Dec 17

SEASON 1: EPISODE 1: "Small Town Suicide"

The 2001 death of Pam Shelly in Cuero, Texas, is investigated. After divorcing her husband, Pam began dating Ronnie Hendrick, an old family friend. They fell in love, and she moved with her children from Arkansas to Texas to live with him. Their love affair went from passionate to volatile to combative. One day, after an argument, Ronnie reportedly pushed Pam's daughter, Kayla. Enraged and constantly fighting him, Pam said she was leaving for good. After packing, she was in the bathroom when her daughter said she heard a scream and ran to find Pam on the floor with a gunshot wound to her head. Pam later died in the hospital, and her case was ruled a suicide. On September 10, 2013, Ronnie Hendrick pled guilty to killing Pamela and was sentenced to 22 years in prison. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Cold_Justice_episodes

SEASON 1: EPISODE 2: "Mother"

The 2006 death of Mattie Williams in Collinston, Louisiana, is investigated. On August 28, 2006, a friend of Mattie's went to her home after receiving no response to repeated attempts to reach her. The friend noticed blood on the outside wall of the house and called the police, who found no trace of Mattie inside. Many of Mattie's church friends and family gathered to search for her. She was found six hours later, stabbed and bludgeoned to death, in a remote wooded area about three miles from her home. Three men, including Mattie's own son, were indicted for the second-degree murder of Mattie. The 3 accused are currently in jail awaiting trial. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Cold_Justice_episodes

SEASON 1: EPISODE 3: "Home Town Hero"

The 1982 death of Charlene Corporon in Palacios, Texas is investigated. Charlene and Gary developed a combative relationship after Gary's father and Charlene's husband, Willy, died in a tragic accident. Gary was allegedly verbally and physically abusive towards his mother. One morning, Charlene's boyfriend called her house looking for her and Gary answered saying, "Charlene doesn't look too good." When the police arrived, she was dead from being shot in the head. Although indicted for the murder on September 20, 1982, Gary has yet to stand trial for it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Cold_Justice_episodes

SEASON 1: EPISODE 4: "Hit and Run"

The 1988 death of Rachelle Escalante in Globe, Arizona, is investigated. On July 6, 1988, Rachelle went to a party with some friends from high school. After an argument there, Rachelle angrily walked away from the party. That evening, patrol officers were driving when they saw what was thought to be a dog moving slowly across the road. As they got closer, they realized it was actually a young woman crawling. They stopped the car, got out, ran to the woman, and witnessed Rachelle die in front of them. She had been the victim of a hit-and-run. The case remains unsolved, as either an accident or murder.

SEASON 1: EPISODE 5: "Hiding in Plain Sight"

The 1998 death of Eric Baxter in Dickson, Tennessee, is investigated. On August 20, 1998, Eric's mother arrived home to find her son lying on the hallway floor with multiple gunshot wounds to the head and chest. The house is located outside of town by several miles. Investigators believe the killer had purposefully driven out to the location and, the evidence indicated, planned a sneak attack on the home. Based on the evidence, it appeared that the killer or killers were doing surveillance on the house from the back yard. It is also believed that Eric's mother would have also been a victim had she been home that night. The trial for Thomas Wortham is scheduled to begin Feb. 21, 2017. Wortham, who was Baxter's former business acquaintance, and Wortham’s half-brother Wallace Brasel were charged.

SEASON 1: EPISODE 6: "Small Town Tragedy"

The 1995 death of Mary Anne Holmes in Thatcher, Arizona, is investigated. Holmes had escaped an abusive ex and moved with her children to Thatcher. One Saturday, after hosting a yard sale, she and her two young daughters fell asleep in the living room. The next morning, four-year-old Ashleigh ran naked, with hands bound, to a neighbor's house. She wanted to know why her mommy would not wake up. While neither Ashleigh nor her 18-month-old sister Sara were harmed, their mother, was brutally abused and murdered, right in front of her girls. Although it had been discovered that a suspect had a strange fascination with Mary Anne, the case remains open.

SEASON 1: EPISODE 7: "Hatchet"

The 1988 death of Isabel Cordle in Bellevue, Ohio, is investigated. In the early morning of January 24, 1988, Cordle, mother of six, fell asleep on her couch. Someone sneaked up on her while she slept and hit her on the head with a hatchet four times, killing her. Her husband found her the next morning as he prepared for work and called 9-1-1. When the police arrived, Isabel's husband and three of her children were upstairs, scared and confused. Police not only found trails of blood, they also found what could have been the murder weapon—a hatchet, propped up on a tree outside, right by the door. Although the evidence showed the killer could not have come from outside the house, neither the husband nor any children has been proven to be Isabel's killer.

After the episode aired, more tips were received, leading investigators to believe that Greg Weller may have been responsible. Both Cordle's husband and son were eliminated from the suspect pools, according to Detective O'Connell.

SEASON 1: EPISODE 8: "Blind Love"

The 2008 death of Rocky Bryant in Seagraves, Texas, is investigated. On March 25, 2008, approximately 30 minutes after clocking in to work at a local feed plant, Rocky was found brutally beaten in a building where he worked within walking distance of his house. He was pronounced dead at the hospital a few hours later. As the investigators dug into his wife Patricia Graves' background, it was evident that she was having an extra-marital affair and had reason to want to be free of her husband. Her boyfriend, Luis Villarreal, was a very viable suspect as Rocky's killer. He was known to have a temper and a history of being highly possessive of women he was seeing. Probable cause arose to indict Patricia as a party to the murder, by revealing Rocky's work schedule to her former boyfriend and suspect, Luis.

In mid-February 2014, Patricia Graves accepted a plea deal for the murder of Rocky. As of April 2014, Luis is in jail awaiting trial still.