In Portland, Maine a housewife disappears. One year later her body is unearthed in the cellar. I.R. unravels this cold case investigation from the inside out. With the help of science, police are able to uncover a blueprint of the crime.
From England to Texas to Georgia, I.R. will go inside cold case units and watch as police use ballistics testing, old fashioned fingerprints and a new DNA data bank for criminals, to crack open the mysteries of unsolved crimes.
In Wisconsin, advances in forensic clay modeling help investigators identify a murder victim whose skin was stripped from her head, neck, and legs. And in California, police track down two boys who enjoy satanic rituals and setting fires.
Police solve a murder when divers find a skeleton in a car at the bottom of a river, and a dead dog's DNA helps crack open a 6-year-old case.
In Missouri, a part-time missionary is convicted, 38 years later, of killing her 5-year-old stepdaughter, and the skeleton of a Michigan boy, dead for 10 years, leads police to a serial killer.
Investigators seek the help of a forensic anthropologist Dr. William Bass, who became an expert on the human body's rate of decay by watching bodies rot at his plot at the University of Tennessee and keeping tables of weather data.
A 13-year-old girl's mother is murdered and 20 years later she helps bring the killer to justice; and a dogged policeman gets to the bottom of the brutal murder of a 63-year-old newspaper delivery woman.
A killer helps convict himself when he boasts about his crime to prison cellmates. Investigators probing the murder of a pregnant woman found raped, strangled and dumped into her bathtub, get a new lead when they discover a similar case in Florida.
A highly-regarded California arson investigator is suspected of setting a series of fires; in Texas, a man is convicted of raping and murdering his 68-year-old neighbor and stealing her Coke bottle and rare coin collections.
Five years after the murder of prostitute Lucy Pate, a determined cop connects the case to one previously overlooked. Susan Doll was beaten, raped & strangled in 1989. Investigators extract DNA from a semen stain, but had no suspect to match--until 1995.
A detective keeps a murder investigation going for 16 years and finally proves a woman killed her husband in a satanic rite; THE BURNING SECRET: and a rape victim fails to get a conviction on her attacker.