Cold Justice

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Cold Justice
Genre Procedural drama
Starring
  • Kelly Siegler
  • Yolanda McClary
Theme music composer Robert ToTeras
Composer(s) Robert ToTeras
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 18 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Dick Wolf
  • Dan Cutforth
  • Jane Lipsitz
  • Tom Thayer
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s)
Broadcast
Original channel TNT
Picture format 16:9 HD
Audio format Stereo
Original run September 3, 2013 (2013-09-03) – present (present)
External links
Website

Cold Justice is an unscripted procedural drama on TNT. The series, produced by Dick Wolf, premiered on September 3, 2013, and follows former prosecutor Kelly Siegler and former crime scene investigator Yolanda McClary who investigate unsolved murders. They only reopen cases with the consent of local law enforcement. The two have helped local agencies secure four confessions, eight indictments, 12 arrests, two guilty pleas and a 22-year prison sentence for murder.[1]

The first season consisted of eight episodes and aired from September to October 2013.[2] It has been renewed for a second season that began on January 17, 2014.[3] In February 2014, TNT added six episodes the second season, which are scheduled to resume on June 20, 2014.[1][4]

Critical reception[edit]

Cold Justice scored 66 out of 100 on Metacritic based on five "generally favorable" reviews.[5] Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times states, "Although one can be fairly certain, if only for legal reasons, that any suspect shown on television is going to turn out to be guilty of something, the lies that are told, the twists of the legal system and the simple horrible stupidity of the crimes provide drama enough."[6] Brian Lowry of Variety stated, "While some of those made-for-TV encounters feel a little stilted, they do tend to pull you along, wanting to see how the drama plays out."[7] Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times states, "The idea that the criminal justice arena also needs a TV show to serve as equalizer is somehow dismaying. Investigative journalism programs have done this for years, but Cold Justice is more ride-to-the-rescue, less public service."[8] David Hinckley of the New York Daily News stated, "There isn’t a lot of drama." He added, "Seeking justice is good. Don't hate us if we don't always watch."[9]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 1 "Small Town Suicide?" September 3, 2013 (2013-09-03) 2.93[10]
The 2001 death of Pam Shelly in Cuero, Texas is investigated. After divorcing her husband, Pam began dating Ronnie Hendrick, an old family friend. They fell in love, and she moved with her children from Arkansas to Texas to live with him. Their love affair went from passionate to volatile to combative. One day, after an argument, Ronnie reportedly pushed Pam's daughter, Kayla. Enraged and constantly fighting him, Pam said she was leaving for good. After packing, she was in the bathroom when her daughter said she heard a scream and ran to find Pam on the floor with a gunshot wound to her head. Pam later died in the hospital, and her case was ruled a suicide. On September 10, 2013, Ronnie Hendrick pled guilty to killing Pamela and was sentenced to 22 years in prison. 
2 2 "Mother" September 10, 2013 (2013-09-10) 2.16[11]
The 2006 death of Mattie Williams in Collinston, Louisiana is investigated. On August 28, 2006, a friend of Mattie's went to her home after receiving no response to repeated attempts to reach her. The friend noticed blood on the outside wall of the house and called the police, who found no trace of Mattie inside. Many of Mattie's church friends and family gathered to search for her. She was found six hours later, stabbed and bludgeoned to death, in a remote wooded area about three miles from her home. Three men, including Mattie's own son, were indicted for the second-degree murder of Mattie. The 3 accused are currently in jail awaiting trial. 
3 3 "Home Town Hero" September 17, 2013 (2013-09-17) 1.70[12]
The 1982 death of Charlene Corporon in Palacios, Texas is investigated. Charlene and Gary developed a combative relationship after Gary's father and Charlene's husband, Willy, died in a tragic accident. Gary was allegedly verbally and physically abusive towards his mother. One morning, Charlene's boyfriend called her house looking for her and Gary answered saying, "Charlene doesn't look too good." When the police arrived, she was dead from being shot in the head. Although indicted for the murder on September 20, 1982, Gary has yet to stand trial for it. 
4 4 "Hit and Run" September 24, 2013 (2013-09-24)
The 1988 death of Rachelle Escalante in Globe, Arizona is investigated. On July 6, 1988, Rachelle went to a party with some friends from high school. After an argument there, Rachelle angrily walked away from the party. That evening, patrol officers were driving when they saw what was thought to be a dog moving slowly across the road. As they got closer, they realized it was actually a young woman crawling. They stopped the car, got out, ran to the woman, and witnessed Rachelle die in front of them. She had been the victim of a hit-and-run. The case remains unsolved, as either an accident or murder. 
5 5 "Hiding in Plain Sight" October 1, 2013 (2013-10-01) 1.31[13]
The 1998 death of Eric Baxter in Dickson, Tennessee is investigated. On August 20, 1998, Eric's mother arrived home to find her son lying on the hallway floor with multiple gunshot wounds to the head and chest. The house is located outside of town by several miles. Investigators believe the killer had purposefully driven out to the location and, the evidence indicated, planned a sneak attack on the home. Based on the evidence, it appeared that the killer or killers were doing surveillance on the house from the back yard. It is also believed that Eric's mother would have also been a victim had she been home that night. Although there is a prime suspect, no arrests have been made. 
6 6 "Small Town Tragedy" October 8, 2013 (2013-10-08) 1.35[14]
The 1995 death of Mary Anne Holmes in Thatcher, Arizona is investigated. Mary Anne Holmes had escaped an abusive ex and moved with her children to Thatcher. One Saturday, after hosting a yard sale, she and her two young daughters fell asleep in the living room. The next morning, four-year-old Ashleigh ran naked, with hands bound, to a neighbor's house. She wanted to know why her mommy would not wake up. While neither Ashleigh nor her 18-month-old sister Sara were harmed, their mother, Mary Anne, was brutally abused and murdered, right in front of her girls. Although it had been discovered that a suspect had a strange fascination with Mary Anne, the case remains open. 
7 7 "Hatchet" October 15, 2013 (2013-10-15) 1.26[15]
The 1988 death of Isabel Cordle in Bellevue, Ohio is investigated. In the early morning of January 24, 1988, mother of six Isabel Cordle fell asleep on her couch. Someone sneaked up on her while she slept and hit her on the head with a hatchet four times, killing her. Her husband found her the next morning as he prepared for work and called 911. When the police arrived, Isabel's husband and three of her children were upstairs, scared and confused. Police not only found trails of blood, they also found what could have been the murder weapon—a hatchet, propped up on a tree outside, right by the door. Although the evidence showed the killer could not have come from outside the house, neither the husband nor any children have been proven to be Isabel's killer. 
8 8 "Blind Love" October 22, 2013 (2013-10-22)

The 2008 death of Rocky Bryant in Seagraves, Texas is investigated. On March 25, 2008, approximately 30 minutes after clocking in to work at a local feed plant, Rocky was found brutally beaten in a building where he worked within walking distance of his house. He was pronounced dead at the hospital a few hours later. As the investigators dug into his wife Patricia Graves' background, it was evident that she was having an extra-marital affair and had reason to want to be free of her husband. Her boyfriend, Luis Villarreal, was a very viable suspect as Rocky's killer. He was known to have a temper and a history of being highly possessive of women he was seeing. Probable cause arose to indict Patricia as a party to the murder, by revealing Rocky's work schedule to her former boyfriend and suspect, Luis.

In Mid-February 2014, Patricia Graves accepted a plea deal for the murder of Rocky. As of April 2014 Luis is in jail awaiting trial still. 

Season 2[edit]

On February 7, 2014, TNT extended the second season from 10 to 16 episodes.[4]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
9 1 "Gone" January 17, 2014 (2014-01-17) 1.41[16]
The 2001 death of Tracy Allen in Altus, Oklahoma is investigated. Tracy had recently gotten out of a volatile marriage with Garland Allen, but the two remained in close contact after their divorce. One evening in May 2001, Tracy had her neighbor to baby-sit for their two young daughters. Later that night, Garland arrived at the neighbor's to say Tracy was at his house, and she had asked him to pick up their daughters. He then dropped the girls off at his mother’s house, telling her that Tracy had run away with another man and had left him with the girls. A few days later, Garland surrendered custody of his girls to his mother and then left town. He is currently in jail, awaiting trial for the second-degree murder of Tracy, after his confession to beating her to death and leading investigators to her body. 
10 2 "A Monster Among Us" January 24, 2014 (2014-01-24) 1.40[17]
The 2005 death of Willie Louise Kellum in Camp Hill, Alabama is investigated. The day of February 21, 2005 started off as fairly uneventful for Louise. She ran some errands, including to the local grocery store, which was the last place she was seen alive. Later that evening, her grandson who was living with her at the time, found her lying unconscious in his room and called 911. When police arrived, they found her with a cord wrapped around her neck and bruises covering her body. Markis Heard, a repeat sex offender, was indicted for the rape and capital murder of Louise, after DNA evidence was found on her underwear. If convicted, he will face either life in prison or the death penalty. 
11 3 "High School Sweethearts" January 31, 2014 (2014-01-31) 1.58[18]
The 1997 deaths of Charles and Kathy Hayes in La Porte, Texas are investigated. Charlie and Kathy dated throughout high school, but went their separate ways after graduation. Many years later, they saw each other while stopped at a red light, resumed their romance soon and eventually got married. Charles converted their garage into a music studio for their southern rock-and-roll band to practice. On September 27, 1997, the police were called to the home by Charles' teenage daughter Tiffenie. Officers found Charles sitting in a chair, his head covered with blood, and more spattered throughout the room. Kathy was found dead, lying face down in the hallway with her head bashed in. Charles was flown to a nearby hospital and died shortly after arrival. There was no forced entry into the house and nothing had been stolen. The weapon, a claw hammer, was found in a nearby concrete culvert the next day. On January 30, 2014, Craig Houser, Charles' second cousin, was arrested on two counts of capital murder for the Hayes deaths. 
12 4 "First Love" February 7, 2014 (2014-02-07) 1.42[19]
The 1997 death of Marisol Gonzalez in Cottonwood, Arizona is investigated. In the summer before her junior year of high school, she began dating one of her neighbors and classmates, Cecilio Cruz. He was her first love. However, she quickly realized that she was not the only one that he loved, and they broke up. Soon after, she learned she was pregnant. Feeling supported by family and friends, she decided she was going to have the baby. On March 25, 1997, Marisol, now full term in her pregnancy, was waiting for a call from Cecilio and went outside with the phone. That was the last time she was seen alive. The following morning, her body was found in an alleyway a block away from her house. She had been shot once in the face. In 2014, Cecilio Cruz awaits a grand jury indictment in the murder of Marisol and her unborn son. 
13 5 "He Said, He Said" February 14, 2014 (2014-02-14) 1.32[20]
The 1998 death of Erika Case in West Terre Haute, Indiana is investigated. On September 5, 1998, she and older sister Mary were house-sitting for a family friend. After Mary left for her shift at the local hospital, Erika’s good friend Isaiah Dooley arrived with his friend Clint Mackey. For the next few hours, they all swam in the pool, drank alcohol and ate pizza. After work the next morning, Mary drove back to the house and found Erika dead inside, lying on the living room floor. She had been stabbed 33 times. The boys each claimed Erika was alive when they left the house, although they made conflicting statements regarding who last saw her alive. Sixteen years later, Mackey confessed and was arrested for the murder, which was committed after Erika turned him down for sex. 
14 6 "Ambush" February 21, 2014 (2014-02-21) 1.55[21]
The 2002 deaths of Bud and Litina Matlock in Malvern, Arkansas are investigated. On November 18, 2002, Bud finished a meeting at the Boys & Girls Club. While he was away, intruders came inside the Matlock house where they found Litina cooking dinner and folding clothes. They forced her to her knees and shot her once behind the ear, killing her instantly. Soon after, Bud, unaware of what was happening, pulled into his driveway with their two-year-old son in a car seat in the back. As he opened his car door, he was shot at from his own porch. He managed to get out of the car and run down the road, but was chased and shot in the back of the head, dying on the street. The child was not harmed and the killers were never caught. However, a prime suspect in the case is a man vowing revenge after Bud broke his jaw for being too friendly with Litina. 
15 7 "Single Working Mom" February 28, 2014 (2014-02-28) 1.29[22]
The 2010 death of Lydia Gutierrez in Gallatin, Tennessee is investigated. On August 12, 2010, Lydia spent her day off from her waitressing job at home with her two youngest sons, while her oldest son was at school. The eight-year-old came home to find his two little brothers trying to wake her up out of the floor. The oldest boy then gathered his brothers and ran to a neighbor’s house where they called 911. The police found her had a plastic bag over her head and stabbed to death. Two knives were still in her neck. Her boyfriend at the time was initially arrested for the murder, after he was treated for suspicious cuts at the hospital, but he was released due to lack of evidence. During the program significant progress was made but it was insufficient to make any arrests. An appeal was made at the end of the show for new witnesses or anyone with further information to come forward to possibly help secure an arrest and potential conviction. The case remains open and active. 
16 8 "Billy Goat Hill" March 7, 2014 (2014-03-07) 1.43[23]
The 1997 death of Victoria Carr Hollingsworth in Chattanooga, Tennessee is investigated. In 1999, a dog brought a human skull into its yard. Dental records later identified the skull as Hollingsworth's, and the rest of her remains were found in a nearby wooded area called Billy Goat Hill. Victoria had married Lebron Hollingsworth in 1996. In July 1997, she told him that she was moving with their children into her parents' house a few miles away. Although separated, she continued to take him to work every morning. On August 18, 1997, she vanished. Sixteen years later, Lebron was arrested for her murder, after numerous women over the years experienced his MO of abuse—with one ex-partner mentioning his taking her to Billy Goat Hill. 
17 9 "Lady in the Box" March 14, 2014 (2014-03-14) 1.45[24]
The 2002 death of Carolyn Jansen in Aurora, Colorado, is investigated. Jansen's decomposing body was found in a plastic container, sealed with duct tape, by Richard Johnson in his shed. Three years earlier, he had been asked by his friend Jon "JD" Harrington, Jansen roommate, to store some things there. Harrington's fingerprints were found on the duct tape and he was arrested for the second-degree murder of Jansen. If convicted, he faces 24 to 48 years in prison. 
18 10 "Copper Dollar Ranch" March 28, 2014 (2014-03-28) 1.50[25]
On March 3, 1983, Steven Fisher's and his girlfriend Melisa Gregory's bodies were found at his trailer at Copper Dollar Ranch in Jasper County, Iowa. Although Steven had been in a relationship with Melisa for about nine months, he was still married to Teresa Supino Fisher, who, along with her twin brother Timothy, admitted to visiting Steven at his trailer on the night before the bodies were discovered. They were the last known people to see Steven and Melisa alive. Rumors of drug trafficking at the ranch also circulated. However, it was determined that brutality of the murders, coupled with a re-enactment of events, led to Teresa's arrest, 31 years later. 

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