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Forensic Files – Season 08 – Part 4/4 (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 31: Past Lives

The body of a rich businessman was found in his rental car. Teeth and bone fragments were all that remained of the body; miraculously, an engraved wristwatch and medic alert bracelet had survived the inferno. When the victim’s wife filed a claim for $7 million worth of life insurance, investigators sought the help of a renowned forensic anthropologist. Originally aired as Season 8, Episode 31.


Episode 32: Over and Out

When a pipe bomb ripped through a rural home, killing a young man and seriously injuring his mother, police had no idea who was responsible. A lot number on a 9-volt battery and the remnants of a mailing label found on a computer’s hard drive enabled investigators to determine who sent the bomb, and why. Originally aired as Season 8, Episode 32.


Episode 33: Death by a Salesman

No one in a quiet residential community saw or heard anything unusual the day one of their neighbors was brutally murdered. Fingerprints found at the crime scene and surveillance video from a security camera helped investigators to apprehend the presumed killer within 12 hours – even though he’d already left the. Originally aired as Season 8, Episode 33.


Episode 34: Web of Seduction

Bruce Miller was shot to death in the office of the junkyard business he owned. The crime scene was almost pristine. In the untidy office which hadn’t been cleaned for years, there should have been footprints, or fingerprints, or foreign hairs and fibres – but there weren’t. When a computer forensics expert examined the computers owned by the victim’s wife and by her lover, he found all the evidence needed to convict the person most responsible for the crime.


Episode 35: Grounds for Indictment

A drive-by shooting leaves one man dead and another seriously wounded. Cell phone calls and shell casings point to a suspect, but authorities are unable to place him at the crime scene. When a forensic geologist compared soil from the crime scene with soil found in the wheel wells of the suspect’s car, he proved that dirt is anything but dumb. Originally aired as Season 8, Episode 35.


Episode 36: Duelling Confessions

In 1963, Australian teenager John Button is accused of running down his girlfriend on the roadway after a fight. After a brutal police interrogation he confesses, than recants. He is tried and convicted of manslaughter, sentenced to a primitive Victorian-era prison. He regains his physical freedom, but is branded a guilty man. Almost forty years later, a writer uncovers evidence that another man, a known serial killer, might really be responsible. In fact, he had confessed. An accident reconstruction expert tracks down antique cars to re-create the accident, and clear…


Episode 37: Traces of Truth

A high school gym teacher mysteriously leaves town without saying goodbye to anyone. He later sends letters to explain why. But a closer forensic look at those letters and a microscopic piece of tissue gives investigators an entirely different explanation for where he went and why. Originally aired as Season 8, Episode 37


Episode 38: Honor Thy Father

Detectives try to discover the cause of a Palestinian daughter’s death in America. Did she provoke her parents and attack them or did her parents commit an honor killing?


Episode 39: Hack Attack

A mysterious computer crash pushes a thriving manufacturing company to the brink of collapse, jeopardizing the jobs of hundreds of employees. There is no apparent cause and no obvious clues. Forensic investigators must determine if the crash was the result of a computer defect, human error, or sabotage. Originally aired as Season 8, Episode 39.


Episode 40: Deadly Curve

Detectives discover the cause of what caused a train to derail multiple cars into the water killing 31 passengers.


Episode 41: Visibility Zero

In 1993, the Amtrak Railroad experienced the deadliest train crash in United States history, when the Sunset Limited derailed while crossing Alabama’s Big Bayou Canot bridge. Forty-seven passengers and crew were killed; scores more were injured. The clues to the cause of the crash lay etched in twisted steel and buried in the mud of the Big Bayou Canot. Originally aired as Season 8 Episode 41


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