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In 1976 two CID agents investigate the death of a woman on the base.
BIG CRIME AT FORT SMALL – SYNOPSIS
The setting is a U.S. Army base in late spring, 1976. A work detail finds a woman’s body in an abandoned dormitory complex. CID Special Agents VINCENT PLATT and BARBARA ADAMS are among those investigating the crime scene. Agent Platt is an experienced investigators Agent Adams is a novice. The victim is AIR FORCE SERGEANT ROSE (ROSIE) O’CONNELL.
Flashback to before the murder. Rosie works in the payroll office. She has a reputation for being a loose woman. SERGEANT JAMIE BERGERE invites Rosie to come with him to the unit’s upcoming Dining Out. Rosie accepts. They have a good time at the Dining Out. End flashback.
Jamie is the last known person to see Rosie alive. Agents Adams and Platt question Jamie and Rosie’s roommate. They search Rosie’s room and find a picture of Rosie and Jamie. Adams decides they should have a sham inspection of Jamie’s room. They find a picture of Rosie arranged as in a shrine in Rosie’s room.
They interrogate Jamie with Adams playing “good cop” and Platt playing “bad cop”. Jamie gives Adams some information that checks out as corroborating Jamie’s story. Platt is unconvinced. Jamie talks to a JAG officer, CAPTAIN YOUNGBLOOD.
Captain Youngblood talks to Adams, Platt, and their commanding officer. Youngblood reminds them about DoD policy on sham inspections. Adams and Platt’s commanding officer assures Youngblood it is not his policy to carry out sham inspections. The commanding officer tells Platt and Adams everything in this case will be done by the book.
Agent Platt tells Adams an anecdote about a misfortune one of his partners had in an encounter with someone from payroll. Adams suggest they try to consider other possible motives for Rosie’s murder. They learn the Air Force has OSI AGENT BILL WALKER working undercover in Rosie’s unit. He is investigating drug dealing in the unit.
Flashback to before the murder. Rosie makes contact with a drug dealer. She offers to give the dealer the name and proof of an OSI agent in the unit, in exchange for cash. They arrange another meeting where they will make the exchange. The deal goes bad and the dealer kills Rosie. End flashback.
The Air Force conducts its raid. The raid captures users and some dealers, but not the big dealer. Under interrogation a dealer gives the name of the big dealer. Some further investigations establish a connection between the big dealer and Rosie.
The big dealer is arrested in a raid on his apartment. The big dealer breaks under questioning.
Jamie and Adams are at the trial of the big dealer. Jamie and Adams have a conversation about the trial and each other. Then Jamie and Adams go their separate ways.