Used to nab a serial rapist terrorizing a small English town and to identify one of America's most notorious murderers (the ruthless BTK Killer), DNA profiling has redefined forensic investigation. As science evolves, the ability of genetic profiling to help solve homicides continues to grow. Witness two landmark cases in the history of genetic profiling as scientists and detectives involved in ground breaking cases usher in a new age of forensic science. (Source: Smithsonian Channel)
One case saved a man from the electric chair and another put an end to a sniper's murderous rampage. Revisit two criminal cases where ballistic evidence played a key role in determining the fate of its suspects. First, Charles Stielow, a man sentenced to death for a 1915 murder, is absolved thanks to a pioneering investigation. Then, after a harrowing 22-day span in 2002, detectives in Washington D.C. finally crack the case of a sniper, relying on bullets taken from the victims' bodies.