Cold Case

Thrill Kill

Season 5, Ep 1, Aired 9/23/07
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  • Episode Description
  • 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 suspects the teens convicted of the killings may have been wrongfully incarcerated.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Veena Cabreros Sud

  • Alex Zakrzewski

  • Kathryn Morris

    Det. Lilly Rush

  • Danny Pino

    Scotty Valens

  • John Finn

    Lt. John Stillman

  • Fan Reviews (14)
  • West Memphis Three

    By tiffispandaobsessed, Dec 08, 2013

  • The Power of Fear: Lilly reopens the case of three children who were murdered after one of the people convicted hangs himself in prison. She unconvers more evidence that the boys may have been framed. But who is the real murderer?

    By pirateking193, Oct 02, 2010

  • This episode is loosely based on the West Memphis Three (Google it) three wrongfully convicted guys in Arkansas who, unfortunately, have not been the beneficiaries of a good team of police investigators.

    By FishmongerDave, Oct 01, 2009

  • very well done...portrayed the influence of the episode well. music matched the real life case very well.

    By mikedesarmo, Jun 12, 2008

  • glad to see Lilly back

    By ferriswheel01, Feb 24, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • Connelly: Don't Judge Me. Those Boys were guilty! Lilly: If that's true, then why did you bury the tape? (Connolly tries to answer, but can't)

    • Vera: Where did you get the dog, big man? We found it in your cart. Homeless Man: From the devil. Jeffries: You mean from the little boy... in the pool? Homeless Man: How'd you know about that! Vera: Because he's God, jackass.

    • Lilly: We'll look into it, Mrs. Nimmo. Mrs. Nimmo: No, you won't. We're just fish town trash, right? People like us, we don't matter.

    • Lilly: Could be worth another look. Scotty: Could be a wild goose chase. And it's closed. Lilly: Well, if the killer's still out there... it's not.

    • Lilly Rush: It's so much easier to believe monsters do these things. Not men.

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    Notes (4)


      Originally "All Apologies" and "Come as You Are" were supposed to be the first and last songs for Season 3 episode Detention (a.k.a. All Apologies), and the music was all supposed to be Nirvana tracks, but the producers didn't get permission to use the Nirvana tracks in that episode. This could be because of the references to Courtney Love being involved with husband Kurt Cobain's (Lead Singer of Nirvana) death. Courtney has the rights to Nirvana's music.

    • International Airdates: - Denmark: December 12, 2007 on TV3 - The Netherlands: March 1, 2008 on Net 5 - Czech Republic: May 7, 2008 on TV Nova - Finland: May 13, 2008 on MTV3 - Germany: May 21, 2008 on Pro7 - Norway: June 4, 2008 on TVNorge - Slovakia: June 30, 2009 on Markiza - Turkey: September 8, 2009 on CNBC-e

    • All the songs in this episode are performed by Nirvana: - All Apologies - Stay Away - If You Must - Lithium - Drain You - Heart Shaped Box - Something in the Way - Come as You Are

    • Several names were changed from the initial versions of the script to the one that aired. Originally, Dylan Noakes' last name was Knowles, the Raymes were Hennessies, and Heidi Jenner's last name was Joffe.

    Trivia (3)

    • Goof: Near the end of the episode when Dylan is exiting the gates of the Pennsylvania state prison, a palm tree can be seen in the background.

    • Nitpick: It is weird that no disciplinary action was taken against Det. Joe Connolly, the investigating officer in 1994. On the other hand, not all of the aftermath of the case being solved might not have been shown in the episode.

    • George Russo, Sean Costley, and Jack Raymes died on September 2, 1994.

    Allusions (2)

    • Evil Triumphs When Good Men Do Nothing Dylan Noakes quotes Edmund Burke (1729-1797), an Irish politician and philosopher, by saying, "Evil triumphs when good men do nothing." This is an often paraphrased version of the quote. The original goes: "All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing." Although the quote has often been attributed to Burke (or in some cases Thomas Jefferson), it does not appear in his works or recorded speeches.

    • West Memphis 3 The plot in this episode is very similar to a real-life case that happened in 1993 in West Memphis, Arkansas. Three 8-year-old boys - Steve Branch, Christopher Byers, and Michael Moore - went missing and were later found beaten and mutilated in a creek leading to a drainage canal. Three teenagers (Jessie Misskelley, 17, Jason Baldwin, 16, and Damien Echols, 18), dubbed "West Memphis 3", were convicted of the killings. Like Dylan Noakes in the episode, Echols was from a poor family that had frequent visits from social workers, but he was later discovered to be gifted in reading and verbal skills. There has been much speculation over the years as to the innocence of the West Memphis Three. Byers' adoptive father has been suggested as a possible suspect in several documentaries made on the case. Mere weeks after the airing of this episode, the real-life case of West Memphis Three was once again brought to media attention. Advanced DNA testing done in 2007 on the crime scene evidence revealed that none of it matched the three supposed perpetrators; however it did match another of the stepfathers, Terry Hobbs. On October 29, 2007, papers were filed for Echols' re-trial or immediate release from prison. In August 2011, the state made a plea bargain to release the three in exchange for signing an Alford Plea (where they would plee guilty but get released.)

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