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Forensic Files is an American documentary-style series which reveals how forensic science is used to solve violent crimes, mysterious accidents, and even outbreaks of illness. The show is broadcast on truTV, narrated by Peter Thomas, and produced by Medstar Television, in association with truTV Original Productions. It has broadcast over 400 episodes so far since its debut on TLC in 1996 as Medical Detectives.
|Season||Episodes||Premiere date||Finale date|
|1||13||April 21, 1996||December 19, 1996|
|2||13||October 2, 1997||December 25, 1997|
|3||13||October 1, 1998||December 24, 1998|
|4||14||September 29, 1999||December 29, 1999|
|5||18||September 12, 2000||January 9, 2001|
|6||30||May 21, 2001||December 10, 2001|
|7||42||October 12, 2002||July 26, 2003|
|8||42||April 1, 2003||December 21, 2006|
|9||30||June 3, 2004||March 2, 2005|
|10||41||April 27, 2005||March 15, 2006|
|11||42||July 19, 2006||May 2, 2007|
|12||30||September 26, 2007||February 17, 2008|
|13||49||September 12, 2008||July 9, 2010|
|14||21||September 10, 2010||June 17, 2011|
"Without a Trace"
On Sept. 12, 1978, 11-month-old Chad Shelton was admitted to an Omaha hospital because of chronic vomiting. The next day Chad went into a comma and died. Duane Johnson was also admitted to the hospital with the same symptoms. He died the next day. Dr. Renea Kimbrough discovered that all of the sick individuals had visited the Johnson home on Sunday, September 10, and all ate a meal together. Everything in the Johnson home was analyzed. They came to a conclusion that DMN was added to the lemonade they were all drinking. Steven Ray Harper, an old boyfriend of Sandra Johnson, worked for a local company in Omaha, Nebraska called the Eppley Institute. Harper admitted to spiking their lemonade with DMN. On November 7, 1979, Steven Harper was sentenced to death in the electric chair.
October 1, 1998
"Knot for Everyone"
In the mid-1980s, bodies of nude woman were found in remote hill of California. The police got a brake when a known prostitute escaped an attacker and was able to identify him and his automobile. The suspect was 50 year old Roger Kibbe. A criminalist was assigned to review the evidence in the case. Human hair found on one of the victims, was similar to several hairs recovered from Kibbe's inner thighs. He was later charged with first-degree murder.
October 8, 1998
"The Talking Skull"
In November 1987 a man discovered a human skull on the grounds of a Boy Scout Camp. The blue jeans helped determine the approximate height and weight of the victim. A facial reconstruction helped the investigators in this case. The victim was identified as Bun Chee Nyhuis. Her husband was now the prime suspect. Mr. Nyhuis was an assistant scoutmaster, which explained the place where his wife's remains were discovered. He finally confessed to killing his wife. Richard H. Nyhuis was convicted of murder, and sentenced to life in prison.
October 15, 1998
Between 1986 and 1989, a disease swept through British cattle herds. The disease came to be known as the mad-cow disease. Scientist began to suspect that this was somehow related to some human illness. A California neurologist, said both humans and animals were suffering from a mutated prion. When defective prions are transmitted from an infected host to a new host, they convert any normal prions they come across into copies of themselves. So it is possible for a mutated prion to be transmitted from a cow to a person by eating beef. Dr. Stanley B. Prusiner received a Nobel prize for his work with prions.
October 22, 1998
On December 16, 1989 Judge Bob Vance was killed when he opened up a package that contained a pipe bomb. Two days later an Attorney lost part of his arm when he opened a similar package. The police found two unopened packages that contained similar pipe bombs. The FBI's Behavioral Sciences Unit provided a psychological profile of the bomber. The profile matched that of Walter Leroy Moody, who was convicted of a similar bombing in 1972. A store clerk identified Moody as the individual who purchased four pounds of gunpowder and one thousand CCI primers. Walter Leroy Moody was convicted, and sentenced to seven life sentences.
October 29, 1998
In January 1987, Robert and Paula Sims moved to Alton, Illinois. There she gave birth to her son, Randy and daughter, Heather. Six weeks after Heather's birth, a masked individual reportedly broke into their home and kidnapped their daughter, Heather. The police learned that this wasn't the first time that the Sim's had a baby kidnapped. In 1986, their first daughter was reportedly kidnapped only thirteen days after being born. A few weeks later, the child was found in the back of the Sim's property. Paula Sim's was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.
November 5, 1998
On June 2, 1976, Martin Dillon and Dr. Stephen Scher went out skeet shooting. By the end of the shooting session, Martin Dillon was dead. According to Scher, Dillon's death was an accident. The police and coroner ruled Dillon's death an accident. Soon after the shooting, Dr. Stephen Scher divorced his wife and married another woman. The woman Scher married was Patricia Dillon, the widow of Martin Dillon. On June 20, 1996, Dr. Stephen Scher was arrested and charged with first and third-degree murder in the death of Martin Dillon.
November 12, 1998
Patricia and David Stallings moved to their dream home in Hillsboro, Missouri. There they had their first child, Ryan, whose health took a turn for the worse by the time he was five months old. Ryan went a series of blood tests, which showed unusually high levels of ethylene glycol, a main ingredient in anti-freeze. Patricia Stalling was arrested, and a few days after, Ryan Stallings died. While in prison, Patricia was admitted to the hospital, and gave birth to another son, David. David suffered from the same symptoms as his dead brother Ryan. After re-testing both Ryan's and David's blood, results showed there were no evidence of ethylene glycol. Patricia Stallings was released on July 30, 1991, for a crime she never committed - for a crime that never happened.
November 19, 1998
"Beaten By a Hair"
On October 19, 1992 a lone woman walked out of her house and was never seen again. After five days, police found a bloody pillow and pillowcase lying in the woods not far from Laura's house. Laura's bedroom was then searched, and police used Luminol tests, which react with the enzymes in blood. The police now had a prime suspect, a part-time gardener. Amino Black was used to enhance the fingerprints found on the bloody pillowcase. The results pointed towards the gardener. On June 14, 1993, the gardener plea-bargained to a reduced charge of murder in the second degree.
November 26, 1998
On Friday, June 22, 1984, a couple set off for a camping trip but got lost and fell asleep at a scenic overlook in rural Virginia. They awoke to a person tapping on their car window; they both got out of the car to find out this man had a gun. He ordered the boyfriend to run to the woods and drove off with his girlfriend. The man repeatedly raped and sodomised the young woman and threatened to kill her. Instead, he let her go. When she arrived back to her car, she met her boyfriend who was there with the cops. The young lady positively identified Edward Honaker as the man who raped her. Honaker was given three life sentences, but new DNA testing might provide new information about the rapist. The young lady admitted she had another man in her life at the time of the rape. The DNA in the semen was not that of Honaker, the fiancee, or the second man. Edward Honacker was released from prison after serving 10 years.
December 3, 1998
"Speck of Evidence"
On September 17, 1984 nine year old Vicki Lynne Hoskinson left on her pink bicycle to run an errand for her mother. She never returned home. Vicki's bike was found abandoned later that afternoon on a nearby street, slightly damaged, but there was no sign of her. Police investigators found that Frank Jarvis Atwood, released after serving time for two child molestation convictions in California, had been in the Tucson area but was now gone. The FBI decided to confiscate Atwood's car to search for forensic evidence. The nickel on the bike was tested and found to be the same as the nickel on Atwood's bumper. The two-way transfer was the deciding factor. Atwood was sentenced to death.
December 10, 1998
Jim Reid and his wife Tanya had already been blessed with the birth of one daughter and on May 17, 1983, their second daughter, Morgan Renee, was born. When Morgan was only three months old, she suffered a sleep apnea episode and was admitted to the hospital for four days. Morgan continued to experience occasional apnea episodes, and her last attack was on February 7, 1984. Little Morgan did not respond to resuscitation, and died. On May 2, 1985, Tanya Reid gave birth again, this time to a son named Brandon Michael. Brandon was hospitalized over 20 times during the next two years. When Brandon was temporarily taken away from his mother, he did not experience any seizures or apnea episodes. When prosecutors asked pathologists to re-open Morgan's autopsy records, they discovered that an x-ray taken during the autopsy revealed that she did not die of SIDS but showed brain damage consistent with being shaken violently. The outcome of the first of Tanya's trials ended in a conviction for felony child endangerment of Brandon Michael, and was found guilty of the murder of her daughter, a conviction that was overturned by an appellate court.
December 17, 1998
"Out of the Ashes"
December 7, 1993, was the last time anyone saw 18 year old Rose Larner, alive or dead. Her boyfriend, John Ortiz-Kehoe, and her childhood friend, Billy Brown, told police they saw her early on December 7, but they had no idea where she went after they last saw her. Two years later, an investigation revealed that Billy Brown and John Kehoe were both local drug users and dealers. When Billy Brown heard about this, he feared he might be implicated and decided to cooperate with police. He told them that Rose Larner was murdered by John Kehoe two years earlier, in his grandparents' home. According to Billy Brown, Larner refused to participate in a threesome, and Kehoe strangled her, placed her in the shower, slit her throat and dismembered her body. Police compared a tiny blood spec found at Kehoe's grandparents' home, to a blood sample taken from Rose Larner four years before the murder. Kehoe was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Billy Brown was convicted for being an accessory, but as part of the deal, in which he gave up Kehoe, Brown served only a year in prison.
December 24, 1998