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Forensic Files – Season 02 (1997)

AKA Medical Detectives

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Forensic Files is an American documentary-style series that reveals how forensic science is used to solve violent crimes, mysterious accidents, and even outbreaks of illness. The show was originally broadcast on TLC, narrated by Peter Thomas, and produced by Medstar Television, in association with truTV Original Productions. It broadcast 400 episodes since its debut on TLC in 1996 as Medical Detectives. Reruns shown on HLN were initially retitled Mystery Detectives before settling with the main title of the show in 2014.

IMDB (8.8)

Episode 1: The Common Thread

In 1984, a serial killer was on the loose in Florida. Eight women had been found dead. At each crime scene, investigators found tiny red fibers, fibers they hoped would lead them to the killer.


Episode 2: The Dirty Deed

Eileen and Derrick Severs disappeared from their home in the small village of Hambleton in Great Britain, and police found evidence which suggested foul play. Careful analysis of a soil sample would tell investigators not only what happened to the couple, but who was responsible for the dirty deed.


Episode 3: Killer Fog

In the single, most deadly automobile accident in American history, almost a hundred vehicles collided, twelve people died, and over fifty people were injured. It happened along a three mile stretch of highway long known for dense, thick fog. Investigators set out to determine if the fog was a natural phenomenon, or the result of something else.


Episode 4: Sex, Lies and DNA

While Earl Morris was vacationing in California, he learned his wife had disappeared from their home in Arizona. The search for Ruby Morris involved dozens of investigators and scientists, even the U.S. Coast Guard. The investigation uncovered surprising family secrets and followed a trail from the deserts of Arizona to a mysterious vanishing, burning boat.


Episode 5: Bitter Potion

The flu-like symptoms of a mother and her children proved to be indicative something much more serious: thallium poisoning. Investigators had to find the source of the poison and when the mother died, to determine if the exposure was accidental, or if they also needed to find a killer.


Episode 6: The Blood Trail

In a quiet village in Great Britain, a farmer came upon a chilling sight. Impaled on his fence post was a severed lamb’s head along with a note which read, “You next”. Soon, a car-bomb maimed the farmer’s wife. Then a neighbor is found dead, and the farmer is found bleeding from knife wounds. Investigators must decipher a very bloody scene to sort out the crimes.


Episode 7: Fatal Fungus

An infant was rushed to a Cleveland emergency room with serious breathing problems. The baby’s lungs were bleeding, an extremely rare life-threatening condition. Within months, there were more than 30 cases – an incidence more than a thousand times higher than anywhere else in the world. Doctors had never seen anything like it, and searched frantically for the cause and a cure.


Episode 8: Charred Remains

Shortly after daybreak in Vancouver, British Columbia, a fire was set in a dumpster. No one saw the arsonist, and the fire burned for hours in a deserted parking lot. But there was more than garbage in the container, and it would take sophisticated science to find the evidence in the ashes.


Episode 9: Something’s Fishy

Two people in Seattle, Washington died after taking an over-the-counter pain reliever; lab analysis of the pills showed they were tainted with a lethal concentration of cyanide. The investigation which followed led police to a suspect with a motive for murder and a callous disregard for others.


Episode 10: Sealed with a Kiss

For more than a year, angry, hateful letters were sent to a first grade school teacher in a small town in Pennsylvania. When scientists analyzed the letters, they found evidence that the sender knew a lot about the victim – more, in fact, than anyone could possibly have imagined. DNA analysis would eventually help seal the perpetrator’s fate.


Episode 11: Postal Mortem

On October 15, 1985, two bomb explosions rocked Salt Lake City and resulted in two deaths. A third explosion occurred the next day; this time, the victim was injured but survived. As the investigation progressed, police came to believe the survivor was more than an innocent by-stander. When they turned to forensic science for help, they uncovered an almost unbelievable story of forgery, fraud and murder.


Episode 12: Micro-Clues

After a day of fishing in a small, quiet village in Switzerland, a teenage boy did not return home as planned. The investigation revealed some important microscopic evidence in the water near where he was last seen. It was the only forensic evidence detectives had… but would it be enough for them to find him?


Episode 13: Deadly Parasites

In the Spring of 1993, an unexplained illness struck the residents of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Four-hundred-thousand people developed a serious gastrointestinal illness, 4,000 were hospitalized and, by the time the epidemic was under control, more than 100 people were dead. Health officials suspected it was influenza, but it proved to be more serious and more difficult to identify.


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