Unspeakable Crimes The Best Cold Case Episodes  

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List of the best Cold Case episodes, as voted on by other fans of the series. With so many memorable episodes of the show, it's hard to trust just one person's opinion of what the top Cold Case episodes of all time are. One of the best mystery TV shows, Cold Case featured episodes inspired by famous unsolved murders. Fans of Cold Case are extremely passionate about the show, and there is often debate over which episodes are better than others. That's why this list exists- so you can vote for your favorites and we can find out once and for all what everyone thinks the best episode is.

This list below has everything from "World's End" to "Forever Blue." What is the best Cold Case episode of all time? Look below and find out.

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Forever Blue is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
Dec 03 2006 The team re-investigates the 1968 death of a policeman who was shot in his patrol car. The case was then ruled as a drug bust gone bad, but new evidence now reveals the victim may have been ...more

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Fireflies is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
Fireflies Nov 12 2006 When an undelivered letter with a missing child's handwriting on it shows up, the team is prompted to re-open the case of an 8-year-old girl who disappeared in 1975.

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Best Friends is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
May 08 2005 When an old truck containing human bones is pulled from the Delaware River, the team re-opens the case of a missing and possibly murdered girl who disappeared unexpectedly in 1932.

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The Sleepover is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
Nov 07 2004 Lilly reopens a 1990 murder case, in which a prep-school girl was found dead in a local swimming hole, after a present-day victim with similar markings is discovered at the same place. The ...more

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Rampage is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
Sep 24 2006 In 1995, two teenage boys went on a shooting spree at a local mall and committed suicide shortly afterwards. The team is prompted to re-open the case when new evidence suggests that there may ...more

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Daniela is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
Oct 17 2004 Lilly and Valens reopen a presumed homicide from 1979 in which an unidentified victim's blood-drenched shoes, underwear and sheets were found in a trash bag, but no body. The investigation ...more

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Boy Crazy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
Boy Crazy Nov 18 2007 The team re-opens the 1963 case of teenage girl who was then thought to have committed suicide. Now, new evidence leads them to believe the girl might have been murdered for acting and dressing ...more

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The Promise is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
Oct 02 2005 Lilly re-opens the case of young girl, an overweight college freshman named Laurie, who died in a fraternity house fire in 2004. The fire was deemed accidental at the time, but a cell phone ...more

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A Perfect Day is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
RafaelCarvalho added A Perfect Day Nov 27 2005 When a fisherman finds evidence of a young girl's death washed up on a shore in New Jersey, Lilly re-opens the 1965 case of 4-year-old child who had a seemingly abusive mother.

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Detention is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
Detention Jan 15 2006 When a note connected to a supposed suicide is found, the team re-opens the 1994 case of a high-school kid who fell from the roof of the school building after having served detention. In 1994 ...more

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Boy in the Box is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
Feb 15 2004 The 1958 death of an unknown 6-year-old boy found in a field inside a cardboard box is reinvestigated after a small suitcase with the child's picture and his old cowboy hat is left in front of a ...more

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The Letter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
The Letter Jan 25 2004 Rush and Valens re-open the case of a 25-year-old black woman, who was murdered in 1939, after the woman's granddaughter comes forward with new information. The woman was assumed to be a ...more

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The Plan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
The Plan May 02 2004 The 1999 drowning death of a military academy's swim coach, which was originally ruled as accidental, is reinvestigated after the homicide division receives a note that suggests it was murder. ...more

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Wishing is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
Wishing Mar 06 2005 When someone leaves drawings recreating an accident that killed a mentally disabled teen, it points the finger at the incident being murder.

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The Woods is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
May 22 2005 The discovery of nine human skulls leads Rush (Kathryn Morris) back to George Marks, the serial killer she was unable to incriminate months earlier, and who walked away a free man. As the ...more

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The Badlands is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
The Badlands Oct 03 2004 Lilly returns to her last case before joining the Cold Case Squad as she re-investigates the brutal triple homicide of a restaurant owner and his family, murdered in the restaurant bathroom in ...more

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Saving Sammy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
Oct 22 2006 Lilly re-opens a 2003 case in which an autistic boy's parents were shot in their car when Joseph brings her information that the boy might have seen the killer.

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The Good-Bye Room is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
RafaelCarvalho added The Good-Bye Room Mar 04 2007 Lilly re-opens the 1964 case of a murdered 17-year-old girl who was killed the day after giving birth to a baby girl in a home for unwed mothers.

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Mind Hunters is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
Mind Hunters Nov 28 2004 The headless torso of a woman who disappeared in 1985, on the same day she filed domestic-abuse charges against her husband, is found by hikers in a wildlife preserve. The investigation quickly ...more

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The Road is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
Apr 06 2008 The team re-investigates the suspected 2007 murder of a bride-to-be who was kidnapped on the day of her engagement party. Lilly and Scotty travel to West Virginia to escort the prime suspect to ...more

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Shuffle, Ball Change is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
Shuffle, Ball Change Mar 11 2007 When a body is found in a dumpster, the team re-opens the 1984 case of a murdered teenage boy who wanted to become a dancer against his father's wishes.

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Stalker is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
May 06 2007 In the fourth season finale, a hostage situation arises when the entire team is held captive while they're investigating the 2006 killings of a family who had just moved into a new house.

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Fly Away is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
RafaelCarvalho added Fly Away Nov 30 2003 When a young woman, Rosie (Laura Regan), wakes up from a coma, Lilly re-opens the fall in which her 6-year-old daughter Toya (Aynsley Lemon) died. Things get complicated when the mother ...more

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The House is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
The House Oct 24 2004 When human remains are found outside a former state prison, the team re-opens the 1968 case of a dead inmate, murdered on the night Johnny Cash's Folsom Prison Concert was broadcast to prisons ...more

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It Takes a Village is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
It Takes a Village Nov 11 2007 When the body of a newly missing boy is found in a cargo container along with the remains of three other victims who vanished in 1999-2003, the team realizes they're dealing with a serial

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That Woman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
That Woman Sep 30 2007 After a piece of clothing belonging to a murder victim is found, the team re-opens the 1998 case of a high school girl who had a reputation for being promiscuous.

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Justice is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
Justice Nov 25 2007 The team re-opens the 1982 case of a well-liked young man who was shot to death after being accused of date rape by several female college students.

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Strange Fruit is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
RafaelCarvalho added Strange Fruit Apr 03 2005 The unsolved 1963 murder of a black teenager, whose body was discovered by the then-young Will Jeffries, is reopened.

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Thrill Kill is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
Thrill Kill Sep 23 2007 Recovered from the shooting, Lilly wants to convince her boss that she's ready to get back to work. The team re-opens the 1994 case of three 10-year-old kids who were beaten to death when Lilly ...more

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Slipping is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
Slipping Apr 27 2008 The team re-opens the case of a woman who allegedly committed suicide in 1962 when the victim's granddaughter comes forth with evidence that the note found on the death scene -- then thought to ...more

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One Night is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
RafaelCarvalho added One Night Mar 19 2006 Lilly and the cold case team will have to decode the clues given by a twisted killer in order to save the life of a young boy who has been left to die alone. But first they must find the boy and ...more

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Ghost of My Child is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
RafaelCarvalho added Ghost of My Child May 04 2008 In the season finale, a drug addict mother, who lost her son in an apartment fire in 2005, comes forth claiming she just saw the same child in the park.

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Wunderkind is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
Wunderkind Oct 28 2007 The team re-opens the 2002 case of a 14-year-old math whiz whose half-brother exploited his unusual talents: card counting and safe cracking.

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The Good Death is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
RafaelCarvalho added The Good Death Apr 29 2007 The team re-opens the 1998 case of a terminally ill man when a nurse comes forth confessing to euthanizing six of his former patients.

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Running Around is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
Running Around Oct 07 2007 When the victim's younger sister comes looking for her, the team re-opens the 2006 case of a missing Amish girl who was murdered while she was in Philadelphia experiencing the Amish rite of ...more

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Death Penalty: Final Appeal is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
RafaelCarvalho added Death Penalty: Final Appeal Apr 16 2006 The 1994 case of a raped and murdered 16-year-old girl is re-opened when Det. Jeffries gets a call from a prisoner on death-row -- scheduled to be executed in just three days.

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The Hen House is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
Apr 30 2006 The 1945 case of a murdered newspaper reporter is reopened when new evidence suggests that the woman was thrown in front of a passing train by someone she knew.

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Into the Blue (2) is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
RafaelCarvalho added Into the Blue May 10 2009 In the second part of the finale, the investigation into the female cadet's murder continues. As the team finds more and more clues, the killer tries to stop the investigation to remain hidden.

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Blackout is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
Jan 14 2007 The team re-opens the 1996 case of a wealthy woman who was afraid of the dark and died during a citywide electricity blackout.

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Officer Down is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
RafaelCarvalho added Officer Down Mar 15 2009 The team has to cope with their own emotions as they search for the shooter responsible for Jeffries' shooting.

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Lonely Hearts is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
shatoriaallen added Lonely Hearts Nov 19 2006 The team re-investigates the unsolved 1989 murder of a woman shot in an alley when the victim's video dating tape shows up in a dead man's apartment.

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Baby Blues is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
Natália Tiemi added Baby Blues

Now dedicated to fulfill the compelling task of discovering the murderer of a baby Rush reopens a case in 1982 involving a girl who died of Sudden infant Death Syndrome in suspicious circumstances. She begins the investigation. with the only two people who were like the baby on the morning he passed away: his parents.

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Baby Blues is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
Natália Tiemi added Baby Blues Nov 21 1986 Unexpected contraband--babies and a stowaway mother seeking the child taken from her--puts the cops on the trail of an adoption ring.

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Joseph is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cold Case Episodes
RafaelCarvalho added Joseph May 21 2006 When the victim's credit card is suddenly used a year after his death, Lilly re-opens the 2005 case of a counselor at a teens' rehab center who was shot to death just two weeks before he was ...more