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Forensic Files Season 5 Episodes

19 Episodes 2000 - 2001

Episode 1

Badge of Deceit

Tue, Sep 12, 2000 25 mins

The search for a serial rapist who preyed on the women of Lafayette, La., from the early 1980s through 1995 is detailed. Despite using the most advanced methods available to them, the investigators came up empty until an anonymous phone call tipped them to a suspect: sheriff's deputy Randy Comeaux. DNA evidence taken from a cigarette butt confirmed that he was their man.

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Episode 2

Dew Process

Tue, Sep 19, 2000 25 mins

An autopsy performed two years after the murder of a dentist's wife reveals fibers that point toward the killer.

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Episode 3

A Woman Scorned

Tue, Sep 26, 2000 25 mins

The investigation into the murders of Joann Katrinak and her infant son points toward the husband until police find a long blonde hair at the crime scene.

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Episode 4

A Voice From Beyond

Tue, Oct 3, 2000 25 mins

Included: a body left in a barrel for 30 years. There are few clues, but investigators locate an address book nearby.

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Episode 5

Burning Ambition

Tue, Oct 10, 2000 25 mins

The suspected arson of Seattle policeman Mathias Bachmeier's home leaves investigators flummoxed until, a month later, Bachmeier arrests a small-time drug dealer who confesses to the crime. Shortly thereafter, however, the suspect disappears---only to turn up dead. That event leads investigators to a new suspect: Bachmeier.

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Episode 6

Memories

Tue, Oct 17, 2000 25 mins

The case of Kevin Green is related. In 1979, he was wrongly convicted of brutally raping his wife on the strength of her misguided testimony. Sixteen years later, however, DNA evidence proved that he was not the assailant and pinpointed "Bedroom Basher" Gerard Parker as the rapist. Parker had committed a string of similar assaults (five of which ended in murder).

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Episode 7

Trail of Truth

Tue, Oct 24, 2000 25 mins

The use of pubic hair to link suspects to crimes is detailed in this examination of the murder-rape of a woman and her daughters. Despite a wealth of evidence, police could not link the crime to the prime suspect until an FBI analyst devised a unique test.

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Episode 8

Material Evidence

Tue, Oct 31, 2000 25 mins

A rape-murder is investigated.

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Episode 9

'Kill'igraphy

Tue, Nov 7, 2000 25 mins

This examination of the role an autopsy plays in a murder investigation focuses on the 1997 death of a woman. Police charged her mentally unstable husband with murder, but a medical examiner discovered that she died of natural causes.

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Episode 10

Nursery Crimes

Tue, Nov 14, 2000 25 mins

A police investigation of a Texas hospital, where children die at a higher rate than at any hospital in the country, hones in on a nurse.

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Episode 11

Lasting Impression

Tue, Nov 21, 2000 25 mins

Bug larvae and a wad of gum found near a decomposed body lead to a suspect.

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Episode 12

Foundation of Lies

Tue, Nov 28, 2000 25 mins

A woman goes missing and the police suspect her husband.

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Episode 13

Unholy Vows

Tue, Dec 5, 2000 25 mins

The story of Archbishop Valerian D. Trifa, former head of the Romanian Orthodox Church in America, is related. Following World War II, Trifa emigrated from Romania to the U.S. In 1957, survivors of Nazi atrocities in Bucharest recognized him as having directed a bloody 1941 attack against Jews. He was deported in 1984 and died three years later.

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Episode 14

Deadly Knowledge (The Call Girl Murder)

Tue, Dec 5, 2000 25 mins

The investigation into a missing coed leads police to discover that, unbeknownst to her friends, she led a bizarre double life, attending college by day and working as a call-girl by night. When her body is discovered, investigators obtain evidence that implicates her killer.

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Episode 15

Broken Promises (Russ Stager Case)

Tue, Dec 12, 2000 25 mins

A gym teacher's death leads police to suspect his wife, whose previous husband died under suspicious circumstances.

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Episode 16

Time Will Tell (Albert Walker Case)

Tue, Dec 19, 2000 25 mins

A body found washed ashore on England's south coast leaves investigators stumped, but service records on the dead man's Rolex watch lead to the discovery of his identity: Ronald Platt. Knowing that, detectives track down his business partner, Albert Walker. A police officer visits Walker's residence, where a neighbor indicates that a "Ronald Platt" lived in the house and describes the man---with words that match Walker's description, leading to Walker's arrest for murder.

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Episode 17

Second Shot at Love (The Della Sutorius Case)

Tue, Dec 26, 2000 25 mins

The death of a man suffering from depression is initially considered a suicide, but further police investigation points to his wife.

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Episode 18

Journey to Justice

Tue, Jan 2, 2001 25 mins

A hit-and-run driver is convicted with help from an accident-reconstruction expert and a video specialist, who re-create the incident on tape.

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Episode 19

Video Diary

Tue, Jan 9, 2001 25 mins

A surveillance camera captures a murder on tape, but the image of the killer is too degraded to make a positive I.D. Police employ forensic science and modern technology to nab their man.

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