Welcome to the companion Web site to the NOVA program "The Killer's Trail,"
in which a team of experts investigates the forensic evidence in the 1954 murder
of Marylin Sheppard, one of the most famous unsolved crimes in the U.S. The
program was originally broadcast on October 19, 1999. Here's what you'll find online:
Chronology of a Murder
A riveting, step-by-step account of the key events in the Sheppard murder case,
assembled by Sheppard's son and attorney-journalist Cynthia Cooper.
Science in the Courtroom
A prominent Superior Court Judge explains why all judges should take a
laboratory class on the fundamentals of DNA research.
Create a DNA Fingerprint (Hot Science)
Assemble a DNA fingerprint online and use it to identify the culprit
in a hypothetical crime. (Shockwave required)
3-D Mug Shot (QTVR)
Get a glimpse at one of the latest crime-fighting tools—a laser-imaging
technique that creates three-dimensional mug shots and uses ears
to identify individuals.
Cleared By DNA
If DNA findings end up exonerating him of his wife's murder, Sam
Sheppard would not be alone. Indeed, the sheer number of convicts
who have gained their freedom following analysis of DNA collected
at crime scenes may surprise you.