When a man who was convicted of child murder back in 1994 commits suicide, new evidence comes to light that he and his supposed accomplice, who is now serving a life term, may have been railroaded by an overzealous police detective for a crime they did not commit...
Samantha Randall, prefers to go go by the name of 'Sam' and also prefers to dress like a boy. But in high school circa 1963 that just is not done. She runs afoul of both the guys and girls at school as well as teachers and administration. Rebellious and determined to be herself, she's labeled a lesbian. The truth is much more complicated, and the events that lead to her death was a part of the hysteria of the times regarding gender.
Subsequent to his 30-days away from the office, Stillman submitted retirement papers and Lilly and staff pleads with him to withdraw them. This case is regarding a Japanese-American man who served time in a California internment camp. After moving his family to Philadelphia he was murdered in 1945.
PPD had decided a serial bomber had died or moved on when 5 years passed with no bomb fatalities in Philadelphia, but a pilot was seriously injured in a sports club by a bomb with identical characteristics. He tells Lilly he had heard music just before the bomb went off; a janitor reveals he had seen a music box in the locker which exploded. The Cold Case team realizes they need to find a link among the seemingly unconnected victims.
A drug bust discovers that an ex-convict had been murdered soon after being released in 1997. The investigation discovers that he had been attempting to reestablish a relationship with his teenage son, who had been five years old when he went to prison, against the wishes of the boy's mother and stepfather. The detectives also learn that a former associate had been attempting to lure him back into the life of crime.
In 1962, a woman's death is ruled a suicide. Her granddaughter asks the team to investigate her suicide after she provides them with newer evidence that the granddaughter hopes will prove that her grandmother suicide was actually a murder.