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Forensic Files – Season 03 (1998)

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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.

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Episode 1: Without a Trace

When eleven-month-old Chad Shelton was admitted to the hospital, his His liver function was abnormal, his platelet count was dangerously low, and there was unexplained bleeding from his gums, nose and eyelids. Eventually, Chad went into a coma, and died. When other people in the house began to get ill as well, investigators and scientists must frantically search for a cause.


Episode 2: Knot for Everyone

In 1996 a woman named Stephanie Brown was driving some friends home to a foreign part of town. She took a wrong turn on Interstate 5 to get home and was later found dead in a flooded irrigation ditch.


Episode 3: The Talking Skull

A mapmaker surveying a boy scout ranch glimpsed something that caught his attention. At first he thought it was a turtle shell, but it proved to be a human skull. Investigators had to find a way to put a face on the victim, with only partial remains to work from. But if they could find out who she was, they might be able to determine what had happened to her.


Episode 4: Foreign Body

etween 1986 and 1989, a disease swept through British cattle herds. The disease came to be known as the Mad-cow disease. Scientist began to suspect that this was somehow related to some human illness. A California neurologist, said both humans and animals were suffering from a mutated prion. When defective prions are transmitted from an infected host to a new host, they convert any normal prions they come across into copies of themselves. So it is possible for a mutated prion to be transmitted from a cow to a person by eating beef. Dr. Stanley B. Prusiner received a Nobel prize for his work with prion.

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Episode 5: Deadly Delivery

A serial bomber was on the loose, and he appeared to be waging a vendetta against the legal profession: A judge, two attorneys and even a courthouse had been targeted. The bombs were sophisticated and deadly, and investigators hoped they contained enough evidence to lead them to the person who built them.


Episode 6: ‘Sim’ilar Circumstances

Robert Sims returned home after working the night shift, and found his wife, Paula, unconscious on the kitchen floor. Their two year old son, Randy, was asleep in an upstairs bedroom, but their six week old daughter, Heather, was missing. Paula Sims was the only witness to a crime that baffles investigators to this very day.


Episode 7: Grave Evidence

Stephen Scher and Martin Dillon went skeet shooting in rural Pennsylvania on a beautiful Spring day in 1976. Martin was shot dead that day, and Scher maintained a freak accident had cost his friend his life. It would take more than 20 years for the truth to be revealed, and for the jury to rule on who was responsible for the death of Martin Dillon.


Episode 8: Deadly Formula

When four month old Ryan Stallings died under suspicious circumstances, his mother was arrested, charged, and ultimately convicted of his murder. But months later the verdict would be questioned when new evidence emerged from a startling source – his newborn brother.


Episode 9: Beaten by a Hair

Early one fall morning, Laura Houghteling left her Bethesda, Maryland home and walked to the train station on her way to work. She was never seen again. A peculiar strand of hair found in Laura’s hairbrush enabled investigators to unravel the mystery of her disappearance.


Episode 10: Crime Seen

Edward Honaker was convicted of rape, sodomy and aggravated sexual battery; he was sentenced to three life terms in prison. Honaker steadfastly maintained his innocence. After years in prison and writing countless letters, he finally found someone who believed him, and was willing to pay for DNA testing which could prove he was telling the truth.


Episode 11: Speck of Evidence

On September 17, 1984, in a suburb of Tucson, Arizona, eight-year-old Vicki Hoskins left home on her pink bicycle to mail a letter for her mother. She never returned, but her slightly damaged bicycle was found nearby. Investigators turned to forensic science, in the hope it would tell them not only what happened to Vicki, but also who was responsible.


Episode 12: Broken Bond

When a two-year-old boy was rushed to the hospital suffering from brain seizures and breathing difficulties, doctors could not find the cause of his illness. Then the boy’s sister provided an important clue, and raised the possibility of a syndrome of which few had ever heard, a syndrome that would need both medical investigators, and legal authorities.


Episode 13: Out of the Ashes

On a cold December night in 1993, Rose Larner stopped in a convenience store on her way to her boyfriend’s house. She was never seen or heard from again. Rose’s disappearance remained a mystery, until a tiny clue found years later revealed a tragic tale of drugs, romance and revenge.


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