In small towns across America, cases involving violent crimes can often go cold because of a lack of funding, resources and state-of-the-art forensic technology. With the right resources, though, it is possible that many of these cold cases can be re-opened and solved, bringing dangerous criminals to justice and providing closure for the families of their victims.
In TNT's Cold Justice, Kelly Siegler, a former Texas prosecutor for 21 years who has successfully tried 68 murder cases, and Yolanda McClary, a former crime scene investigator who worked more than 7,000 cases in her 26 years on the Las Vegas Police Department, are putting their vast knowledge and experience to work helping local law-enforcement officers and families of violent-crime victims get to the truth. With a fresh set of eyes on old evidence, superior interrogation skills and access to advanced DNA technology and lab testing, Siegler and McClary are determined to bring about a legal and emotional resolution. Taking on a different unsolved crime each week, they will carefully re-examine evidence, question suspects and witnesses, and chase down leads in an attempt to solve cases that would have otherwise remained cold indefinitely. (Source:
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Carolyn Jansen was living in Aurora, Colorado trying to make a fresh start after spending years in unhappy marriage. In 2001, she got a job working at a local Waffle House while she built her own Avon business. Then in the early months of 2002, Carolyn suddenly went missing. Over three years later, on June 28th 2005, in a suburban neighborhood outside of Denver, Richard Johnson had been noticing a foul odor coming from the back of his house which he assumed was caused by some neighborhood cats. He started to clean out his storage shed and after moving a few boxes around, came upon a Rubbermaid container that had a horrible smell. He opened the container, and inside was a quilt covered with insects, a skeletonized foot and long brown hair. The body inside was later identified as being that of Carolyn Jansen. The medical examiner found a fracture over Jansen’s left eye, and her death was ruled a homicide, by blunt impact to the head. Richard told the Aurora PD that the box belonged to his friend, Jon “JD” Harrington, who had asked him to store some of his things at his house. JD denied having anything to do with Carolyn’s death and told the police while he Carolyn were roommates for a short time, he hadn’t seen her in years. Carolyn’s gruesome murder remains unsolved to this day…
Vicki Hollingsworth was born and raised in the picturesque mountain town of Chattanooga, Tennessee. She was a loving mother to her adorable nine-year old son Wesley and four-year old daughter Kujorah. She had lots of friends, and worked full time at the Chattanooga Housing Authority. In 1996 she married Lebron Hollingsworth, in what started as whirlwind romance. Their marriage quickly soured, and in July of 1997 Vicki told Lebron that she could no longer live with him. She moved herself and her kids into her parent's house a few miles away while she searched for a new place to live. Although they were separated, Vicki continued to pick him up every morning at 5 a.m. to take him to work. On the morning of August 18th, 1997, Vicki left at 5 a.m. and never returned. By 9am, her co-workers and family knew something was terribly wrong, and called Chattanooga Police to assist. Days, weeks, and months passed by without a single trace of Vicki; it was as if she had completely vanished. Then on May 29, 1999 -- almost two years later -- a local woman discovered her dog had brought a chilling and terrifying item into their yard: a human skull. Dental records later identified the skull as Vicki's. The rest of her remains were found in a nearby wooded area called Billy Goat Hill. 16 years later, her killer has yet to be found.