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 | DirecTV Now | 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 Monster In 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 Cellar The 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 Drifter Two 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 File It 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 Thorns Juliet 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 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 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.
S01 E07Feb 13, 1999
One Night on the Bayou/The Buckeye Misdemeanor Feb 13, 1999 In Louisiana, in 1994, police find the body of a victim who's throat was slashed and body stabbed. With no evidence the case goes cold for many years until years later when a man is arrested for theft. The man is looking to find a way out of jail and tell the detectives of a tale of a murder, fishing and revenge one night many years ago One Night on the Bayou The second story line in this episode is about two men wielding guns in a motel lobby.The only clues left are a few finger prints. Since there were no other clues the case goes cold and is filed in the Buckeye Misdemeanor file. It would be 20 years before the police would look at that file again. With new technology they restart the search to find a killer.
S01 E08Feb 20, 1999
The Mark of Cain/Death on The Freeway Feb 20, 1999 James McCutcheon who makes his home in Florida is reported missing. His roommate Jim Drysdale has basically taken over James' life since his dissappearance. Using his car, taking over his checking account and business. Jim becomes the prime suspect but disappeares before he is arrested. Nearly 4 years would pass before police would catch a break. Jim makes his first mistake from high on the mountain tops of Tennessee where he had been hiding out. He files a clain with Social Security. Where police converge and arrest Jim. While taking him back to Florida Jim confesses to the murder and shows police where the body is. He does this showing no remorse at all. After doing his shift at work, LA Sheriff’s Sergeant George Arthur get into his van and heades home. But what differs on this ride home is that George was shot in his van. Blood was collected from his van and eyewitnesses claim to see a man running from the scene. Without DNA advancement and tecnology the case goes cold. However in 1999 DNA has advanced so far that the this cold case was able to be looked at again. In the investigation police DNA swabs were voluntarily collected from all of Georges friends. That is until they came to former Sheriff’s Deputy Ted Eugene Kirby who refused to give his swab. Suspicous of this police dig and find out that Ted was dating George's soon to be ex wife. He was also treated for head injuries for head injuries shortly after the murder and he called off sick for almost 2 weeks after it as well. After having to file for a search warrant and got the ok, the police collected a swab and found the DNA matched. As police rush to arrest Ted he is missing. Later it turns out that Kirby committed suicide.
Season 6Hulu | 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.