The music of Bruce Springsteen provides the perfect accompaniment to this story of four young friends with modest dreams and the detours they take along the way. Clem was shot dead in 1988, and the Cold Case team follow up on his murder by tracking his friends' lives, forcing the survivors to review their life choices.
A sweet, wallflower who works at a bank is courted by a Lothario bank robber who informs her that his crew is robbing her bank. Her love for him is to motivate her to assist them with key knowledge they need for the bank safe. On the day of the robbery, with a change of mind, she pushes the silent alarm which is seen by her lover, sealing her fate. When the same bank is robbed by similarly masked gunman again, it looks like the bank was struck twice by the same robbers, though years apart. The team is convinced there must have been an 'inside man'.
When a drug dealer, Hector, is arrested, he recognizes Scotty Valens as Alvaro, who used to work as a driver for Hector. Detective Valens had been undercover in 1998, but his involvement with the young drug mule Ana, whose murder at the time went unsolved, makes the case uncomfortably personal for Valens, and raises questions for the rest of the team.
Young Andi Simmons was a talented tennis player when she won a "Battle of the Sexes" exhibition match against an older student back in 1973, but she was found strangled the next morning. Was the killer her opponent, who'd had his pride hurt by losing to a girl? Her jealous rival on the woman's team? The demanding coach or Andi's more demanding father? The detectives take a new look at the clues.
It was 1929 and vivacious, plucky Violet Polley was a promising singer and songwriter attempting to support herself. She draws the attention of affluent Nick Bartleby. Initially scoffing his attentions, his charm wins her over. The difficulty of the depression and its affect on his family's wealth had him overwhelmed. When Violet Polley shows up with the baby carriage of little Rose, their love child, at the family mansion requesting assistance or marriage. She and baby were cruelly rebuffed by him. Violet is bludgeoned to death within minutes outside the Bartleby's ...
A corrupt cop's suicide leads to new questions about an old murder, challenging Detective Jeffries' belief that the man on death row for the crime is guilty -- and also putting Jeffries on a collision course with an arrogant ADA.
Orlando is killed in 2005 in a house for chemical-addicted teens after he is beaten by a fellow patient. Joseph, the supervisor, catches Corey beating Orlando, but can't save Orlando. Two months later, right before Joseph is to testify against Corey, Joseph is found to have been killed at home by a shotgun blast through his door. The obvious suspect, Corey, was in jail at the time of the murder, so the detectives work to solve the open case, which involves good intentions, poor choices, and entanglements for Lilly.
The discovery of a prosthetic arm in the river leads detectives to look into the case of a woman in the National Guard who went missing shortly after returning from a tour of duty in Iraq, where she lost an arm. Detectives learn she had trouble fitting back into civilian life.
Cold case investigator Kat Miller notices a photo of a closed case of Iris, the six month old baby girl with wet hair in the photo which made Kat question the cause of death as sudden infant death syndrome. The married couple were brought in for questioning as the team investigates whether the baby girl might have died from drowning. Both the husband and wife were feeling overwhelmed with the demands of their careers, struggling with raising a young son and the extra demands of such a young baby. Also investigated are two babysitters.
A married couple were gunned down in their car during their weekly run for a take-out but their young autistic son riding in the back seat is spared. The parents also left behind a teenage daughter. The couple were owners of a local tropical fish store, there didn't seem to be any motive. As the only witness, their autistic son's ability to remember events with numerical sequence was always the same regarding his parents. Detective Valens showed a compassion and patience to learn to communicate with the autistic son's abilities that brought forth the clues to unravel ...
The team reopens a 1979 murder of a schoolteacher when new evidence, including a key-chain belonging to a man with whom the victim had been having an affair, turns up in the wooded area where the body was found. The investigation soon discovers that the relationship was not kept a secret from anyone, including both of the spouses and their children.
Bags of undelivered mail are discovered at the house of a mailman following his death. One of the undelivered items is a letter from an eight year old girl to her best friend, post-marked the day that she was abducted from her bedroom in 1975.