Cold Case: Season 2, Episode 19

Strange Fruit (3 Apr. 2005)

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Jeffries reopens a 1963 case in which he, as a child, found the body of a 16-year-old African American boy who had been planning to attend Martin Luther King's March on Washington.

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Jeffries reopens a 1963 case in which he, as a child, found the body of a 16-year-old African American boy who had been planning to attend Martin Luther King's March on Washington.

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Zeke Williams was murdered on August 27, 1963. See more »

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Will is 12 years old when he finds the body of another boy. That makes him born in 1951. However, in Best Friends (#2.22) Will celebrates his 60th birthday. See more »

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Strange Fruit
Written by Lewis Allan
Performed by Nina Simone
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A 1963 timepiece portraying B&W racism at home and the job.
31 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Good acting,good story, good placement of details. Besides the usual insightful flashbacks ColdCase employs, I found this episode to be well supported by the choice of music and the timing of MLK's speech to the beating and subsequent death of Zeke Williams, a ploy that I would normally find corny and trite somehow works. Touching on all the tough issues of B&W racism, it accurately portrays the 'slightly' more subtle prejudices of the North. Mathilde's rape serves as a steppingstone to illustrate the complexities of relationships between the races. Tough love and self-preservation run neck and neck in a losing race to save family and Zeke's life. This episode is an excellent medium to encourage discussion about racism and how it plays out in real life. I would love to know if anyone knows the name of the last song played and the singer. Simply a beautiful closing to a tragic tale.


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