A deprogrammer of sects victims is accused of murdered, so the sister of a teenager that committed suicide in 1978, treated by the same man, asks Lilly and the team for help: she now suspects that her brother could be murdered then, too. Besides, Valens receive devastating news.
A citywide incentive "guns for shoes" program causes a weapon to turn up that had been used in a 1987 drive-by killing of a little girl in a park. The team attempts to discover who had possessed the gun through the many hands it had since crossed while also investigating who may have been the intended target.
The early 1990's death on the railroad tracks of a mentally handicapped teenager is reopened. Drawings depicting the incident surface which indicate it may not have been an accident as originally believed.
The team investigates the early 1980's murder of a surgeon's wife. The husband had been convicted of the murder and was thought to have committed it for insurance money. The couple was under financial pain as a result of the doctor being sued for malpractice after he accidentally caused the death of one of the family's best friends on his operating table. However, new evidence found on a dead junkie with a past connection to the victim causes the case to be reopened.
Back in 1995, an alcoholic barmaid is found dead from a blow and exposure in freezing snow overnight outside the bar where she worked. She struggled to get her life on track including AA. There's plenty of potential culprits. This is a richly textured cold case and a good mystery.
The discovery of nine human skulls leads Rush back to George Marks, the serial killer she was unable to incriminate months earlier, and who walked away a free man. As the detectives re-investigate his mother's murder from 1972, George is forced to emerge from hiding to face Rush again. This time, their very lives are at stake in their final showdown.
In 2003, an overweight college girl dies in a fire at a fraternity house. Several years later her father brings the detectives a suspicious picture of his daughter dated the night of the party. As the team investigates the girl's death they uncover a disturbing chain of events that occurred the night she died.
Clyde Taylor, after winning the 1945 All-Star game for the Negro League (against the majors' All-Stars), was beaten to death with his own bat outside the stadium. Taylor became a legend as the one who might have been chosen to break the "color line" in the major leagues. Jefferies' nephew challenges his uncle's cold case team to solve the crime now sixty years old ("What if it had been Babe Ruth?"). Envious, hostile white players and greedy Negro League owners, as well as the complications of a white girlfriend, are pieces of the puzzle.
Colege friends Scott and Amy start an Internet company in a garage which is instantly successful. Investment banker Clinton Coleman puts up the money to take the company public. The IPO makes Scott and Amy millionaires--on paper. Scott buys a Ferrari and commits more than a million for a Super Bowl ad that fizzles, alarming Amy and threatening their business. When the young health-conscious woman is found dead of a heart attack at the oars of a canoe, the autopsy reveals potassium chloride in her blood. Rush, as part of the homicide team, investigates Scott, Coleman ...
Frank Dicenzio runs a small deli, until he is killed in 2001. Frank's employee, the immigrant Ricardo, is convicted and imprisoned. Ricardo's brother Paulo, however, asks Rush and Valens to reopen the case and prove Ricardo's innocence. The team finds suspects including 'Stump' Fanelli, the hoodlum friend of Frank's only son, Tommy; the unsavory Felix Darosa, who "helps" immigrants at high rates; and Ricardo himself. Meanwhile, Kat Miller joins the team, and Nick Vera's time spent caring for an abandoned baby seems to be not so onerous as he claims.