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As of January 2017, episodes of Forensic Files can be found FREE on You Tube and through various pay streaming services. The two episodes in this collection can also be purchased as DVDs in the Forensic Files : Historic Cases Collection V1 (available at Amazon or other media sellers).
This purchase is for a bundle assignment package that is also sold separately at my TPT store. Included are 12 worksheets for episodes of the television program Forensic Files. Each of these worksheets focuses on a variety of breakthroughs in forensic science technology and methods that helped capture killers. All of the episodes are available to view online for free (through YouTube) or can be purchased through other streaming services. With the streaming option this makes this program great for in-class, computer lab, extra credit, or homework assignments since most students will have access to the programs through a variety of means. This collection of episodes matches a DVD set officially released Forensic Files: Historic Cases which can be purchased on Amazon and various other media outlets.
The question sheets go in order through each episode with a focus on the science behind each case as well as the legal circumstances. The episodes in this collection are perfect for high school and college students interested in how science plays a vital role in the legal system.
The 12 episodes included in this bundle package (with their season and episode number) are:
Bio-Attack (Season 7 Episode 8)
In 1984 forensic investigators uncovered a plot to overthrow the government, after a unique strain of salmonella makes people ill.
Cats, Flies, & Snapshots (Season 6, Episode 27)
In 1989, 19-year-old Lori Auker left her Pennsylvania home for work, but never arrived. She left behind her infant son, a family who loves her and a job she enjoys. Police investigators viewed this case as a missing persons or possible homicide and focus on her estranged husband Robert Auker. It takes space-age technology, cat hairs and insects to pinpoint the image of the woman's abductor before the real story can be told.
Chief Evidence (Season 7, Episode 17)
The 1996 Seattle murder of suburban couple Raquel Rivera & Jay Johnson is detailed. Investigators first believe the slayings were the result of a drug deal gone bad. However, no drugs are found in the house and the victims' blood isn't present on the clothing of the suspects. Evidence from the couple's dog Chief eventually ties one of the murderers to the scene. This is one of the first cases where dog DNA was used to convict. Kenneth Leuluaialii and George Tuilefano were sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Drowning Sorrows (Season 13, Episode 23)
A family vacation turns into a nightmare when the wife is found face-down in the lake. There are no witnesses and little conclusive evidence to help police determine if they're dealing with a suicide, an accident, or something more sinister... until a forensic pathologist uses a groundbreaking technique to discover the truth.
Fire Proof (Season 7, Episode 34)
Relates the story of Paul Keller a serial arsonist responsible for several fires that caused millions of dollars worth of property damage and the deaths of three people. More than 75 Seattle-area arsons are probed before he was discovered, partly through the use of forensic hypnosis.
Nice Threads (Season 2, Episode 1)
A woman was found dead on the bedroom floor of her apartment. The crime scene yielded little of value, and investigators wondered if they would find enough evidence to make a case, much less catch a killer. But a bloodstained sheet and a breakthrough forensic technique enabled them to identify the murderer, and convince the jury of his guilt.
Over a Barrel (Season 9, Episode 14)
California police had several suspects in the robbery and brutal murder of an elderly couple. Unfortunately, the forensic evidence was inconclusive, and the crime went unsolved. Ten years later, a determined forensic scientist used material from a dentist's office to uncover ballistic evidence which had been overlooked. He not only solved the crime, he also made scientific history.
Purr-fect Match (Season 7, Episode 7)
An examination of the first time animal DNA was used to solve a criminal case. In 1994, on Canada's Prince Edward Island, the body of Douglas Beamish's estranged wife Shirley Duguay was discovered. Authorities linked 20 cat hairs found on her jacket to a cat owned by Beamish's parents, with whom he lived. Scientists estimated that chances that the hairs came from another feline were one in 50 million. A jury later convicted Beamish of second-degree murder; he was sentenced to 18 years without parole.
Reel Danger (Season 7, Episode 3)
The investigation into a brutal attack on two boys near a pond relies on evidence fished out of the murky water. It was the first case where Diatom evidence was used to place a suspect at the scene of the crime. The evidence helped in the conviction of Christopher Green & Brian Davis, who were both 16 years old and were tried as adults. Their accomplice Jason, who was a minor, was sent to a juvenile detention center.
Shear Luck (Season 10, Episode 9)
In 1991, when the wife of a serviceman was brutally murdered in the Philippines, the Air Force Office of Special Investigators swung into action. Clues led to the victim's husband, but he insisted he was innocent. To find out if he was telling the truth, investigators would have to do something unprecedented: Reassemble a 5-1/4 inch computer disk which had been cut to pieces with pinking shears.
Ticker Tape (Season 11, Episode 36)
A lifelong resident of the tiny town of Lefroy, Tasmania was murdered outside his own home. Robbery appeared to be the motive, but with no suspects, the investigation came to a halt. Then the victim's autopsy turned the investigation into a landmark forensics case: The device intended to save his life proved to be the only witness to his death.
Tight-fitting Genes (Season 10, Episode 15)
A behavioral profile is helpful in a murder investigation, but it's not a road map to the killer. One such profile caused the Baton Rouge Police Department to search for the wrong man. They might not have made an arrest, had it not been for a DNA picture of the suspect, painted by a molecular biologist.
Two extended response questions are on the back of each worksheet (description and compare/contrast) which are perfect for reflection and discussion at the conclusion of the video. All worksheets are provided as MS-Word documents so you can edit as needed. Answer sheets are not provided.
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