The series takes a look behind the scenes of spectacular crime hunts. Here, hidden behind laboratory doors and mostly literally in the cellars of forensic institutes, universities and research centres, scientists unearth the decisive clues and evidence for the conviction of the perpetrators. With their constantly evolving methods, they have become true heroes in the fight against the “perfect crime”.


Molecular biologist Harald Schneider extracts DNA from tiny traces. Just 0.5 square millimetres are enough for him to analyze the genetic material. Based on his most spectacular cases, the film presents the milestones of DNA analysis. The film also takes a look into the future of DNA analysis. While originally it was only possible to identify whose DNA was found, the methods are now so refined that conclusions can also be drawn about a person’s eye, hair and skin color from a DNA sample. The beginning of the genetic sketch.


Cornelius Courts is the founder of the research branch of molecular ballistics. He examines the so-called backspatter inside a weapon after firearms offenses. He has already been able to apply his analysis to a multiple murder. Backspatter is organic material that is thrown back into the weapon after a gunshot wound. Molecular biologist Cornelius Courts has developed a method with which this material can be analyzed for DNA and RNA traces. The results show not only who was shot with a gun, but also where the person was hit.

Written and directed by Anna Pflüger

2 x 52 min | 2019