A man forces Lilly's team to reinvestigate his son's murder-rape in 1987 by pushing a sex offender off a roof and promising to systematically kill one person a day until the case is solved.



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A man forces Lilly's team to reinvestigate his son's murder-rape in 1987 by pushing a sex offender off a roof and promising to systematically kill one person a day until the case is solved.

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25 March 2007 (USA)  »

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The song "Shattered Dreams" by Johnny Hates Jazz accompanies the scene where the Hathaways first notice their son Clay missing. However, the flashback takes place in May 1987, and "Shattered Dreams" was not released in the U.S. until 1988, when it peaked at #2 on the Hot 100 that May. See more »


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The Polaroids
4 December 2009 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

When a well known sex offender is thrown from the roof of a building with his hands tied up, the Cold Case team comes to action. One thing leads to another as the killer owns up to his crime. He is Mitch Hathaway, whose son, Clay, was found dead, the victim of a pederast, although the person responsible for the actual death was never found. It appears Mitch is some sort of vigilante who wants to rid the city of these criminals that prey on innocent children.

As we are taken back to the reconstruction of the story, we meet a younger Mitch Hathaway teaching Clay how to ride his bike. The boy is visible scared, but his father believes he needs to practice as he soon will be an ace. His neighbor Johnny Burrell, who is about the same age, is his riding companion. One day Clay mysteriously disappear. Tara, his mother, is beside herself with grief. She and Mitch had come to Johnny's house to ask if the Burrells have seen him.

As the Cold Case team try to enact the incident, Tara tells them about seeing a mailman that day in their street. It's odd because the disappearance took place on a Sunday. The detectives locate the man, who has a history of having abused young boys. A few days later, this mailman is found dead, also thrown from a rooftop, following the pattern of the earlier killing.

A young odd man, Damon, who lived in the neighborhood is questioned by the team. They discover Clay's bicycle buried in the backyard of the house he lived. Damon confesses about hearing Tara talk to Mrs. Burrell about finding Polaroids of Johnny hidden in Mitch's toiletry kit. As it turns out, Mitch had nothing to do with the pictures. Things come to a climax when Mitch is seen holding Cliff Burrell, his former neighbor, at the top of the building where the other murders have been committed.

An interesting chapter of this enjoyable series directed by David Barrett and written by Greg Plageman. This episode deals with a theme that doesn't get as much attention as it should. The lives of so many young children have been ruined by what these monsters have done to them in order to get their kicks.

A nice ensemble work by the guests stars. Liked Jordan Baker as the older Tara. Sean Whalen, Dylan Kussman, Mitch Pileggi, and the rest of the cast make us care about theses characters. The regulars in the show, Kathryn Morris and Danny Pino, are the most involved with the case, and as usual, they are up to the task.

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