"I found my wife with a hole in her head," said the husband during his 911 call to police in the opening to yesterday's "Cold Justice" program which finds former prosecutor Kelly Siegler and investigator Yolanda McClary trying to solve a 25-year old cold case. Fans of the unscripted crime investigation series may have been saddened to hear there will be only one more episode in this season.
However, followers of the show should be heartened by the fact it has been approved for a second season on TNT. It's a well-earned second season too, as the true crime series is a transformational format for solving cold cases. The show which is produced by Law and Order producer Dick Wolf is different from any other show ever created for the true crime genre on television.
One of the unique aspects is the fact the show is unscripted as acclaimed prosecutor Siegler and famous investigator McClary are shown interviewing witnesses live without a script to guide them as they travel backward in their time machine to try and solve ancient cases whose evidence has often been collecting dust for decades after original investigations have failed to result in a verdict. Of course Siegler doesn't need a script for this sort of work as she has been questioning and cross-examining witnesses in capital murder cases in courtrooms across Houston in countless cases with remarkable results.
McClary likewise could probably do this show in her sleep as she has distinguished herself for more than two decades solving major crimes in Las Vegas. An investigator on television's CSI series has based her character on McClary's exploits.
The unscripted, live interviews of witnesses and suspects by the pair of pros brings a rare atmosphere of reality to this show unmatched by any other including the Law and Order series which utilized actors instead of real law enforcement people.
The show is also transformational in that the stars of the show travel to smalltown American towns to investigate these cases, many of which occurred before DNA existed in t he law enforcement arena. A sad truth is that most small communities don't have the resources needed to solve many murder cases which have long been forgotten by many people in the various communities.
The TNT team brings added resources which can help in many of these unsolved murders. An example was yesterday's (Tuesday, Oct. 15) episode in which Siegler and McClary were able to send off for testing to a DNA lab the suspected murder weapon which killed the victim in her own home.
The DNA results established the blood on the weapon belonged to the victim, but that a red substance found in the kitchen sink was not actually human blood. The fact that the victim was beaten to death on a couch in her own home with children and the father present leads McClary to conclude the killer was not an intruder. It would have been virtually impossible for an outsider to enter the small home and murder her without being detected by all the other family members in the house at the time.
Siegler and McClary are able to eliminate several suspects who did not live in the house as a result of their weeklong investigation in which they interviewed 55 witnesses.
While this episode has not yet resulted in a verdict, local law enforcement officials in the small town have been greatly aided by the intervention of Siegler and McClary.
Ace investigator John Bond interviews the husband of the victim after asking him to come in for a polygraph test.
Siegler said, "I don't have a great deal of faith in polygraph tests, but if it is a tool the investigator feels can be used in the investigation it can be used in that way."
While the husband does appear and submit to questioning by Bond, who worked with Siegler on several cases in Houston, he finally refuses to answer anymore questions and leaves still denying he's the one who put the hole in his wife's head.
Viewers are also given an inside view of how investigators work as McClary explains why there is blood spatter near the victim but not also on the ceiling or the walls as sometimes happens in murder cases.
At the end of every show McClary and Siegler meet with a family member of the murder victim and explain what they've done on the case. In yesterday's episode, a relative of the murder victim expresses her gratitude to the TNT duo for advancing the investigation into the murder.
People who would like to see how two famous law enforcement icons investigate murder cases should tune in next Tuesday at 9 p.m. on TNT to see the final show of the first season. And also find out when the second season will resume for this cutting edge series.
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