Cold Justice

2013, TV Show

Full Episodes(21)

Latest Episode: Justice Served

Jul 18, 2014 Season 2 Episode 14 watch on (Paid)

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's Speed Shop

Jul 11, 2014 Season 2 Episode 13

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.
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Death By Design

Jun 27, 2014 Season 2 Episode 12

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.
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Stranded

Jun 20, 2014 Season 2 Episode 11

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.
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The Lady In The Box

Mar 14, 2014 Season 2 Episode 9

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…
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Billy Goat Hill

Mar 07, 2014 Season 2 Episode 8

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.
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Single Working Mom

Feb 28, 2014 Season 2 Episode 7

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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Ambush

Feb 21, 2014 Season 2 Episode 6

Bud and Litina Matlock were young, in love, married, and living happily together in the town of Malvern, Arkansas. Bud coached youth basketball at the local Boys & Girls Club, and was trying to be a great father and husband. His wife Litina was a sweet and loving partner who was focused on caring for their children and creating a good home. On the early evening of November 18 , 2002, Bud had just finished up a meeting at the Boys & Girls Club. While he was still out, intruders came inside their 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 2 year old son Latron in a car seat in the back. As he opened his car door bullets rained down on him from his own porch. Bud managed to get out of the car and get a running start down the road, but he didn’t make it very far before he was shot in the back of the head - he died right there on the street. Mercifully, all the bullets missed baby Latron and he was unharmed, but orphaned. There were instantly many suspects, as the rumors around town began swirling that evening. Although one of the more complex cases the CJ team has ever seen, Chief Donnie Taber and Assistant Chief Jim Bailey and the entire Malvern PD have never given up finding Bud and Litina’s killers, and bringing them to justice.
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He Said, He Said

Feb 14, 2014 Season 2 Episode 5

Erika Case was a smart, precocious, 19-year-old who had graduated high school and was working part-time at the local mall in West Terre Haute, IN. It was a Saturday night, September 5, 1998, and she and her big sister Mary Case were house sitting for a family friend. After Mary left for her night nursing shift at the local hospital, Erika’s good friend Isaiah Dooley came by the house with his friend Clint Mackey. For the next few hours they all swam in the pool, drank alcohol and ate pizza. Early the next morning Mary finished up her nursing shift and drove back to the house. When she walked inside she found Erika lying on the living room floor, covered in blood, dead; she had been stabbed at least 33 times. When the Vigo County Sherriff’s officers first questioned Isaiah and Clint, they both made conflicting statements as to who saw her last, but both of the boys asserted that when they left the house Erika was alive and well. Erika’s murder has had a huge impact on the small, peaceful, suburban community of West Terre Haute and while there have been lots of rumors around town, no one has ever been able to determine what actually happened that evening or who is responsible for Erika’s murder.
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First Love

Feb 07, 2014 Season 2 Episode 4

Marisol Gonzalez was a top student at Mingus Union High School, had lots of friends and a close-knit family that loved her. In the summer before her junior year, she began dating one of her neighbors and classmates, Cecilio Criuz. Marisol hadn’t gone out with many boys, but she was taken in by Cecilio’s seemingly heartfelt affection and eventually fell for him - he was her first love. However, she quickly came to realize that she was far from the only one that he loved, and they broke up. Soon after, she found out she was pregnant. With the love and support of her family and friends, she decided she was going to have the baby. Many months later, on March 25, 1997 around 10pm, Marisol - now full term in her pregnancy – told her sister she was waiting for a call from Cecilio, and went outside with the cordless phone. That was the last time she was seen alive. Around 6am the following morning, her body was found in an alleyway a block away from her house. She had been shot one time in the face. To this day, Marisol’s family, friends and the entire Cottonwood Community are shocked and devastated by her murder and that of her unborn child Andrew – and they desperately want justice.
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High School Sweethearts

Jan 31, 2014 Season 2 Episode 3

Charlie and Kathy Hayes were both born and raised in La Porte, TX, a small town outside of Houston. They dated throughout high school, but after graduation went their separate ways. One day, many years later, the two spotted each other while stopped at a red light in La Porte’s town center. They resumed their romance soon after and eventually got married. Music was a big part of both their lives, and after they moved in together Charlie converted their garage into a music studio where their southern rock-and-roll band would practice. Charlie played lead guitar and Kathy sang. Then, in the early morning of September 27th 1997, the La Porte, PD were called to the Hayes home by Charles’ teenage daughter Tiffenie. When the officers arrived, they found Charlie sitting in a chair, his head covered with blood, and more spattered throughout the room. His wife, Kathy, was found lying face down on the ground in the hallway with her head bashed in, dead at the scene. Charles was flown to a nearby hospital, and died shortly after he arrived. There was no forced entry into the house and nothing had been stolen. The weapon, a claw hammer, was found lying in a nearby concrete culvert the next day. Their killer has never been found. Lt. Tammy McBeath and Detective Danny Jones have been with the La Porte PD for over 25 years, and have never given up seeking justice for Charles and Kathy and their families.
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A Monster Among Us

Jan 24, 2014 Season 2 Episode 2

Willie Louise Kellum was loved by everyone in the small, rural community of Camp Hill, AL. Every Sunday she would attend the United Methodist Church where she was surrounded by her many friends and her large family of daughters, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. At 78 years old, Miss Louise had a dry wit and boundless energy as she continued to work well into her retirement as a cook at the local Head Start Program, a job she had happily worked for over 40 years. The program focuses on child development and serves many low-income families in the tri-county area. Miss Louise loved spending time with the children from all over the community; it was a genuine passion for her. The morning of February 21, 2005 started off as a fairly uneventful day. Miss Louise ran a few errands, including a stop at 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 Miss Louise lying unconscious in his room and called 911. When the Camp Hill Police arrived at her home they found Miss Louise, with a cord wrapped around her neck and bruises all over her body. Her murder rocked the entire community, as she was loved by so many. Chief Roosevelt Finley of the Camp Hill Police Department knew Willie well and her murder bothers him more than any other he’s investigated. He has vowed not to rest until he finds her killer.
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Gone

Jan 17, 2014 Season 2 Episode 1

Tracy Lynn Allen was known as a free spirited and spunky gal - she worked as a care giver at a nursing home, liked to collect Indian art, and was a devoted mother to her two young daughters, ages three and six. Tracy had recently gotten out of a volatile marriage with Garland Allen, but after their divorce the two remained in close contact. One early evening, in May of 2001, Tracy went out, while her neighbor baby-sat for their two young daughters. Later that night Garland arrived at the neighbor’s front door - he told her that Tracy was back at his house, and she had asked him to pick up their daughters. Garland then drove off with the girls, and dropped them off at his Mother’s, Betty Whitis’s house. He told his Mom that Tracy had run away with another man and had left him with the young girls. A few days later Garland surrendered custody of his kids to Betty, and then left town. It has been been over 12 years since Tracy’s disappearance and no one has ever seen or heard from her again. They say the first 48 hours after a disappearance are the most crucial for police. The chances of finding the missing person drop dramatically after that. This case isn’t cold - it’s frozen. It will be one of the most difficult cases Kelly, Yolanda, and team has ever taken on – as they hope to help the tenacious Detective Bill Perkins from Altus PD, find out what truly happened to Tracy - and hopefully bring some answers and closure to her family.
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