Detective Lilly is asked to investigate the murder of a fireman's first wife, who was going to testify against the man that exposed himself to her. One week before his trial, inside her detergent box of "Gleen" was planted a bomb that went off in her face. She was alive for 16 minutes after it went off and then died on her backyard patio. She is found by her young daughter at home at the time of the explosion. Her fireman husband has since remarried and he seems like a devoted husband to family, respected in the community, and revered as a hero at the fire station. ...
The Alzheimer's inflicted widow of a slain church organist begins having flashbacks about her husband's murder, leading Lilly to reopen the case. She is disheveled and babbling wandering the streets. Once returned home it is discovered that years ago her husband, the victim, Mitchell Baye, was found stabbed, left in an alley in a seedy part of town, surrounded by pornography and crack vials. Mitchell's widow, Charlotte Baye, remembers that she was suspicious that he was cheating on her with a fellow church member. Charlotte's son, Ryan, who is also her keeper, asks ...
A petty crook, Ricky (Tim deZarn), hoping to get a reduced sentence, relates witnessing a young man washing blood out of his car the night a teen track runner was murdered. The young athlete, Paige Pratt (Summer Glau), was found shot, and her boyfriend Al Clarkson (Doug Kruse) was originally imprisoned for the crime.
After two years in a coma, a mother awakes in the hospital. Unfortunately, Rosie hardly remembers the night she and her little daughter were thrown out of a window, killing the girl and injuring herself severely. She only recalls that her daughter Toya was wearing a butterfly costume ...
A 25-year-old woman was found raped and suffocated in a boarding house for "colored women" in 1939. Written off as a prostitute murdered by a john, Sadie's death made her daughter ashamed of her heritage. After her mother's death, the granddaughter asks Detective Rush to find the truth. Few contemporaries survive, and the crucial DNA evidence must be obtained from Sadie's exhumed body's fingernails.
The team investigates a 1958 case where a dead 6-year-old boy wrapped inside a box was discovered in a field. The previous investigation developed no leads in determining the identity of the boy. However, new evidence suggests he may have lived at a nearby Catholic orphanage.
Excavation of a building erected in 1969 reveals two skeletons, one black male, one white female. Remains of clothing and ID's lead to a revolutionary group during that Summer of Love. The couple were volunteers who were taking pregnant girls to receive abortions from an activist physician just before they disappeared. Rush and her team must sort out many possible suspects and motives: jealous boyfriends, racism, rumored FBI informers, and the ALF (Afrikaner Liberation Front) among others.
Facing federal charges induces an inside trader to broker another trade: information about a unsolved murder for a lesser charge/sentence. Though it does not pan out, it leads Rush and Valens to a tangled web of deception, drugs, stock swindles, sexual harassment, manipulation and enough suspects to keep them all busy sorting out trash from truth.
This case was from a woman's murder in 1989. The case is reopened in 2004 when the witness gets in trouble with the law and is a juvenile delinquent and arrested several Times. The witness was her three-year old son on the night of his birthday. The son remembers red and yellow balloons, a train, and the name Bobby. The team investigates the case. They discover things that don't add up. Lilly attempts to drill some sense into the juvenile and brings up part of her past.
In 1986, a teenage girl was raped and stabbed to death in a popular lovers' lane. A man was arrested and convicted for the crime, based on circumstantial evidence. When the case is retried using modern DNA technology, he is proven innocent and Lilly and her team set out to find the real killer.