A young college girl had been killed several years earlier and laid out in a pond. The college professor, with whom the girl was having an affair, was always suspected but there was nothing solid to go on. Another girl is killed the same way.
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.
An up and coming basketball player on the way to making it big is found dead on a street playground. Was it a street robbery gone bad, an overly competitive player who wanted his slot or something else?
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.
The triple murder of a couple running a restaurant and their employee is reopened when it is revealed in court that the man who was originally charged with the crime was robbing a store at another location at the time of the murders.
Outside a prison, the bones of an inmate who tried to escape during the broadcast of Johnny Cash's prison concert in 1968 are found in an old underground escape tunnel. Suspiciously, that inmate was supposedly killed inside the prison at another time...
The team investigates the 2000 slaying of an up-and-coming Connecticut prosecutor who was about to try a high profile murder case. The early investigation discovers that prior to his death he seemed to have been heavily distracted by something.