True Calling
Cold Case S06E02 True Calling

Season : 6
Episode: 2
Directed by: Paris Barclay
Written by: Christopher Silber
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Airdate: 5 October 2008
Date of Crime: 1991 November
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The team reopens the 1991 case of a young inner-city schoolteacher, originally thought to have been killed in a carjacking gone wrong, when her car keys are discovered in an old desk at the high school.


Rush reopens Laura McKinney’s 1991 murder case when a former student of hers, Darnell Brent (now a teacher) brings in a set of car keys he found in an old desk at the inner-city school where she taught.

Laura was an idealistic teacher who joined The Teach For America program right after college. She thought she could make a difference, but she ended up finding resistance at every turn. The students were difficult, but so were her fellow teachers. The initial theory was that she was the victim of a carjacking gone wrong, but since she left her car keys in the desk, it seems unlikely that’s where she was going.

She had difficulties with fellow teacher Margaret Trudlow, whom our detectives discover illegally bought the gun that killed Laura. Margaret says the gun was stolen before Laura’s murder and she never reported it because it was illegal.

She points the finger at a troubled student, Renaldo Ramos who gave Laura a difficult time. Renaldo didn’t kill Laura, but provides the key to solving the crime. Laura caught him with drugs and discovered he was buying them and delivering them to one of the teachers at the school, Kenneth "Kenny" Yates. When she confronts him, he ends up shooting her to death to protect himself.


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  • Jesus Jones "Right Here, Right Now"
  • The Sundays "Here's Where The Story Ends"
  • Pixies "Where Is My Mind"
  • N.W.A. "Quiet On Tha Set"
  • Seal "Crazy"
  • Closing Song: R.E.M. "Half a World Away"