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Cold Case

Season 2 Episode 19

Strange Fruit

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 03, 2005 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Strange Fruit
The unsolved 1963 murder of a black teenager, whose body was discovered by the then-young Will Jeffries, is reopened.

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  • classic

    Haunted by a childhood memory, Jefferies asks Lilly to reopen the 1963 case of an African-American teenage found beaten to death (by Jefferies). This episode is one of the best and saddest ever. The plot, music and acting were brilliant. The racism faced less than 50 years, and around 100 years after the Civil War (when blacks were supposed to be supported and treated as equals by everyone, which, sadly, they were not due to segregation-legal, in fact, up to the 1950s and 1960s) inflicted an equally devestating slavery on them. Though society today is (for the most part) colorblind, it is sad to see than less than 2 generations ago hatred and suppression of blacks was common, even in the North (though not as bad, I think, as in the South). Overall a perfect 10 episode that truely makes you think (and cry, of course).moreless
  • Deeply saddening and brilliantly acted

    I thought this was a very well done show, but it left me feeling sadder than usual. Cold Case never really has a happy ending (well there was the one exception) because the dead person is dead. They can't find them like on Without A Trace.

    I guess what saddens me so much is how prevalent and real that mindset was back then. What's worse is that it's still around today in many parts of the world in different forms.

    In this case, a brilliant young black man is beaten to death for no other reason but because he spoke out against a horrific crime that is also far too prevalent in our culture today. It leaves me wondering how many beautiful souls never got the change to live out their lives and offer their gifts to the family of earth because of such senseless anger, violence, arrogance and plain cruelty. This episode shows us one such person, but there are thousands and thousands of others too.

    The playing of Martin Luther King's I Have A Dream speech at the conclusion of the episode was simply brilliant. We are all poorer for the senseless acts of violence and it is a great thing when a TV show reminds us that we have yet work to do.moreless
  • Beautiful plot and acting.

    One of the few to make me cry, this has been another fantastic installment in this tearjerker series. A realistic and believable storyline that could have been based on real life is the basis of this episode\'s appeal. Showing the racial violence and hatred of the era in it\'s most common form, this episode featured an excellent plot, with plenty of twists and turns and many shocking revelations. The perpetrator\'s family were the main event, especially his child, a superb actor who could make you believe anything. Alongside this, the episode was pieced together amazingly, with the segments fitting together perfectly. Not a single mistake.moreless
Paul James

Paul James

Zeke Williams

Guest Star

Dallas McKinney

Dallas McKinney

Kid #1

Guest Star

Cyndi Martino

Cyndi Martino

Mary Williams (1963)

Guest Star

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