Forensic Files 1.1 - "The Disappearance of Helle Crafts"

The Disappearance of Helle Crafts

Air date: 04/23/1996
Chronology: season 1, episode 1

Victim: Helle Crafts

Date of birth: 07/04/1947

Date of death: 11/19/1986

Cause of death: Blunt force trauma (presumed; body never recovered)

Location: Newtown, Connecticut, U.S.A.

Perpetrator: Richard Crafts

The crime: After an argument about her husband's infidelity, Helle Crafts was struck at least twice in the head by Richard Crafts. He wrapped her body in bedsheets and placed it in a freezer in the garage as he attempted to clean up the evidence. Later that evening, he dismembered the body with a chainsaw and put the remains through a rented woodchipper along the river. He then dismantled the chainsaw and disposed of it in the river.

Techniques: Antigen test (blood type testing), blood spatter analysis, orthotolidine test, chemical etching, hair analysis, chemical analysis, spectograph, signature cutting pattern, odontology

Professionals: Dr. Henry Lee, PhD (director of Connecticut State Police forensic laboratory, criminalist), Marty Ohradan (homicide investigator), H. Wayne Carver II, MD (chief medical examiner), Albert B Harper, PhD (biological anthropologist), Gus Karazulus, DDS (forensic odontologist), Elaine Pagliaro (forensic scientist), Keith Mayo (private investigator), Dianne M. Andersen (attorney), Joseph Palombizio (polygraph examiner), Peter Thomas (narrator)