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At the Body Farm, the dead speak. This clinical program travels to the world's first open-air crime lab with founder Bill Bass, of The University of Tennessee, for a close-up look at how cadavers decay. As proxies for murder victims, these decomposing bodies are studied in the name of science and the cause of justice. Factors and biological markers that help pinpoint time since death, including wind and weather, insects and carnivores, fire damage, soft tissue leachate, mold, and bacteria, are addressed. Three homicide cases that hinged on data and expertise gained at the Farm are presented, and Ph.D. students are filmed doing field work and body processing.
Forensic Science: A Shred of Evidence
This fascinating documentary offers a behind-the-scenes look at the secret and secretive world of forensic science. Visiting Scotland Yard's laboratories?reputedly the finest such laboratories in the world?the program shows how modern technology can turn a particle of sand or a piece of thread into a clue that leads to solving a crime.
Incriminating Evidence: Forensic Specialists in Action
This program follows a team of forensic specialists from the crime scene to the laboratory and Scotland Yard as they locate, collect, and examine the evidence that places the perpetrators at the scene of the crime?and puts them behind bars. High-tech analysis of fingerprints, tool marks, footprints, pollen, fibers, and DNA is featured. (25 minutes)
Secrets of Forensic Science: Bugs
When a man without clothes or identification is found dead in the woods, police presume foul play. But where do they turn for clues? Using dramatic reenactments of an actual case, this program shows how a key piece of evidence, time of death, can be determined through a knowledge of insects. Forensic entomologist Dr. Neal Haskell, who helped seal the conviction of the murderers, discusses how blowflies are a particularly useful species to investigators.
Talking Skull: Forensic Anthropologists
In this program, forensic anthropologist Dr. Michael Charney, medical examiner Dr. Mary Case, and other police experts use facial reconstruction and other forensic techniques to identify bones, clothing, and hair found in the woods as the remains of Bun Chee Nyhuis. They were also able to determine the true source of her fatal skull fracture, causing the charge against her husband of accidental death to be changed to murder. (26 minutes, color)
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