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The team investigates the 1958 murder of a newlywed Ivy League graduate who spearheaded the lucrative concept of developing suburban communities with affordable housing outside of Philadelphia. Meanwhile, Lilly makes time to dine with her father.


Rush and the team reopen the unsolved 1958 murder of an up-and-coming real estate mogul, Julian Bellowes. Julian was a Wharton graduate who managed, in their first meeting, to impress the owner of one of the most successful construction companies in Philadelphia, Harrison Kemp. Julian convinced Kemp to take acres of desolate corn and potato fields, and build thousands of affordable homes for blue-collar working families there; Julian called it Libertyville.

Julian also fell in love with and married Kemp's daughter, Caroline, which secured his place in the prominent family as well as the company; which Caroline’s brother Harry was in no way happy with. Julian was a good man who kept a dark secret that he increasingly feared would get out and destroy not only his career but his marriage; he was an African-American man who had been posing as a Caucasian man since he left the armed services.

Julian planned to free himself of the secret and do right by his family and community by integrating Libertyville at a time when integration was a taboo subject. Before he could come clean and spearhead his suburban dream, he was murdered. In the weeks before his murder, several people from his past returned to his life and one decided that Julian took the easy way out. After he failed to move into Libertyville, the killer believed Julian had to finally pay for abandoning his identity and his people in order to, as the killer saw it, further his own professional goals without having to endure the trials of most of the African-American community at that time.


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  • This episode was Harve Presnell's final on-screen role.
  • While the music used on Cold Case is normally from or around the years that the cases originate, the Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings cover of "This Land Is Your Land" is very recent, from their 2005 album, Naturally.


  • Tony Bennett "Are You Havin' Any Fun?"
  • Dean Martin "It Looks Like Love"
  • Frank Sinatra "Oh! Look At Me Now!"
  • Closing Song: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings "This Land Is Your Land"

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