Cold Case

Season 4 Episode 19

Offender

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 25, 2007 on CBS
9.1
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A desperate father turned serial killer coerces the team into taking another look of his son's 1987 murder.

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  • One of the best episodes of the season. A father pushes the cold case team to solve the murder of his son.

    9.9
    At first the show portraits a "perfect family" the father teaching the boy how to ride bycicle. An overprotective mother and a little bit pushing father. Then the poor kid was found dead. The father was blamed and spend 20 years in prison, but for "lack of evidence" was released from prison.

    Present time, the father is killing sex offenders to urge the team to solve his kid murder. Mitch comunication with the homicide team is Scotty, due to his brother's past with sex offenders. And of course Scotty's emotions are way to involved.

    Aside all the clues and interviwes to solve the crime, we have to deal with everybodys feelings about sex offenders and due to their roles in the comunity they've been forced to do things against their true feelings about sex offenders.

    The A.D.A. is trying to protect the sex offenders, with the assumption the already paid their debt to society. If you ask me, despite the time they past in jail, they will never pay with these kids lives or traumas.

    To the kid's family, they've lost everything. The father spend 20 years in jail for a crime he didn't commit. The mother lost her kid, her husband and lived with the idea her husband was a monster.

    The end was a little bit predictible, but it was a great episode. And if i was that scarecrow kid I will live with guilt the rest of my life because he robbing the bike was the tip of the iceberg.moreless
  • After a man is thrown off a building, the murderer leaves a note threatening that if they don't solve his son's 1987 murder he will kill more.

    10
    Clayton Hathaway was a 6 year old boy who had just learned to ride a bicyle. He had his whole life ahead of him until one day, when he's out riding his bicyle, he's found raped and murdered. The main suspect is his father and he's put away, until recently when they decided evidence was tempered with.



    This was a very emotional episode. It reminded me a lot of "Revenge" from season 3. They are very similar in the sense that both dads go out to get revenge on whoever molested and murdered their son. But that's not really surprising. I'm sure that if a lot of parents who have gone through what they did had that opportunity, they'd take it.



    This was definitely a tear-jerker episode, so be sure to have tissues on hand when watching. It's been awhile since I cried during an episode, but at the end, I had a hard time holding back the tears.moreless
  • As frequently happens with Cold Case, the show airs and argues some social or politial issue, as well as solving an old murder. Sex offenders: what to do with them? Even the homicide squad disasgrees on the subject.moreless

    9.2
    After a father has been cleared of the rape and murder of his own son (10 years later), and lost his wife because of his supposed crime, he starts bagging sex offenders, and threatens to continue until the killer is caught. He only gets two before the crime is solved. I THINK I'm right about this:

    SCORE:

    Sex offender in question: 1

    Anguished father: 2



    I may be wrong about that.



    The acting: excelent, The show: tastefully done. That scary map full of red headed pins! The hopelessness of interviewed sex offenders. The near-insanity of the falsely-convicted father. I hope Cold Case won't shy away from disturbing us in the future, as it hasn't in the past.moreless
  • I don't know the ending!

    9.2
    My TiVO cut off the ending of this. It stopped right when they had the dad cornered on the roof and his wife was apologizing for not believing him. Can somebody PLEASE tell me how this ended? That stupid "Amazing Race" always screws up the Cold Case TiVo times for me....it is maddening.
  • This was another great episode of cold cases which I think would be the hardest to solve.

    9.0
    First of all this whole episode was well written and the acting was well done. I have to admit that I was not shocked or disgusted by what Mitch Hathaway did with the child molesters and rapists. I think those people should be put to death within days of being found guilty because I do not think they can be cured. I feel the same about any rapist or murderer but it is so much worse when it is a child. This episode makes you stop to think who is watching your children even if it is the neighbor who has a child that is friends with your own child. I felt so sorry for Mitch for having to be punished for something he did not do and knowing while he was locked up his son's killer was still free doing God knows what. This story hit close to home with Scotty because of what happened with his brother so I feel like his character was in a turmoil throughout the whole case. I am glad that Mitch's wife found out her husband was innocent. They should not even send Mitch back to jail because he served time for a crime he did not commit and his punishment for killing the child molesters should be taken off that time. Great episode.moreless
Danny Pino

Danny Pino

Scotty Valens

Jeremy Ratchford

Jeremy Ratchford

Det. Nick Vera

John Finn

John Finn

Lt. John Stillman

Kathryn Morris

Kathryn Morris

Det. Lilly Rush

Thom Barry

Thom Barry

Det. Will Jeffries

Tracie Thoms

Tracie Thoms

Kat Miller (Episodes 3.13+; recurring previously)

Gattlin Griffith

Gattlin Griffith

Clayton Hathaway (1987)

Guest Star

Dylan Kussman

Dylan Kussman

Cliff Burrell (1987)

Guest Star

Stephanie Manglaras

Stephanie Manglaras

Linda Burrell (1987)

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Bonnie Root

Bonnie Root

A.D.A. Alexandra Thomas

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