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Forensic Files

Forensic Files is a pioneer in the field of fact-based, high-tech, dramatic storytelling. This series of television programs delves into the world of forensic science, profiling intriguing crimes, accidents, and outbreaks of disease from around the world.

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A man is found shot to death in his home. Determining the time of death becomes critically important to solving the murder, and in order to do so, investigators need to know when the victim ate his last meal.To learn more about how HLN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

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17 Feb 2020

Rank #1

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Needle In A Haystack

There was no apparent reason for the young, healthy college student to be dead. But when the medical examiner found the tiniest of clues during the autopsy, investigators were able to unravel the mystery of betrayal and revenge.To learn more about how HLN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

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11 May 2020

Rank #2

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Pet Rock

The woman hadn't shown up for work in two days, and her boss reported her missing. When her body was found, the evidence pointed to suspects who claimed they had nothing to do with the crime. The victim, herself, would help police to prove they were lying.To learn more about how HLN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

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6 Apr 2020

Rank #3

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Social Circle

Four young adults are brutally murdered in an affluent Texas neighborhood, and the crime scene yields little evidence. The next door neighbors see two young people dressed in black walking nearby, and their descriptions are used to create composite drawings which become a key element in solving the crime.To learn more about how HLN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

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13 Apr 2020

Rank #4

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Dressed To Kill

A possible false confession forces investigators to reopen the case of a missing six year old. A decade later, a fresh look at new evidence leads them to someone hiding in plain sight.To learn more about how HLN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

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19 Mar 2020

Rank #5

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Sign Of The Crime

In little more than a month, two women who lived in the same apartment complex were brutally murdered. The similarities of the crime scenes led police to conclude they were dealing with a serial killer who harbored an intense hatred of women... and they had to find him before he struck again.To learn more about how HLN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

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20 Apr 2020

Rank #6

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Catch 22

A woman was ambushed in her driveway and shot to death. During their investigation, police learned that a co-worker half her age was in love with her, and that she'd spurned his advances. They now had to determine if love had turned into obsession... and a motive for murder.To learn more about how HLN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

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23 Mar 2020

Rank #7

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Palm Saturday

A couple is found dead in their Washington home and all signs point to a professional hit. A palm print and two distinct shoe impressions help police separate fantasy from reality and expose a fatal flaw in one state's inmate release procedures.To learn more about how HLN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

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9 Apr 2020

Rank #8

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The List Murders

For 18 years, a man who murdered his entire family eluded the FBI. Investigators used art and forensic science to find the killer.To learn more about how HLN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

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30 Mar 2020

Rank #9

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The Talking Skull

A mapmaker was surveying the grounds of a boy scout ranch when he came across a human skull.To learn more about how HLN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

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16 Apr 2020

Rank #10

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Filtered Out

When a teenaged girl goes missing, no one knows if she ran away or if she was the victim of foul play. Everyone's worst fears are confirmed when a body is found at the bottom of an isolated ravine. Police scour the crime scene, hoping to find enough evidence to identify the killer.To learn more about how HLN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

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26 Mar 2020

Rank #11

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Water Logged

The bodies of three women were found floating in Tampa Bay. The water washed away any evidence, but police hoped a handwritten note found in the victims' car would lead to the killer - so they posted huge copies of the note on five highway billboards.To learn more about how HLN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

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16 Mar 2020

Rank #12

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Northern Exposure

Hikers near Anchorage, Alaska discovered a body wrapped in sheets which 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 which led them straight to the killer.To learn more about how HLN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

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2 Apr 2020

Rank #13

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A Cinderella Story

The victim had been sexually assaulted and stabbed to death on the beach, just ten yards from the hotel where she was staying. A pair of men's tennis shoes was discovered near her body. Police were sure that if they found the man who fit the shoes, they would also find the man who committed the crime.To learn more about how HLN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

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12 Mar 2020

Rank #14

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Weakest Link

The body of a young girl was discovered on isolated farm land near Delano, California. She had no ID, but police found mailbox and house keys in the pocket of her jeans. With no other clues, they checked the mailboxes of every apartment building in Delano… and their persistence paid off.To learn more about how HLN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

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23 Apr 2020

Rank #15

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Hack Attack

A mysterious computer crash pushes a thriving manufacturing company to the brink of collapse, jeopardizing the jobs of hundreds of employees. There is no apparent cause and no obvious clues. Forensic investigators must determine if the crash was the result of a computer defect, human error, or sabotage.To learn more about how HLN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

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9 Mar 2020

Rank #16

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Bad Medicine

A young woman suddenly becomes critically ill; her symptoms worsen over time, eventually leaving her unable to walk. Then a bone marrow test reveals the cause; arsenic. Investigators now had to determine if the poisoning was caused by groundwater contamination or something much more sinister.To learn more about how HLN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

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27 Feb 2020

Rank #17

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Seeing Red

The victim was discovered in a landfill, stuffed into a suitcase.  She resembled another woman, missing for 18 months.  Sure they were dealing with a serial killer, police faced the daunting task of combing through 225,000 tons of trash to find her body. To learn more about how HLN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

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27 Apr 2020

Rank #18

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Invisible Intruder

A Texas woman claims an intruder killed two of her sons but detectives question her story upon discovering inconsistencies.To learn more about how HLN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

20mins

5 Mar 2020

Rank #19

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Brotherly Love

When a young single mother was brutally assaulted and murdered, her brother promised he'd find out who was responsible and bring the killer to justice. It would take more than 30 years, but the young man kept his promise, and in doing so, brought closure to his family.To learn more about how HLN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

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2 Mar 2020

Rank #20