After new evidence clears an accused murderer during his triple homicide trial, the detectives talk to the murdered busboy's brother, who provides them with some clues. Then they interview a waitress who worked at the restaurant where the homicides occurred and a local thug. Both reportedly argued with one of the murder victims that night. The investigators also question a man who worked in the kitchen and a gangster who was a friend of the murdered busboy. Valens and Rush learn crucial information about the night of the murder and eventually coerce a confession out of the killer.
A 60-year reunion of World War II female factory workers stirs up memories of a mysterious death. A friend of the deceased confides to Rush that the death is not what it appears to be and begs her to dig deeper into the case. After several interviews, Rush soon discovers that the women were not as innocent as they seemed in 1943, and she must comb through a web of lies to track the real motive and killer.
After receiving a home movie in which a young woman is apparently shot and killed, Rush and Valens reopen a 1979 unsolved "Jane Doe" murder case. As they investigate, the detectives learn that the victim, a teenage runaway who panhandled in a rough part of town, was picked up by a couple of teenage boys who made the home movie using her as their star. However, the now-adult boys tell Rush the incident wasn't real -- it was an act, and Rush and Valens must figure out what happened to the vibrant 19-year-old who was never seen again.
In 1968, legendary singer Johnny Cash's Folsom Prison concert was broadcast to millions of inmates across the US. That night in a Philadelphia prison, during a melee following the broadcast, an inmate was murdered, and his body was believed hidden in the prison. Rush and the team reopen the case when human bones are found at the now-closed facility. But after discovering that the remains don't belong to the murdered inmate, the detectives begin a new search for the truth of what happened 36 years ago.
Who's Your Daddy?
Rush and the team reopen the 13-year-old case of two Cambodian immigrants who were brutally murdered in their home in what was then believed to be a robbery. When the detectives discover the dead couple hid their identity in order to evade deportation, Rush must piece together who the victims really were.
When a young woman is found strangled and dumped in a local swimming hole, Rush and the detectives realize that this new crime mirrors the unsolved murder of a 12-year-old girl who was killed in 1990 during a sleepover at the home of troubled teenager, Brandi. Brandi's brother is arrested for the present killing, and his confession leads the detectives to reopen the old case.
It's Raining Men
A man who first contracted AIDS in 1983 asks Rush and Valens to reopen the unsolved strangulation death of his former life partner. When the detectives investigate the murder, they learn that the dead man was one of the early activists in the fight against AIDS and a relentless advocate for education about the disease in the burgeoning gay community. The team also discovers that the victim was a member of a prominent family that disowned him because of his sexual orientation.
The Communist witch hunts of the 1950s come back to haunt their survivors when Rush and the team reopen an unsolved murder.
The body of a woman who has been missing since 1985 is discovered in a wildlife preserve. The victim was shot through the heart. The detectives interview her daughter, who was 12 years old when the woman went missing. The daughter's abusive father is also dead, but the team believes he could have been responsible for the murder -- until eight more bodies are found in the preserve. The detectives theorize that the murderer abducts his victims, takes them to the preserve then makes them run for their lives while he hunts them. But once the hunter is found, will the detectives be able to make an arrest?
Rush reopens the unsolved 2000 murder of a prominent, ambitious Puerto Rican assistant district attorney who is posthumously linked to a scandal. The man's wife insists that recent reports of her late husband's connection to a large amount of missing money are untrue. As Rush and the team investigate, they learn the victim was prosecuting the murder trial of a young Puerto Rican defendant, whose conviction suddenly becomes suspicious.
At the urging of the deceased's sister, Rush and Valens reopen the 1978 suicide of Matthew Adams, a cult member who died of cyanide poisoning. Initially, the detectives investigate the man hired to deprogram Matthew. After the manner of the death of Matthew's mother is revealed, his father becomes suspicious. And the discovery of a love triangle turns the team's attention to the imprisoned leader of the cult. But by the time the investigators uncover the truth, the killer tries to strike again, and this time Rush is his target. Meanwhile, someone very close to Valens is found dead of an apparent suicide.
The deathbed confession of a boxing referee prompts Rush and the team to reopen a 1976 case involving an overmatched fighter who died moments after suffering a terrible beating in a bout that should have been stopped. As the detectives investigate why the underdog boxer was essentially allowed to die in the ring, they discover several people with solid motives.
Time to Crime
The 1987 drive-by shooting death of a little girl, the innocent victim of what was assumed to be a gang retaliation attack, is reopened after the murder weapon suddenly turns up as part of the city's gun recovery program. In pursuing the investigation, Rush and the team discover the gun has had multiple owners, all of whom were affected in some way by its possession. Meanwhile, Valens tries to end his relationship with Rush's sister, Christina, before Rush discovers the truth.
Rush and the team investigate the 1969 strangulation murder of 19-year-old Ellie McCormick, whose body was discovered in her boyfriend Warren's apartment the day he fled to Canada to avoid fighting in Vietnam. Upon Warren's recent return to attend his father's funeral, he is immediately questioned. But the detectives also learn that at the time of Ellie's murder, her former fiancé, Bud, was stalking her, still reeling from their breakup. And her wheelchair-bound brother had just returned from battle in Vietnam with a terrible secret, which Ellie uncovered.
The death of a mentally handicapped teenaged boy is reinvestigated when new evidence reveals the teen may have been murdered. Through the course of the investigation, Rush and the team discover that the boy was bullied by local jocks, and a false sexual-harassment claim was filed against him. The detectives also learn that the boy had a negligent father and that the boy's mother had a terminal illness -- which may have factored into his murder.
The detectives investigate the cold case of a murdered pedophile whose corpse was discovered a few months after the body of a kidnapped boy was found. The young boy was taken from a department store and found dead a month later. The detectives learn that the ransom drop went afoul and the kidnapper sold the boy to a pedophile. After the pedophile told his young victim that he was now the boy's father, the child molester's real son got jealous. And when the child's body was found, the boy's parents did some investigating of their own. Meanwhile, Stillman finally resolves the aftereffects of a family tragedy that has haunted him for years and caused the rift between him and his daughter.
The recent death of a female heroin addict prompts Rush and the team to reopen the supposedly solved 1982 murder case of Lindsay Chase, the addict's former co-worker. Lindsay's husband, Dr. Stephen Chase, was convicted of her murder and has spent the last 23 years in prison, insisting he's innocent. When the detectives discover that Lindsay was involved with manufacturing illegal drugs -- something her husband didn't even know about -- the list of suspects grows.
Vera's high-school sweetheart asks the team to reopen the case of the death of her older sister. Ruled as an accident in the late 1990s, the woman's death was forgotten until a man recounts seeing her that fateful night. He believes his fraternity brothers manhandled her. Instead, the detectives learn that her downward spiral into alcoholism had left the young lady compromised. On that night, she lost her family, her self-respect and finally her life.
Rush and the squad reopen the cold case that motivated Jeffries to become a cop. A young Black teenager was left beaten to death in a rough neighborhood park in the early 1960s. Through the investigation, the squad learns that the victim's death may be race related and that his clandestine friendship with an older white woman may have led to his demise.
The 1985 murder case of a young mill worker is reopened when Rush learns that a recent parolee admitted to stealing money off the victim's body. Rush and the team discover that the victim, Joe Young, worked at the Kensington Mill before it closed. The mill's demise created a tough financial situation for Joe and the many other workers, ruining lives as well as friendships. The investigation soon leads to Joe's former best friends who did not share his optimism that they would all find other jobs.
Creatures of the Night
The unsolved 1977 case involving the death of Philadelphia doorman Mike Cahill is reopened when Rush and Valens try to link his murder to a serial killer about to be released from prison due to a legal technicality. The detectives uncover the unusual relationship between Mike and the serial killer, Roy Anthony. Mike worked at an upscale apartment building and was oddly close with one of the married residents, and Roy was a severely troubled teen with an abusive father. Eventually, Rush and Valens discover that Mike's girlfriend at the time of the murder also worked with Roy at a local diner and that a midnight screening of the film "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" was the event that brought the trio together.
When an old truck containing human bones is pulled from the Delaware River, Rush and Valens reopen a 1932 missing persons case. The detectives link the truck and its contents to a former Prohibition-era bootlegger and learn that the bones may belong to his sister, Rose, who unexpectedly went missing with the truck. Rush discovers that Rose befriended Billie, a Black girl who dressed and behaved like a man. When forensic testing confirms the bones are not Rose's, Valens tracks Rose down and learns of her controversial relationship with Billie, which alienated several people, including Billie's ex-lover, Georgie, who always believed that Rose and Billie were more than friends.
Rush and Valens investigate the discovery of nine human skulls buried in a residential backyard. The house has remained vacant since 1972, when 33-year-old Simone Marks, who was later murdered, shared the home with her 12-year-old boy, George. Since Simone's murder was never solved, Rush and Valens reopen the homicide. Months ago, Rush and the detectives worked on a case where nine headless human remains were uncovered in a wildlife preserve, and their investigation led them to the grown-up George Marks. The detectives were unable to arrest him due to lack of evidence. Now, George emerges from hiding to challenge Rush again. This time, their lives are at stake in a final showdown.
When a 17-year-old foster child tells Rush that a man claiming to be her father contacted her, the team reopens the murder of a teenager who was run over by a car.
Rush discovers a photo of Laurie, a reclusive, overweight college freshman who died in a fraternity house fire. The picture, e-mailed from Laurie's cell phone just before she died, shows the young woman being held down and forced to drink alcohol. Although her death was ruled an accident, the haunting image inspires Rush to reopen the case. On the night she died, Laurie attended a party at the frat house where her best friend was pledging. The party was led by a fraternity leader who loved to humiliate overweight female students to entertain members. Rush is able to identify one of the people in the photo, and the team searches for the only person who might have witnessed Laurie's death.
Rush and Jeffries reopen the 1978 murder of 21-year-old Angus Bistrong after his mother finds a letter that suggests he was killed by someone he knew and was not a random victim of copycat killings inspired by the movie "Halloween." The letter, dated the day of his death, was from Angus' friend Vicky, who wrote that he should keep his wedding proposal to her a secret because he could be in danger if anyone found out. Six months earlier, Angus and Vicki had been involved in a car accident that left Vicky permanently paralyzed, and everyone blamed Angus. Vicki's boyfriend at the time, Craig, is first on the list of potential suspects but denies any wrongdoing.
Rush and Jeffries investigate a 1945 case involving baseball great Clyde "The Glide" Taylor, who was beaten to death with his own bat after a game. The only evidence Rush and Jeffries have is the victim's bloodstained jersey with tobacco juice smudges on the chest. The suspect list includes Clyde's closest friend, his girlfriend and a racist major league pitcher -- none of whom are talking or providing any clues to help detain a killer. With no leads, Rush and the team are forced to retrace their steps.
Rush reopens a case involving an elderly woman who died of natural causes but had been using the identity of another woman who disappeared in 1954. The team searches for clues to find out what happened to the woman whose identity was stolen. The missing woman's son, Otis Petrowski, last saw his mother when he was 9 years old and visited her at a local mental institution where she had been committed after being diagnosed as bipolar. When Rush interviews former patients and staff from the facility, she gets a disturbing picture of the way mental patients were treated in the 1950s, as well as how easily women were diagnosed as mentally ill.
Saving Patrick Bubley
The victim in a gang shooting is the brother of the first murder victim whose case Rush worked. Rush is determined to stop the cycle and save another brother.
When a diary containing information about a woman's death is discovered on a recycled computer, Rush and the team reopen the 1999 case of a healthy young woman, Amy Lind, who died of a stress-induced heart attack after her dot-com company crashed. Amy was a self-described workaholic who devoted her life to her company and was, for a brief moment, a millionaire. Despite Amy's ability, she made poor business decisions, and her business partner spent all the money. Her main programmer, who was in love with her, had a motive to kill her because she spurned his attentions, but his alibi is airtight. Rush must sort fact from fiction to close the case.
ID tags found in a drug house lead Rush to reopen the 1972 shooting of a former Vietnam POW. She learns he was having trouble adjusting to being home after fighting in Vietnam.
A Perfect Day
When evidence of the death of a 4-year-old girl washes up on the New Jersey shore, Rush and the team reopen a 1965 case. A clue leads Rush to inspect hospital records, and the detective discovers the child, Vivian, was the victim of abuse. However, Vivian was treated under a false name. Luckily, Vivian's doctor remembers the case and gives Rush some valuable information about the child's mother. The team suspects the mother but has a hard time locating her and an even harder time proving abuse because child abuse records weren't kept in the 1960s.
Rush and Valens reopen the 2001 case involving a well-liked local deli owner, Frank Dicenzio, who was apparently beaten to death by his employee. Valens is contacted by the brother of a convicted murderer and is persuaded to reopen the case that left a local neighborhood shocked. Everyone loved Frank, and no one could imagine someone taking his life. All of the evidence points to Frank's top employee -- until someone finally tells the true story.
Nine songs by rock superstar Bruce Springsteen are featured throughout this episode. In 1980, four high school friends went off to pursue their futures, but nothing ended up as planned, and one was murdered in 1988. Now, Rush and Valens get a tip about the murder that reveals how these friends' hopes and dreams unraveled as they faced the harsh realities of life.
When a small piece of a note is found, Rush and the team reopen the 1994 death of a teenager that was previously classified as a suicide. After several interviews with local neighbors and childhood friends, it seems the teenager jumped off the roof of his school to his death. The depressed teen was obsessed with Kurt Cobain's suicide and had called into a crisis hotline for help numerous times, all pointing to a clear suicide. However, Rush pursues a new angle that she won't relinquish.
When a frazzled mother, Lillian, bursts into the Philadelphia Police Department claiming to know who might have killed her daughter at a 1968 debutante ball, Rush reopens the case. Lillian begs Rush and the team to search for her daughter's killer when a newspaper story reports on a man pushing his wife down the stairs. The circumstances of that death seem eerily similar to her daughter's, and the same man was the girl's escort to the 1968 ball. Remorsefully, Lillian explains that back then, her desire for social status led her to make her daughter a debutante, and now she fears she may have started a chain of events that led to her daughter's murder.
Dog Day Afternoons
After a string of bank robberies involving thieves wearing Johnny Cash masks, Rush finds a link that may provide new information on the 2000 murder of a young bank teller who was killed during an almost identical robbery. However, when Rush's clues run out, the team must retrace each step of the 2000 case in order to find the killer, who is still at large.
When a 1998 drug case is reopened, Valens becomes the focal point. He had worked undercover on the high-profile case, and now he must face the demons that have been haunting him for the past 8 years. At the time, he got too close to a lady friend who was being used to courier drugs -- and it might have cost her life. Everyone on the squad is shocked to learn that Valens had gone undercover and never mentioned it since.
Rush and her colleagues must use their unique expertise and interrogation skills to solve a killer's demented puzzle and save a young boy's life. In the course of one night, the team members are pushed to their wits' ends trying to crack the code and rescue the boy, who has been left to die at an undisclosed location. Ultimately, the answer lies in one man's past -- and the only way for Rush and the others to figure it out is to delve deeply into their own pasts.
Rush receives new evidence in the 1973 murder of a female college tennis phenomenon, Andi, who beat the school's best male player, Fritz, in a high-profile match. Fritz had always been the main suspect since he had no solid alibi, and his loss not only embarrassed him but also cost him major endorsement deals. Fritz was also known to lend towels to Andi, and the evidence of her murder includes a towel soaked in sodium nitrate. However, Andi's huge success bothered several people, and the suspect list grows.
When a theater owner discovers a gun in a piece of prop furniture, Rush and Jeffries reinvestigate the 2002 shooting of an aspiring actor and singer, Dennis Hofferman. Dennis had gotten a part in a community production of the musical "Cabaret," but on opening night he was shot to death outside the backstage door. His murder was thought to be one of several shootings and muggings committed by local robbers who were never caught. However, evidence points to someone involved with the theater.
Beautiful Little Fool
A pregnant woman researching her family history realizes that her great-grandmother, Violet Holley, died in an unsolved murder. Rush tackles the 1929 case, her oldest to date, but she finds only a few notes revealing that underprivileged Violet had become pregnant by a wealthy man, Nick Bartleby. The recollections of those suspects who are still alive cannot be considered reliable, but Rush does locate Nick's great-grandson and discovers recordings that might lead her in the direction of the murderer. Meanwhile, Rush's mother, Ellen, announces that she is engaged and wants Rush to attend the wedding.
Death Penalty: Final Appeal
Rush and the team reopen a case originally investigated by Jeffries years ago. When a corrupt policeman commits suicide, questions are raised about the guilt of a death-row inmate convicted of murdering a girl. As evidence that was misplaced during the original trial indicates that the wrong man was implicated, the detectives race to determine the real culprit before the convict is executed.
The Hen House
Rush reopens the 1945 case of the death of a talented female journalist at a Philadelphia newspaper. Upon learning that the victim left a note telling someone to meet her at the train station where she eventually died, Rush and the team investigate and discover that she was dating a man who claimed to be a Jew who escaped the Nazis and came to America. But the truth about her lover shocks everyone involved and ultimately leads to a solution to the mystery. Meanwhile, Jeffries is demoted for losing his temper on a prior case.
When a new witness to the 1984 shooting of a respected emergency room physician comes forward, Rush reopens the case. The original suspect was a mentally ill homeless man who was convicted of the crime based on circumstantial evidence and who eventually died in prison. However, the new witness states that the doctor was beloved by his family, friends and patients -- but he had a secret gambling addiction. Now, Rush must delve into the world of gambling to search for a killer.
When a man's debit card is used one year after his death, Rush and the team reopen the 2005 case. During the investigation, Rush is strangely drawn to the victim, Joseph Shaw, a popular drug counselor who was killed two days before he was set to testify against one of his students. Rush becomes so fixated on Joseph that she takes a photo of him from the evidence and places it on her nightstand at home. Normally a by-the-book investigator, the enthralled Rush breaks procedural rules, putting herself and the other investigators in danger.
A 1995 case involving two teenage boys who committed suicide after going on a murderous rampage at a local mall is reopened when evidence shows there may have been a third shooter. When a videotape of the shooting is discovered hidden in an air vent in the mall, Rush and the team notice that the third shooter managed to leave the crime scene by pretending to be a survivor. Now, the investigators must reconstruct the lives of the teenage boys and the events that led up to that fateful day, along with interviewing all of the survivors again.
The War at Home
A 2004 case involving the disappearance of a female Iraqi War veteran, Dana Tucker, is reopened when her high-tech titanium prosthetic arm is found in a river. When Dana returned from the war after fighting for 93 days, she was not the same. She returned home as a hero to the community -- but not to her fellow soldier's widow, who is the prime suspect in Dana's disappearance. Meanwhile, Scotty visits his brother, Mike, regarding an ongoing child molestation investigation.
When the skeletal remains of a man found in a subway tunnel are identified as a miner who disappeared in 1947, Rush and Valens believe that he may have been murdered. In 1947, the rumor mill was abuzz with rumors about why the man went missing. Maybe it was because of his attempt to unionize his fellow miners or because of his scandalous love affair. There was a long list of suspects, including the owner of the mining company, who wanted to stop the impending strike, and a fellow miner who wanted nothing to do with fighting for anyone's rights. Meanwhile, Rush's boyfriend, Joseph, tells Rush that he loves her.
Charged with the emotional task of finding an infant's killer, Rush reopens a 1982 case involving a female baby who died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome under suspicious circumstances. She starts her investigation with the only people who were with the baby on the morning of her death: the parents. First, Rush persuades the father to admit to not wanting the child, his second. Then, the mother confesses that she felt overstressed with the demands of a new baby, along with being a working mother. Their older child, who was only 6 years old at the time of his sister's death, hardly remembers what happened that night but somehow believes that he had something to do with it. Meanwhile, Ray enters Rush's life again.
Rush mixes pleasure with business when her boyfriend, Joseph, asks her to reopen a 2003 case involving an autistic boy named Brent Harding who witnessed his parents' murder. Brent's photographic memory and his inability to lie lead Rush to a series of clues and suspects, including Brent's sister, who lied about where her brother was on the night of the murders, a bully at school and a corrupt school administrator. Now, Rush and the team must decipher which facts are real and which could possibly be figments of Brent's imagination.
When the 1958 suicide of a celebrated Philadelphia disc jockey is discovered to have actually been a murder, Rush and the team must find the truth of this public persona's private life by decoding a message hidden in his final broadcast. The list of suspects includes the DJ's ex-wife, who inherited his estate, a young musician who was starved for his attention, and a man who believed that the DJ got his young daughter pregnant. Meanwhile, Scotty again attempts to reach out to his estranged older brother, Mike.
A case that Jeffries worked on when he was a rookie in 1979 is reopened when evidence is found near the original location of the female victim's body. Jeffries made a promise to the woman's daughter to find her mother's killer and now, armed with new evidence, he is more determined than ever to close the case and bring the murderer to justice. The evidence includes a jacket belonging to the victim and car keys that could not have been hers, because she did not know how to drive. Among the suspects are the victim's husband, her ex-lover and her daughter. Jeffries must go back 27 years and retrace his steps -- but as a more experienced detective.
Rush reopens the 1975 case of an 8-year-old girl who went missing and was presumed murdered after becoming best friends with an African American girl, Cherise Tisdale, in a predominately white town. Initially a Black man was suspected in the girl's death. But the townspeople also turned against the her family for befriending Cherise, leading Rush and the team to new suspects. Ultimately, along with the truth comes a shocking revelation that no one expected.
In 1989, a 33-year-old woman was gunned down in an alley. Now, the unsolved murder case is reopened when a tape of the victim, made for a dating service, is found after a man's suicide. Apparently, the man was watching the tape when he killed himself. The probe reveals that the suspected killer was a con artist who dated lonely women in order to rob them of their life savings. Meanwhile, Vera moves into an apartment of his own.
After a dying convict gives Rush clues to an unsolved cop killing, she reopens the case. Born into a family of police officers, young patrolman Sean "Coop" Cooper worked the streets during a time when tough, and not completely legitimate, methods of dealing with drug offenders were the norm. When Coop's body was found under a bridge in a bad neighborhood in 1968, the theories ranged from revenge to a gang killing to a jealous lover. But Rush's investigation uncovers a secret about Coop that may have motivated someone entirely unexpected to murder him.
The Red and the Blue
When Jeffries' former partner shares new information about the 2000 murder of a male singer, the case is reopened, requiring Rush and a reluctant Scotty to travel to Knoxville, Tennessee, and delve into the world of country music. The victim was caught between women from two very different worlds -- one Southern, one Northern -- and the detectives must untangle a web of love, destruction and booze. At first, Rush and Scotty believe the murder resulted from a lover triangle, but they soon find out it had nothing to do with love and everything to do with music.
In 2006, a brilliant, driven honors student, James Hoffman, who was destined for the best colleges, went missing. Now, his sister finds a video clip on the internet of James getting brutally beaten and shows it to Rush and Valens, who reopen the investigation into James' disappearance. They learn that he had secretly become a member of a fight club of overstressed rich kids looking for a thrill. Unfortunately, they find James dead -- but he didn't die because of the fight in the video, and Rush and the team must track down a much more surprising culprit.
Rush and Scotty reopen a 1996 accidental death case when new evidence suggests that it may have been murder. The investigators enter the picture-perfect world of the wealthy Williams clan but soon discover that no family is perfect, especially not this one. The once-gorgeous matriarch, Lauren Williams, was stranded at her ex-husband's home during a snowstorm, along with her two children. When morning came, she was found face down in the swimming pool. It was deemed an accidental death at the time, but the detectives uncover family intrigue concerning money, sex and power.
When a wealthy white teen and a struggling Black teen from very different towns were murdered at the same exact time of day in 2002, no one made a connection. But now, Miller, who was an undercover cop at the time, realizes that the killings may be related, and she persuades Rush to reopen the cases. The Black boy may have gotten himself into a turf war with drug dealers, and the white girl is initially believed to have been taking methamphetamines in order to continue being an overachiever. The tragic truth about how these two young people were connected, however, is much more shocking.
Blood on the Tracks
When evidence of a pipe bomb is found in a suburban home during renovations, Rush reopens the case of a married couple killed in 1981 in what was termed an accidental gas leak explosion at the time. As she digs into the history of the couple and their friends, Rush learns that, ten years earlier, they had all been linked by their opposition to the Vietnam War. But secret feelings and illegal activities led to a rift between the friends, and Rush must sort out who may have placed the bomb in the couple's kitchen after a tumultuous 10-year reunion. Meanwhile, Stillman tries to remember his parenting skills while caring for his visiting grandson.
The Good-Bye Room
When Barbara, a woman who was adopted as a child, claims that her biological mother, Hilary, was murdered the day after Barbara was born, Rush and the team explore the world of unwed mothers and the maternity homes where they were hidden during the 1950s and 1960s. Rush learns about the strangers with whom Hilary was forced to give birth, the people who tricked her into giving up her newborn -- and the secret that ultimately led to Hilary's death. While re-examining her personal relationship with her own mother, Rush must find a killer among a few hundred women who were at the maternity home at the time.
Shuffle, Ball Change
During an excavation, construction workers uncover the decomposed and battered body of Maurice Hall, a sensitive grocery clerk who disappeared in a working-class town in 1984. Rush learns that Maurice was listed as missing at the time, and no one knew he was dead. His father, who always favored Maurice's ambitious, athletic older brother, tells Rush that Maurice had been behaving strangely before his disappearance. But his brother later confides details about Maurice's activities that his father never knew about -- activities that could get someone killed in that neighborhood.
A Dollar, a Dream
In 1999, a suburban mom, Marlene Bradford, lost her house after her husband died, and possessing very few street smarts, she was forced to live in her station wagon with her daughters, ages 9 and 14. Now, an environmental group finds Marlene's car -- with her decomposed body in it -- at the bottom of a lake. She had been shot. After her disappearance, her daughters were placed with separate families and lost touch. Rush and the team must glean enough facts from the girls' memories to determine who murdered their mother. Meanwhile, despite Stillman's orders to the contrary, Jeffries tries to track down the trucker who killed Jeffries' wife in a hit-and-run.
A man claims responsibility for pushing a sex offender off a building and promises to systematically kill another person every day. Twenty years ago, his six-year-old son was raped and murdered, and now he intends to execute one registered sex offender every day until Rush's team can find the culprit in his son's killing.
Stand Up and Holler
An anonymous confession to the killing of a 16-year-old girl is found in a modern art exhibit. As a result, Rush and the team are forced to enter the complicated, emotional and vicious world of high-school cheerleading in order to solve the murder.
Rush and the team reopen their oldest case to date when they investigate the 1919 death of a young suffragette. Frances May Stone was a young girl living in a world that gave women few rights, something she wanted to change by any means necessary.
Rush and the other detectives delve into the world of the Russian mob when they reopen a 2005 case involving the murder of a longshoreman who innocently got in the middle of a profitable human-trafficking ring.
The Good Death
When a nurse confesses to the mercy killings of six patients, the detectives reopen a 1998 case involving a terminally ill man who suspiciously died months before anticipated. But after finding out that the patient left a note with a mysterious female name on it, and that he had been having serious family problems, Rush and the team explore other suspects.
A hostage situation erupts in the Philadelphia Police Department. The team must negotiate quickly before they lose one of their own.
Rush returns to work several weeks after being shot. She tries to convince Stillman -- and herself -- that she's emotionally ready to spearhead the reopening of a 1994 case of three fatally beaten boys, the outcome of which may have resulted in the wrongful incarceration of two teenage outcasts.
After a tank top is discovered in the wheel well of an abandoned van, Rush and the team reopen the 1998 case of a 15-year-old girl who was fatally beaten and found partially clothed. She had had a reputation in high school for being promiscuous.
After a case languishes in the Jane Doe category for a year, a girl asks for the team's help finding her older sister, a teenage Amish girl who disappeared weeks after leaving home to go to Philadelphia and experience the outside world as part of Rumspringa. Rush and the others reopen the year-old case, which reveals that the girl was murdered, and search for the killer.
The team reopens a 1953 murder case after new evidence suggests that the victim was killed in a different place from where his body was found. The talented 19-year-old aspiring rock 'n' roll star was actually killed in his uncle's shop, some distance away from the alley behind a blues club where he was previously thought to have died.
Thick as Thieves
The team members investigate the murder case of an unidentified "Jane Doe" who just succumbed to the complications from a gunshot wound that put her in a coma in 1989. They discover that she was a grifter with a male partner and many vengeful victims.
The team reopens the 2002 case of a 14-year-old inner-city math whiz who was shot after his 16-year-old half-brother exploited the genius's knack for counting cards and cracking safes to benefit a local gang.
In the landmark 100th episode of "Cold Case," the remains of a housewife are discovered in a well. She had made headlines for vanishing on the night of Orson Welles' 1938 radio broadcast of "The War of the Worlds." While the team members work on solving the woman's murder, they learn that her family was trying to outrun the "aliens."
It Takes a Village
Rush and the team hunt for a serial killer after a newly missing boy's body is discovered in a rented storage unit, and the remains of three boys who vanished between 1999 and 2003 are subsequently found in separate units issued to the same name.
In 1963, a teenage girl caused a stir by dressing and behaving like a boy. She was found dead, and considered a suicide victim. However, after hearing from an alleged witness, the team wonders if the girl was actually murdered. Meanwhile, everyone braces for the outcome of the Internal Affairs investigation of Valens.
When the word "rapist" is found written on the gravestone of a popular male college student who was fatally shot 25 years ago, the team uncovers the fact that the college staff and police had ignored female students who had accused him of date rape before his death. Now, those coeds are suspects in his murder.
The team, attempting to solve the 1945 murder of a man, investigates whether the man's release from a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II -- and moving his family from California to Philadelphia shortly after his release -- had anything to do with it. Lilly also attempts to get Stillman to withdraw his retirement papers.
The team searches for a serial bomber whose latest pipe bomb maimed the wrong target and whose three previous bombings -- in 1999, 2001 and 2003 -- collectively blinded a man and killed two others.
The team reopens the 1998 case of a murdered teenage girl after her father is arrested for savagely beating the teen's stepsister, who is just 3 years old. The father is, at first, the team's primary suspect for the decade-old murder, but they soon uncover that the victim had run off with a neo-Nazi ex-con shortly before her slaying.
Andy in C Minor
After new evidence -- a substantial splatter of the blood of a popular deaf boy who went missing in 2006 -- is discovered in a storage room at the high school for the deaf the teen attended, the team attempts to find the boy's body and killer.
Lilly and Valens head to West Virginia to retrieve a primary suspect for the 2007 presumed homicide of a young woman abducted from the parking lot outside her engagement party.
When newfound evidence confirming the 1997 murder of an ex-con is discovered in the freezer of a drug dealer, the team sets out to find the man's killer.
Lilly and her team set out to find a 1962 suicide victim's killer after the woman's granddaughter provides evidence that the suicide note was not written in her grandmother's handwriting.
Ghost of My Child
The team investigates when a former drug addict insists she saw her son in a park three years after he allegedly died in an apartment fire.
Rush and the team reopen the 1973 case of a murdered football player after new evidence surfaces.
Rush and the team look into the death of an inner-city schoolteacher, originally thought to be a carjacking gone wrong, when a former student finds her car keys in an old desk.
Rush and the team investigate the 1964 murder of a young white woman who, under the guise of selling Tupperware, secretly traveled in a mixed-race group to Mississippi to bring supplies to and help with the Freedom Schools during the civil rights movement and Freedom Summer.
Rush and the team investigate the 1978 death of a teenage roller skater who was found in a ravine. A new witness emerges claiming to have information about the case, and the team must determine if it may or may not be true.
Rush and the team investigate the 1951 case of a young Marine who was found dead after going AWOL on his last night of shore leave. They discover that he was trying to defend a fellow soldier that night.
Rush and the team investigate the 1981 case of a missing single mother after her body is found in the trunk of a car. They soon discover that she was resented by many of her coworkers at a seedy car dealership.
One Small Step
Rush and the team reopen the 1969 case of a murdered 12-year-old boy after a new clue, in the form of a toy rocket bearing the boy's name, is given to the retired cop who worked on the case and was never able to let it go.
Rush and the team reopen the 1989 murder case of a young Russian opera singer who defected with her family to the United States before the Berlin Wall came down. Vera remembers the case well -- at the time, he was a rookie at the police station where the family sought political asylum.
Pin Up Girl
Rush and the team reopen the 1953 case involving a pinup girl when a fan's crime-scene photo provides new and vital evidence in the case.
Rush and the team investigate the 2005 murder of an up-and-coming African American politician who vowed to rid the lower-class neighborhood he grew up in of drug dealers who prey on young kids.
The team investigates the 1960 case of a murdered flight attendant.
Rush and the team investigate the 2007 case of an auto mechanic who was murdered after he won $8 million in the state lottery. Also, Valens discovers there may be a big problem with his budding relationship with Frankie.
Rush and the team reopen the 1988 murder case of an up-and-coming reporter when previously unseen footage of the woman is found indicating that she was on to a big story: an inside source at a plastics company revealed that the company's employees were being exposed to asbestos.
The Brush Man
Rush and the team reopen the 1967 case of a murdered brush salesman when his remains are found at the bottom of a duck pond. They learn the salesman had a hidden past and that some people in his territory were afraid he would reveal secrets he knew about them.
The team searches for a recently missing teenager while also investigating the five-month-old murder of the boy's father, both of whom were in a witness protection program as the father prepared to testify against a mob boss.
The team reopens the 1976 case of a murdered 17-year-old honor student after a photo is found of her on the back of a motorcycle, which reveals her connection to a notoriously vicious gang.
Jeffries and Pops, the elderly longtime owner of the corner convenience store Jeffries enters on his way home from work, are shot. As Jeffries fights for his life, the rest of the team tries to curtail their emotions as they search for the shooter.
Newly discovered notes of a currently homeless and delusional paranoid schizophrenic, Pete Scanell, lead the team to investigate if he killed his psychiatrist, Dr. Julie Ramierez, by arson in 2004, before dropping out of college and fully losing his grip on reality.
The team reopens the 1958 murder case of a suave, successful real estate developer when new evidence surfaces that he may not have been killed where his body was found.
As the team members play their annual softball game, they investigate the 1999 murder of a former Cuban baseball star, 23-year-old Gonzalo Luque, who escaped to the US to provide for his family after the Cuban government fired him for talking to an American sports agent.
The team reopens the 1963 murder case of a nomadic pool hustler when the long-hidden murder weapon is found during the renovation of a pool hall where the victim played days before his death.
The Long Blue Line
In part one of this two-part season finale, the team investigates the 2005 murder of the first female cadet at a local military school. Suspects abound, as they discover how brutally the victim was treated from day one by an array of resentful male cadets and school officials.
Into the Blue
In part two of the season finale, Rush relives painful memories of when she forged her own path as the first female homicide detective in the Philadelphia Police Department.
The trial against the military academy official who tried to harm Rush begins.
The team investigates the 1995 murder of a runaway teen who left his dysfunctional home for the streets, where he quickly became known for his astounding skateboarding skills.
The team reopens the 2004 case of a teen who was wrongly sent to a juvenile detention center where he was killed before Valens could keep his promise to get the teen released. Meanwhile, Rush reconnects with her former love, narcotics cop Eddie Saccardo.
The team reopens the 1970 murder case of a young musician who was secretly instrumental in creating the Philadelphia soul sound.
The team investigates the 1944 murder of the top pilot from the WASP program, a pioneering group of civilian women who volunteered to fly non-combat missions for the US Army Air Force during WWII. Also, Rush becomes fixated on her nemesis, Moe Kitchener, who is out on bail awaiting his trial for running her car off the road.
The body of a former star jockey who was reported missing in 1986 is found in a mass grave for horses. The team investigates this murder of an accomplished 45-year-old Mexican-born jockey who "disappeared" within hours of losing a race he'd long planned to be his last before retiring.
Read Between the Lines
The team explores the 1991 case of a 14-year-old girl, who, months after she and her sister were placed with new foster parents, was killed just as she was starting to establish herself as a gifted rapper within the local gang-infused hip-hop community.
The team reopens a case from 1983, originally investigated by a young Stillman, of a Chinese American teenager who was slain before he could obtain justice for his girlfriend who was killed by one of many bullets unleashed at a festival by Chinese gang members.
New evidence prompts the team to believe that foul play was involved in the 1999 death of a high-school debate team champion. The brilliant debater from a low-income background was wrongly thought to have committed suicide after losing his first debate three months into his scholarship-funded schooling at a competitive top private high school.
The team reopens the 1980 case of an ice hockey player who was murdered on his team's ice rink in Philadelphia the night the US hockey team defeated the Soviet Union team in the Olympic Games in Lake Placid, New York.
The Good Soldier
The team reopens the 2005 case of an army recruiter who was killed in the dangerous neighborhood where he worked two days before his scheduled deployment to Iraq.
The Runaway Bunny
Suspects abound in the 1974 murder case of a private investigator after his body is found in a demolished building's cement foundation. The team finds the victim uncovered unfavorable things for -- and about -- his last few clients.
While investigating the death of a tagger, Rush, Valens and Miller each deal with vexing personal issues.
The team investigates the 1971 death of a teenage circus performer whose fall may not have been accidental.
The team decides to pass the time at a work acquaintance's wedding by looking into whether the bride was responsible for her previous fiancé's unsolved 2008 murder.
The team reopens the case of a dock worker who was moonlighting as a wrestler on the independent circuit until he was shot dead in 1986.
Realizing that the missing Vera has finally hit rock bottom, his worried team members hope that a new twist to a 2006 arson case, which he has secretly been obsessing about in recent weeks, might supply leads to his whereabouts.
The Last Drive-In
When ballistics tie a recent murder case of Rush's to a serial killer who was seemingly inactive for 27 years, Diane Yates, a tough, no-nonsense FBI agent who was responsible for the end of Stillman's marriage, shows up to enlist the team's aid in finding the killer who has eluded her for 30 years.
After determining a serial killer's identity -- and some of his likely future targets -- the team and the FBI work together to apprehend him while trying to locate and protect the people he's preparing to kill.
Rush and FBI agent Ryan Cavanaugh discover their attraction for one another while investigating the 1969 murder of a US soldier at Woodstock in between tours in Vietnam. Plus, Vera helps his married ex-girlfriend, Megan, after sentimental jewelry is stolen from her home.
The team investigates the 1989 case of a prom queen who was killed after her prom by a potentially deliberate hit-and-run driver. Meanwhile, Rush tries to ignore her father's appeals to give her troublemaker sister, Christina, another chance after she suddenly resurfaces.
Rush looks for her missing sister, Christina.