Catching Killers

2012, TV Show

Landmark criminal investigations that used forensic tools to solve the cases are recalled.


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Season 2, Episode 7
The son of Charles Lindbergh, America's favorite aviator, is kidnapped and murdered in 1932. The crime grips the nation and baffles police. It also catches the attention of a mild mannered wood expert from Wisconsin whose expertise will blow the case wide open and establish the science of forensic botany. Discover how a simple slat of wood helped catch the man who killed The Eaglet. Then see how, 60 years later, plant evidence in a man's truck is used to link him to an Arizona woman found murdered by a cluster of Palo Verde trees.

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Season 2, Episode 6
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. See how this forensic science first gained notoriety 100 years ago in England, when a pathologist, though autopsies and wildly unconventional research methods, linked one man to two suspicious honeymoon deaths. Then, discover how a postmortem examination in Cincinnati in 1987 led detectives to one of the most prolific serial killers in American history.

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Paid | iTunes Aired: 6/2/2013

Season 2, Episode 5
Hair, skin cells, fibers, residue, and specs of dust. Sherlock Holmes and his magnifying glass made the analysis of trace evidence famous, but French scientist Edmond Locard made it a movement. Discover how his bold theories on using microscopic evidence to solve crimes helped crack a high profile murder case in 1912. Then travel forward nearly 80 years to discover the trace evidence that was the only hope of catching California's notorious I-5 Strangler. Two big cases, each solved by evidence barely visible to the naked eye.

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Paid | iTunes Aired: 5/26/2013

Season 2, Episode 4
For over 50 years, crime investigators have been playing a grisly game of connect the dots, linking blood spatter at violent crime scenes to ruthless killers. Join two investigations and see how the ever-evolving forensic science of bloodstain pattern analysis helped investigators solve both the 1954 murder of the wife of a prominent doctor and the death of a Las Vegas playboy 40 years later. Both deaths made headlines and led to scandalous accusations, but it was the blood on the walls that told the true story.

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Premiered: June 17, 2012, on Smithsonian
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