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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 : Medical Mysteries Collection V1 (available at Amazon or other media sellers).
This two video worksheet purchase focuses on science and forensic methods that were needed to solve crimes, murders, and strange medical situations that might otherwise have remained unsolved. These are great episodes to demonstrate to students the value of science and technology combined with the medical field.
*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.
*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.
Questions on the assignments go in order and will help students remain focused on key forensic science topics. Two extended response questions are on the back of each worksheet (description, sequence, compare/contrast, etc...) which are perfect for reflection on the importance of these ground breaking cases.
Both worksheets are given as MS-Word documents which will allow easy modifying to best fit the needs of your students.
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