Those of us who get creeped out by crawlers such as cockroaches, flies or (shudder) maggots are overlooking an important contribution bugs make to society: they can actually help solve crimes. Recent advances in forensic entomology make it possible for insects found near or on corpses at crime scenes to reveal when victims died, whether a body has been moved, or whether a victim has taken drugs. This program tells us how bugs are used in the crime solving process with expert testimonials from such forensic experts as Dr. Mark Benecke, aka ‘The Lord of the Flies,’ who prefers bugs to humans when it comes to solving crimes. After all, flies can’t lie.
Partners: Crocodile Media (Manchester/Glasgow) for the Crime and Investigation Network, distributed by Electric Sky (Brighton)
Length: 1 x 47 minutes
Aired: Feb. 2010
Rights: Worldwide except UK, Ireland