Criminals who think they can get away with murder are in for a rude awakening as two women who have spent their lives putting killers behind bars set out to crack long-unsolved cases in TNT's real life crime series Cold Justice.
Kathy Taylor, 23, was a happy, vibrant young woman with her whole life ahead of her. In October 1973, she married the dashing, gregarious 22-year-old Earl Taylor. The couple had a short courtship, fell in love and quickly wed. On April 2, 1975, Earl reportedly returned home from some errands and called out for Kathy, but got no reply. He told police he found his wife submerged in the bathtub, an electric clock radio sunk beneath her. She was declared dead from an apparent electrocution and drowning, although questions have lingered about how Kathy died and why. To this day, Kathy's 82-year-old mother Maxine and sister Bonnie still are searching for the truth. Last winter, the Cold Justice team helped Vigo County Sheriff's Office Captain John Moats and Detective Eric Fell in the investigation of the 1998 murder of Erika Case, and in January, Clint Mackey, who'd been a prior person of interest, was arrested for Erika's murder after giving a detailed confession. Cold Justice and the Vigo County Sheriff's Office are teaming up once again, and Captain Moats hopes they'll be able to resolve what really happened to Kathy. After almost 40 years, this will be the oldest case the Cold Justice team has taken.
Alma Noffsinger, 29, was an attractive, fun-loving mother of three young children. She was recently divorced from her second husband, Steve, and the two were in a custody battle over the child they had together. Throughout Alma's marriage to Steve, she maintained a good relationship with her first husband, David, the father of her two older children. David's new girlfriend was reportedly unhappy with their close contact. On Dec. 17, 1981, a neighbor noticed that Alma's front door had been open all morning. Concerned, she walked inside AlmaÂ?s house, calling out for her when - to her horror ? she came upon a lifeless Alma lying face-down in her bed. There was blood all over the room. Now, almost 33 years later, after being approached by Alma's family, newly elected Paulding County Sheriff Jason Landers has re-opened Alma's case and assigned two seasoned investigators to it, Deputy Robert Garcia and Lt. Brion Hanenkrat. During the past months, they've formed a close relationship with Alma's family and have vowed to put whoever is responsible behind bars.
Robin Stone, 17, was a good student with a close-knit family, but then she found out she was pregnant. Robin told her parents that the father was a boy from school she had been dating. On August 27, 1991, Robin was 7-months pregnant when she received a call. She told her mom she was going to help a classmate with homework. It was the last time her mom saw her alive. Robin's car was found later that evening near Luburgh Lake in Guernsey County, but there was no sign of her. A missing persons investigation quickly got under way, but it wasn't until December 28, 1991, that hunters stumbled upon Robin's remains near the lake. Her body was so badly decomposed that they were unable to determine the cause of death. When Sheriff Michael McCauley was elected in 2000, he put a renewed focus on cold case investigations and assigned Detective Sam Williams to re-open Robin's case. Detective Williams was around the same age as Robin and was attending high school in the next town when she was killed. He remembers the impact it had on the community and is determined to get justice for Robin and her family.
On November 20, 1987, Margie Pointer dropped off her 5-year-old son at her babysitter's house but never returned to pick him up. Her car was found in a Holiday Inn parking lot, a place she would often park to carpool to work. Witnesses saw Margie having breakfast with an unknown male at the hotel restaurant. She and the man supposedly were holding hands, but at one point, she pulled her hand away as if he upset her. Margie and the man left the restaurant together, and that was the last time she was seen alive. Margie's husband was working overseas in Japan, and it was rumored that she was having an affair. Police officials were left with no evidence and no body, and the investigation went cold. On March 18, 2004, a forest-thinning crew stumbled upon her remains in the Cloudcroft woods about 20 miles from her home. Her body was identified through dental records, but no official cause of death was determined. Lieutenant Roger Schoolcraft from the Alamogordo, N.M., Police Department reopened Margie's case after the remains were found and has been obsessed with it since. He hopes that with the Cold Justice team's help, he'll be able to solve it.
In this special episode, "America's Most Wanted" host John Walsh interviews the Cold Justice investigative team, who gives behind-the-scenes insights into the investigations. Exclusive updates on past cases will show how some of the family members and cops are doing today. Also, Kelly and Yolanda will answer questions from the Cold Justice fans.
Kirby Smith, 50, was an avid dirt-track racer who had been building cars since he was a teenager, and he could fix almost any engine. He was widely known as a good, generous guy who devoted himself to his family. His son, 21-year-old Dustin, followed closely in his footsteps, always eager to help him at his shop, Kirby's Speed Shop. Kirby's older daughter, 26-year-old Heather Brooks, was married and had just had a baby boy. In 1996, Kirby remarried Becky Smith, and the two had a child together. They separated in 2002. In the days around his murder, they were in the midst of a contentious divorce. Kirby had re-entered the dating world and joined Match.com. On March 7, 2004, while working late at his shop, Kirby sat down at his computer to scroll through some potential dates, but no one knows what happened after that. Around 7:30 the next morning, one of his employees found Kirby's bloody body next to the computer. Kirby had been shot once through the shoulder and once through the back of his head with a High Point 9mm. Sgt. Randy Long is a seasoned investigator who's been with the Columbus Police Department for 26 years. He's become close to Kirby's children, Dustin and Heather, and has vowed never to give up trying to bring Kirby's killer to justice.
Diann Hoelscher, 39, seemingly had it all: She was beautiful, had two adorable children, an adoring husband and a clothing design business. On February 4, 1986, Diann drove from her San Antonio home to Houston to sell some of her high-end fabrics, but she never made it back. On February 13, Diann's husband, Joseph, reported his wife missing. The same day, 30 miles outside Houston, a witness saw a man in a red-and-white pickup truck throw Diann's briefcase into a drainage ditch in an oil field. Three months later, Diann's vehicle was found abandoned in a mall parking lot in Houston. As the years went by, Diann's family and friends began to accept that they might never find out what happened, and the case went cold. That changed in December 2013, when the University of North Texas used DNA testing to confirm that an unidentified skeleton, found in 1997, was Diann. With the discovery of her body, interest in the nearly 30-year-old case was reignited, with Lieutenant Heather Owens of the Waller County Sheriff's Office taking the lead. The tenacious investigator refuses to let this case fall by the wayside and is determined to put Diann's killer behind bars.
Alma Henderson, 41, was a happy, hardworking, single, loving mother of five. On April 7, 1988, Alma decided to go out with some friends to the Oasis Club. She never came home. After not showing up to work the next morning, her daughter Kasy filed a missing persons report. A couple days later, police found Alma's car in the Holiday Inn parking lot. Alma was in the backseat, dead from a single gunshot wound to the back of her head. There have been conflicting accounts about whom Alma was last seen with. Now, 25 years after her murder, her killer remains unidentified. Sergeant Fred Wesselski is driven to get this case resolved and has made a lot of progress. He's hoping that with the help of Kelly and Yoalnda, he finally will be able to bring Alma's killer to justice. This case hits close to home for Kelly -- Bay City is where she grew up, and when she was younger, she'd often go to the Oasis Club with friends.
On the morning of March 3, 1983, a ranch-hand discovered the bodies of STEVEN FISHER and his girlfriend MELISA GREGORY at Steven's on-site trailer. Their head wounds were so severe that their faces were unrecognizable. The medical examiner had to use fingerprint and dental records to confirm their identities. Although Steven had been in a relationship with Melisa for about 9 months, Steven was still married to Teresa Supino Fisher. Their marriage was rocky from the start and was rife with domestic violence disputes involving Steven, Teresa, Melisa, and Teresa's father and brothers. Teresa and her twin brother Timothy Supino admitted to visiting Steven at his trailer at about 11:00pm on the night before the bodies were discovered, making them the last known people to see Steven and Melisa alive. Is this simply a coincidence or is there more to their story? Could the rumors of drug trafficking at the ranch be true, and is that the real story behind these murders? The sheer brutality of the "Copper Dollar Ranch" murders rocked this small-town Iowa community to the core, and the fact that it remains unsolved is even more unsettling. The Jasper County Sheriff's Office has revisited the case time and time again, but 30 years later, the families of Steven Fisher and Melisa Gregory are still waiting for answers.
Carolyn Jansen was living in Aurora, Colorado trying to make a fresh start after spending years in unhappy marriage. In 2001, she got a job working at a local Waffle House while she built her own Avon business. Then in the early months of 2002, Carolyn suddenly went missing. Over three years later, on June 28th 2005, in a suburban neighborhood outside of Denver, Richard Johnson had been noticing a foul odor coming from the back of his house which he assumed was caused by some neighborhood cats. He started to clean out his storage shed and after moving a few boxes around, came upon a Rubbermaid container that had a horrible smell. He opened the container, and inside was a quilt covered with insects, a skeletonized foot and long brown hair. The body inside was later identified as being that of Carolyn Jansen. The medical examiner found a fracture over Jansen’s left eye, and her death was ruled a homicide, by blunt impact to the head. Richard told the Aurora PD that the box belonged to his friend, Jon “JD” Harrington, who had asked him to store some of his things at his house. JD denied having anything to do with Carolyn’s death and told the police while he Carolyn were roommates for a short time, he hadn’t seen her in years. Carolyn’s gruesome murder remains unsolved to this day…
Vicki Hollingsworth was born and raised in the picturesque mountain town of Chattanooga, Tennessee. She was a loving mother to her adorable nine-year old son Wesley and four-year old daughter Kujorah. She had lots of friends, and worked full time at the Chattanooga Housing Authority. In 1996 she married Lebron Hollingsworth, in what started as whirlwind romance. Their marriage quickly soured, and in July of 1997 Vicki told Lebron that she could no longer live with him. She moved herself and her kids into her parent's house a few miles away while she searched for a new place to live. Although they were separated, Vicki continued to pick him up every morning at 5 a.m. to take him to work. On the morning of August 18th, 1997, Vicki left at 5 a.m. and never returned. By 9am, her co-workers and family knew something was terribly wrong, and called Chattanooga Police to assist. Days, weeks, and months passed by without a single trace of Vicki; it was as if she had completely vanished. Then on May 29, 1999 -- almost two years later -- a local woman discovered her dog had brought a chilling and terrifying item into their yard: a human skull. Dental records later identified the skull as Vicki's. The rest of her remains were found in a nearby wooded area called Billy Goat Hill. 16 years later, her killer has yet to be found.
Lydia Gutierrez was a beautiful, vibrant, and loving mother to her three young boys: ages 8, 3, and 2. She was a single mom that supported her kids by working at a local restaurant, where she was beloved by both her customers and co-workers alike. On the afternoon of August 12, 2010, Lydia had spent most of the day at home with her two youngest boys, while her oldest son was at school. It was the kind of day she loved most, where she could just relax and spend some quality time playing with her two babies. Later that afternoon, her eight-year-old arrived home from school, only to find a chaotic mess of confusion and tears. His two little brothers had been trying to get their Mom's attention, but she wasn't waking up. When the young boy was finally able to digest the scene before him, he gathered his little brothers and ran to their neighbor’s house where they called 911. The Gallatin PD arrived soon after, and Lydia was pronounced dead at the scene. She had a plastic bag over her head and had been stabbed to death; two knives were still in her neck. Sgt. Chris Shockley of the Gallatin PD is an experienced Detective and was one of the original investigators on this case. This murder bothers him more then any other he’s investigated, and he remains devoted to bringing Lydia's killer to justice, no matter how long it takes.
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