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Forensic Files (season 5)
Country of origin United States
Original network truTV
Original release September 12, 2000 (2000-09-12) – January 9, 2001 (2001-01-09)
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List of Forensic Files episodes

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 400 episodes since its debut on TLC in 1996 as Medical Detectives.


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53 1 "Badge of Deceit" September 12, 2000
For more than a decade, women in a small Louisiana city live in fear of a rapist who becomes so experienced he leaves no clues to his identity. But computer technology and behavioral science combine to give police a new forensic tool: geographical profiling. Police narrow their search to one man, local policeman Randy Comeaux. To prove he's the perpetrator, they turn to an unlikely piece of evidence, a discarded cigarette butt.
54 2 "Dew Process" September 19, 2000
When Betty Wolsieffer, the wife of a well-known dentist Glen Wolsieffer is found dead, police are unsure who killed her and injured her husband. Some fibers and a study of the weather patterns on the night of the murder break the case open and reveal the killer.
55 3 "A Woman Scorned" September 26, 2000
When Joann Katrinak is found dead in a corn field with her infant son Alex next to her, the obvious suspect is the husband and father of the victims. But some insects found on the bodies reveal a vital clue, as does a long blonde hair found on the victims. The blonde hair has something uniquely in common with the brunette hair of the husband's former love interest Patricia Rorrer. The link uncovers a twisted story of passion gone wrong.
56 4 "A Voice from Beyond" October 3, 2000
When a decomposed body is found stuffed in a barrel, it's easy to presume murder. But the body had been placed in the barrel 30 years earlier. One of the few clues was an address book found along with the body, but years of moisture had washed away the ink, which was completely gone. Scientists desperately searched for a way to reveal the information written on the pages of the address book. They find ties between the dead woman and former home owner Howard B. Elkins, who committed suicide 20 hours after police first interviewed him.
57 5 "Burning Ambition" October 10, 2000
When Seattle policeman Matt Bachmeier's house goes up in flames, fire experts suspect arson – possibly committed by someone with a vendetta against the officer. One month later, in an ironic twist, the officer whose home was torched, arrests low-level drug dealer James Wren, who confesses to the arson. But when the suspect vanishes, investigators start to question the authenticity of the so-called confession.
58 6 "Memories" October 17, 2000
Dianna Green is brutally attacked in her own home and her unborn child is killed. After coming out of her coma and regaining her memory, she identifies her husband Kevin Green as the perpetrator and the semen left at the scene matches her husband's blood type. The husband was convicted and spent 16 years in jail proclaiming his innocence. Then, a new DNA test and an innovative computer program lead investigators to question just how accurate the wife's recovered memory really was.
59 7 "Trail of Truth" October 24, 2000
Nancy Newman and her two young daughters are found brutally murdered and sexually violated in their Anchorage, AK home. The crime scene has no shortage of evidence, but investigators cannot find a conclusive link to their prime suspect. To solve the puzzle, an FBI analyst designs a unique experiment, in which pubic hairs found at the scene are used to establish not only that Kirby Anthoney was in the home, but that he was there when the crime was committed.
60 8 "Material Evidence" October 31, 2000
Details the murder of Krista Harrison, the 11-year-old victim of Robert Anthony Buell. There are few clues to the killer's identity, but authorities are intrigued by unusual orange fibers embedded in clothing found near the victim. Months go by and the case goes cold, until a van turns up with what appear to be the same orange fibers. Only the latest in forensic technology can determine if there is a connection between the van and the victim. The murder of Tina Harmon is also compared to the Krista Harrison case.
61 9 "'Kill'igraphy" November 7, 2000
This examination of the role an autopsy plays in a murder investigation focuses on the suspicious 1997 death of Georgia resident Virginia Ridley. Police charged her mentally unstable husband Alan with murder, but a medical examiner discovered that she died of natural causes.
62 10 "Nursery Crimes" November 14, 2000
A police investigation of a pediatrician, after the mysterious death of one of her patients, leads them to a Texas hospital where the pediatric mortality rate was higher than at any hospital in the country. The common link was nurse Genene Jones, but proving the connection seems impossible until an international team of doctors uncovers an unlikely murder weapon.
63 11 "Lasting Impression" November 21, 2000
When the decomposed body of a teenage girl is discovered in Pennsylvania, police have no clues to her identity. But weeks earlier, stabbing victim Kathy Sagusti told investigators she thought she might have heard a murder taking place in her basement. Investigators eventually discover the identity of the girl as Richezza Williams, a 13-year-old runaway from Long Island, NY. Segusti positively identifies her as the murder victim and that Corey Maeweather, Kwame Henry and Stanley Obas were the murderers. To prove it, investigators turn to bug larvae found on the body and a surprise piece of evidence: a tiny wad of chewing gum found near the victim's body.
64 12 "Foundation of Lies" November 28, 2000
Police suspect Dr. John "Jack" Boyle in the disappearance of his wife Noreen when he signs mortgage papers for a new house with a woman pretending to be his spouse. After witnesses see Dr. Boyle near an area where a new pile of concrete was found and the using the recollections of their 12-year-old son regarding what he heard the night his mother went missing, the police find Noreen's body in the basement of Dr. Boyle's new house.
65 13 "Unholy Vows" December 5, 2000
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.
66 14 "Broken Promises" December 12, 2000
When Russ Stager, a popular gym teacher, is found dead of what appears to be an accidental gunshot wound, his family is suspicious. They think his wife may have planned his murder. When police find that her previous husband died in questionable circumstances, they re-examine the crime scene and find evidence that the death was no accident. But it is a tape recorded by the victim just before his death that tells the true story of his strange marriage and his wife's insatiable greed.
67 15 "Time Will Tell" December 19, 2000
In this international case of extortion, murder, and stolen identities, a Canadian scam-artist Albert J. Walker assumes the identity of co-worker Ronald Platt as part of a money-laundering scheme. Platt later turns up dead in an ocean, with an anchor tied around his torso. The only clues to his real identity are a Rolex watch and a maple leaf tattoo. But, the anchor used to sink Platt's dead body ultimately sunk Albert Walker.
68 16 "Second Shot at Love" December 26, 2000
When heart surgeon Darryl Sutorius is found dead in the basement of his upscale Cincinnati home, police assume he committed suicide. Friends and family indicate that the man suffered prolonged bouts of depression and had spoken of killing himself. But, further investigation reveals that his new wife Della Sutorius has a history of violence and an insatiable desire for money. The story of how he died is finally decided in court, as teams of forensic scientists face-off to see if the good doctor died at his own hand or was killed by his gold-digging wife.
69 17 "Journey to Justice" January 2, 2001
6-year-old Nicole Rae Walker was killed in a hit-and-run in her Ft. Lauderdale neighborhood. Investigators find a link between habitual drunk driver Ken Pierce and the fatal hit-and-run. The prosecutor combines the talents of an accident reconstruction expert with a video specialist to create graphic demonstration of the moment of impact. This was the first case in which video in the courtroom withstood an appeal, and helped make video testimony viable in other cases.
70 18 "Video Diary" January 9, 2001
When convenience store employee Wanda Mason is found dead, having been shot at point blank range, investigators find the entire murder has been caught on the store's videotape security camera. But the image of the killer is so degraded it seems impossible to positively identify him, until old fashioned forensic science and space age technology come together to reveal the identity of the killer as Ronald Allen.
71 19 "Deadly Knowledge" December 5, 2000
When 23-year-old college co-ed Tina Biggar goes missing, her boyfriend and family fear she has been murdered. A police investigation reveals details about her past that no one, not even her closest friends, suspected: She was a student by day and a $100-an-hour call-girl by night. Her many clients were all suspects in her disappearance, as was her boyfriend. But when her body is discovered, police obtain evidence that reveals that her killer was former client Kenneth Tranchida, as well as more details about her bizarre double-life and its tragic consequences.

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