Cold Case Files

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This article is about the television show. For the album by Onyx, see Cold Case Files (album).
Cold Case Files
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Format Reality legal show, documentary
Created by Kurtis Productions, Ltd.
Starring Bill Kurtis (host)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 126
Production
Running time approx. 45–50 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel A&E Network
Original run January 1, 1999 – 2008
External links
Website

Cold Case Files is a reality legal show/documentary on the cable channel A&E Network hosted by Bill Kurtis that documents the investigation of various long-unsolved murders (referred to as "cold cases" in detectives' parlance) through the use of modern forensic science (especially recent advances in DNA techniques), and criminal psychology, in addition to recent breakthroughs in the case(s) involving previously silent witnesses.

Overview[edit]

According to A&E, the show has been widely praised by law enforcement agencies and its investigative reports are commonly used in the training of detectives.[1]

Cold Case Files first aired as a sub-series of another A&E crime documentary program, Investigative Reports, also hosted by Bill Kurtis, which ran from 1991–2008. Reruns of the series currently air on broadcast syndication in the United States, usually in lower-profile time slots, and on many RTV stations.

Episode list[edit]

Season 1 (1999)[edit]

No. Title Original air date
1 "Pilot Episode" January 1, 1999 (1999-01-01)
Cold Case #1: Murder of Felicia Prechtl by Karl Chamberlain; Cold Case #2: My Brother The Killer; Cold Case #3: The Bob Crane Murder; and Cold Case #4: Case Resolved
2 "The Boy and the Monster/Secret in the Cellar" January 8, 1999 (1999-01-08)
3 "The Texas Drifter/The Fingerprint File/A Rose Among Thorns" January 15, 1999 (1999-01-15)
4 "The Answer in the Box/Maternal Instinct" January 23, 1999 (1999-01-23)
5 "The Hunter Homicides/The Skulls Of Stanley Park" January 29, 1999 (1999-01-29)
6 "Through Eyes of a Child/The Killer Next Door" February 6, 1999 (1999-02-06)
"Through Eyes of a Child" told the story of solving the murder of Michelle Morgan, a 4-year-old child abuse victim who was murdered by her stepmother in 1961.[2] "The Killer Next Door" told the story of John Mcrae, who started killing at 15.
7 "One Night on the Bayou/The Buckeye Misdemeanor" February 12, 1999 (1999-02-12)
8 "The Mark of Cain/Death on The Freeway" February 19, 1999 (1999-02-19)
9 "Terror in Telluride/Signature of a Killer" February 26, 1999 (1999-02-26)
"Terror in Telluride": Murder of Eva Schoen (wife of eldest son of U-Haul founder, Leonard Shoen) by Frank Marquis. "Signature of a Killer": The 22-year-old cold case of Taylor Courtney's murder by Larry Gibson, linked to the crime scene by fingerprints.
10 "Diary Of A Serial Arsonist/The Lost Clue" March 3, 1999 (1999-03-03)
11 "Killer on the Strip/The Doll Murder" March 12, 1999 (1999-03-12)
12 "Murder Illustrated/Blood Relations" March 19, 1999 (1999-03-19)
13 "The Burning Secret/Justice Delayed" March 26, 1999 (1999-03-26)
14 "Reconstructing Murder/Fire Flicks" April 9, 1999 (1999-04-09)
15 "The Missing Informant/Man's Best Friend" April 30, 1999 (1999-04-30)
"The Missing Informant": The 1990 murder of BATF informant Christine Elkins, as described on Nodaway_County,_Missouri#Crime_in_Nodaway_County. "Man's Best Friend": Suspect of the 1991 murder of Daniel Schraeder linked to the crime by the DNA of the victim's dog on his blue jeans.
16 "Killer in the County" April 16, 1999 (1999-04-16)
The murders committed by Faryion Wardrip are linked by DNA.
17 "Presumed Dead/The Tow Truck Killer" April 23, 1999 (1999-04-23)
18 "Portrait Of A Killer/The Tortured Truth" April 30, 1999 (1999-04-30)
"Portrait of a Killer" told about how NecroSearch, a volunteer team of victim advocates with technical investigation skills, successfully investigated the disappearance of photographer Michelle Wallace, age 25, who had been reported missing from Gunnison, Colorado, in 1974.[3]
19 "Vanished" May 7, 1999 (1999-05-07)
20 "The Missing and the Dead" May 14, 1999 (1999-05-14)
21 "Silent Witness/Innocence Lost" May 21, 1999 (1999-05-21)
22 "Frozen in Time/Little Girl Lost" May 28, 1999 (1999-05-28)
23 "Family Secret/Blood Trail" June 4, 1999 (1999-06-04)
24 "Bodies In The Bay/Till Death Do Us Part" June 11, 1999 (1999-06-11)

Season 2 (2000)[edit]

No. Title Original air date
1 "Operation Jambalaya/Footprints in the Snow" January 1, 2000 (2000-01-01)
2 "The South Side Rapist" January 8, 2000 (2000-01-08)
3 "Mark of a Killer/Dead Ends" January 15, 2000 (2000-01-15)
"Mark of a Killer": Suspected serial killer, Alfred Swinton, convicted of murdering Carla Terry via bite marks on her body. "Dead Ends": Murder of 18-year-old Jamie Ellen Weiss by soon-to-be husband, Billy Justin Charles.
4 "The Baiting Game" January 22, 2000 (2000-01-22)
5 "Ticket to Nowhere/The Paper Route" January 29, 2000 (2000-01-29)
6 "Traces of Murder/The Bathtub Killer" February 5, 2000 (2000-02-05)
7 "Pride and the Fall/The Nail File" February 12, 2000 (2000-02-12)
8 "In the Care of a Killer/Deadly Lies" February 19, 2000 (2000-02-19)

"In the Care of a Killer": Babysitter Tawny Sue Gunter convicted of killing two toddlers while under her care.

"Deadly Lies": James Kent Hill is convicted of killing Frank Ross, after Ross's body was found in Claremore Lake by scuba divers searching for a car.
9 "Lady in the Box" February 26, 2000 (2000-02-26)
10 "Crimes of the KKK" March 5, 2000 (2000-03-05)
11 "Murder On The Menu" March 12, 2000 (2000-03-12)
12 "The Widow and the Wolf/Unicorns and Alligators" March 19, 2000 (2000-03-19)
13 "Vintage Murder/Trouble in Paradise" March 26, 2000 (2000-03-26)
14 "The Perfect Murder/Death of the Innocents" April 2, 2000 (2000-04-02)
15 "The Unluckiest Man/The Deadly Triangle" April 9, 2000 (2000-04-09)
16 "Cat and Mouse/Cabbie Killer" April 16, 2000 (2000-04-16)
17 "The Cuff Link/Graveyard Shift" April 23, 2000 (2000-04-23)
18 "The Good Samaritan/Gun Shy" April 30, 2000 (2000-04-30)
19 "A Map To Murder/Life on the Run" May 7, 2000 (2000-05-07)
20 "Soft Kill/Unsolved" May 14, 2000 (2000-05-14)
21 "License to Kill/The Tell-Tale Mark/The Supermarket Mystery" May 21, 2000 (2000-05-21)
22 "The Original Night Stalker" May 28, 2000 (2000-05-28)
23 "Cold Hit/Silent Kill" June 4, 2000 (2000-06-04)
24 "Mommy's Rules" June 11, 2000 (2000-06-11)
25 "A Sealed Fate/Deadly Divorce" June 18, 2000 (2000-06-18)

Season 3 (2001)[edit]

No. Title Original air date
1 "Cop Killer/Evil Twin" January 1, 2001 (2001-01-01)
2 "The Zodiac Killer" January 8, 2001 (2001-01-08)
3 "The Accidental Killer/Little Sister Lost" January 15, 2001 (2001-01-15)
4 "The Merry Widow/The Bad Cop" January 22, 2001 (2001-01-22)
"The Merry Widow" describes how a woman arranges the murder of her husband to obtain insurance money. "The Bad Cop" covers an attempt by a former State Trooper to disguise a murder as a suicide.
5 "Daddy Knows Best/Dawn of the Dead" January 29, 2001 (2001-01-29)
"Daddy Knows Best" reveals a child-molesting father who killed his wife and nearly gets away with it. "Dawn of the Dead" pursues the murder of a gas attendant on his first day at work in San Jose, California.
6 "The Killer's Tattoo" February 5, 2001 (2001-02-05)
7 "The Green River Killer" February 12, 2001 (2001-02-12)
8 "A Hitchhike to Murder/Never Forgotten" February 19, 2001 (2001-02-19)
9 "The DNA Link/The Secret Slide" February 26, 2001 (2001-02-26)
10 "Death Before I Do/Hollywood Homicide" March 5, 2001 (2001-03-05)
11 "Blood Money/Precious Doe" March 12, 2001 (2001-03-12)
12 "Unholy Bible/A Daughter's Justice" March 19, 2001 (2001-03-19)
13 "Officer Down/Secret Twin" March 26, 2001 (2001-03-26)
14 "Weepy-Voiced Killer/The Mr. Big Sting" April 2, 2001 (2001-04-02)
15 "Blood on the Badge/Bump in the Night" April 9, 2001 (2001-04-09)
16 "The Lady Killer/A Husband's Secret" April 16, 2001 (2001-04-16)
17 "Mistaken for a Killer/A Woman Scorned" April 23, 2001 (2001-04-23)
18 "The Missing Hunters/The Flashlight Rapist" April 30, 2001 (2001-04-30)
19 "Cowboys on the Case/Office Politics" May 7, 2001 (2001-05-07)
20 "The Flaming Gorge Falls/Caught in the Mail" May 14, 2001 (2001-05-14)
21 "Murder Checks In/Killer in the City" May 21, 2001 (2001-05-21)
"Murder Checks In": Three women raped and killed in Iowa hotels are the work of a serial killer with keys. "Killer in the City": A frightened Bronx woman is stabbed 39 times, but the suspect claims self-defense.
22 "The Shopping Cart Killer" May 28, 2001 (2001-05-28)
23 "The Hitmakers/Favor For A Friend" June 4, 2001 (2001-06-04)
24 "Lil Miss/Skeletons In The Closet" June 11, 2001 (2001-06-11)
25 "Innocent Prey/The Punishment" June 18, 2001 (2001-06-18)

Season 4 (2002)[edit]

No. Title Original air date
1 "Love Triangle/2nd Story Rapist" January 1, 2002 (2002-01-01)
2 "The Calling Card/Carol's Diary" January 8, 2002 (2002-01-08)
"The Calling Card": Donald Sigsbee is convicted of killing Regina Reynolds after accidentally leaving his business card near the scene of her body. "Carol's Diary": 16-year-old Carol Hutto's homicide is a cold case for over 20 years until James Kuenn confesses under the threat of DNA evidence.
3 "Beauty Queen Killer/The Fingerprint" January 15, 2002 (2002-01-15)
4 "Friend of the Family/Remains of Murder" January 22, 2002 (2002-01-22)
5 "Under a Spell/Justice for Lisa" January 29, 2002 (2002-01-29)
6 "A Man Scorned/The Dungeon" February 5, 2002 (2002-02-05)
"A Man Scorned": Archie Talley is convicted of murdering Elizabeth Herrington, after seeing her with his ex-lover. "The Dungeon": John Jamelske kidnapped multiple women and held them in a concrete bunker behind his home.
7 "A Killer Named Korn/The Night Watchman" February 12, 2002 (2002-02-12)
8 "The Bedroom Basher" February 19, 2002 (2002-02-19)
9 "Baby for Sale/The Barrel" February 26, 2002 (2002-02-26)
10 "The Bitemark/Justice for Eglena" March 5, 2002 (2002-03-05)
Forensic dentistry is key to solving a teen's murder, using a photo of "The Bitemark" on the killer's arm. A young woman whose ravaged body is found in a churchyard has a family who demands "Justice for Eglena."
11 "Sex, Lies and Murder" March 12, 2002 (2002-03-12)
The episode describes the investigations that lead to the arrest of John Edward Robinson, the "Internet slave master"
12 "The Monster/A Cousin's Promise" March 19, 2002 (2002-03-19)
13 "A Brother's Burden/The Midnight Attacker" March 26, 2002 (2002-03-26)
14 "The Well/The Deadly Ex" April 2, 2002 (2002-04-02)
An elderly man is found in "The Well." His stolen guns lead to his killers. When a young mother's body is found in her car's trunk, a little girl's question is: "Did daddy do it? Is he 'The Deadly Ex'?"
15 "Déjà Vu/Secret In The Well" April 9, 2002 (2002-04-09)
16 "The Tourniquet/Burning Desire" April 16, 2002 (2002-04-16)
17 "Manhunt" April 23, 2002 (2002-04-23)
18 "The Family/The Clue That Stuck" April 30, 2002 (2002-04-30)
A Mexican crime family is suspected of a teen girl's murder; DNA on a duct tape is "The Clue That Stuck."
19 "Man in the Shadows/The Hitchhiker" May 7, 2002 (2002-05-07)
20 "A Confession for Carmen/The Girls" May 14, 2002 (2002-05-14)
21 "A Sister Lost/Rumors of Murder" May 21, 2002 (2002-05-21)
22 "Smoky Mountain Mystery/A Drop of Blood" May 28, 2002 (2002-05-28)
23 "Rear Window/The Peeper" June 4, 2002 (2002-06-04)
"Rear Window": A 23-year-old fails to show up for work, police find her lifeless body. A suspect emerges, but getting a DNA sample requires finesse. "The Peeper": A neighborhood with a Peeping Tom is shocked when a man is murdered and assaulted. Clues? DNA and a barefoot print. Fourteen years later the assailant is caught during another 'peep' job.
24 "The Closers/Caught by an Eyelash" June 11, 2002 (2002-06-11)
25 "Kidnapped" June 18, 2002 (2002-06-18)
The parents of Chad Choice, a missing 8-year-old boy in Tyler, Texas, receive a grisly package containing his skull!

Season 5 (2006)[edit]

No. Title Original air date
1 "Obsession: Dave Reichert and the Green River Killer" December 15, 2005 (2005-12-15)
2 "Finding BTK" December 22, 2005 (2005-12-22)
3 "Death Of A Deacon/A Wife's Mission" January 14, 2006 (2006-01-14)
4 "Snatched/A Detective's Promise" January 21, 2006 (2006-01-21)
5 "The Sunday Morning Slasher" February 4, 2006 (2006-02-04)
6 "Caught on Tape/A Son Remembers" February 11, 2006 (2006-02-11)
7 "On the Case: Nacole's Killer" February 18, 2006 (2006-02-18)
8 "Killer on Campus/The Bow Hunter" April 2, 2006 (2006-04-02)
9 "Something Snapped/A Killer's Dream" April 7, 2006 (2006-04-07)
10 "Daddy Dearest/A Pastor's Wife" May 6, 2006 (2006-05-06)
11 "A Killer's Skin/Where's Peggy?" June 3, 2006 (2006-06-03)
12 "Innocence Stolen/Danger at the Door" July 8, 2006 (2006-07-08)
13 "The Interrogation/The Slide" July 15, 2006 (2006-07-15)
14 "The Taunt/Death in Deadwood" July 29, 2006 (2006-07-29)
A rapist/murderer's taunting postcard provides DNA to finger him. Deadwood, South Dakota uses the FBI fingerprint database to locate "Outlaw," an elusive hippie who bashed David Rose with a boulder.
15 "On the Case: A Child Remembers" August 12, 2006 (2006-08-12)
16 "The Black Dahlia" September 9, 2006 (2006-09-09)
The 1947 murder of actress Elizabeth Short, the oldest unsolved case in L.A..
17 "The Deadly Stroll/Unholy Secret" September 23, 2006 (2006-09-23)
18 "A Deadly Affair/The Sting Operation" September 30, 2006 (2006-09-30)
"A Deadly Affair" leads to a dead husband in Olathe, KS, unsolved for over 20 years; "The Sting Operation" catches a drugstore robber who killed an officer in Beebe, AR.
19 "NCIS/Exhuming the Truth" September 7, 2006 (2006-09-07)
20 "Cross Country Connection/Eyes at the Window" October 21, 2006 (2006-10-21)
21 "Abandoned Houses/A Son's Memory" October 28, 2006 (2006-10-28)
22 "A Knock at the Door/Shattered" November 18, 2006 (2006-11-18)
23 "A Deadly Pattern/A Desperate Housewife" November 18, 2006 (2006-11-18)
24 "Murder He Wrote/Caught By the Past" October 21, 2006 (2006-10-21)
25 "Evidence Kit" October 28, 2006 (2006-10-28)
26 "Left for Dead/On the Case" November 18, 2006 (2006-11-18)

Awards/Nominations[edit]

Emmy Award:

  • Outstanding Nonfiction Series (2005) nomination: Michael Harvey (executive producer), Laura Fleury (executive producer), Tania Lindsay (supervising producer), Michael West (supervising producer), Mary Frances O'Conner (producer), Bill Kurtis (host)[4]
  • Outstanding Nonfiction Series (2004) nomination: Laura Fleury (executive producer), Michael Harvey (supervising producer), Mike West (producer), Bill Kurtis (host)[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ About Cold Case Files, A&E Television Networks website.
  2. ^ "Death Investigation: Part 5" (PDF). A&E. 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-30. 
  3. ^ "2". A&E. 2007. p. 4. Retrieved 2007-07-30. 
  4. ^ [1], IMDB 2005 Primetime Emmy Awards
  5. ^ [2], IMDB 2004 Primetime Emmy Awards

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