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Catching Killers

It's harder and harder to get away with murder. Today, detectives are convicting more criminals than ever before, thanks to forensic science. Fingerprints, bones, even insects are now forms of indisputable evidence, but that wasn't always the case. Revisit history's dramatic murder cases and see how forensic tools are changing crime solving.

On TV

    • Saturday
    • 2:00am
    Jan 31
    Proving Poison
    • Saturday
    • 2:00am
    Feb 07
    Smoking Gun
    • Saturday
    • 2:00am
    Feb 14
    Fire Investigation
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Seasons

Season 2

  • Forensic botanist in lab

    Plant Evidence

    The son of Charles Lindbergh is kidnapped and murdered in 1932. The crime catches the attention of a wood expert whose expertise will establish the science of forensic botany.

  • Foot of corpse with toe tag

    Cause of Death

    When a death looks suspicious, forensic pathologists take a closer look. By thoroughly examining a corpse, they can determine the cause of death and whether or not a crime has taken place.

  • Hair examined under black light

    Trace Evidence

    Discover how scientist Edmond Locard's bold theories on using microscopic evidence to solve crimes helped crack a high profile murder case in 1912.

  • Criminal investigator in front of blood spatter on wall

    Blood Spatter

    Join two investigations and see how evolving forensic science helped investigators solve both a 1954 murder and the death of a Las Vegas playboy 40 years later.

  • Handwritten letter to police with block printing

    Criminal Profiling

    See how criminal profilers bring felons to justice by gathering evidence, studying motives, and getting inside some very troubled minds.

  • Young man sitting in front of computer

    Cyber Forensics

    A spy uncovering government secrets from home. A serial killer hunting female escorts online. Two dangerous criminals, both of whom played a vital role in the evolution of digital forensics.

  • Room on fire, showing architectural frame

    Fire Investigation

    Arson used to be the ideal way for a crook to make evidence go up in smoke. Not anymore.

Season 1

  • Scientist aiming gun at camera, working with ballistic evidence

    Smoking Guns

    One case saved a man from the electric chair and another put an end to a sniper's murderous rampage.

  • Toxicologist at work in laboratory, pouring liquid

    Proving Poison

    Join our investigation as scientists, detectives, and criminal historians trace the poisonous compounds and indispensable tools of crime fighting.

  • Gloved hand collecting evidence from skull on ground

    Insect Evidence

    Explore two grisly murder cases, years apart, which appear to have little in common at first glance.

  • Reconstruction of human face with plastic material over skull

    Skeletal Secrets

    Illinois has played host to two of the most grisly murder cases of the last century. One involved the Sausage King of Chicago and the other the Killer Clown. Both cases were solved thanks to the victims' bones.

  • Dusted hand print with small brush

    Fingerprints

    One crime baffled a small Argentina town; the other held the entire state of California hostage. The thread that links these two cases occurring 100 years apart? Both murderers were done in by their own hand.

  • Genetic profiling scientist checking clear sheet with letters and numbers

    DNA Profiling

    DNA profiling has redefined forensic investigation. Witness two landmark cases in the history of genetic profiling. As science evolves, the ability of genetic profiling to help solve homicides continues to grow.

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