Catching Killers

  • 2012
  • TV Show
  • TV-14

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

America's Most Prolific Serial Killer?
03:35 — Find out how forensic pathologists determined that Donald Harvey, a mild-mannered hospital worker who called himself the "Angel of Death", murdered ne (more…)
Making Faces
02:45 — Forensic artists use expert knowledge of bone structure to put faces back onto skulls. With clay, erasers, and skill, they can recreate a face and mak (more…)
The Ins and Outs of an Autopsy
01:52 — An autopsy offers clues that allow a forensic pathologist to get from a body to an explanation. From: CATCHING KILLERS: Cause of Death (more…)
Finding Patterns in Fingerprints
03:06 — The first time fingerprints were ever used as evidence in a murder investigation, the detectives used the same system of classification that we use to (more…)
Behind the Scenes: How to Play Dead
01:42 — Playing a corpse isn't easy, but Hannah Sarrouy, who played a dead girl in Catching Killers, is now a master of the "dead face." From: CATCHING KILLE (more…)
Dr. Death's Invisible Poison
03:29 — With Michael Swango in custody for fraud, it's up to the scientists to figure out how he killed his patients - before his sentence is up and he gets a (more…)
The Original Sherlock Holmes
03:46 — When a young socialite is strangled to death in her parents home, police bring in Dr. Edmond Locard, the father of modern forensics. From: CATCHING K (more…)
Measuring Time with Maggots
03:44 — In 1935, when decomposing body parts were found under a bridge, maggots were used to determine time-of-death and bugs became evidence for the first ti (more…)
The Serial Killer Next Door
03:10 — To prove that Dennis Rader is BTK - and not the "normal guy" he seems to be - the police have to get creative with DNA testing. From: CATCHING KILLER (more…)
How to Dust for Fingerprints
02:45 — Crime scene investigators working on the Night Stalker case try all types of fine, dry powders to reveal the killer's latent fingerprints in his aband (more…)
The Science of Staging a Fire
02:13 — At the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the fire research lab is committed to cracking arson cases using carefully planned (more…)
The Sniper's Bullets
02:59 — After multiple shootings, the only evidence in the DC Sniper case are bullet fragments pulled from the victims. Luckily, scientists can use those to a (more…)
This Was the Birth of DNA Profiling
03:20 — In 1983, police in Leicestershire, England struggle to make their case - until they join forces with scientists, who are just discovering the potentia (more…)
Shining Light on the Evidence
03:21 — The Night Stalker investigation was blown wide open when - for the first time ever - a laser was used to illuminate latent fingerprints. From: CATCHI (more…)
Traces of a Serial Killer
02:51 — When BTK started killing, using DNA evidence wasn't the norm. But 20 years later, tiny traces of DNA left on his first victims could be enough to brin (more…)
How the Use of Ballistic Evidence Saved This Man's Life
03:17 — In the first case using ballistic evidence, the validity of ballistics as a forensic science was called into question when an "expert witness" lied on (more…)
How They Caught the Craigslist Killer
03:46 — When a masseuse posts an ad on Craigslist and is brutally murdered by her client, it's up to investigators to track down her killer using cutting-edge (more…)
A Paternity Test for Plants
03:34 — When the only evidence in a murder case is a set of seed pods, forensic botanists extract DNA material from the pods to genetically match it to a tree (more…)
A Checklist That Might Tell If You're a Psychopath
02:06 — While studying prisoners in 1980, psychologist Dr. Robert Hare developed the Psychopathy Checklist - a list that evaluates people based on twenty basi (more…)
The Sausage-Maker's Wife
02:58 — In 1897, bone fragments are found at a factory belonging to the husband of a missing woman, and George Dorsey, the first forensic anthropologist in Am (more…)
Murder or Cholera?
03:20 — In 1840, a murder case hinges on whether a man died of cholera or arsenic-poisoning, and for the first time ever, scientists are called in to test his (more…)
Top Techniques of a Trace Evidence Expert
02:00 — In the modern world of criminal investigations, trace evidence experts are trained to find, collect and examine the tiniest bits of evidence. From: C (more…)
House Fire Homicide
03:29 — In 2007, a house fire kills a middle aged couple, but leaves their teenage son nearly unscathed. From: CATCHING KILLERS: Fire Investigation http://bi (more…)
Investigating Insects and Alibis
03:17 — With only tiny insect fragments from the radiator in Vincent Brothers' car, bug experts can prove his alibi is a lie. From: CATCHING KILLERS: Insect (more…)
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  • Premiered: June 17, 2012
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Premise: Landmark criminal investigations that used forensic tools to solve the cases are recalled.

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