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The DNA of Murder with Paul Holes

The DNA of Murder with Paul Holes

Photo Credit:  Kareem Black/Oxygen
  • Premiered: 
    October 12, 2019
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  • Network: Oxygen
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Crime
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Plot Synopsis

THE DNA OF MURDER WITH PAUL HOLES is a one-hour docuseries that follows Paul Holes -- a retired cold case investigator whose work was instrumental in identifying a suspect in the Golden State Killer case -- as he dives into unsolved homicides by analyzing the physical and emotional "DNA" left behind during the violent interaction. With unprecedented access to crime scene photographs, case files and evidence, Holes investigates each crime utilizing his unique forensic and behavioral skillset. Hoping to zero in on the profile of the perpetrator, he lends his expertise in the latest technological advancements from familial and genetic genealogy to latent fingerprint and DNA phenotyping, the process of predicting physical appearance from DNA. Holes travels around the country working with local investigators and experts including Loni Coombs, Yolanda McClary and Laura Richards, to explore new theories, potential suspects and evidence in the hopes of getting one step closer to solving these cases.

The special 90-minute series opener, "Hotel Homicide," delves into a 1980 murder in Williamsburg, Iowa where two hotel guests were founded bludgeoned to death in their room at a Holiday Inn. Paul and Yolanda McClary investigate this double homicide, which left a small town in Iowa spooked for nearly 40 years. On his quest to bring justice to the families of Rose Burkert and Roger Atkison, Paul is lead to an unexpected discovery.

Each subsequent hour-long episode focuses on a different brutal murder where many questions have been left unanswered. Additional cases include a young woman found stabbed to death along railroad tracks in Kansas City, KS; a murder of a socialite in Georgia whose case involves a mysterious letter allegedly sent from the killer; a man who was found dead in his home after answering an online post for a renter; a homicide of a nun found 100 yards from the convent; and a grandmother stabbed to death in her home in broad daylight.

After a four-month break, THE DNA OF MURDER returned with new episodes on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 7pm ET/PT on Oxygen. In the mid-season premiere, "Voice of a Killer," a voicemail captures a young and successful businesswoman Jennifer Clemmings' last moments in 2003 in Atlanta, along with the voice of her unidentified killer. Paul Holes and Loni Coombs are on the hunt to find the brutal murderer.
On Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 7pm ET/PT, Oxygen premiered "Friend or Foe," the season finale of THE DNA OF MURDER. Investigating the scene in 1998, when Kathleen Heisey, an elementary school principal, is discovered dead inside her Bakersfield, CA home.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Wilshire Studios