The New Detectives
2022 01 24 4 00
George orwell’s concept of big brother remains in the realm of fiction. But as technology becomes more a part of our lives, it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to make a move without leaving behind an electronic trace. Cell phones, surveillance cameras, and atms track virtually every move. When it comes to solving murders, this isn’t such a bad thing.
2022 01 24 5 00
Hiding a body can be difficult; it’s sometimes easier to obscure or disguise the circumstances of the death, turning murder into suicide, or pinning the blame on someone else. The truth is told through subtle clues taken from the crime scene.
2022 01 24 9 00
No matter how chaotic or how clean a crime scene appears to be, the culprit is bound to leave something telling behind. Occasionally, it’s nothing more than a fingerprint or shoe tread. Sometimes that’s all that’s needed.
2022 01 24 10 00
Women Who Kill
Men don’t have a monopoly on murder, but it’s still extraordinary when women kill. Though female killers are as deadly as males, they choose less violent methods. They’re often more cunning, calculating; but thanks to forensics, no more likely to get away with it.
2022 01 25 4 00
For a price, anything’s possible. Contract killings arose out of the need to establish the perfect alibi. By hiring someone else to do the dirty work, a person can deflect guilt, at least in theory. Forensics is changing that, leading investigators from the killers to their employers.
2022 01 25 5 00
Some people do get away with murder, at least for a while. Flush with their success, serial killers murder again and again. But each time they kill, they leave behind a few more clues, which ultimately lead to their undoing.
2022 01 25 9 00
A Taste of Poison
Poisoners are the most devious of killers, relying on stealth or their victim’s trust in order to steal their lives. They’re the most dangerous creatures in the world: Smart assassins. And they usually don’t stop at one kill.
2022 01 25 10 00
Some cases simply can’t be solved with current technology or with the evidence at hand. But that doesn’t mean they’ll remain unsolved forever. Over time, a witness may be ready to talk, a new dna technique might offer more precision, an overlooked clue might be discovered. Forensic scientists reevaluate unsolved crimes and apply new methods to solving them.
2022 01 26 4 00
Formed in the 1830s to protect settlers against indian attack, the rangers became part of the texas highway patrol in 1935. Their role has continued to evolve to keep up with changing times; today it includes sophisticated forensics labs.
2022 01 26 5 00
Drug trafficking has spawned a violent and deadly criminal underground. It’s providing a challenge to forensic investigators devoted to cracking drug rings.