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"Forensic Files" documents the use of forensic investigation techniques to solve crimes and mysteries. After a crime is reported the crime scene technicians will collect items that can contain forensic evidence that will be investigated later in criminal a laboratory. From DNA to spent bullet casings, no matter how small the clue might be during an investigation, it only takes one to make a break in an active case investigation. Other methods of the use of forensics includes the analysis of handwriting on a document or an old postcard. In one case a suspected war criminal wanted for war crimes in Romania during World War II was brought to justice all from an old postcard sent from Germany during the war.

Forensics are often used in cases involving serial killers that are at large. Along with the criminal profile is the forensic evidence left behind at the dump sites where the victims were discovered. Careful testing, plus the aid of a overall profile of the offender will often lead to the capture of a serial killer. When a homicide is reported to law enforcement that isn't a serial case, the same rules apply for investigators to use both forensics and profiles.

Many times the motive for a murder can be tied to a hidden affair ending very badly, leaving a person dead instead of the affair being exposed. Here again the use of forensic investigative techniques is crucial to finding out who the offender is and the possibility of saving someone else from being killed. Attacks that involve groups against a victim are a little tricky to crack, because the group that allegedly committed the crime will often stay silent. Using trace evidence as tool in an investigation into a gang attack is very useful, in one instance a wad of chewing gum can contain a lot of evidence.

Forensic testing of clues taken from a crime scene often leads to cases being closed after hard work being put in by investigators. Whether tracking down criminals that committed one crime, to finding a war criminal after years of being in hiding the use of forensics is key to solving every criminal puzzle.

Fridays at 10:00 PM on truTV
21 Seasons, 490 Episodes - Canceled
September 25, 2016
Documentary & Biography
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Forensic Files Full Episode Guide

  • In 2000, Kristine Fitzhugh failed to show up for her music class and her husband Ken found her dead at the bottom of the stairs of their Palo Alto home. Upon further investigation, Luminol reveals evidence of murder in the kitchen. As detectives investigate the crime further, they uncover a long-held family secret that provides motive. Originally aired as Season 14, Episode 3.

  • Doctors don't know why the young scientist is gravely ill. When tests finally reveal the cause, it's too late to save him. Police hope that lab analysis of his hair, showing when attempts were made on his life and what was used, will lead to the killer. Originally aired as Season 13, Episode 31.

  • In 2006, Nevada politician Kathy Augustine died mysteriously during a hard-fought re-election campaign and the medical examiner could neither isolate the cause of death nor explain the tiny puncture wounds discovered during the autopsy. Upon deeper analysis, investigators focus on her husband, Chaz Higgs, a nurse who had ready access to succinylcholine. Originally aired as Season 13, Episode 4.

  • A 13-year-old girl went missing from her Colorado home, and the only evidence the kidnapper left behind was three fingerprints on a window screen. Two years later, a latent print examiner, new to the county and the crime lab, changed the course of the investigation by sharing a little-known fact with his colleagues. Originally aired as Season 12, Episode 12.

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