‘Cold Justice’ star Kelly Siegler and producer Liz Cook: It’s ‘rewarding’ to solve crimes, but it can break your heart [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW]

“We both have a real appreciation for the fact that we’re solving murder cases with local law and doing something that’s never been done before,” says “Cold Justice” star Kelly Siegler. This Oxygen reality TV series finds the former prosecutor investigating cold cases that have been left unsolved, some for decades. It is produced by TV veteran Dick Wolf (“Law & Order“). Watch our exclusive video interview with Siegler and executive producer Liz Cook above.

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“It’s rare to get the opportunity to be on a show where you really feel like you’re contributing to something,” adds Cook, a veteran of unscripted television whose credits include “Top Chef.” “It’s a difficult show to produce” because “you have to give up control” when dealing with law enforcement, witnesses and victims. But at the same time “it’s really rewarding.”

One of their recent investigations led to the March 21, 2019, arrest of Jesse Hogue for the 1994 murder of his wife, Jackie Hogue. When Siegler thinks about that case, her mind always goes to the couple’s children, who grew up without a mother due to their stepfather’s brutality. “When you meet them, when you hear their story, when you go talk to all the people who knew Jackie, that case just breaks your heart,” she says.

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Not every episode ends with the apprehension of a suspect, but that’s always the goal. “Every case that we work on, we go into it truly believing we’re going to solve this case,” Siegler explains, “or we wouldn’t start up all the grief and all the pain that comes with that. So when an arrest happens it’s just a wonderfully fulfilling moment.”

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