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Forensic Files – Season 08 – Part 3/4 (2003)
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Forensic Files – Season 08 – Part 3/4 (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 21: The Big Chill

For years, a woman suffered from what appeared to be the unpleasant side effects of lithium, a drug prescribed to treat bipolar disorder. Her search for help led her to severals doctors and hospitals and resulted in a 4000-page medical file. When she died, investigators had to determine if her death was caused by natural causes, suicide or murder. Originally aired as Season 8, Episode 21.

Episode 22: Bound for Jail

A woman is found dead in a ravine near a jogging path. Significant crime scene evidence had been washed away by a series of thunderstorms. Twice, the trail turned cold. Then, almost twenty years later, an old hat and a chip of stainless steel no longer than a fingernail would finally bring the killer to justice. Originally aired as Season 8, Episode 22.

Episode 23: Sphere of Influence

When an 11-year-old girl disappeared from a small town in a remote area of Alaska, investigators wondered if she’d been attacked by a bear or become lost in the dense woods. It turned out neither was true. Her body was discovered 10 days later; she’d been shot twice at close range, and sexually assaulted. A tip from an eyewitness led police to a suspect, and trace evidence found at the crime scene convinced a jury of his guilt.

Episode 24: Nailed

Just weeks before a witness is to testify against the man accused of sexually assaulting her, she is murdered in the front yard of her own home. Investigators immediately suspect her attacker, but they don’t have enough evidence to prove his guilt. It would take fifteen years, and the remarkable advances in forensic science and DNA testing which occurred during that time, to enable police to nail the killer.

Episode 25: Sign of the Zodiac

In 1996 a killer terrorized New York murdering 8 random people. Investigators begin finding with each new victim a strange pattern began to immerge. Each victim found at different locations and appeared to be unrelated victims were being killed each month representing the astrological sign of the new victims. With little evidence and no apparent connection between the victims the investigators were stumped as the city began to fear the unknown self proclaimed zodiac killer. Investigators needed a break and confident this suspect was not the same one who terrorized San…

Episode 26: Letter Perfect

A healthy young man dies mysteriously in his sleep. There are no signs of trauma or injury, but toxicology tests reveal a lethal dose of lidocaine in his blood. Investigators find a suicide note, and presume he killed himself — until a forensic linguist examines the note and determines that what the victim said is less important than how he said it. Originally aired as Season 8, Episode 26.

Episode 27: True Lies

Kathleen Lipscomb’s body was found on a deserted street outside of San Antonio. Months passed, then years, and the crime went cold. Then Kathleen’s family hired a private investigator who discovered a diary among her personal effects. Two of the diary entries helped police to piece together what had happened to Kathleen Lipscomb, and why. Originally aired as Season 8, Episode 27.

Episode 28: Bed of Deceit

A retired police officer is found fatally shot in his bed, the apparent victim of a suicide. But evidence at the crime scene, along with forensic textbooks and a bank surveillance tape, prove it was murder.

Episode 29: Smoke in Your Eyes

A suspicious fire burned down an apartment, killing two young women. The cause of the fire and the identity of the victims were unclear. However, a deeper look at the fire scene revealed something hidden in the ashes. Could gas chromotography, a burnt pair of eyeglasses and a half smoked cigarette solve the case? Originally aired as Season 8, Episode 29.

Episode 30: Flower Power

Two men called police to report the same murder. Apparently, neither one knew that the other had called and the investigation uncovered even more unusual circumstances. But a few small seeds and a discarded candy wrapper will ultimately tell a story of revenge. Originally aired as Season 8, Episode 30.

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