Cold Case Files

The WORST episodes of Cold Case Files

Every episode of Cold Case Files ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of Cold Case Files!

Unsolved crimes locked away in dusty file cabinets. Time is an ineffectual balm. Painful memories are left to a victim's loved ones. What happens when a killer gets away with murder? Thanks to the efforts of a special breed of modern detective, no one escapes the laws of justice - no matter how old the case.

Last Updated: 8/6/2022Network: A&E
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Murder Illustrated/Blood Relations
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4.33
3 votes

#1 - Murder Illustrated/Blood Relations

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 3/19/1999

Nine years after police had to release the teenage suspect in a woman's murder due to lack of evidence, they find a new lead in the case. Twenty years after a young woman is murdered while babysitting her nephew, police are able to find DNA evidence that points to her killer.

Blood on the Badge/Bump in the Night
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5.00
1 votes

#2 - Blood on the Badge/Bump in the Night

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired 4/9/2001

A prostitute who fights off a screwdriver-wielding man helps police track down a serial killer; and undercover agents acting as mobsters conduct an elaborate sting to solve a murder case that had gone cold for years. Then, detectives from three different police departments in Westchester County, New York team up to track down a serial killer.

Friday Night Ghosts
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5.00
1 votes

#3 - Friday Night Ghosts

Season 7 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/18/2022

In late 1983, the bodies of five people abducted from a local fast food restaurant are found brutally murdered in an oil field. The main suspect is long believed to be a well-connected local man, until new evidence reveals the true killers had been hiding in plain sight for decades.

Devil at the Door
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5.50
2 votes

#4 - Devil at the Door

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired 8/27/2021

When 36-year-old computer programmer Lisa Valdez fails to show up for work, her apartment manager finds her brutally murdered in her tiny studio. Her body is riddled with stab wounds, the walls are covered in blood. Evidence shows the killer cut off her long, dark hair, taking it as an apparent trophy. Detectives ask, could she be the victim of a brutal serial killer? Or was Lisa murdered by someone she knew? Clues left on an answering machine point to a co-worker who was known to have feelings for Lisa, but two bloody fingerprints left on a toilet seat clear him as a suspect, and the case goes cold for thirteen years. Things heat up when a detective gets a hit during a search of the state's DNA database, leading to an unsuspected person from Lisa's past.

A Killer Named Korn/The Night Watchman
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5.67
3 votes

#5 - A Killer Named Korn/The Night Watchman

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired 2/12/2002

The conviction of a man found guilty of sexually assaulting and stabbing an Ohio woman to death is overturned because his Miranda rights were violated when he was arrested. And police spend 13 years looking for the killer of a Houston security guard who was shot 11 times when he tried to stop a car theft.

Bodies In The Bay/'Til Death Do Us Part
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5.67
3 votes

#6 - Bodies In The Bay/'Til Death Do Us Part

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired 6/11/1999

A sunset boat ride in Florida leads to death for a vacationing woman and her two daughters, and police investigate a Texas man whose three wives all died in mysterious fashions.

The South Side Rapist
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6.00
4 votes

#7 - The South Side Rapist

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/8/2000

A series of brutal rapes in St. Louis goes unsolved for many years until a fluke audit of a license plate number leads police to the culprit.

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Cold Hit/Silent Kill
star
6.00
3 votes

#8 - Cold Hit/Silent Kill

Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired 6/4/2000

A thumbprint connects two separate murders and it is later discovered that the suspect had a strange fetish for women's lingerie. Then, an elderly woman is found murdered in her bed and the only evidence is a single strand of hair.

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The DNA Link/The Secret Slide
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6.00
1 votes

#9 - The DNA Link/The Secret Slide

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 2/26/2001

Detectives from three different departments in Westchester County, NY team up to track down a serial killer; and a man known as the Bus Stop Rapist becomes the lead suspect decades after a woman is found murdered under a hotel bed in the case.

The Flaming Gorge Falls/Caught in the Mail
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6.00
2 votes

#10 - The Flaming Gorge Falls/Caught in the Mail

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired 5/14/2001

A man suspected of the cold case murder of his wife and son hatches a new plot to kill his mother and father; and detectives solve the 20-year-old murder of a teenager by tricking her killer into licking an envelope, then extracting DNA from the saliva.

The Calling Card/Carol's Diary
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6.00
4 votes

#11 - The Calling Card/Carol's Diary

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/8/2002

Business cards found at a murder scene plus 38 years of advances in DNA technology reveal the killer of a 19-year-old New York woman. And, the lead suspect in a 22-year-old murder confesses after police take DNA samples from him.

The Bitemark/Justice for Eglena
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6.00
3 votes

#12 - The Bitemark/Justice for Eglena

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired 3/5/2002

A forensic dentist helps police nab a child killer by showing that the teeth marks on the killer's arms matches the teeth of the murdered boy. And telltale blood stains on a blue bandana solve the 10-year-old case of a teenage girl murdered.

A Confession for Carmen/The Girls
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6.00
1 votes

#13 - A Confession for Carmen/The Girls

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired 5/14/2002

A forensic scientist's painstaking examination of a rape kit helps solve the 15-year-old murder of a teenage girl. And when California investigators probe the murder of a 71-year-old man, they get help from the top suspect's former therapist.

The Missing and the Dead
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6.00
3 votes

#14 - The Missing and the Dead

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired 5/14/1999

When a passing motorist spots a fire along a country road in South Carolina and calls it in, police arrive to discover the badly burned and battered remains of a woman, her skull smashed in to 97 fragments. After a forensic anthropologist at the University of South Carolina painstakingly pieces the bones back together, investigators use the skull to solve the murder.

Frozen in Time/Little Girl Lost
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6.00
3 votes

#15 - Frozen in Time/Little Girl Lost

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/28/1999

Using a hair dryer to thaw a frozen corpse, detectives get to the bottom of a grisly murder. And the discovery of a child's skeleton in a Chicago garden puts police on the trail of an "oddball" family.

Murder by Moonlight
star
6.00
2 votes

#16 - Murder by Moonlight

Season 7 - Episode 9 - Aired 1/14/2022

On a bitter morning in 1980, radio intern Helene Pruszynski is found brutalized in a snowy field. After 37 years of fruitless leads, investigators tap into a public genealogy website that leads them across the country to the killer they've been hunting.

Killer in the County
star
6.20
5 votes

#17 - Killer in the County

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired 4/16/1999

Time is not always on the killer's side. He never knows where or when. Bt somebody is inevitably going to find something out and find out who committed the crime. Even if you have changed for the better since then. As taken from the Baretta TV series. "Don't do the crime if you can't pay the time." Terror struck Wichita Falls, Texas when three women, Terry Sims, Toni Gibbs and Ellen Blau were murdered and raped. Ten years would pass before a task force was assembled to compare the three murders. They found that the three semen samples all matched. That was the easy part. Finding who those samples were linked to was another story. John Little, an investigator, revisited the files and after careful and time consuming work he found a name in one of the files of a man who was a suspect but was never investigated. Faryion Wardip was the suspect and after some research on him it was found that he was already convicted of killing a woman named Tina Kimbrew in 1986. He was however paroled because of a very publicized meeting in which Wardip begged for forgiveness from Kimbrew's father. Little thought that Wardrip was still a major player in his cases so he found out where he was living and watched him. One lucky night, Little obtained a discarded coffee cup of Wardrip and brought it back for DNA analysis. Much to his satisfaction, the DNA from the saliva on the cup and the DNA from the semen matched. When detectives finally approached Wardrip with all their overwhelming evidence, Wardrip, without a struggle, turned himself in and also during this time confessed to a fifth murder, one he was not even a suspect in.

Ticket to Nowhere/The Paper Route
star
6.20
5 votes

#18 - Ticket to Nowhere/The Paper Route

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 1/29/2000

A 13-year-old girl's mother is murdered and 20 years later she helps bring the killer to justice; and a dogged policeman gets to the bottom of the brutal murder of a 63-year-old newspaper delivery woman.

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Deja Vu/Secret In The Well
star
6.25
4 votes

#19 - Deja Vu/Secret In The Well

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired 4/9/2002

A new fingerprint identification system helps detectives track down a killer after three years of searching. And a Georgia investigator gets to the bottom of a 16-year-old murder case when he discovers the victim's body -- in the bottom of a well.

Evidence Kit
star
6.25
4 votes

#20 - Evidence Kit

Season 5 - Episode 28 - Aired 10/14/2007

A member of the Chicago Police Department launches the Women's DNA Initiative to fund the testing of rape kits; a deputy district attorney in Sacramento County, Calif., uses a DNA grant to find a killer.

Innocence Files
star
6.25
4 votes

#21 - Innocence Files

Season 5 - Episode 27 - Aired 9/20/2007

A look at the work of college students who take on the cases of jailed murderers who claim they're innocent. With exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to Innocence Projects at the University of Cincinnati and Texas Tech University, viewers watch as the students visit the inmates, track down key witnesses, and seek DNA testing that could prove their clients' innocence. We focus on the cases of Anthony Graves, a Texas death row prisoner, and Glen Tinney, a mentally ill Ohio inmate who pleaded guilty but now says he didn't do the crime.

Cop Killer/Evil Twin
star
6.33
3 votes

#22 - Cop Killer/Evil Twin

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/1/2001

After 46 years, LA homicide detectives take a Lover's Lane bandit who also gunned down two police officers into custody. Then, DNA testing helps lead police in Florida to a suspected killer, however the killer has an identical twin.

The Hit makers/Favor For A Friend
star
6.33
3 votes

#23 - The Hit makers/Favor For A Friend

Season 3 - Episode 23 - Aired 6/4/2001

A scheme to bribe a country music magazine to manipulate the charts leads to murder in Nashville and a 13-year hunt for the killer; and a murderer's plan to hide his gun is foiled when the man who buried the evidence for him spills the beans to cops.

Friend of the Family/Remains of Murder
star
6.33
3 votes

#24 - Friend of the Family/Remains of Murder

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired 1/22/2002

The killer of an 11-year-old girl is brought to justice when his ex-girl friend tells police he confessed the crime to her. And a mysterious set of bones puts police hot on the trail of a man who killed a teenage boy 17 years before.

Smoky Mountain Mystery / A Drop of Blood
star
6.33
3 votes

#25 - Smoky Mountain Mystery / A Drop of Blood

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/28/2002

A North Carolina man looking to clear his conscience gives police the information they need to solve a murder. And Indiana police are baffled by the murder of an 86-year-old woman, found dead in her bedroom.

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