The investigation into the violent murder of up-and-coming Hollywood photographer Roland Kuster reached a dead end when detectives’ only suspect was eliminated by DNA evidence. Ultimately a mysterious backpack left at the murder scene would tie the real killer to the crime. On December 1, 1997, DNA testing of that suspect began.
In early 2008, police in Clark County, Nevada, received an anonymous letter that included maps of the area around US 93 & Boulder Highway. Police conducted a search and on January 23 discovered a woman’s skull.
Compare the police sketches of notorious serial killers with their actual mugshots.
The body of a murder victim often provides important information about the killer, not to mention confirmation that a murder has actually occurred. Though authorities face great challenges in bringing a killer to justice without the victim’s body, such cases are not hopeless.
A man stabs his wife to death while sleepwalking; a girl claims she was held captive inside a box for seven years; a mother stones her children to death on God’s command. These are only some examples of the types of cases into which a forensic psychologist may be brought, for anything from assessment to testimony to treatment.
When a suspect commits a crime and runs off, police sketch artists can use a witness’s description to develop a likeness of the offender. Sometimes, it doesn’t quite turn out right.
Prolific serial killer Ted Bundy’s undoing was a bite mark he left on the buttocks of one of his victims, Lisa Levy. Levy and her sorority sister Martha Bowman had been strangled and beaten to death, but their killer did not leave much evidence in the Chi Omega sorority house, except for the bite mark, which later matched impressions taken of Bundy’s teeth and became a central piece of evidence at his trial.
The fascinating story of how bugs in the radiator of a rental car driven secretly across the country led to the conviction of a man for murdering five members of his family.
Before DNA testing, the solving of crimes allowed much room for error — error that could mean conviction of the innocent and freedom for the guilty. Read about how DNA revolutionized criminal justice forever.
The son of a Nazi SS officer, he deals meth and operates as a contract killer. Forensic sculptor Frank Bender takes expert aim & brings him in.