The BEST Episodes of Forensic Files

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 2, 2019

Network: truTV

See how experts put together the pieces of the crime puzzle. As each episode shows, every criminal leaves a clue behind. Each show features a different forensic technique.

Shoe-in For Murder

#1 - Shoe-in For Murder

Season 13 - Episode 42

Terrified, the young girl hid in her bedroom while her mother was attacked and stabbed to death. Investigators had a wealth of evidence: shoe impressions, distinctive blood drops, and the killer’s DNA. What they didn’t have was a basis for comparison. Originally aired as Season 13, Episode 41.

star 8.75
8 votes
Needle in a Haystack

#2 - Needle in a Haystack

Season 13 - Episode 28

There was no apparent reason for a young, healthy college student to be dead. But when the medical examiner found a tiny clue during the autopsy, investigators were able to unravel a mystery of betrayal and revenge.

star 8.67
6 votes
Grounds for Indictment

#3 - Grounds for Indictment

Season 8 - Episode 35

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.

star 8.47
15 votes
Trouble Brewing

#4 - Trouble Brewing

Season 13 - Episode 26

Two suspects living in the same apartment are linked to a murder by a gun and a pair of bloodstained boots - items that belong to the one who claims he's never met the victim. Investigators hope the manufacturing code stamped on six beer bottles will be distinctive enough to prove who is telling the truth, and who is a cold-blooded killer.

star 8.40
5 votes
Frozen In Time

#5 - Frozen In Time

Season 7 - Episode 22

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.

star 8.38
8 votes
Jean Pool

#6 - Jean Pool

Season 12 - Episode 20

Police investigating the 1984 murder of a college student had plenty of suspects, but no conclusive evidence linking any of them to the crime. More than a decade later, sophisticated technology would breathe new life into a case grown cold with the passage of time.

star 8.36
11 votes
Family Interrupted

#7 - Family Interrupted

Season 13 - Episode 43

The gunman opened fire as the family of four entered their home, killing two and wounding the others. He’d pulled open a few drawers to make it look like a robbery, but the scene was clearly staged. When police pieced together the clues, they discovered an unlikely suspect and a carefully orchestrated plot. Originally aired as Season 13, Episode 42.

star 8.36
11 votes
Office Visit

#8 - Office Visit

Season 13 - Episode 40

A respected surgeon was stabbed to death in the parking lot next to his office. The most likely suspect is seen having dinner in a restaurant at the time of the murder. But a cryptic conversation leads police to believe that, while the suspect may not have wielded the knife, he could very well have hired the man who did. Originally aired as Season 13, Episode 40.

star 8.29
14 votes
The Day the Music Died

#9 - The Day the Music Died

Season 12 - Episode 7

Seattle police had no suspects in the violent murder of a popular rock singer. More than a decade would pass before the evidence collected by an extraordinarily prescient medical examiner could be used by forensic scientists to identify the killer. Originally aired as Season 12, Episode 7.

star 8.27
22 votes
Scratching The Surface

#10 - Scratching The Surface

Season 7 - Episode 33

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.

star 8.27
15 votes
Moss, Not Grass

#11 - Moss, Not Grass

Season 10 - Episode 29

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.

star 8.25
12 votes
Chief Suspect

#12 - Chief Suspect

Season 11 - Episode 23

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.

star 8.25
12 votes
Family Ties

#13 - Family Ties

Season 13 - Episode 25

An assailant breaks into a couple's home with an axe; he kills the husband and critically injures his wife. Nothing was taken, so this wasn't a robbery. Can a DNA profile from skin cells collected hundred of miles away reveal the killer's identity and his motive for murder?

star 8.23
13 votes
Room With a View

#14 - Room With a View

Season 13 - Episode 29

A college student is found stabbed more than a hundred times; her bedroom blood-soaked. While her body was positioned in a suggestive way, she hadn't been sexually assaulted. Was this a sex crime, or the random act of a man with an intense hatred of women?

star 8.22
9 votes
Covet Thy Neighbor

#15 - Covet Thy Neighbor

Season 13 - Episode 35

When a college co-ed vanishes without a trace, her fellow students grow concerned about her safety... and their own. Weeks later, the body of an unknown female is discovered 700 miles away in the ashes of a barn fire, and an alert police officer realizes the two crimes might be connected.

star 8.22
9 votes
Hundreds of Reasons

#16 - Hundreds of Reasons

Season 13 - Episode 37

A restaurant manager is found stabbed to death. With $8,000 missing from the safe, police have their motive, but finding the killer doesn't prove so easy.

star 8.22
9 votes
Runaway Love

#17 - Runaway Love

Season 13 - Episode 44

It was classic “overkill.” The woman floating in the harbor of an upscale yacht club had been stabbed more than 50 times. Her ex-husband and daughter are missing, and investigators turn to forensic science to determine if they’re searching for victims... or perpetrators. Originally aired as Season 13, Episode 15.Originally aired as Season 13, Episode 43.

star 8.20
10 votes
Lights Out

#18 - Lights Out

Season 13 - Episode 48

Whoever stabbed the young mother to death had also savagely beaten her four-year-old daughter. Police had a suspect, but not enough evidence to tie him to the crimes. It would take 15 years and advances in DNA technology to bring the killer to justice. Originally aired as Season 13, Episode 47.

star 8.20
10 votes
Saving Face

#19 - Saving Face

Season 9 - Episode 23

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.

star 8.13
16 votes
Sands of Crime

#20 - Sands of Crime

Season 13 - Episode 13

In this classic episode of Forensic Files, the longest running true crime series in television history, a college co-ed was abducted from the parking lot of her apartment. Her body was found later that day; she’d been sexually assaulted and then shot at point blank range. Eight long years passed… and then a pair of running shoes and a cell phone breathed new life into a very cold case. Originally aired as Season 13, Episode 13.

star 8.08
25 votes
Dueling Confessions

#21 - Dueling Confessions

Season 8 - Episode 36

When a teenaged girl is found dead on the side of the road, her boyfriend becomes the prime suspect. He eventually confessed to her murder – but so did another man. It would take the passage of forty years, an author, and an expert in the field of pedestrian accident reconstruction to determine who was telling the truth. Originally aired as Season 8, Episode 36.

star 8.08
13 votes
All Butt Certain

#22 - All Butt Certain

Season 12 - Episode 19

A six-year-old girl ran and hid when she saw her grandmother being beaten to death, but the man followed her, beat her, and assaulted her. The girl said the man was her Uncle Clarence, and he was convicted because of her identification. She recanted her testimony years later, but the court denied Clarence's petition for a new trial. His wife was convinced he was innocent, and decided to conduct her own investigation to prove it. TV-14

star 8.08
13 votes
Bad Blood

#23 - Bad Blood

Season 6 - Episode 18

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.

star 8.04
27 votes
Plastic Fire

#24 - Plastic Fire

Season 7 - Episode 41

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?

star 8.00
13 votes
Hair of the Dog

#25 - Hair of the Dog

Season 8 - Episode 18

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.

star 8.00
16 votes