Cold Case Files
Explore compelling cases that have gone cold for years, chronicling the journeys of the detectives who reopened them. The detectives relive the events of the crimes, reveal new twists and startling revelations, relying on breakthroughs in forensic technology and the influence of social media to help crack these cases.
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Season 1Hulu | A&E | A&E | Rent or Buy
S01 E01Jan 2, 1999
Hour 1 - Cold Case Files Jan 2, 1999 In the first case in this episode Felicia Prechtl is found raped and murdered in Dallas, Texas/ The only thing the killer left behind was a fingerprint which was smudged. The fingerprint was left on a piece of duct tape that the killer used to tie up Felicia. It would take many years before Felicia would get justice. It would take the work of a dedicated detective to runs the prints through the system and find not only a match to the print but also finds the killer. And he wants to confess.The second story in this episode is about a little girl, Surrette Clark, who lived in the Arizona desert. She disappeared with nobody to even recognize that she was gone. After Surrette went missing at the age of 3 it would take more then 20 years to solve this mystery. Her parents took off across the Canadian border right after her disappearance. Finally a woman comes forward to tell of the families secret. With this information cold case detectives find out about a story of child abuse and how deadly some people will go to hide them.The third story in this episode is about a known man. One who has passed through our live via television either from watching the show or somebody talking about it. Its Bob Crane. Best known for his role on Hogan's Heroes as Colonel Hogan. Crane was strangled and beaten to death in his own bed in 1978. The story goes that Bob and a friend of his had a fight one night. With the small evidence that the police did have the police suspected his friend of his murder but could not prove it. It would be 12 years before anybody takes a second look at this case. On the second try police do find the evidence they need but will it be enough?In the fourth installment to this episode is about Ronnie Bullock. He was a man who had served 10 years of his sentence for raping an 11 year old girl. Through the entire time of his imprisionment he stayed stedfast to his claim of innocence. It would not be until DNA was founded that someone would listen to him and prove him innocent.
S01 E02Jan 9, 1999
The Boy and the Monster/Secret in the Cellar Jan 9, 1999 The Boy and the MonsterIn Wisconsin in the winter of 1991 a young woman's body was found naked, badly beaten and to make it harder to identify her, her fingertips were cut off. After months of trying to figure out who she was they finally came up with a name. Doris McLeod. After finding out who she was the police find out a lot more about her. She had a troubled past. After being on the streets she ended up connected to a pimp. Only one month of being on the streets she is never seen again. It takes a 3 year old boy to finally tell the police about Doris and the Boy and the Monster.Secret in the CellarThe second part of this episode is about a young woman from South Portland, Maine who was in search of her mother. She contacts the police but they get nowhere. They question Bill Bruns, the missing woman's husband who told the police a story about how Pearl drank and ran off with another man.Elaine Woodward, the missing womans daughter, went to the media for help. An investigator takes the case and with the help of science and man power he finds out what happened to Pearl with the Secret in the Cellar.
S01 E03Jan 16, 1999
The Texas Drifter/The Fingerprint File Jan 16, 1999 Texas DrifterTwo women in two separate towns in Texas who where raped. The rapist uses a knife to threaten these women then rapes them and leaves his DNA behind. Back when these happened DNA was not profected yet so having the DNA was useless. Many years later when CODIS was developed which is a database for DNA a match to the rapists DNA was found. It was to a known serial rapist.Fingerprint FileIt was two days before Christmas a woman if found stabbed to death with the only clue left is a fingerprint left on a pop bottle. The forensic people were able to lift the print but had no success in matching it to anybody. Years later a man still working on cold cases finds a match to the fingerpprint which gives the police a lead to a killer.Rose Among ThornsJuliet Rowe was the victim who got shot in the bedroom of her English Countryside home. She was shot execution style then was shot again in the heart. The killer wanted to make sure that Juliet was dead. After thousands of endless attempts her case remained unsolved.8 years later a stranger comes into a pub and starts talking to Mr Rowe Juliet's husband. The stranger's name was Keith Rose. He was arrested on kidnapping charges 6 weeks later. Because of his arrest he brings attention to himself to the cold case investigators who then look at him in the "Rose Among Thorns" case.
S01 E04Jan 24, 1999
The Answer in the Box/Maternal Instinct Jan 24, 1999 Answer in the BoxAlison Parrott was a runner. Not only was she was runner she was a great runner, So much so that she had the local media interested in her, So when she got a call from a photographer to take some pictures of her running she didn't think anything wrong with it. She left to go to her photo session and wasn't seen alive again. The police had a fellow runner as the lead suspect but nothing ever happened with that lead. A cold case detective named Vic Matanovic was going through some files 10 years later and came across the case. When the detective was looking for clues to solve the case the Answer is in the Box. Usually DNA is enough to prove a case but in this case the criminal who lured Alison to her death had a plan to lure the jury to believe in the lie he was about to tell.Maternal Instinct1981 a brother and sister fell victim to a heartless mother with no regard for life. 3 month old Seth Davis was rushed to the hospital because of insulin poisoning. He was left brain damaged. 5 months later his sister, Tenga Davis, is rushed to the hospital. There she dies of Caffeine poisoning. Even though the autopsy that was turned in by the M.E. stated cause of death was a homicide, the police treated this as an accident.Their mother Mary Beth Davis moves on with her own life by moving to a different state. She starts a new family and forgets all about what happened back in her past. That is until 10 years later when Mary Beth gets a knock on her door by the cold case detectives which brings back her past as the detectives are there to prove a case of murder.
S01 E05Jan 30, 1999
The Hunter Homicides/The Skulls Of Stanley Park Jan 30, 1999 In the first story line in this series called Hunter Homicides 2 hunter were out hunting in 1993 when they were robbed and murdered. Many years pass with this murder gone cold until 1997 when one of the hunters guns shows up in a pawn shop. This case was solved by using psychology not evidence. This case takes you into the mind of the killer.In Vancouver’s Stanley Park in the 1950's skulls were found all being childrens. The case remains cold for almost 50 years until DNA was perfected. Using forensic technology and hundred of volunteers the case of The Skulls of Stanley Park. is re-opened.
S01 E05Jan 29, 1999
The Hunter Homicides/The Skulls Of Stanley Park Jan 29, 1999 In the first story line in this series called Hunter Homicides 2 hunter were out hunting in 1993 when they were robbed and murdered. Many years pass with this murder gone cold until 1997 when one of the hunters guns shows up in a pawn shop. This case was solved by using psychology not evidence. This case takes you into the mind of the killer.In Vancouver's Stanley Park in the 1950's skulls were found all being childrens. The case remains cold for almost 50 years until DNA was perfected. Using forensic technology and hundred of volunteers the case of The Skulls of Stanley Park. is re-opened.
S01 E06Feb 7, 1999
Through Eyes of a Child/The Killer Next Door Feb 7, 1999 George Morgan is serving time in an Illinois prison. For some unknown reason while he is serving his time he wants to talk about a cold case. The difference with George is he wants nothing in return for what he tells the detectives. Going back in his childhood, George talks about his childhood and his abusive step-mom. And the death of his 4 year old sister at her hands. With no evidence, only details, the detectives have to go back 30 years to look for evidence.The Killer Next Door is the second plot in this episode. John McRae began his killing at age 15. After his release and his proclaim to being reformed, the killings started again. His sexual motive was sadism and his preference was male boys. It would take 50 years, 4 homicides and 3 different state to find where the dumping grounds were.
Season 2Hulu | A&E
S02 E01Jan 2, 2000
Operation Jambalaya/Footprints in the Snow Jan 2, 2000 A New Orleans police officer goes undercover on a Baton Rouge riverboat to gain a confession from one of the ship's maintenance workers who is suspected of murder. And a Wisconsin man, suspected of committing murder using a nunchukus, a weapon consisting of handles connected by a chain, goes on trial nearly 10 years after the victim's body was found on Christmas Eve 1987.
S02 E02Jan 9, 2000
The South Side Rapist Jan 9, 2000 A series of brutal rapes in St. Louis goes unsolved for many years until a fluke audit of a license plate number leads police to the culprit.
S02 E03Jan 16, 2000
Mark of a Killer/Dead Ends Jan 16, 2000 A killer's bite marks and a jailhouse snitch lead to a murder conviction in a case gone cold for eight years, and Bill Kurtis joins a group of super sleuths trying to solve the slaying of 18-year-old Jamie Weiss, found dead in her bathtub in 1996.
S02 E04Jan 23, 2000
The Baiting Game/The Killer's Tattoo Jan 23, 2000 Investigators in Virginia, probing the murder case of a sailor, seek the help of a forensic anthropologist from the "body farm" in the Great Smoky Mountains. Dr. William Bass became an expert on the human body's rate of decay by watching bodies rot at his plot at the University of Tennessee and keeping tables of weather data.
S02 E05Jan 30, 2000
Ticket to Nowhere/The Paper Route Jan 30, 2000 A 13-year-old girl's mother is murdered and 20 years later she helps bring the killer to justice; and a dogged policeman gets to the bottom of the brutal murder of a 63-year-old newspaper delivery woman.
S02 E06Feb 6, 2000
Traces of Murder/The Bathtub Killer Feb 6, 2000 A killer helps convict himself when he boasts about his crime to prison cellmates; and New Hampshire investigators probing the murder of a pregnant woman found raped, strangled, and dumped into her bathtub, get a new lead when they discover a similar case in Florida.
S03 E01Jan 2, 2001
Cop Killer/Evil Twin Jan 2, 2001 After 46 years, LA homicide detectives take a Lover's Lane bandit who also gunned down two police officers into custody. Then, DNA testing helps lead police in Florida to a suspected killer, however the killer has an identical twin.
S03 E02Jan 9, 2001
The Zodiac Killer Jan 9, 2001 With access to the San Francisco Police Department's work, including saliva samples taken from letters the infamous Zodiac Killer sent 30 year ago, we reevaluate the case of the serial killer who began terrorizing California in the late 1960s.
S03 E03Jan 16, 2001
The Accidental Killer/Little Sister Lost Jan 16, 2001 While hiking with husband Dennis in Montana, Leslee Larson fell into Wolf Creek. Then Dennis is convicted of murdering his wife, while in Main. And 15-year-old papergirl Penny Parker goes missing, then her body is found by a search volunteer.
S03 E04Jan 23, 2001
The Merry Widow/The Bad Cop Jan 23, 2001 In 1983, Navy seamen Sonny Grotton left base for a long weekend at home. But as he pulled into his driveway, a gunman killed him. And in 1993, former state trooper Doug Wright claimed his estranged wife shot and killed herself in their home.
S03 E05Jan 30, 2001
Daddy Knows Best/Dawn of the Dead Jan 30, 2001 A detective works for 15 years to nab a man who murdered his wife and dismembered her body to hide the sexual abuse of his children. Then, 20 years after the shooting murder of a gas station attendant, detectives get a lead.
S03 E06Feb 6, 2001
The Killer's Tattoo Feb 6, 2001 The murder of a 73-year-old man leads police on a long chase for a man who's suspected of identity theft and bears a rose tattoo with the name Phyllis.
S04 E01Jan 2, 2002
Love Triangle/2nd Story Rapist Jan 2, 2002 A phone-sting operation produces a big surprise and helps police nab the killers of a San Diego man several years after the case went cold. And a California DA uses an unprecedented legal strategy in the 6-year-old hunt for a rapist.
S04 E02Jan 9, 2002
The Calling Card/Carol's Diary Jan 9, 2002 Business cards found at a murder scene plus 38 years of advances in DNA technology reveal the killer of a 19-year-old New York woman. And, the lead suspect in a 22-year-old murder confesses after police take DNA samples from him.
S04 E03Jan 16, 2002
Beauty Queen Killer/The Fingerprint Jan 16, 2002 Forensic testing helps police solve the 20-year-old murder of a California beauty queen; and two hairs pulled from a bandana used in a double murder is the evidence that police need to put the killer behind bars.
S04 E04Jan 23, 2002
Friend of the Family/Remains of Murder Jan 23, 2002 An ex-girlfriend helps to bring a child-murderer to justice; a mysterious set of bones puts police on the trail of a teen's killer.
S04 E05Jan 30, 2002
Under a Spell/Justice for Lisa Jan 30, 2002 A Miami undercover operation nabs the man who beat four black prostitutes, and set them aflame. And DNA helps solve the cold case of a man who posed as a fisherman to get a 6-year-old girl's attention, then raped and killed her.
S04 E06Feb 6, 2002
A Man Scorned/The Dungeon Feb 6, 2002 Police suspect a gay man murdered a woman because she became too friendly with his boy friend. And a man goes on a monstrous crime spree, abducting five women over 15 years and forcing each to spend months and even years as his sex slave.
S04 E07Feb 13, 2002
A Killer Named Korn/The Night Watchman Feb 13, 2002 The conviction of a man found guilty of sexually assaulting and stabbing an Ohio woman to death is overturned because his Miranda rights were violated when he was arrested. And police spend 13 years looking for the killer of a Houston security guard who was shot 11 times when he tried to stop a car theft.
S05 E01Dec 2, 2005
Finding BTK Dec 2, 2005 The story of the hunt for one of the most notorious serial killers in recent American history--the BTK killer, who terrorized the Wichita, Kansas, area for years. After committing at least seven brutal murders, BTK (for Bind, Torture, Kill) vanished for over 25 years before sending clues of his crimes to the media in 2004. He continued to avoid capture until a forensic computer expert traced a computer disc that led investigators to a surprising suspect--a church president.
S05 E02Dec 16, 2005
Obsession: Dave Reichert and the Green River Killer Dec 16, 2005 In this special 100th edition of Cold Case Files, we look at the biggest serial murder case in U.S. history - the 20-year hunt for the Green River Killer. Dave Reichert, the detective who made finding the killer his obsession, walks us through the case. He tells vivid, sometimes harrowing stories about the murders, saying, "You never forget the sight of a 16-year-old body lying on her back on the riverbank with ligature around her neck." Reichert headed up two Green River task forces until forensic DNA technology helped crack the case and brought him face to face with the killer thought to be responsible for 48 deaths.
S05 E03Jan 15, 2006
Death of a Deacon/A Wife's Mission Jan 15, 2006 When an adulterous church deacon is found shot to death in the back seat of his car, it looks like police may have stumbled upon a multi-party murder plot. And, a wife remains a key suspect in her husband's murder case for six years, until she takes the matter into her own hands to prove her innocence.
S05 E04Jan 22, 2006
Snatched/A Detective's Promise Jan 22, 2006 The dogged work of an Alberta, Canada, detective finally pays off when he tracks down the man who raped and murdered a 6-year-old girl 10 years earlier. And when police search for the killer of an 18-year-old hitchhiker, they find that the victim's diary is one of their best clues.
S05 E05Feb 5, 2006
The Sunday Morning Slasher Feb 5, 2006 Law enforcement officials fear they may have to release a serial killer from prison until a 24-year-old murder case gives them a chance to lock him up for good.
S05 E06Feb 19, 2006
Caught on Tape/A Son Remembers Feb 19, 2006 A video tape made at an ATM machine helps police in Louisville, KY, to nab a man suspected of raping 13 women. And a DA investigator in Georgia helps crack a murder case that his father, a police chief, first worked on 30 years before.
S05 E07Mar 12, 2006
On the Case: Nacole's Killer Mar 12, 2006 This special edition of Cold Case Files offers an inside look, rarely seen, at an active cold case investigation. We follow Det. Vince Velazquez of Atlanta and Capt. Russell Popham of East Point, Ga., as they work to solve the 1995 rape and murder of 14-year-old Nacole Smith, one of Atlanta's most notorious unsolved crimes. We see Velazquez and Popham hit the streets to question people who might recognize the man in their composite sketch, and obtain DNA samples from potential suspects. "It's almost like the carrot's dangling in front of us, but we just can't catch it," Velazquez says of his painstaking, frustrating search for the killer.
Season 6Hulu | A&E | A&E | Rent or Buy
S06 E01Feb 28, 2017
Little Girl Lost Feb 28, 2017 Halloween in a small town is canceled indefinitely when a young girl is kidnapped and killed on her way home from a costume party.
S06 E02Mar 7, 2017
Killings on Christmas Eve Mar 7, 2017 A family torn apart by their grandparents’ murders. Two decades later, a cold case detective takes on the case that has haunted him since he was a child.
S06 E03Mar 13, 2017
She Never Came Home Mar 13, 2017 The case of a gruesome stabbing death of a bullied teenager remains unsolved for 27 years – until a rookie cold case detective sees a new clue in an old crime scene photo, leading her to a killer that everyone thought could not possibly have committed the crime.
S06 E04Mar 16, 2017
Sweethearts, Silenced Mar 16, 2017 A killer authors a book about his con-man past that becomes the key to solving a 29-year-old cold case of two high school sweethearts–and three other cold case murders–leading police to believe he could be the Zodiac Killer.
S06 E05May 25, 2017
The Night Shift May 25, 2017 One family faces two unsolved murders of loved ones and authorities finally uncover the missing clue that leads to solve the case 13 years after the murders occurred.
S06 E05May 25, 2017
The Night Shift May 25, 2017 College student Brad Perry shows up to work his graveyard shift at the gas station and is never seen alive again. It will take twenty years, the uncovering of an illegal drug ring in a squeaky-clean Mormon town, and the development of new forensic technology to solve this cold case.
S06 E06Jun 1, 2017
Officer Down Jun 1, 2017 The longest running cold case of a law enforcement officer in the United States was the murder of Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Clark – shot execution style in his own home. Given his tough stance on drug crime, detectives become convinced his death is the beginning of a drug war. It takes 33 years for them to discover the truth.