The team investigates the murder of a school teacher in 1953 whose case wasn't very well investigated since he believed in integration.



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Howard Lang
Bob Papenbrook ...
Wade Ribble


After a suicide attempt, his psychiatrist reveals to the son of a murdered teacher that, contrary to what he had been told by his mother, his father was NOT a drunk and did not desert his family. Rush's team learns that in 1953, favoring integration was equated with Communist sympathies; HUAC had subpoenaed the teacher, he was pressured to identify others as Communists; his wife suspected him of an affair, the family was ostracized, he was suspended by the school. Though 50 years have passed, the cold case squad wants to find out the truth and give his son the will to live. Written by jeaneva

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21 November 2004 (USA)  »

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A dilemma of conscience
4 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember 1953 very clearly, so my reaction to the episode is rather visceral. The headlines were full of the broken treaties/agreements with the USSR. The fear of Communism was widespread. Unfortunately the McCarthy excesses have made it seem it was a harmless bogeyman.

The association of the Red scare with the struggle for civil rights was NOT as widespread, especially outside the Old South. The persecution of this teacher seems unlikely given the locale.

I rated it highly because it was a well-presented dilemma for any man of conscience: stand for one's principles or protect one's family. We saw martyrs like Medgar Evers make the hard choice. I see this being repeated today in some countries where religious freedom is denied, where changing your religion or sharing your faith is inviting prison or a death sentence.

The actual motive in this case, however, was not one of racism or conscience, but a combination of love and fear for the object of that love.

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