Witnesses, investigators and medical experts lend their unique perspective on true crime in every episode of this long-running docuseries.
S01:E01 - The Disappearance of Helle Crafts
In the series premiere of Forensic Files, the longest running true crime series in television history, a Connecticut flight attendant went missing and was never seen again. Police suspected her husband was guilty of murder and they were able to prove it - even though they never found the woman's body.
S01:E02 - The Magic Bullet
A fifteen-year-old boy died from a mysterious gunshot wound to his head while he was sitting in the lobby of his father's gun club. Ballistics, laser technology, made-to-scale models and the latest in forensic animation showed that bullet had followed a tragic course after a misfire at the outdoor range.
S01:E03 - The House That Roared
A woman disappeared and her husband became the prime suspect -- especially after police found a huge bloodstain on the carpet of their bedroom. When they sprayed the bedroom with Luminol, they discovered it was awash with blood spatter. Complex DNA testing proved it was the wife's blood. Now all they had to do was find her body.
S01:E04 - Planted Evidence
Early one morning in a deserted area outside of Phoenix, a motorcyclist discovered the body of a young woman. She had been beaten, bound, strangled and possibly raped. The nearby plants would tell investigators more about the killer than any other single piece of evidence.
S01:E05 - The Wilson Murder
On the night of May 22, 1992, Betty Wilson returned home after a meeting. She walked up the stairs to the bedroom and discovered her husband, lying in a pool of blood. Jack Wilson had obviously been murdered... but how? And by whom? Even the experts couldn't agree.
S01:E06 - Insect Clues
Between 1985 and 1988, 18 people were choked, molested and left for dead in the remote desert mountains of California. The only witnesses were the insects - and they also proved to play an important role in solving the crimes and bringing the killer to justice.
S01:E07 - Southside Strangler
FBI psychological profiling and DNA evidence identify Timothy Wilson Spencer who raped and strangled five young women in Virginia. The U.S. criminal justice system's first use of DNA profiling in a serial murder case frees an innocent man after he spent two years in prison, and convicts a real killer.
S01:E08 - Legionnaire's Disease
When 180 Legionnaires contract pneumonia-like symptoms after a Philadelphia Convention and 29 of them die, doctors and scientists are mystified. The determination of one scientist helps to determine the cause and likely vector of this deadly disease.
S01:E09 - The List Murders
In 1971, John List left a note with the bodies of his mother, wife and three children in his mansion ballroom right before he disappeared. Eighteen years later, all detectives had to work from is an outdated photograph of List. "America's Most Wanted" commissioned an age-scaled bust of List to help viewers in identifying the confessed murderer.
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