As forensic science becomes more accurate and sophisticated, it is being used more frequently to help solve some of the enduring questions of history. But often, these findings have an emotional, human aspect that goes overlooked.
BURIED SECRETS examines every aspect of the use of DNA technology and other forensic techniques to plumb the past by following five very different stories. Humanity and science merge in the discovery of the identity of the Unknown Soldier. A long-running, fierce historical debate is finally settled when the descendants of Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson consent to be tested to see if the rumors of their ancestors? affair are justified. Two differing, plausible explanations for the death of Napoleon emerge after a team examines strands of his hair for evidence of foul play. The rumors that Jesse James staged his death are quieted by the findings when his body is exhumed. Finally, examine the role of DNA evidence in the famous case of Dr. Sam Sheppard, convicted and then exonerated of murdering his wife.