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Forensic Files Season 7 Episodes

30 Episodes 2002 - 2003

Episode 1

Palm Print Conviction

Tue, Jun 25, 2002 25 mins

The investigation into a 48-year-old woman's murder in Anchorage, Alaska is helped by a law that requires bars to have video cameras installed on the premises.

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Episode 2

Partners in Crime

Wed, Jul 17, 2002 25 mins

How Illinois scientists solved a 1992 murder case involving cremation.

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Episode 3

Reel Danger

Mon, Aug 26, 2002 22 mins

A look back at a trio of unsolved murders that occurred in Wichita Falls, Texas, during the 1980s details how a fourth murder from the same time period provided the police with more than they realized. John Little, an investigator for the DA's office, picked up the cold cases years later. He soon connected the fourth crime's confessed killer, Faryion Wardrip, to the other murders.

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Episode 4

Ghost in the Machine

Wed, Aug 28, 2002 25 mins

The investigation into the apparent suicide of a minister's wife leads detectives to suspect foul play after they recover incriminating files from the pastor's computer and learn of his infidelities.

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Episode 5

Frozen in Time

Thu, Aug 29, 2002 25 mins

The disappearance of a 23-year-old woman stumps investigators for three years until they receive a tip: reports of a man who has kept a refrigerated truck running constantly.

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Episode 6

Cold Storage

Fri, Aug 30, 2002 25 mins

The 1987 disappearance of Tracy Jo Shine, a Houston resident, is recalled. The investigation led to a dead end until 2000, when a "cold case squad" learned that the woman's boyfriend had bragged about killing her.

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Episode 7

Within a Hair

Sat, Aug 31, 2002 23 mins

A look back at the case of the "River Park Rapist", who assaulted four women in South Bend, Indiana during 1996. Law enforcement officers arrested a suspect, who was convicted in 1998 and sentenced to 70 years in prison. In 2000, however, new evidence suggested that he was innocent.

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Episode 8

Dressed to Kill

Wed, Sep 4, 2002 25 mins

The disappearance of a little girl is detailed. Although her father confessed to murdering her, the police soon poked holes in his story, leaving the case unsolved for 14 years.

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Episode 9

A Bitter Pill to Swallow

Thu, Sep 12, 2002 25 mins

The story of firefighter Michelle Baker is related. After meeting "Mr Right" she became pregnant by him---and ill whenever they were together. The coincidences led her to suspect that he was doing her harm, so she set out to prove it.

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Episode 10

The Metal Business

Thu, Sep 26, 2002 25 mins

The story of Phillip Rouss is related. In 1997, the 60-year-old Tennessee resident seemed to be dying and doctors couldn't pinpoint why. In time, however, Rouss came to believe that his partner in a car restoration business might be poisoning him and took his suspicions to the police.

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Episode 11

A Vow of Silence

Thu, Oct 10, 2002 25 mins

A look at the case against Jack Reeves. In 1994, friends reported his mail-order bride Emelita Villa had disappeared. The police centred its suspicions on Reeves and, while pursuing leads, uncovered information linking him to the deaths of two former wives.

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Episode 12

Elephant Tracks

Thu, Oct 17, 2002 25 mins

The murders of an elderly couple leave investigators stumped until, two years later, they receive a major break. A jeweller looking through old newspaper clippings recognises a necklace the female victim wore as having been pawned in her own shop.

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Episode 13

A Clutch of Witnesses

Sun, Oct 27, 2002 25 mins

Witnesses claim to have seen a white van run over a man in an alley behind a bar, but when the police respond they find no body and no blood on the van.

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Episode 14

A Bag of Evidence

Thu, Oct 31, 2002 25 mins

The murder of a 9-year-old girl is investigated. Investigators use a garbage bag to connect a suspect to the crime.

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Episode 15

A Touching Recollection

Sun, Nov 3, 2002 25 mins

The investigation into the abduction of an 18-year-old girl is aided when the victim returns hours after the incident occurred. With her help, the police are able to track the assailant to his front door.

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Episode 16

A Leg to Stand On

Sun, Nov 3, 2002 25 mins

The police investigate when a severed leg is discovered in the garbage. Conventional means of identifying the victim are impossible, leading investigators to rely on DNA, anthropology and toxicology to identify the victim and, hopefully, catch the killer.

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Episode 17

Deadly Curve

Thu, Nov 7, 2002 25 mins

An investigation into a murder is stymied by the lack of a body. But a recovered tooth provides the evidence needed to solve the case.

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Episode 18

A Bitter Pill to Swallow

Thu, Nov 14, 2002 25 mins

The investigation into a suspicious death hits a dead end when the autopsy indicates that no foul play was involved. But a telephone tip and the sensitive nose of a forensic examiner indicate otherwise.

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Episode 19

Sleight of Hand

Thu, Nov 21, 2002 25 mins

The suspect in a crime eludes arrest for 16 years because the police can't tie him to it. That changes, however, when investigators learn the culprit is left-handed, putting a new spin on old facts.

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Episode 20

Scratching the Surface

Fri, Nov 29, 2002 25 mins

Forensic scientists work with the only clue recovered from a crime: a 12-gauge shotgun. They attempt to lift the serial number from the weapon in order to trace it to its owner.

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Episode 21

A Shot in the Dark

Sat, Dec 7, 2002 25 mins

A woman's death is investigated. The husband claims it was suicide; but the police suspect otherwise.

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Episode 22

Fire Proof

Mon, Dec 9, 2002 25 mins

More than 75 Seattle-area arsons are probed.

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Episode 23

All Charged Up

Tue, Dec 10, 2002 25 mins

Philadelphia authorities use an anonymous letter and detective work to locate a suspect in a case.

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Episode 24

Breaking the Mold

Wed, Dec 11, 2002 25 mins

A family links its ill health to an uninvited "guest" in their brand-new home.

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Episode 25

House Call

Thu, Dec 12, 2002 25 mins

A murder investigation in St Petersburg, Florida crosses jurisdictions from New York and Jamaica. The police rely on mobile phone mapping, wiretapping and a host of forensic evidence to link a suspect to a murder.

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Episode 26

The Sniper's Trail

Fri, Dec 13, 2002 25 mins

The recent three-week shooting spree that left 10 people dead in the Washington, D.C., area, is detailed, with an emphasis on the forensic techniques the police used in the effort to catch the suspects.

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Episode 27

Without a Prayer

Sun, Dec 15, 2002 25 mins

The Madalyn Murray O'Hair case is related. The founder of American Atheists disappeared in 1995 along with her son and granddaughter and $500,000 in gold coins. In time, the police honed in on several suspects, including David Roland Waters, who worked as the office manager for O'Hair's organisation. In 2001, he led authorities to her grave, located on a ranch near San Antonio, Texas.

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Episode 28

X Marks the Spot

Wed, Jan 8, 2003 25 mins

The use of the computers by law enforcement is detailed in this look at a series of crimes in St Louis that stumped the local police and the FBI.

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Episode 29

Plastic Fire

Wed, Jan 22, 2003 25 mins

A woman convicted of killing her mother in a car fire is granted a new trial. An expert fire witness shares an opinion on how the fire ignited that differs from the prosecution's theory and, if verified, would clear the daughter of any culpability.

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Episode 30

Hunter or Hunted

Wed, Jan 29, 2003 25 mins

Authorities track a kidnapper who allowed his victim to write a last will and testament on a note pad; a phone number written on a previous page left a lasting impression.

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