Perhaps no other television show captures our innate fascination with crime and criminals better than the original Forensic Files. Examining true crime cases from murders to insurance fraud, hit-and-runs to kidnappings, every case featured on the show is solved in large part with the help of forensic science like DNA evidence. While the original Forensic Files stopped production in 2011 with over 400 original episodes, re-runs now air in 142 countries, not to mention on streaming services, making the show perfect for binge watchers, daunting for new-comers, and as much a mainstay as any program in the history of television. But, most of all, the cases always leave viewers wanting to know more.
In Forensic Files Now, author Rebecca Reisner shares her own gripping retellings of 40 favorite cases profiled on the show along with fascinating updates adapted from her popular blog, ForensicFilesNow.com. From classic cases like the Harvard-educated architect who opted for arsenic instead of divorce, to the Texas lovebirds who robbed a grave in an insurance fraud plot that made international headlines, the Ohio doctor who attempted a fresh start by burying his wife in the basement of their house, and some cases that are so captivating that they have sparked spinoff mini-series of their own, readers will be enthralled by these vivid recaps and detailed updates.
Also featuring an in-depth interview with Forensic Files creator Paul Dowling and a profile on the show’s beloved narrator, Peter Thomas, Forensic Files Now is a must-read for diehard Forensic Files fans and a welcome find for true crime readers who are always looking for more riveting and well-told stories.
Rebecca Reisner is a writer and editor who has held longtime staff positions at Businessweek, the New York Post, and Discover magazine. Her blog, ForensicFilesNow.com, has been named as among the best true crime sites by Bustle, True Crime Traveller, and Bizarrepedia and has garnered mention on Time.comand the Daily Beast.