REELZ has added a new show to the weekday Crime Time lineup, and now Cold Case Files will air weekdays at 7p ET/ 4p PT. The show follows long-unsolved cases and reveals how law-enforcement officials pursue and solve crimes years after they were committed. In celebration of this new addition to the Crime Time family, we're taking a look at cold cases from the movies. Not movies in which cold cases are solved, however. Instead we're taking a look at characters that seem to have a bad habit of leaving dead bodies behind them, with no clues left for the police of who did the crime.
Mr Wint and Mr. Kidd
Pun-wise, these villains from Diamonds Are Forever give 007 a run for his money. But it's not just wordplay that these guys are good at. They kill with plenty of flash and flare, yet they’re able to get away without a trace — an impressive feat by any standards.
He's a notorious criminal mastermind, and still The Usual Suspects' Keyser Soze nearly always manages to escape without anyone getting a glimmer of his identity.
There’s no gray in Rorschach’s mask or his worldview. While this ruthless superhero from Watchmen did occasionally leave a calling card, there's no doubt that he's left plenty of dead murderers, rapists and pedophiles in his wake whose deaths had never been solved by the police.
Nobody, but nobody fades away into the night quite like Jack Reacher. He dispatches the bad guys and then all but dissipates into thin air. Granted, that feat is relatively easy for a man who has no possessions other than the clothes on his back.
We’re guessing that, all over the world, law enforcement officials have come upon piles of dead, dismembered and/or disfigured bad guys with no clue as to what elite commando squad brought them down. Little do they know that Avenger Natasha Romanov took them out single handedly.
Really, most of Steven Seagal's characters could find a place on this list, but we're focusing on Jake Hopper from Belly of the Beast. He's an ex CIA operative working outside the law, and it just happens that the bad guys have a way of getting impaled when Jake Hopper is around. By the end of this movie there are likely more than a few government regimes in Southeast Asia who have some questions about the large groups of men who have all been run through with some sort of blade. Seagal has the answers to those officers' questions; Seagal always has the answer.
All of the members of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad from Kill Bill are well versed in a variety of lethal skills, but we think Uma Thurman’s Bride likely left behind the most puzzling mysteries for detectives to unravel. That Pasadena housewife with a knife through the chest? We’re guessing that's one case that has never been closed.
From hospitalized cops to dead guys laying in Parisian streets, Treadstone just wasn't able to clean up all of Bourne's handywork. The evidence that was left behind was likely scoured over by local authorities to no avail.
Not only will police not be able to find Anton Chigurh after his countless, seemingly random murders throughout No Country for Old Men, the coroner will probably also have a hard time determining the cause of death, seeing as a cattle gun isn’t most murderers' pick for a weapon.
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