Documentary following the discovery and investigation of a 4,000-year-old body that was found preserved in an Irish peat bog, one of hundreds of bodies found mummified in the boglands of Northern Europe. To scientists and historians, it could offer brand new clues to solve an ancient mystery. Can the bog bodies of Europe offer to explain our ancestors' most macabre tradition - ritual murder, or might these deaths be explained by prehistoric climate change?
A 4000-year-old body is found preserved in an Irish peat bog, in Cashel, in Ireland's midlands. To scientists and historians, it could offer brand new clues to solve an ancient mystery: the hundreds of bodies found mummified in the boglands of Northern Europe.
For decades, the assassination of John F. Kennedy has fueled dark rumors of conspiracies and mishandled evidence. Now, fifty years later, NOVA asks: Could modern investigators do better? We'll see how state-of-the art forensic tools would be applied to the investigation were it to happen today. At the same time, NOVA takes a critical look at contemporary cases, like the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, to reveal how charges of evidence mishandling and human error can mar even scientifically sophisticated detective work. Will forensics ever be truly foolproof, or does modern technology just give a scientific sheen to a practice that will always be more art than science?