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Included are 12 worksheets for episodes of the television program Forensic Files. Each of these worksheets focuses on a variety of medical mysteries that require toxicology experts, the CDC and numerous other branches of science to help solve when normal forensic science failed. 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: Medical Mysteries 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 episodes included in this bundle package (with their season and episode number) are:
Bitter Potion (Season 2 Episode 5)
Peggy Carr developed mysterious flu symptoms that no doctor was able to diagnose, until a neurologist noticed her ailments were similar to that of a person poisoned by Thallium. Pye Carr instantly became a prime suspect when the poison eventually killed his wife Peggy. Although there were traces of the poison around Pye's belongings, the FBI did not feel Pye matched the psychological profile of the killer. Instead, they turned their attention to the Carr's next door neighbor George James Trepal, who had an extensive chemistry background and even used Thallium poisoning as a plot device in a MENSA Murder Mystery Weekend that he hosted.
Breaking the Mold (Season 7 Episode 37)
A family in Dripping Springs, Texas seems to be living the perfect life when suddenly their 3-year-old son develops a respiratory condition in March 1999. The father later is shown to have signs of Alzheimer's disease, and while boarding a plane a month later, meet an investigator who later reveals that their ill health is due to a form of black mold in their modern home, which was based on the movie version of "Tara", the home of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind.
Broken Bond (Season 3 Episode 12)
In 1983, Morgan, the 3-month-old daughter of Jim & Tanya Reid, suffered a sleep apnea episode and was admitted to the hospital for four days. Morgan continued to experience occasional apnea episodes and her last attack was on February 7, 1984. Little Morgan did not respond to resuscitation and died. In 1985, Tanya Reid gave birth again, this time to a son named Brandon Michael. Brandon was hospitalized over 20 times during the next two years. When Brandon was temporarily taken away from his mother, he did not experience any seizures or apnea episodes. When prosecutors asked pathologists to re-open Morgan's autopsy records, they discovered that an x-ray taken during the autopsy revealed that she did not die of SIDS, but showed brain damage consistent with being shaken violently. Doctors then determined that Tanya was exhibiting symptoms of Münchausen syndrome by proxy. The outcome of the first of Tanya's trials ended in a conviction for felony child endangerment of Brandon Michael, and was found guilty of the murder of her daughter, a conviction that was later overturned by an appellate court.
Core Evidence (Season 4 Episode 10)
In 1996, 16-month-old Anne Grace Gimmenstad became very ill, was rushed to the hospital and died within two weeks. Following extensive medical examinations, it was determined that Anna had been the victim of the deadly bacteria E.coli. Anna'a mother recalled a trip to the grocery store when Anna pointed excitedly at her favorite drink, Odwalla apple juice. As early as 1993, tests on samples of Odwalla juices found high levels of general bacteria. Federal and state inspections reports confirm that the company used two loads of apples with relatively high defect levels on the day the juice was made. The genetic markings on the E.coli in the victims matched the bacteria found in the product bottled that day. Odwalla pled guilty to violating Federal food safety laws and agreed to pay a $1.5 million fine for the outbreak of E.coli in its juices.
Deadly Formula (Season 3 Episode 8)
In 1989, David and Patricia Stallings moved to their dream home in Hillsboro, Missouri. There they had their first child, Ryan, whose health took a turn for the worse by the time he was five months old. Ryan had a series of blood tests, which showed unusually high levels of ethylene glycol, a main ingredient in antifreeze. Patricia Stallings was arrested, and a few days after, Ryan Stallings died. While in prison, Patricia was admitted to the hospital, and gave birth to another son, David. David suffered from the same symptoms as his dead brother Ryan, but was not in Patricia's care at the time. After re-testing both Ryan's and David's blood, results showed there were no evidence of ethylene glycol. Patricia Stallings was released on July 30, 1991, for a crime she never committed. It was determined that both children had a rare genetic disorder.
Fatal Fungus (Season 2 Episode 7)
Doctors in Cleveland became extremely concerned when they had an increase of infants brought to the emergency room with bleeding of the lungs. Doctors quickly called on the Centers for Disease Control and had them investigate the matter. The CDC found that all babies were from the same area and all of their houses had suffered from water damage. After further investigation and research a black fungus was determined the killer of three infants. The fungus develops in moist conditions, becomes airborne and threatens developing organs, much like the fast growing lungs of babies.
Legionnaires’ Disease (Season 1 Episode 7)
Legionnaires' disease is one of the most famous medical detective stories, especially irritating for its missteps and frustrations. When 180 Legionnaires contract pneumonia-like symptoms after a Philadelphia Convention and 29 of them die, doctors and scientists are mystified. The determination of one scientist helps to determine the cause and likely vector of this deadly disease.
Nursery Crimes (Season 5 Episode 10)
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.
Something’s Fishy (Season 2 Episode 9)
Excedrin bottles were investigated by police after Susan Snow died from taking pills poisoned with cyanide. Investigators later found a chemical used to clean the algae in fish tanks mixed in with the cyanide and, through pet store records, traced the chemical to suspect Stella Nickell. Stella's husband Bruce died from poisoning and, with this new information, they re-opened the investigation of his death. Stella had increased Bruce's life insurance shortly before his death. Because the death had to be accidental in order to receive the insurance pay out, she poisoned several other bottles, waiting for a second case to occur.
’til Death Do Us Part (Season 2 Episode 9)
In 1991, Robert Curley was diagnosed with Guillain–Barré syndrome when he arrived at the hospital with excruciating leg pains. However, doctors became suspicious during Robert's second admission and tested him for Thallium poisoning, which proved positive and Robert died shortly thereafter. Autopsy showed that Robert ingested more poison a few days before his death. Investigators also discovered that Robert's wife Joann was waiting to collect her previous husband's life insurance (from his accidental death) and disagreed with the way Robert wanted to spend it. Joann would then collect additional life insurance if Robert suffered from an accidental death. Joann was convicted of Robert's murder six years later.
Ultimate Betrayal (Season 4 Episode 3)
In 1995, Debora Green lost two children in a fire that burnt down her Kansas City, Missouri mansion. Routine procedures occurred and both Debora and her previous husband Michael Farrar were questioned. Suspicions arose when Debora refused to cooperate during questioning. Police then questioned Michael and uncovered disturbing stories proving Debora was dangerous. She had poisoned Michael during their separation and told him he would only get custody of the children over their dead bodies. Debora's singed hair and the initial location of the fire proved her involvement in the arson.
With Every Breath (Season 4 Episode 12)
Merril Bahe and Florena Woody grew up in starkly different conditions on an Indian reservation that crossed the borders of New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah. The couple soon engaged, and they moved into the Woody family home. In 1993, Florena started complaining of muscle aches in her back and shoulders and her doctor gave her antibiotics for her condition. Florena later died; she simply drowned in the fluid generated by her illness. Doctors had no idea what had killed her. Meanwhile, Merril Bahe started experiencing similar symptoms and on the day of Florena's funeral, he was sent to the hospital, but died on the way there. Investigators found deer mice tested positive for a new form of the Hantavirus. They determined that contact with the feces of the deer mice was what had caused the disease and that when the feces dried, the deadly microbe became airborne.
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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