The Cold Case team is assigned to a very disturbing case of a sinister serial killer who kidnaps women and whacks off their heads - and he might be closer to home than they realize.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Janet Lambert
Marty James (99 / 04) (as John Patrick Hayden)


A headless corpse is found in the woods. The victim is identified and the ex-husband who used to assault his wife is charged with the murder. Later several similar corpses are found by the hounds; all the victims are women who disappeared in November and all were shot. While trying to find connections between the victims the team learns that all of them tried making denouncements for having been attacked but to no avail. Written by tguy

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28 November 2004 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This story seems to be loosely based on Alaskan serial killer Robert Hansen who abducts young women, tortures and sexually assaults them, then hunts them in the woods before killing them. While the real Robert Hansen wasn't working for the police as in this story, he did have many friends on the local police force. See more »


Remade as Kôrudo kêsu: Shinjitsu no Tobira: Orion (2016) See more »


Written by John Roome
Performed by Witchman
Courtesy of Mekong Records
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Awesome episode
30 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Found this to be probably one of the best written and acted episodes I've seen. The killer is truly vicious and also incredibly smart. Because he walks away from it. Just watched it this evening and must confess I don't think I can remember an episode that the bad guy played the opposition with such finesse like a chess game well played over and over. Haven't watched beyond this episode yet, (am in process of that). So hope the elusive killer resurfaces in later episodes as the "nemesis" like Dr. loveless in wild Wild West or blowfeld in the bond movies. Well done indeed. Love the actor playing the killer and liked him as Dr. Phlox in enterprise and a concerned scientist in the movie 2012. Good choice here, first time I've seen him play the bad guy. Does a great job too, very underlying sinister quality with a killer melancholy lifestyle. Hope they keep writing good intense ones like this. Keeps you glued to your screen to see if he slips up. When he doesn't you are quite surprised because you figure they always get the bad guy, but this time they don't. Enjoy it with a friend. .

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