It's harder and harder to get away with murder. Today, detectives are convicting more criminals than ever before, thanks to forensic science. Fingerprints, bones, even insects are now forms of indisputable evidence, but that wasn't always the case. Revisit history's dramatic murder cases and see how forensic tools are changing crime solving.
They've been called the "voodoo police" by some detectives, but criminal profilers are often the law's only hope of putting killers behind bars. See how these specialized agents bring felons to justice by gathering evidence, studying motives, and getting inside some very troubled minds. Then witness two landmark cases: the hunt for the Mad Bomber of New York, when profiling got its trial run, and a 1982 investigation in which traditional methods failed, but psychological insights brought down one of the deadliest serial killers in history.
Join two investigations and see how the ever-evolving forensic science of bloodstain pattern analysis helped investigators solve both the 1954 murder of the wife of a prominent doctor and the death of a Las Vegas playboy 40 years later.
Sherlock Holmes made the analysis of trace evidence famous, but French scientist Edmond Locard made it a movement. Discover how his bold theories on using microscopic evidence to solve crimes helped crack a high profile 1912 murder case.
When a death looks suspicious, forensic pathologists take a closer look. By thoroughly examining a corpse, they can determine the cause of death and whether or not a crime has taken place. See how this forensic science first gained notoriety 100 years ago in England, when a pathologist, though autopsies and wildly unconventional research methods, linked one man to two suspicious honeymoon deaths.
The son of Charles Lindbergh, America's favorite aviator, is kidnapped and murdered in 1932. The crime grips the nation and baffles police. It also catches the attention of a mild mannered wood expert from Wisconsin whose expertise will blow the case wide open and establish the science of forensic botany. Discover how a simple slat of wood helped catch the man who killed "The Eaglet."