Cold Case

Season 1 Episode 21

Maternal Instincts

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 25, 2004 on CBS
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Maternal Instincts
The 1989 case of a woman murdered in front of her 3-year-old son is re-opened. A psychologist asks Det. Rush to look into the case again when the son, now a 17-year-old teen, suffers from intense nightmares and troubled behavior.

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  • just plain great

    I really enjoyed watching this episode as it seemed to have quite a bit of a personal touch for Rush. I liked that no matter what Sean did she was there for him despite the fact that he was putting up a front making it difficult for her. This is one of those episodes that just go to show that the detectives care. Did I hear correctly was Scotty engaged? Wonder what happened? The writing for this episode was great. The acting for this episode was great and the people involved with this episode that we don't know about were great.moreless
  • Exactly why I watch!

    This is why I watch the show as all cold case

    Crimes should never, ever, be forgotten as a young teen

    Wants to know who murdered his mom as she was murdered

    In cold blood. When he was only a three year old.

    You have to feel for the young teen as he lost his mother as a very, very, young age as he keeps getting nightmares and just really hasn't led a good life!moreless
Tracy Middendorf

Tracy Middendorf

Rebecca Morgan/Linda Frandsen

Guest Star

Bahni Turpin

Bahni Turpin

Lindsey Dunlay

Guest Star

Ashton Holmes

Ashton Holmes

Sean Morgan/Bobby Gordon (2004)

Guest Star

Susan Chuang

Susan Chuang

Frannie Ching

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • NOTES (4)


    • This episode's case is similar to the real-life cold case of Cathleen Krauseneck. A young New York mother was murdered with an axe while her 3-year-old child was in the house with her. The crime scene was staged to look like a robbery. No one was ever arrested for the crime, although the police reportedly suspected the husband, a junior executive at Kodak at the time.

      The case also bears a resemblance to the Christa Worthington murder case on Cape Cod. In January, 2002, Christa was found stabbed to death and half naked on the floor of her house in Truro, Massachusetts with her 2-year-old daughter clinging to her. At the time this episode aired, the case was still unsolved but finally cracked in November 2006 when her garbage man was convicted for the murder.