants of a mailing label will lead them to a killer.
S8, EP21 "Past Lives"After a Connecticut man's body is found in a burning rental car on a Mexican highway, an insurance company suspects a scam.
S8, EP20 "Flower Power"Two different men report the murder of a single mother and when the case's other anomalies stall the police, a candy wrapper and seeds help expose the killer.
S8, EP19 "Bed of Deceit"Investigators weigh several theories while probing the death of a retired police officer, including a botched robbery and suicide.
S8, EP18 "Smoke in Your Eyes"The bodies of two young women are found in the ashes of an apartment fire.
S8, EP17 "True Lies"A child's memory, a diary and a forensic psychologist help investigators solve a young woman's murder.
S8, EP16 "Letter Perfect"When a healthy young man dies mysteriously in his sleep, toxicology tests reveal that it may have been foul play. Could a `suicide note' hold the key to solving the case.
S8, EP15 "Sign of the Zodiac"New York police hunt the Zodiac killer after a series of deadly attacks.
S8, EP14 "Nailed"A woman is killed weeks before testifying against the man who sexually assaulted her.
S8, EP13 "Sphere of Influence"An 11-year-old girl is sexually assaulted and shot twice at close range.
S8, EP11 "The Big Chill"Officials probe the death of a woman investigating the possible side effects of the drug she was prescribed for bipolar disorder.
S8, EP10 "All the World's a Stage"A homicide detective claims his wife accidentally shot herself in the head, but the evidence indicates otherwise.
S8, EP8 "Hair of the Dog"A rare gun and a victim's beloved dog help investigators trying to solve a multi-year long murder case where most of the witnesses were admitted drug users.
S8, EP7 "Brotherhoods"A couple's murder leads investigators into the world of white supremacists and a string of hate crimes.
S8, EP4 "Within Arm's Reach"A police officer claims his estranged wife's shooting death was a suicide, but investigators think it was a murder.
S8, EP3 "When the Dust Settled"Neighbors do not hear the gunshots when a union official is killed in his home.
S8, EP2 "Order Up"A diner in a small town, an endocrinologist and a forensic botanist help destroy a prime suspect's alibi.
S8, EP1 "A Wrong Foot"An obscure print found at a crime scene.
S7, EP52 "Last Will"Authorities are able to apprehend a kidnapper because he allowed his victim to write a will on a telltale pad of paper.
S7, EP51 "Dinner and a Movie"time of death becomes pivotal when a pregnant woman is found murdered in her air-conditioned bedroom.
S7, EP47 "House Call"Police in St. Petersburg, Fla., use cell phone mapping, wiretapping and a host of forensic evidence to find a surgeon's killer.
S7, EP46 "Shot of Vengeance"When a nurse starts experiencing a variety of flu-like symptoms, she discovers that she is HIV-positive; she learns that her infection was not accidental.
S7, EP45 "Once Bitten"Technology able to analyze human bite-marks yields information on a woman's death.
S7, EP43 "Tourist Trap"A bite mark is all the evidence needed to convict a suspect who was robbing tourists in Florida.
S7, EP42 "All Wet"A death in Pennsylvania is strikingly similar to one in North Carolina.
S7, EP41 "Fire Proof"Investigating the worst arson spree in U.S. history -- a rash of more than 75 fires near Seattle.
S7, EP40 "Scratching the Surface"Forensic scientists try to find a way to "lift" the serial number from a shotgun that's their only clue in a case.
S7, EP39 "Sleight of Hand"Discovering that an assault suspect is left-handed is crucial to a police investigation dating back 16 years.
S7, EP38 "The Sniffing Revenge"The sensitive nose of a forensic examiner sniffs out murder.
S7, EP37 "Tooth or Consequences"An investigation into the disappearance of a young woman uncovers a tooth that helps police solve a crime without a body.
S7, EP34 "A Bag of Evidence"A garbage bag leads police to a child's killer.
S7, EP33 "Paintball"When 15 year-old Marlene Miller was murdered, it would take 24 years and several retrials before forensic scientists discovered the evidence to bring her killer to justice.
S7, EP31 "Dessert Served Cold"Experts debate whether an apparent heart attack victim died from natural causes or alleged poisoning by his girlfriend.
S7, EP29 "A Touching Recollection"A girl who is abducted and then released soon afterwards uses her knowledge of forensics to lead police to the kidnapper.
S7, EP28 "Scout's Honor"Insect evidence helps to solve the mystery of a woman found dead near a river bank.
S7, EP27 "Cold Storage"A family suspects their teenage daughter's new friends were involved in her disappearance.
S7, EP25 "Ghost in the Machine"Police find fragments of deleted computer files leading them to suspect a woman's suicide is really murder.
S7, EP24 "Sip of Sins"A seemingly model citizen turns out to be a serial killer.
S7, EP23 "Partners in Crime"A coroner finds telltale clues on the badly burned body of a murder victim, sending police in pursuit of a couple of killers.
S7, EP22 "A Leg to Stand On"A trash collector finds a severed human leg in a trash bin but police cannot use conventional methods of victim identification; investigators turn to toxicology and DNA tests to find the murder-mutilator.
S7, EP21 "A Clutch of Witnesses"Two people witness a truck driving over an unconscious man and flee into a nearby bar, but when the police turn up, the truck, the man and the witnesses are gone.
S7, EP20 "Without a Prayer"After American Atheists founder Madalyn Murray O'Hair disappears, the discovery of a mutilated body helps police catch the culprit.
S7, EP19 "Breaking the Mold"When a young boy has serious respiratory problems and his father shows signs of early Alzheimer's disease, a chance encounter with a stranger kicks off an investigation into the cause.
S7, EP17 "A Shot in the Dark"A woman is found dead from a gunshot wound and police suspect her husband, however, forensic teams prove what really happened and the truth is stranger than fiction.
S7, EP16 "Bio-Attack"A look into the 1984 Oregon food poisonings, where detectives track down the outbreak to a cult which aims to use germ warfare to take down the government.
S7, EP15 "Who's Your Daddy"When young prostitute's body turns up in an Ohio waterway, authorities have one tiny clue which could point to her killer, but face huge challenges due to her policemen clients and DNA evidence being washed away.
S7, EP14 "Elephant Tracks"A jeweler's search through old sales records helps police find likely suspects in the murder of elderly couple Edward Kowalzck and Gertrude Thompson.
S7, EP11 "Toxic Trail"When a 62-year-old man opens a car restoration business and becomes seriously ill, his doctors cannot find the cause, but forensics can; identification of a highly toxic metal in the victim's blood leads to his poisoner.
S7, EP10 "A Bitter Pill to Swallow"A handsome young doctor's fiancee experiences severe illness after revealing that she is pregnant, and launches her own investigation to determine if the doctor is somehow responsible.
S7, EP9 "Within a Hair"A man is arrested and convicted for a series of sexual assaults in Indiana; years later, forensic developments reveal new facts about the case.
S7, EP8 "Telltale Tracks"An abandoned, still-running car leads investigators to a body with unusual marks and a DNA trail that lead to the killer.
S7, EP7 "Chief Evidence"The murder of a young Seattle couple puzzles investigators until the victims' dog, Chief, leads police to the killer.
S7, EP6 "Palm Print Conviction"Investigators build a makeshift tent around a woman's body and use super glue fumes to lift the killer's palm print from the victim's skin.
S7, EP5 "Purr-fect Match"In a groundbreaking case using animal DNA, investigators use forensic testing on a cat to help them solve the case of a woman who vanished from her home on Prince Edward Island.
S7, EP3 "The Alibi"In a small South Carolina town in 1991, 17-year-old Crystal Faye Todd, a popular high school student, is raped, murdered and dumped in a deserted field; with few leads, authorities test the DNA of several friends, and one match shocks everyone.
S7, EP2 "Reel Danger"Although a group of teenage thugs are suspected of attacking two boys on a fishing trip, there is no solid evidence until a murky fishing hole provides some answers.
S7, EP1 "Forever Hold Your Peace"Eight years after a man confessed to the murder of a young woman, another man claims that he committed the crime, and investigators must use forensic evidence to determine the true killer.
S6, EP30 "Shopping Spree"Forensic science and deductive reasoning determine what happened to a mother and daughter while they were on a shopping spree.
S6, EP29 "Treading Not So Lightly"A mother is determined to discover what happened when her daughter is injured in a hit-and-run accident.
S6, EP28 "Naked Justice"Blood spatter analysis and an investigation lead police to the truth when a pregnant woman is found dead in her home.
S6, EP27 "Cats, Flies and Snapshots"A young woman goes missing without leaving many clues, but the advanced technology on offer makes it possible for cat hairs and insects to help build an image of the abductor.
S6, EP26 "Double Trouble"The investigation of a murder case in New Jersey is stalled until a similar attack occurs on a state trooper in Maine.
S6, EP25 "Bagging a Killer"When a 9-year-old girl vanishes on her way to school, the entire community helps with the search; detectives believe her mother may be involved, and a hidden fingerprint seals the case.
S6, EP23 "Sibling Rivalry"The pornography empire cultivated by brothers Artie and Jim Mitchell crumbles when one turns up dead and his brother confesses to shooting him; investigators question whether the shooting was premeditated.
S6, EP22 "Punch Line"Despite a patient's claim that the cut to his hand had been caused by a dumpster, the doctor treating the injury recognizes it as something else -- and soon becomes the chief witness in a murder case.
S6, EP21 "Where the Blood Drops"A son who is convinced of his mother's innocence in the death of his father enrolls in law school to try and clear her name.
S6, EP20 "Root of All Evil"When a farmer's wife disappears, the tests of a plant pathologist and a dendrochronologist lead to a surprising revelation.
S6, EP19 "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.
S6, EP18 "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; seven years later, a private investigation leads to a surprising discovery.
S6, EP17 "Line of Fire"When a 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.
S6, EP15 "Killer's Cattle Log"Missouri police are thrust into a bizarre web of homeless drifters and cattle auctions when they are called to retrieve a dead body.
S6, EP13 "Horse Play"When a woman dies in a horseback riding accident, police uncover a web of lies in her husband's background after his suspicious behavior prompts a closer look.
S6, EP12 "Whodunit"A murder mystery theater performance in Easton, Md., turns into a real-life mystery when a body is found after the performance ends.
S6, EP11 "Photo Finish"Photographs found in a dumpster lead to the killer of Los Angeles model Linda Sobek; the man claims he did not intentionally kill her despite evidence to the contrary.
S6, EP10 "Church Disappearance"The FBI profiles a suspect in the kidnapping and murder of a 6-year-old girl during an evening church service; a witness leads authorities to the likely killer, but then becomes a victim herself.
S6, EP9 "Soft Touch"Fingerprints taken from a piece of cloth help solve the rape and murder of a 22-year-old woman in Henrico County, Va.
S6, EP8 "Frozen Evidence"A forensic scientist uses his skills to preserve a footprint left in snow to help authorities nab two men suspected of robbing an Ontario couple and shooting the husband in the head.
S6, EP7 "Mistaken for Dead"When a man dies unexpectedly in the office of a noted California doctor, police begin what they think will be a routine investigation, but discoveries of false identities and insurance fraud raise questions about the doctor's role.
S6, EP6 "Fire Dot Com"A mother puts her hope in the internet and an independent investigation to clear her name after authorities charge her with murdering her 17-month-old son in a fire considered to be intentionally set.
S6, EP4 "Hand Delivered"San Diego police investigate the murder of a missing person whose hands turn up in a dumpster; an anonymous letter, containing details only the killer would know, offers clues to solving the case.
S6, EP3 "Man's Best Friend?"When 4-year-old April Renee Tucker is found dead in her backyard, her parents tell the police that neighborhood dogs attacked and killed her, but the injuries on her body don't match their account of what happened.
S6, EP2 "Missing Pearl"One year after Maine resident Pearl A. Bruns' disappearance, forensic technology helps to find her body and determine who was responsible for her death.
S6, EP1 "Missing in Time"A tiny clue inside a suspect's watchband and a popular television show help solve the case of a woman's disappearance.
S5, EP19 "Video Diary"Specialists including a NASA vendor help police reconstruct a damaged surveillance video to catch the murderer of convenience store employee Wanda Mason in Lansing, Mich.
S5, EP18 "Journey to Justice"The 1992 hit-and-run death of 6-year-old Nicole Rae Walker leads to a groundbreaking trial as experts submit a video reconstruction of the incident, implicating a drunk driver and demonstrating the viability of video testimony.
S5, EP17 "Second Shot at Love"The apparent suicide of Dr. Darryl Sutorius, a respected heart surgeon, is questioned when an investigation reveals his new wife's violent history.
S5, EP15 "Broken Promises"Investigators look into the shooting death of Russ Stager, a popular gym teacher, and discover that his death was not an accident; a message the victim recorded before his death reveals a story of greed.
S5, EP14 "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.
S5, EP13 "Unholy Vows"Romanian archbishop Valerian D. Trifa, living in the U.S., is accused of being a Nazi war criminal, and forensic experts find evidence on an incriminating, 40-year-old postcard.
S5, EP12 "Foundation of Lies"When a doctor's wife disappears, investigators use concrete from the doctor's yard and the recollections of a child to determine what happened.
S5, EP11 "Lasting Impression"When the decomposed body of a young girl is discovered, police have no clues to her identity, but days earlier, a stabbing victim told them she thought she might have witnessed a murder.
S5, EP10 "Nursery Crimes"With children dying at an alarming rate at a Texas hospital, authorities narrow down their probe to one nurse, but the murder weapon remains elusive.
S5, EP9 "Killigraphy"Police charge Alan "The Zenith Man" Ridley with murdering his wife, Virginia, but following an autopsy, medical detectives believe he may not have killed his wife after all.
S5, EP8 "Material Evidence"A young girl is found dead, the victim of an apparent sex killer; there are few clues to the killer's identity, but authorities are intrigued by unusual orange fibers embedded in clothing found near the victim.
S5, EP7 "Trail of Truth"A mother and her two young daughters are found brutally murdered and sexually violated; the crime scene has no shortage of evidence, but investigators cannot find a conclusive link to their prime suspect.
S5, EP5 "Burning Ambition"When a policeman's home burns to the ground, he later arrests a man who confesses to arson, but the confession seems dubious.
S5, EP4 "A Voice From Beyond"A decomposed body is found in a barrel, and a dilapidated address book may hold the answer, but investigators must find a way to read the pages because the passage of 30 years has turned them blank.
S5, EP3 "A Woman Scorned"Insects and a single strand of hair uncover an additional suspect in the killing of a young mother and her baby in Lehigh Valley, Pa.
S5, EP2 "Dew Process"New evidence including fibers and weather patterns point to a different killer in the 1986 case of a Pennsylvania dentist's murdered wife.
S5, EP1 "Badge of Deceit"A cunning serial rapist who leaves no decisive evidence forces investigators to rely on geographical profiling in their search for an identity; DNA from a cigarette butt may provide the final piece of evidence needed to catch the suspect.
S4, EP13 "Slippery Motives"While at a real estate conference in St. Louis, a man finds his wife drowned in the bathtub in their hotel room.
S4, EP12 "With Every Breath"After more than 20 people on a Native American reservation die suddenly from a flu-like disease, Navajo medicine men provide a clue that leads to a most unlikely killer.
S4, EP11 "Haunting Vision"A woman who survived a deadly childhood fire sends police a letter charging that her father killed her mother 30 years ago.
S4, EP10 "Core Evidence"A beverage company pleads guilty to violating federal safety laws when a baby dies from E. coli after drinking apple juice.
S4, EP8 "Body of Evidence"Police exhume the body of Karla Brown, murdered in her home in 1978, to study bite wounds, which eventually lead to the killer.
S4, EP7 "Ties That Bind"When a sexual predator murders two young boys in Nebraska, an obscure style of rope and forensic analysis lead to his arrest and conviction.
S4, EP6 "Til Death Do Us Part"When a Pennsylvania man checks into a hospital for leg pain and later dies of thallium poisoning, police investigate his wife and find her in the process of collecting an insurance payment for her previous husband's death.
S4, EP5 "Innocence Lost"In Lorton, Va., police attempt to determine who abducted 5-year-old Melissa Brannen after she disappears from a Christmas party, but cannot be certain until they match hair from a rabbit-fur jacket Brannen wore that day.
S4, EP4 "Cement the Case"A husband confesses to his wife's murder, only to be found not guilty a year later when a phone tip and forensic evidence point to another.
S4, EP3 "Ultimate Betrayal"A 1995 fire razes the mansion of a Kansas doctor, killing two of her three children; disturbing accounts from an ex-husband lead investigators to believe the doctor set the blaze herself.
S4, EP2 "The Killing Room"A routine missing persons report leads Texas police to discover a deadly love triangle; evidence found in a suspect's home matches the murder scene and leads to the indictment of the victim's girlfriend and her lover.
S4, EP1 "Invisible Intruder"A mother claims that an intruder murdered her two sons, but lacking a motive, police use blood-spatter analysis and behavioral profiling to reconstruct a different scenario.
S3, EP11 "Speck of Evidence"A speck of bicycle paint and a speck of nickel left over from a collision with a twice-convicted child molester's car provide critical clues in the murder of a 9-year-old.
S3, EP10 "Crime Seen"Investigators reopen a case from 1984 involving the rape of a young Virginia woman when DNA testing refutes her identification of the rapist and calls everything into question, leading to the accused person's exoneration.
S3, EP9 "Beaten by a Hair"When a young woman goes missing on the way to the train station, investigators use a strand of hair and a bloody pillowcase to find a suspect.
S3, EP8 "Deadly Formula"Detectives learn that a genetic disorder caused the deaths of a woman's children, resulting in an overturned conviction.
S3, EP7 "Grave Evidence"Forensic scientists provide authorities with evidence that a death deemed accidental 20 years ago was actually murder.
S3, EP5 "Deadly Delivery"Investigators use obscure evidence to find the person responsible for killing justice officials with mail bombs in the South.
S3, EP3 "The Talking Skull"After the discovery of a skull in the forest near a boy scout camp, police use facial reconstruction to identify the body.
S3, EP2 "Knot for Everyone"In a series of murders near Sacramento, Calif., a killer gags and molests prostitutes, cuts their clothes in random patterns and cuts off their hair; microscopic evidence helps solve the case.
S2, EP12 "Micro-Clues"A man arrested for the sexual assault and attempted murder of a boy in a European country becomes linked to a murder in Zurich, Switzerland, through analysis of microorganisms.
S2, EP9 "Something's Fishy"A well-liked bank vice president collapses and dies after taking pain pills laced with cyanide; the search for a motive reveals a callous suspect who had murdered once before.
S2, EP8 "Charred Remains"After a Vancouver custodian finds a burned body in a dumpster, investigators determine the corpse's identity and attacker.
S2, EP6 "The Blood Trail"Handwriting and simple doodles complicate a car-bomb case and an alleged self-defense shooting in a peaceful British farming village as police uncover a husband's plot to kill his wife for insurance money.
S2, EP3 "Killer Fog"Experts attempt to discover the source of heavy fog on Highway I-75 in Tennessee, which caused a 99-car accident and 12 deaths.
S2, EP2 "The Dirty Deed"When an English couple go missing, police suspect their son killed them and must rely on mud and blood samples found in the couple's two cars to find their bodies.
S1, EP12 "The List Murders"In 1971, John List disappears after murdering his mother, wife and three children; he eludes the law for years until an age-scaled sculpture of the suspect and a true-crime TV program helps lead to his arrest in 1989.
S1, EP10 "Insect Clues"Investigators solve the 1988 murder of a drifter in Southern California by examining a species of fly found near the body.
S1, EP8 "The Wilson Murder"After a wealthy Southern physician gets murdered with a baseball bat, his wife and a handyman become convicted of the crime.
S1, EP7 "Legionnaires' Disease"In 1976, 182 war veterans in Philadelphia become hospitalized with pneumonia-like symptoms and 29 die; the disease resurfaces every few years.
S1, EP6 "Southside Strangler"Police believe they have a serial rapist and murderer, but DNA testing and research leads to another arrest and conviction.
S1, EP5 "Planted Evidence"Police use DNA profiles of seed pods from a truck to catch a killer.
S1, EP2 "The House That Roared"Investigators use blood evidence to convict a man of murdering his wife.
Eagle-eyed technical experts prove there is no such thing as a perfect crime as they assemble the pieces every criminal leaves behind. Dramatic crime re-creations and, sometimes, part of the investigations are a staple of the series. Some of the re-creations include alternate versions of the crimes, which are disproved by science. The show's episodes follow each case from the initial investigation until it reaches its legal resolution.
Original Air Date: Apr 21, 1996
Genres: RealityTV Series
Rating: TVPG
Playback: HD
14 seasons available on demand (236 episodes)
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