Cold Case: Season 3, Episode 21

The Hen House (30 Apr. 2006)

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The "accidental" death of a woman newspaper columnist in 1943 is solved when old newspaper files indicate that maybe "Hey Lo" was murdered by a Nazi officer posing as a Dutch Jew.



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Johanna Hoffman
Helen Russell - 2006
Aran Cravey ...
Helen Russell - 1945
Arthur Pool - 1945
Ashley Farley ...
Young Girl - 1945
James Greene ...
Birdie - 2006


The "accidental" death of a woman newspaper columnist in 1943 is solved when an old letter resurfaces, suggesting that she was supposed to meet someone at the time of her death. Written by anonymous

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Philadelphia in 1945, like much of the rest of the country, lived an euphoric time after the end of WWII. One of the local newspapers wanted to feature stories of human interest about the men that had returned and their experiences at the front lines. But not everybody could turn out a good article, either because lack of talent, or otherwise. Lo Kinney, who is asked to work an advice column, meets an unhappy man at the office who disagreed with an answer given to his wife.

Ms. Kinney, a sharp reporter, didn't make a good name for herself among her co-workers, who saw in her a talented woman who could write. When she goes to apologize in person to the complaining man, she meets an illegal refugee, David Pool, who has a lot of things to say about the conflict in Europe, including his own escape from one of the worst possible places, Auschwitz! David and Lo fall in love. Unfortunately, Lo Kinney didn't live to enjoy a long relationship, let alone marriage to this man because she is found dead at a railroad station outside Philadelphia. Now, some sixty years later, new evidence showing Lo Kinney was meeting someone at the station where she is killed, sends the Cold Case team into an investigation.

As it turns out, David Pool, now in his eighties, comes to the attention of the detectives because it appears he has a lot to hide. The case proves to be hard to solve, but the team gets lucky when Lilly is sent to New York to interview a woman, Johanna Hoffman, who might be connected to the murder, because of her disappearance from Philadelphia the same night Lo Kinney was killed. Ms. Hoffman turns out to be the key to solving the mystery.

Although this is a dramatic examination of the past, there are things that should have been obvious to the family of David Pool, a Jewish man that shows none of those numbered tattoos the Nazis gave to all the ones taken to the camps. The American family was naive not question the man they bring to live with them, taking this man at face value. As written by Craig Turk, the historic aspect of the show doesn't make much sense for a former Nazi trying to pass for a Jew. One wonders if Anton Bikker ever heard of Brazil, Paraguay, Chile or Argentina before coming to America!!!

One of the things that interested us in watching the episode was the appearance of Peter Graves, who used to work a lot in television. Alas, this episode will not add anything to his C.V.

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