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This true-crime docuseries examines the techniques and technology used by investigators to solve crime and track down perpetrators. Each episode tells the story of a single crime, often a murder, and it tracks developments in the investigation through recreations and interviews. The series aired on the Discovery Channel from 1996 to 2005.

Discovery Channel
9 Seasons, 121 Episodes
June 11, 1996
7.7/10
Cast: Gene Galusha
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The New Detectives Full Episode Guide

  • Murderers will often go to great lengths to keep their crimes concealed, but forensic evidence is impossible to cover up. In this episode, medical examiners and authorities rush to identify bodies found in drum barrels and locate several missing women linked to the killer.

  • When an unexpected crime occurs with no eyewitnesses, very few clues and the killers on the run, authorities must rely on forensic science to discover the fatal twist in these cases.

  • Whether it is a fingerprint or a single bullet, sometimes it is the smallest piece of evidence that is needed to crack the biggest cases. In this episode, detectives use an ingenious technique to find the bullet that killed an elderly man.

  • Blood can be the most telling evidence of a murder and often it is the only thing investigators have to link a killer to his or her victim. Forensic scientists and medical examiners can look at blood spatter patterns and the amount of blood lost to determine how someone was killed.

  • Forensic science has advanced so much that even the oldest remains still share the clues necessary to convict a killer. Investigators use DNA to solve a murder case from 1980; a Russian woman is murdered in her home and police try to find a killer with the means and motive.

  • Murdering a child is perhaps the most heinous of crimes. But no matter how defenseless a killer believes a young child to be, there is no hiding from the clues left behind. In this episode, police investigate the separate disappearances of two young girls.

  • When the amount of money is substantial enough, a person can be motivated to do terrible things to someone they love. Police discover that a large life insurance policy was motive for a man's murder. A woman hires outside help to cover up her husband's death with claims of a brutal home invasion.

  • Even ordinary objects, when used to kill, carry enough evidence for forensic scientists to piece together the most complicated murders. In this episode, criminals who killed for money are brought to justice with evidence found on mundane, household objects.

  • When money is the motive, there is no limit to what a killer will do to get away with their fortune. When officers find the dismembered remains of a young man, they also discover his girlfriend recently took out an insurance policy on the deceased.

  • A house fire in California turns into a murder investigation when authorities discover that the victim's best friend and personal manager had recently cleaned out her bank account.

  • Sometimes the faintest fingerprint or tire track is all investigators need to solve even the most brutal of crimes. When a woman's body is discovered in a field, detectives employ a rarely used technique to lift fingerprints from her corpse and bring her killer to justice.

  • Marriage is one of the tightest bonds two people can have, until lies and deceit drive one of them to kill. In this episode, forensic experts are employed to link a woman's husband to her violent murder and uncover a murder disguised as a car accident.

  • Often, a killer will build the victim's trust before he or she attacks. In this episode, New Mexico police search for a missing teenager who disappeared from a local skating rink. Authorities suspect the two friends she was last seen with.

  • Sometimes, those closest to a victim can be the most dangerous. Beneath a layer of trust can lurk a deadly obsession. In these cases, authorities employ an arsenal of forensic techniques to uncover the twisted path of lies that leads to murder.

  • Coroner investigators confront death every day, piecing together fragmented clues 24 hours a day seven days a week. The first responders of forensic science are the coroner investigators.

  • When victims of murder know their killers, they are often caught off guard. The killers rely on their intimate knowledge to pull off the perfect crime. But even the best-laid plans leave traces of the forsaken trust.

  • When criminals go to great lengths to mask their crimes, investigators must step up to the challenge and remain undaunted.

  • At a crime scene, everything is considered a potential clue. But a fire can destroy everything in its path, challenging forensic investigators at every turn, and making each arson a Trial By Fire.

  • Some killers choose to hide their victims and investigators must then rely on forensic examiners to uncover proof of murder. From identifying remains to uncovering post-mortem clues, these medical examiners are integral in solving some of the most brutal crimes.

  • Anytime, anywhere people disappear, kidnapped from their daily routines, predators always leave clues behind. But chasing them takes time, hampering investigators' attempts to solve these Fatal Abductions.

  • When murderers hide or destroy the remains of their victims, forensic scientists must reconstruct the scenes and prove murder for an absent witness.

  • When killers are driven by jealousy and desire, they're desperation is evident in both the crime and their efforts to avoid detection. But forensic science can reveal even the slightest mistake to solve crimes of passion.

  • In most homicides, police rely on motive to pursue a murderer, but when the killer is a stranger the crime may go unsolved for years. It takes a full arsenal of forensic techniques to trace a lethal encounter.

  • Killers often will try to cover up their crime by hiding the remains of their victims. Sometimes, bodies may lay hidden for years before they are discovered. That's when forensic scientists are called upon to reveal buried clues that can lead investigators to the killers.

  • When there is no obvious connection between victim and killer, solving a murder can be difficult. But forensic experts can play a vital role in exposing the predator who chooses Random Targets.

  • A well-executed homicide can baffle even the most skilled investigator. But forensic examiners look beyond the obvious to find proof of a killer's guilt, and expose the Elements of Murder.

  • Lies, deception and contradicting witnesses can often throw investigators off the trail of justice. But when indisputable evidence refutes a killer's story, police must use the clues to piece together the truth.

  • Sometimes, the cause of death does coincide with the scene of the crime. When an untraceable poison is used as a murder weapon, investigators rely on forensic toxicologists to follow a killer's tracks and expose a toxic death.

  • For some killers murder can be a profitable business. When a victim have been targeted for death, homicide investigators must look beyond the obvious to uncover a murder for hire.

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