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Cold Case S04E21 Torn

Season : 4
Episode: 21
Directed by: Kevin Bray
Written by: Tyler Bensinger
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Airdate: 8 April 2007
Date of Crime: 23 June 1919
Previous: Stand Up and Holler
Next: Cargo

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Lilly and the squad take on their oldest case yet, when they're asked to look into the case of a young woman who was killed in her parents' home in 1919. They discover she'd become involved in the suffragettes' movement, campaigning for votes for women, which put her at odds with the rest of her family. Meanwhile, Lilly finds out that her mother's latest marriage has failed and she's resumed drinking.


June 9, 1919 - Francis Stone, together with her parents Elizabeth and Ambrose Stone, and her fiancé, Lawrence Wakeley was walking on an old busy street of Philadelphia, talking about Ambrose business and plans for Lawrence and Francis's impending marriage. However, Francis contradicted her father's claim but still it didn't work as Ambrose shut her off, he told her that what he was doing for them was for her sake and for their future together. Later Elizabeth cuts off their argument and told them that they need to go home, but Ambrose told them that they may go first, as he will be taking care of something related to their business. When Ambrose walks away from them, Elizabeth quietly confronts with Francis that she had to obey what his father said instead. After that they later seen Alice B. Harris together with the group of women carrying a plackard and a banner written Voting Rights for Women, Ammend the constitution now. Alice was also be seen handling some pamphlet to all passerby, but some of them ignoring her, until she sees Francis handling the pamphlet to her and accepted it, when she handled the pamphlet to Francis, one man throw a tomato at her and shouted all women must stay at the kitchen, not on the streets. But Alice answered them back that they're the rowdy rousers. Francis was impressed by Alice's action and she told her that she was brave to fight back for her rights, but as she was still continues to speak with Alice, Elizabeth grabbed her away and told her not to spoke with them as they were only a group of rebellious woman doing nothing but ranting. But Francis contradicted it again and told her that they're brave. However, Elizabeth didn't hear what Francis said to her and continues to walk away with Francis, while Francis still looking back at them, determined.

June 23, 1919 - One evening, we will be seeing Francis, lying on the ground of their house, police arrived at the scene where she was found dead, believing that she fell in their stair, taking some mugshots of her, and later at the old police station, an officer wrote to her file that the cause of her death was murder. However, what caused this horrible scene and what really happened the night she was found dead on their home was remain unsolved, and no one was home at that time, except the servants.

Present Day - One morning, a student named Emma Stone dropped by at the homicide team's office and looking for Det. Rush, and she made a handshake with her as soon as she finally met her telling her that her professor told them that Det. Rush was the only female homicide detective in the whole East Philly, much to Det. Vera's surprise (and a little bit dismayed for what he heard). However, Rush told her that she was not the only female homice detective now, as Miller approached them she also introduced her to Emma. After their introduction, Emma told Rush that she wants to solve the murder case of her great great grandmother Francis, which she also brought some of the archived files of the Stone family from her deceased Great Grandmother Stone. The detectives was overwhelmed about the Stone family's inheritance, but Emma told the detectives that all of those things were gone, but she also handled a special letter which she was found inside the locket and she passed it to Rush to read it. The letter that was written was addressed to Phil, an unknown guy which the detectives believed that something was up between Phil and Francis as the letter mentioned that no one must found their secret, or else they will be in big trouble. Rush, at first having a doubts to solve this oldest case since no solid evidence was been presented, no more other connections to proved it, especially the probable suspects were also long gone (as Vera stated) and might possibly leading them to remain unsolved. But Emma was really determined to know what was really happened in the past since she also said that before her Granny Stone died, it was bothering and haunted her for a long time and Rush asked her that Emma will doing this just for her grandma's sake and finally be able for her to move on. Just then Rush seems to finally decided to accept the job and told her team that they'll be solving the MOST OLD CASE yet, and Vera mentioned it was a record-breaker case since the crime took place 88 years ago, and when Miller finally told Rush on what are they waiting for? Rush replied, Let's break the ice then, meaning that she was finally give it a shot to that oldest case yet.

After the introduction break, we will be seeing Rush, Valens, and Lt. Stillman reopening Francis Stone case again, checking out some possible evidence and documents that was been archived for a long time. As their investigation continues, Rush read the part of an old newspaper seeing the image of Lawrence and Francis on it, but someone who was in a maid suit was also be seen in the image...


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  • At 88 years old, this is easily the oldest case featured on the series to date. It's 11 years older than the second-oldest case (and previous record holder) in "Beautiful Little Fool", a 77-year-old case from 1929 solved in 2006. In both cases, everyone involved had since died except for an elderly woman, who was a little girl at the time, who unwittingly gives a clue to the killer's identity. Also, in both cases, the now-deceased killer had left a voice recording confessing their actions. Both episodes also feature a subplot involving Lilly's mother.
  • Several characters talk about the ratification of the 19th Amendment leading to Prohibition. In fact, Prohibition had already been enacted in January of 1919.
  • G. Hopper's case box is visible when Jeffries puts Francis' case box away.
  • Oddly, Francis Stone's name is the masculine spelling of the name, Frances is the feminine form.



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