Five things to know about true-crime series Evidence of Evil

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There’s a new season of Evidence of Evil starting on CBS Justice (DStv channel 170) this month, and here’s why you won’t want to miss it

Back in the day, crime-scene investigators never had half the tools available to them today. Luckily, a lot has changed but now – thanks to DNA tracing, mobile-phone tracking, social media and a host of other technologies – things are a little easier.Evidence of Evil sets out to show you real murders that were eventually solved thanks to science and clever investigators.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • The show makes you feel as if you are personally involved in each investigation and uses real-life testimonies from witnesses and detectives, as well as real and reconstructed footage to paint a true picture.
  • No matter how hard they try, criminals almost always leave some sort of evidence at the crime scene. It really is up to the investigators to uncover it, then to link it back to the suspect.
  • DNA testing is a powerful tool for tracking down perpetrators. One example is the episode that features the Brianna Denison case, in which her killer was found because of the familial DNA searching. The case led to Brianna’s Law, which states that anyone booked for a felony arrest in the US state Nevada must now have a mandatory DNA cheek swab.
  • One of the most bizarre cases to be investigated this season is the ZombiCon Shooting, where a killer fired into the crowd of 20 000 attending ZombiCon, a Halloween festival in Downtown Fort Myers, Florida. Police had to identify the shooter from a crowd wearing zombie masks and carrying fake weapons.
  • Sometimes people will do anything for money, even commit murder, and very often the victim is someone known to them. In fact, police almost always suspect those closest to the victim first, and they are often right.

Evidence of Evil season 3 can be watched on CBS Justice (DStv channel 170) on Sundays at 8pm starting from 6 September.

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