Cold Case Files

Cold Case Files

About the show

Bill Kurtis hosts this series of nonfiction cases being re-examined after being considered cold. With the use of forensic advances and new evidence, police and detectives attempt to solve old crimes and unanswered questions. 

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Upcoming episodes

Nov 27th
300p

Sweethearts, Silenced

When Tim Hack and Kelly Drew, young sweethearts in a rural farming town in Wisconsin, don't come home from a wedding reception their families immediately suspect foul play. The largest manhunt in Wisconsin's history is launched and then, five days into the search, a telling clue turns up in the cornfields: Kelly's torn pants. The families now believe they'll never see Tim and Kelly alive again. It still takes over two months of searching before the couple's remains are found in the woods, just seven miles from where they were last seen. Witnesses provide important clues that lead detectives to several viable suspects, including famous serial killers Henry Lee Lucas and Otis Toole, but when no suspect can be placed at the scene of the crime the night Tim and Kelly disappeared, the case goes cold.
Nov 27th
400p

The Night Shift

Brad Perry had recently returned from his Mormon mission, was going to school, and had just gotten engaged. His family never expected that when he went to work the graveyard shift at his job as a gas station attendant they would never see him alive again. Brad, known as "the peacemaker" in his family, was found tied up and brutally beaten in the storeroom of the gas station. No one could imagine a motive for the crime; who would target a mild-mannered, church-going college kid? Detectives have high hopes that they'll catch the killers - they've got two strong witnesses who provide a sketch of a man they saw with blood on his hands at the gas station. But the witnesses can't pick him out in a line up, and the case quickly goes cold.
Nov 27th
500p

A Family Secret

Edna Dishon came home from work early one day and found something unusual in her driveway: her daughter's car was there, in the middle of the day, when the 17-year-old should have driven herself to high school that morning as she always did. Jessica Dishon wasn't inside the house, either. Then Edna notices that inside Jessica's car is one shoe, her purse, and her cell phone - with the number "9" dialed on the screen. Edna calls her husband and the two of them go to the police to report their daughter missing. But they are told to wait; the police believe she'll show up by morning. When Jessica doesn't come home, her family calls the FBI; they no longer trust the local police. Within a year the FBI has enough evidence to make an arrest. But the suspect is released over a mistrial and the case goes cold, leaving the Dishon family to wonder if they are living with a murderer in their midst.
Nov 27th
600p

Officer Down

Sheriff Joe Clark was beloved by his community. He was a kind man with a tough stance on drugs. When he's shot, sniper-style, in his kitchen at home his family and fellow officers are sure that it's the start of a drug war. Someone in the drug world knew that Joe was after them, so they got to him first. An inexperienced but passionate detective, and good friend to Joe, takes lead on the case. He is determined to find the drug dealer who killed Joe Clark and put him behind bars. But the case goes cold when he fails to identify a suspect, and the detective quits the force in fear that he might be the next officer targeted.
Nov 29th
200p

Circle of Friends

On an already sweltering July morning in 1989, Bob Siders, a single father in Newaygo who has raised his 18-year-old daughter, Shannon, alone since she was just a toddler, comes home from working the night shift at the local bottling plant. He finds that his daughter is not home. By early evening when there's still no sign of Shannon, Bob's worry turns to panic and he calls the police. The police listen to Bob's concerns but they don't share his opinion that something bad has happened to Shannon. Two months later, a hunter happens upon Shannon's badly decomposed body in the forest. Detectives question everyone in the small town; eventually it becomes clear that she was with eight other teenagers that evening. Two of them had dropped Shannon off at home after a night of partying - and then none of them saw her again. There are no other sightings of Shannon after that night. Investigators can't come up with a viable suspect, and the case goes cold.
Nov 30th
200p

The Boy and the Monster and Secret in the Cellar

Bill kurtis hosts this series of nonfiction cases being re-examined after being considered cold. With the use of forensic advances and new evidence, police and detectives attempt to solve old crimes and unanswered questions.
Dec 1st
200p

The Texas Drifter and the Fingerprint File and a Rose Among Thorns

Bill kurtis hosts this series of nonfiction cases being re-examined after being considered cold. With the use of forensic advances and new evidence, police and detectives attempt to solve old crimes and unanswered questions.
Dec 2nd
200p

The Answer in the Box and Maternal Instinct

Bill kurtis hosts this series of nonfiction cases being re-examined after being considered cold. With the use of forensic advances and new evidence, police and detectives attempt to solve old crimes and unanswered questions.
Dec 3rd
200p

The Hunter Homicides and the Skulls of Stanley Park

Bill kurtis hosts this series of nonfiction cases being re-examined after being considered cold. With the use of forensic advances and new evidence, police and detectives attempt to solve old crimes and unanswered questions.
Dec 4th
800p

Through Eyes of a Child and the Killer Next Door

Bill kurtis hosts this series of nonfiction cases being re-examined after being considered cold. With the use of forensic advances and new evidence, police and detectives attempt to solve old crimes and unanswered questions.