Forensic Files

The BEST episodes of Forensic Files

Every episode of Forensic Files ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Forensic Files!

American reportage-style crime series that zooms in on startling true crimes and, in particular, how these crimes are solved.

Last Updated: 7/31/2022Network: truTV
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Frozen in Time
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9.13
16 votes

#1 - Frozen in Time

Season 7 - Episode 22 - Aired 3/8/2003

A young woman stopped her car along a busy highway in California. She was never seen again. For three years, the search for her where-abouts continued, but the trail eventually turned cold. So cold that forensic scientists needed new techniques to solve it.

Badge of Betrayal
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8.86
36 votes

#2 - Badge of Betrayal

Season 9 - Episode 18 - Aired 9/22/2004

The body of a young California co-ed was found under an isolated ramp of the Interstate, and San Diego police had no idea who would want this girl dead. But their questions would be answered when they discovered a tiny, unique fiber on the victim’s clothing, which led them straight to the most unlikely of killers. Originally aired as Season 9, Episode 18.

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Bad Blood
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8.75
72 votes

#3 - Bad Blood

Season 6 - Episode 18 - Aired 9/17/2001

Does it mean it didn't happen when the DNA doesn't match? Not necessarily. If the offender is smart and knows how to fool the test.

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Sphere of Influence
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8.65
26 votes

#4 - Sphere of Influence

Season 8 - Episode 23 - Aired 9/20/2003

When a small child disappeared in Alaska, investigators were initially unsure whether the cause of a grizzly bear or an abduction. The discovery of a fiber, a piece of molten steel, and a chip of yellow glossy paint pointed police in the direction of a human. But others weren't so sure.

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Moss, Not Grass
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8.64
25 votes

#5 - Moss, Not Grass

Season 10 - Episode 29 - Aired 12/21/2005

A young woman was found dead on a golf course in the Bahamas. The grass on that course was so distinctive that it had evidentiary value. The evidence led police to two suspects. Each blamed the other, and they had to find out who the killer was. Originally aired as Season 10, Episode 29.

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No Corpus Delicti
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8.61
33 votes

#6 - No Corpus Delicti

Season 9 - Episode 4 - Aired 6/21/2004

It took 20 years to solve the case involving the memeber ot "NecroSearch" helping to seatch for clues. Watch Forensic Files to get the answer.

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Plastic Fire
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8.56
25 votes

#7 - Plastic Fire

Season 7 - Episode 41 - Aired 7/19/2003

Police say that a car crash, which killed an elderly woman, was murder and arson. The driver, the victom's daughter, insisted it was an accident. Two fire investigators came to two entirely different conclusions. Was it an accident... or murder?

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Dinner and a Movie
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8.54
28 votes

#8 - Dinner and a Movie

Season 8 - Episode 10 - Aired 10/26/2003

Niantic, CT: A woman is found dead in her home while her husband is out on a sailing trip. When investigating, police uncover a lifestyle of sex parties and wife swapping. Forensic investigators begin to solve this crime with a old movie, an overheard phone call, and an air conditioner.

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With Every Breath
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8.48
60 votes

#9 - With Every Breath

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/22/1999

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. On April 29, 1993, Florena started complaining of muscle aches in her back and shoulders. On May 6, 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 hanta virus. 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.

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Saving Face
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8.47
32 votes

#10 - Saving Face

Season 9 - Episode 23 - Aired 10/13/2004

A woman disappeared without a trace, leaving two possible explanations: kidnapping or murder. Concern was heightened when police learned that two other women had similarly vanished. An investigation including DNA profiling and a talented forensic artist enabled police to link the crimes to a single suspect – an immigrant known to prey on vulnerable women. Originally aired as Season 9, Episode 23.

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Chief Suspect
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8.40
25 votes

#11 - Chief Suspect

Season 11 - Episode 23 - Aired 12/20/2006

The wife of a respected police officer was murdered in her own home, but the motive was unclear. The crime went unsolved for more than a decade until a Cold Case Unit took a fresh look and found evidence on the 911 call that had previously been overlooked.

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The Financial Downfall
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8.38
45 votes

#12 - The Financial Downfall

Season 9 - Episode 12 - Aired 8/11/2004

Could a fall from a cliff be an accident or cold blooded murder? What appears as the first turn out to be the second when investigators dig into photos and evidence of the crime scene.

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Fishing for the Truth
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8.27
30 votes

#13 - Fishing for the Truth

Season 9 - Episode 26 - Aired 10/31/2004

A community mourned the loss of a shrimp boat captain when his boat went down during a storm. However, jaws dropped when a well known crew member was arrested and charged with the captain?s murder. It would take a world renowned pathologist and a forensic psychologist to get to the truth of what happened that fateful night.

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Grounds for Indictment
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8.27
30 votes

#14 - Grounds for Indictment

Season 8 - Episode 35 - Aired 12/2/2004

A drive-by shooting leaves one man dead and another seriously wounded. Cell phone calls and shell casings point to a suspect, but authorities are unable to place him at the crime scene. When a forensic geologist compared soil from the crime scene with soil found in the wheel wells of the suspect’s car, he proved that dirt is anything but dumb. Originally aired as Season 8, Episode 35.

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Northern Exposure
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8.26
31 votes

#15 - Northern Exposure

Season 9 - Episode 24 - Aired 12/8/2004

Hikers near Anchorage, Alaska discovered a body wrapped in sheets that were edged in orange stitching. Authorities hydrated the fingers and obtained a fingerprint, enabling them to identify the victim. Clinging to the sheet, they also discovered a tuft of red carpet fibers – threads of evidence that led them straight to the killer. Originally aired as Season 9, Episode 24.

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Brotherhoods
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8.23
26 votes

#16 - Brotherhoods

Season 8 - Episode 17 - Aired 11/29/2004

The double homicide of a gay couple leads investigators into the twisted world of White Supremacists. Shell casings, paint chips and an analysis of glass shards help authorities link their prime suspects to a string of hate crimes in California. Originally aired as Season 8, Episode 17.

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Scratching the Surface
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8.20
25 votes

#17 - Scratching the Surface

Season 7 - Episode 33 - Aired 5/24/2003

In Miami, Florida, a sniper opened fire from the rooftop of a manufacturing plant, killing one employee and injuring two others in the parking lot below. When the gun was found, the police discovered that the shooter had scratched the serial number off of it to make it untraceable. But forensic scientists had a way to make the number reappear. Originally aired as Season 7, Episode 33.

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Hair of the Dog
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8.18
28 votes

#18 - Hair of the Dog

Season 8 - Episode 18 - Aired 8/29/2003

With no forensic evidence found at a murder scene, investigators were baffled. But they suspected that the victom's dog had witnessed the crime. If she had, forensic scientists needed some way to find out what the dog had seen.

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X Marks the Spot
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8.18
17 votes

#19 - X Marks the Spot

Season 7 - Episode 35 - Aired 6/7/2003

The local police and the FBI are stumped when a serial killer sends them a map to his latest victim. There is no way to find who sent the map until an Illinois State Trooper traces the map to Microsoft. WorldCom helps investigators map the killers' digital trail to his real name address, where police uncover a sickening dungeon where Maury Travis filmed himself murdering several of his victims.

Once Bitten
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8.16
38 votes

#20 - Once Bitten

Season 8 - Episode 7 - Aired 7/10/2003

Ray Krone was known throughout Arizona as the snaggletooth killer. An unusal bite-mark on a murdered woman resulted in his conviction and death sentence. A forensic expert told the jury that he was 100% certain that it was Krone who bit the victom. But the expert knew he was wrong and confided to a friend ""I'm too commited, and now I'm in too deep.""

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Grave Evidence
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8.15
68 votes

#21 - Grave Evidence

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/12/1998

The shooting of a man during a hunting trip is reopened years after the incident, and the victim's hunting partner becomes a suspect.

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Bed of Deceit
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8.13
23 votes

#22 - Bed of Deceit

Season 8 - Episode 28 - Aired 8/4/2005

A retired police officer is discovered in his bed, dead of a single gunshot wound to the head. His wife first says the motive was robbery; then she tells police he committed suicide. It would take careful examination of the evidence at the crime scene, the tape from a bank surveillance camera, and forensic textbooks found in the victim's home to write the final chapter of this real-life whodunit.

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Cries Unheard
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8.13
31 votes

#23 - Cries Unheard

Season 9 - Episode 16 - Aired 8/25/2004

Was it suicide or was it murder. Find out how this quadrople love triagle unfolds. Watch Forensic Files to get the answer.

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Dew Process
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8.12
90 votes

#24 - Dew Process

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/19/2000

When the wife of a well-known dentist is found dead, police are unsure who killed her. Some fibers and a study of the weather patterns on the night of the murder break the case open and reveal the real killer.

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Insulated Evidence
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8.11
46 votes

#25 - Insulated Evidence

Season 12 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/3/2007

It's usually easy to figure out how criminal enters a crime scene, but in this case it was far from clear. It looked like the killer vanished into thin air... and perhaps he had.

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