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Forensic Files – Season 08 – Part 2/4 (2003)

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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 11: A Wrong Foot

In Peoria, Illinois, police discover a footprint that could identify an intruder who killed a young man and attacked two teenage girls.


Episode 12: Order Up

A man is found shot to death in his home. Determining time of death becomes fatally important, and in order to do so, investigators need to know when the victim ate his last meal. An endocrinologist, a forensic botanist and a short-order cook try to solve their mystery.


Episode 13: When the Dust Settled

A union official is executed in his home not long after a strike by the union membership. Neither his wife, who was sleeping in the adjacent bedroom, nor anyone in the neighborhood, heard any gunshots. It would take a forensic sound test, an electron microscope, and a nightgown to explain why.


Episode 14: A Welcome Intrusion

A man is declared a hero after claiming that he shot an intruder who killed his wife, but four years later, newly acquired forensic evidence leads authorities to reexamine his story.


Episode 15: Within Arm’s Reach

When a police officers wife is found dead from an apparent shotgun blast at close range investigators and peers of the officer are quick to make judgment in the case. Were the original conclusions and theories about the wife’s mysterious deaths accurate? And would the suspicions for and against the officer righteous? Investigators and forensic professionals unveil the truth about who pulled the trigger ending this young woman’s life one tragic day.


Episode 16: Private Thoughts

William “Blaine” Hodges, a U.S. Postal Service employee, is convicted of embezzlement in Roanoke, Virginia. But before he can report to prison, the Hodges family home is found on fire and the entire family is found dead inside. Mom, Teresa Hodges, has been strangled, and Dad, Blaine Hodges, and his daughters Winter and Anah have all been shot in the head. Although the crime scene appears to be a murder-suicide, the coroner rules that out quickly: Blaine Hodges was not only dead before the fire was set, but his body had already started to decay. As the police interview friends and family, Blaine’s best friend, Earl Bramblett, zooms to the top of the suspects list, and then the police find his storage unit filled with audiotapes…


Episode 17: Brotherhoods

The double homicide of a gay couple leads investigators into the twisted world of White Supremacists. Shell casings, paint chips and an analysis of glass shards help authorities link their prime suspects to a string of hate crimes in California U.S.A.


Episode 18: Hair of the Dog

With no forensic evidence inside a murder scene, investigators are left puzzled. But they suspected that the victim’s dog had witnessed the crime. If she had, forensic scientists would have to find some way to know what the dog had seen.


Episode 19: Breaking News

A TV news producer is killed in her apartment. The case goes cold until investigators turn to the Commonwealth of Virginia’s DNA Databank which houses profiles convicted felons and is the first of its kind in the country. A comparison of the crime scene evidence with the Databank profiles results in Virginia’s first cold hit in a homicide investigation.


Episode 20: All the World’s a Stage

Police are dispatched to the scene of a shooting and find the victim’s husband is one of their own: a homicide detective who says his wife accidentally shot herself in the head. The detective claims he called 911 immediately, but the evidence seems to indicate otherwise.


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