The Hen House
Cold Case S03E21 The Hen House

Season : 3
Episode: 21
Directed by: David Von Ancken
Written by: Craig Turk
Production Number:
Airdate: 30 April 2006
Date of Crime: 17 July 1945
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The detectives investigate the death of an ambitious female journalist who was pushed in front of a train in 1945, shortly after the end of the war in Europe.


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Vj day kiss

The real historical photgraph...

Hen House Kiss

...and the recreation

  • The brief shot at the start of the episode of a sailor kissing a woman is based on the famous photograph "V–J day in Times Square", taken on August 14, 1945, meaning it wouldn't take place for another month.
  • The episode was inspired by the case of Elfriede Rinkel, an 85-year old resident of San Francisco that was deported back to Germany after it was discovered that she had been a concentration camp guard during World War II. Rinkel had married a Jewish man while in the US.


  • Les Brown & His Orchestra "Leap Frog"
  • Johnny Mercer "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive" (1944)
  • Tommy Dorsey "Opus One"
  • Peggy Lee "I Don't Know Enough About You"
  • The Mills Brothers "You Always Hurt The One You Love"
  • Closing Song: Jo Stafford "It Could Happen To You"

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