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On Forensic Files eagle-eyed technical experts prove there is no such thing as a perfect crime as they assemble the pieces every criminal leaves behind. Dramatic crime re-creations and, sometimes, part of the investigations are a staple of the series. Some of the re-creations include alternate versions of the crimes, which are disproved by science. The show's episodes follow each case from the initial investigation until it reaches its legal resolution.
On Halloween night 2004, Adriane Insogna and Leslie Mazzara were brutally murdered in their Napa, California home. The killer was not seen by their downstairs roommate, but he left his DNA behind in some cigarette butts and a groundbreaking test determined his race and even the color of his eyes and hair.
The murderer probably hoped to cover his tracks by staging the crime scene. But police saw through the attempt almost immediately, and they turned to forensic science to discover what really happened that night.
The crime scene was especially violent: A husband and wife had been shot to death in their bedroom. At first, investigators thought their teenage daughter was lucky to have survived... but after a while, they wondered if the reason she was alive had more to do with careful planning than luck.
A human skeleton was found in the North Carolina marshlands and, when investigators learned she'd been dead for several months, they knew it would be difficult to find out who she was much less who killed her. It would take an inventive computer consultant to give her a face and a name.
After shooting his victims in the head, the killer staged the scene, placed the evidence into a plastic bag and tossed it into the river. But instead of floating downstream, it became entangled in overhanging branches. A few days later, when investigators found it, they hoped clues to the killer's identity and the solution to the crime were "in the bag."
In a terrible twist of fate, just days after the woman sold her home and moved to a modest trailer, a fire claimed both the trailer and her life. But the autopsy proved this was no accident. It was arson and murder. Police had to find out who wanted the woman dead... and why.
For years, a brutal series of rapes and murders of college girls shocked a local campus. Police feared a serial killer was on the loose and they needed to determine what – or who – these women had in common.
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