Cold Case Files

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Cold Case Files
FormatReality legal show, documentary
Created byKurtis Productions, Ltd.
StarringBill Kurtis (host)
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes126
Running timeapprox. 45–50 minutes
Original channelA&E Network
Original runJanuary 1, 1999 – 2008
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This article is about the television show. For the album by Onyx, see Cold Case Files (album).
Cold Case Files
FormatReality legal show, documentary
Created byKurtis Productions, Ltd.
StarringBill Kurtis (host)
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes126
Running timeapprox. 45–50 minutes
Original channelA&E Network
Original runJanuary 1, 1999 – 2008
External links

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.


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]

  1. Pilot Episode (featuring 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
  3. The Texas Drifter/The Fingerprint File/A Rose Among Thorns
  4. The Answer in the Box/Maternal Instinct
  5. The Hunter Homicides/The Skulls Of Stanley Park
  6. Through Eyes of a Child/The Killer Next Door – "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
  8. The Mark of Cain/Death on The Freeway
  9. Terror in Telluride/Signature of a Killer
  10. Diary Of A Serial Arsonist/The Lost Clue
  11. Killer on the Strip/The Doll Murder
  12. Murder Illustrated/Blood Relations
  13. The Burning Secret/Justice Delayed
  14. Reconstructing Murder/Fire Flicks
  15. The Missing Informant/Man's Best Friend
  16. Killer in the County
  17. Presumed Dead/The Tow Truck Killer
  18. Portrait Of A Killer/The Tortured Truth – "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
  20. The Missing and the Dead
  21. Silent Witness/Innocence Lost
  22. Frozen in Time/Little Girl Lost
  23. Family Secret/Blood Trail
  24. Bodies In The Bay (Copyrights by Author Mason Ramsey) /Till Death Do Us Part
  25. Operation Jambalaya/Footprints in the Snow
  26. The South Side Rapist
  27. Mark of a Killer/Dead Ends
  28. The Baiting Game
  29. Ticket to Nowhere/The Paper Route
  30. Traces of Murder/The Bathtub Killer
  31. Pride and the Fall/The Nail File
  32. In the Care of a Killer/Deadly Lies
  33. Lady in the Box (John Smith)
  34. Crimes of the KKK
  35. Murder On The Menu
  36. The Widow and the Wolf/Unicorns and Alligators
  37. Vintage Murder/Trouble in Paradise
  38. The Perfect Murder/Death of the Innocents
  39. The Unluckiest Man/The Deadly Triangle
  40. Cat and Mouse/Cabbie Killer
  41. The Cuff Link/Graveyard Shift
  42. The Good Samaritan/Gun Shy
  43. A Map To Murder/Life on the Run
  44. Soft Kill/Unsolved
  45. License to Kill/The Tell-Tale Mark/The Super
  46. The Original Night Stalker
  47. Cold Hit/Silent Kill
  48. Mommy's Rules – Murder of Suesan and Sheila Knorr
  49. A Sealed Fate/Deadly Divorce
  50. Cop Killer/Evil Twin
  51. The Zodiac Killer
  52. The Accidental Killer/Little Sister Lost
  53. The Merry Widow/The Bad Cop-"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.
  54. Daddy Knows Best/Dawn of the Dead-"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.
  55. The Killer's Tattoo
  56. The Green River Killer
  57. A Hitchhike to Murder/Never Forgotten
  58. The DNA Link/The Secret Slide
  59. Death Before I Do/Hollywood Homicide
  60. Blood Money/Precious Doe
  61. Unholy Bible/A Daughter's Justice
  62. Officer Down/Secret Twin
  63. Weepy-Voiced Killer/The Mr. Big Sting
  64. Blood on the Badge/Bump in the Night
  65. The Lady Killer/A Husband's Secret
  66. Mistaken for a Killer/A Woman Scorned
  67. The Missing Hunters/The Flashlight Rapist
  68. Cowboys on the Case/Office Politics
  69. The Flaming Gorge Falls/Caught in the Mail
  70. Murder Checks In / Killer in the City-"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.
  71. The Shopping Cart Killer
  72. The Hit makers/Favor For A Friend
  73. Lil Miss /Skeletons In The Closet
  74. Innocent Prey/The Punishment
  75. Love Triangle/2nd Story Rapist
  76. The Calling Card/Carol's Diary
  77. Beauty Queen Killer/The Fingerprint
  78. Friend of the Family/Remains of Murder
  79. Under a Spell/Justice for Lisa
  80. A Man Scorned/The Dungeon
  81. A Killer Named Korn/The Night Watchman
  82. The Bedroom Basher
  83. Baby for Sale/The Barrel
  84. The Bitemark/Justice for Eglena-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."
  85. Sex, Lies and Murder. The episode describes the investigations that lead to the arrest of John Edward Robinson, the "Internet slave master"
  86. The Monster/A Cousin's Promise
  87. A Brother's Burden/The Midnight Attacker
  88. The Well/The Deadly Ex- 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'?"
  89. Déjà Vu/Secret In The Well
  90. The Tourniquet/Burning Desire
  91. Manhunt
  92. The Family / The Clue That Stuck-A Mexican crime family is suspected of a teen girl's murder; DNA on a duct tape is "The Clue That Stuck."
  93. Man in the Shadows/The Hitchhiker
  94. A Confession for Carmen/The Girls
  95. A Sister Lost/Rumors of Murder
  96. Smoky Mountain Mystery / A Drop of Blood
  97. Rear Window / The Peeper-"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.
  98. The Closers/Caught by an Eyelash
  99. Obsession: Dave Reichert and the Green River Killer
  100. Kidnapped-The parents of Chad Choice, a missing 8-year-old boy in Tyler, Texas, receive a grisly package containing his skull!
  101. On the Case: Nacole's Killer
  102. Caught on Tape/A Son Remembers
  103. Snatched/A Detective's Promise
  104. Finding BTK
  105. Death Of A Deacon/A Wife's Mission
  106. The Sunday Morning Slasher
  107. Killer on Campus/The Bow Hunter
  108. Something Snapped/A Killer's Dream
  109. Daddy Dearest/A Pastor's Wife
  110. A Killer's Skin / Where's Peggy?
  111. The Interrogation/The Slide
  112. A Deadly Affair/The Sting Operation- "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.
  113. Innocence Stolen/Danger at the Door
  114. On the Case: A Child Remembers
  115. The Deadly Stroll/Unholy Secret
  116. The Black Dahlia: The 1947 murder of actress Elizabeth Short, the oldest unsolved case in L.A..
  117. Seattle, WA: Long Walk Home
  118. The Taunt/Death in Deadwood-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.
  119. NCIS/Exhuming the Truth
  120. Cross Country Connection/Eyes at the Window
  121. Abandoned Houses/A Son's Memory
  122. A Knock at the Door/Shattered
  123. A Deadly Pattern/A Desperate Housewife
  124. Murder He Wrote/Caught By the Past
  125. Evidence Kit
  126. Left for Dead/On the Case


Emmy Award: Outstanding Nonfiction Series (2004 & 2005) Michael Harvey (executive producer) Laura Fleury (executive producer) Tania Lindsay (supervising producer) Michael West (supervising producer) Mary Frances O'Conner (producer) Bill Kurtis


  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. 

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