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Autopsy 8: Dead Giveaway (2002)

Autopsy examines how forensic examiners can help solve crimes. "Pure Evil" looks at the case of Canadian serial rapists and murderers Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka. "The Lady Vanishes" ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlene Sanders Marlene Sanders ... Narrator (voice)
Paul Bernardo ... Himself - Convicted Murderer (archive footage)
Karla Homolka Karla Homolka ... Herself - Paul Bernardo's Wife (archive footage)
Tammy Homolka Tammy Homolka ... Herself - Karla Homolka's Sister (archive footage)
Mary Hall Mary Hall ... Herself - Former Prosecutor (as Mary Hall LL.B.)
John Rosen John Rosen ... Himself - Bernardo's Defense Attorney
James G. Young James G. Young ... Himself - Chief Coroner for Ontario (as James G. Young M.D.)
Michael Baden Michael Baden ... Himself - Forensic Pathologist (as Dr. Michael Baden)
Paul Keiper Paul Keiper ... Himself - Detective Sergeant
Eagle Eagle ... Himself - Detector Dog (archive footage)
Sandra Anderson Sandra Anderson ... Herself - Eagle's Trainer
Scotty Sanderson Scotty Sanderson ... Himself - Florida Department of Law Enforcement (as Chief Scotty Sanderson)
Harry Shorstein ... Himself - Florida State Attorney
Terrence Steiner Terrence Steiner ... Himself - Medical Examiner (as Dr. Terrence Steiner)
Kevin D. Ballard Kevin D. Ballard ... Himself - Senior Forensic Analyst
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Autopsy examines how forensic examiners can help solve crimes. "Pure Evil" looks at the case of Canadian serial rapists and murderers Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka. "The Lady Vanishes" examines a case where DNA on the envelop of a suicide note helps to establish that a missing woman was being impersonated by her husband. "Mail Rape" a rapist attempts to throw doubt on his case by sending an accomplice a DNA sample in the mail. "Blood Hound of Detroit" a dog trained to sense blood helps lead police to a murderer. "The Medicine Man" a medical examiner thinks that embalming will conceal evidence that he murdered his wife. "Belle of Them All" examines the notorious Norwegian-American serial killer Belle Gunness. Written by Shatterdaymorn

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Official Sites:

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 2002 (USA) See more »

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Due to the age of the victim and the severity of the crime, the body shown encased in blocks of cement is actually a mannequin. See more »

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Dead Giveaway
22 December 2015 | by a_baronSee all my reviews

The main fault of this documentary is that it covers too many cases in a relatively short space of time, but three of them are fascinating, and two of those notorious. First up is the unbelievable yet true story of the Ken and Barbie killers, in particular of Barbie, Karla Homolka, Canada's most hated woman. This documentary has an authentic feel to it, a bit too authentic; if the autopsy photos of Karla's sister Tammy were released or leaked, there was no need for the media to publish them.

If you are not familiar with the case of especially Karla Homolka, you might like to check out the excellent 2006 offering "Karla"; if not, this will give you a shocking preview.

The case of "mail rapist" Anthony Turner is bizarre, but not original; serial killer Kenneth Bianchi tried to pull a similar stunt with a female accomplice, Veronica Compton, who went the extra mile for him.

Of the other cases discussed here, that of serial murderess Belle Gunness is the most notorious. What happened to her remains something of a mystery.

This is not a bad programme but it is a taster, only though for people who have a taste for murder, wanton cruelty and extreme depravity.


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