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  • Network: CBS
  • Updated: 3 months ago
  • Videos: 18
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Forensic Firsts

When BTK started killing, using DNA evidence wasn't the norm. But 20 years later, tiny traces of DNA left on his first victims could be enough to bring him to justice.

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  • 01:40
    Forensic Firsts - Behind the Scenes: How to Play Dead

    Playing a corpse isn't easy, but Hannah Sarrouy, who played a dead girl in Forensic Firsts, is now a master of the "dead face."

    • Aired: 06/17/2012
    • Views: 491
    • By: CBS
  • 03:29
    Forensic Firsts - Dr. Death's Invisible Poison

    With Michael Swango in custody for fraud, it's up to the scientists to figure out how he killed his patients - before his sentence is up and he gets another chance to escape.

    • Aired: 06/17/2012
    • Views: 506
    • By: CBS
  • 02:50
    Forensic Firsts - Traces of a Serial Killer

    When BTK started killing, using DNA evidence wasn't the norm. But 20 years later, tiny traces of DNA left on his first victims could be enough to bring him to justice.

    • Aired: 06/17/2012
    • Views: 709
    • By: CBS
  • 03:43
    Forensic Firsts - Measuring Time with Maggots

    In 1935, when decomposing body parts were found under a bridge, maggots were used to determine time-of-death and bugs became evidence for the first time.

    • Aired: 07/02/2012
    • Views: 746
    • By: CBS
  • 03:16
    Forensic Firsts - Investigating Insects and Alibis

    With only tiny insect fragments from the radiator in Vincent Brothers' car, bug experts can prove his alibi is a lie.

    • Aired: 07/02/2012
    • Views: 705
    • By: CBS
  • 03:19
    Forensic Firsts - Murder or Cholera?

    In 1840, a murder case hinges on whether a man died of cholera or arsenic-poisoning, and for the first time ever, scientists are called in to test his remains.

    • Aired: 07/10/2012
    • Views: 695
    • By: CBS
  • 03:20
    Forensic Firsts - Shining Light on the Evidence

    The Night Stalker investigation was blown wide open when - for the first time ever - a laser was used to illuminate latent fingerprints.

    • Aired: 06/24/2012
    • Views: 788
    • By: TVCOM
  • 02:59
    Forensic Firsts - The Sniper's Bullets

    After multiple shootings, the only evidence in the DC Sniper case are bullet fragments pulled from the victims. Luckily, scientists can use those to answer vital questions about the killer's weapon.

    • Aired: 07/17/2012
    • Views: 553
    • By: CBS
  • 03:17
    Forensic Firsts - An Innocent Man on Death Row

    In the first case using ballistic evidence, the validity of ballistics as a forensic science was called into question when an "expert witness" lied on the stand and sent an innocent man to death row.

    • Aired: 07/17/2012
    • Views: 342
    • By: CBS

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