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Catching History's Criminals Previous Broadcasts

Instruments Of Murder (Episode #103H)

KQED Plus: Sat, Jul 29, 2017 -- 5:05 AM

Most murderers use a weapon. One of the top-priority tasks for detectives is to find that weapon. It can lead to the killer but it can also reveal so much more. Using cutting-edge forensic techniques, the murder weapon can now give us an insight into the mind of the killer. This episode examines the murder weapon that until 150 years ago left no trace, how 3D crime-scene modelling is revolutionising gun crime investigations, and why, until recently, much of what we knew about fire analysis and arson was wrong.

Traces of Guilt (Episode #102H)

KQED Plus: Sat, Jul 29, 2017 -- 4:14 AM

Blood, hair, fibre - these tell-tale signs are often the key to catching the most careful of killers. This second programme looks at blood-spatter analysis and what it can reveal about the killer, the soil on a suspect's shoe that solved one of history's ugliest crimes, and the conviction of a killer based only on a small piece of cord and a single hair.

A Question of Identity (Episode #101H)

KQED Plus: Sat, Jul 29, 2017 -- 3:20 AM

Where there's a murder, there's a body, and it's often the most significant piece of evidence, preserving important clues. This episode features the first investigation in which DNA fingerprinting was used to convict a serial killer, unearths a historic case involving a college janitor turned detective, and explains how you go about putting a name to a body when it's been dissolved in acid.

Instruments Of Murder (Episode #103H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Jul 28, 2017 -- 11:05 PM

Most murderers use a weapon. One of the top-priority tasks for detectives is to find that weapon. It can lead to the killer but it can also reveal so much more. Using cutting-edge forensic techniques, the murder weapon can now give us an insight into the mind of the killer. This episode examines the murder weapon that until 150 years ago left no trace, how 3D crime-scene modelling is revolutionising gun crime investigations, and why, until recently, much of what we knew about fire analysis and arson was wrong.

Traces of Guilt (Episode #102H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Jul 28, 2017 -- 10:14 PM

Blood, hair, fibre - these tell-tale signs are often the key to catching the most careful of killers. This second programme looks at blood-spatter analysis and what it can reveal about the killer, the soil on a suspect's shoe that solved one of history's ugliest crimes, and the conviction of a killer based only on a small piece of cord and a single hair.

A Question of Identity (Episode #101H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Jul 28, 2017 -- 9:20 PM

Where there's a murder, there's a body, and it's often the most significant piece of evidence, preserving important clues. This episode features the first investigation in which DNA fingerprinting was used to convict a serial killer, unearths a historic case involving a college janitor turned detective, and explains how you go about putting a name to a body when it's been dissolved in acid.

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