The Cold Case Team reopens a fatal 2006 arson case they find new evidence that indicates that the original suspect may have been wrongly convicted. It sends Vera on a bender, desperate to make things right so the team sets out to solve another 'cold case'.
Did You Know?
This episode is loosely-based on the case of Todd Willingham. On Monday December 23, 1991, the home of the Willingham family caught fire in Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas. Cameron Todd Willingham was the sole survivor of the blaze that killed his daughters. Willingham was arrested and charged with arson and homicide. Following Willingham's conviction, evidence began to mount in favor of Willingham's innocence. On Tuesday February 17, 2004, under orders from governor Rick Perry, Willingham was executed via lethal injection. This did not stop the Willingham family from seeking exoneration. Faced with the possibility of being responsible for killing an innocent man, Perry fired members of the Texas Science Forensics Commission which was in the process of reviewing the case with leanings toward exoneration. The terminations ordered by Perry suggest a cover-up at the highest levels of the Texas government. See more
You happy with yourself, Detective? Thought you should know.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I got it, buddy, okay?
I tried to tell you, but you wouldn't listen! My brother's gone, and that's on you.
Know what, jackass? I told you to hit the bricks!
You're nothing but a drunk bum.