Jason Blossom's Death is an event that took place prior to the series, and it is the overarching theme of season 1.
As the original story went, just after dawn, on the 4th of July, Jason Blossom and his twin sister Cheryl drove out to Sweetwater River for an early morning boat ride. However, the trip ended disastrously, with Jason supposedly drowning as he attempted to retrieve Cheryl's glove that had fallen into the water. Cheryl was found by the shore, soaking wet, crying her eyes out. It was not until weeks later that Jason's body was found by Kevin Keller and Moose Mason on the rivershore, with a gunshot in his head.
Following Jason's autopsy, the local corner discovered that he was subjected to animal scavenging, ligature marks, and signs of him being frozen. It was also revealed that despite popular belief, Jason died on about July 11th, not July 4th.
Upon Cheryl's arrest, she admitted to lying about the events that transpired on July 4th. Jason wanted to leave Riverdale for good, so Cheryl helped him fake his own death to ensure that nobody would come looking for him. The part of the story that Cheryl told about Jason falling in the river and drowning was not true. Jason never fell into the water, in fact, they both made it to the other side perfectly dry, but that was the last time Cheryl saw him, on the other side of Greendale, where they parted ways. He was supposed to contact her when he made it to a safe place, but he never did. Cheryl had no idea what happened to him after that, or how he ended up dead but she did hear a mysterious gunshot that day.
In an effort to protect his family, Hal Cooper broke into Sheriff Keller's home, and stole all the evidence in the Jason Blossom murder case, ranging from the documented files, background checks, and the video and audio tapes of police interviews.
According to Polly Cooper, the reason or at least one of the reasons for Jason Blossom wanting to fake his own death was so that he could run away with her. They had planned to do so on July 4th, after learning that Polly was pregnant with his child. They were going to meet on the other side of Sweetwater River but that never happened. Betty Cooper and Jughead Jones discovered Jason's getaway car on a highway off route 40, inside the vehicle, they found Jason's belongings, such as his varsity jacket and copious amounts of drugs. However, by the time the police got there, the vehicle had been set on fire.
Jughead was taken into custody and interrogated down at the Sheriff Station by Sheriff Keller, who learned that Jughead had a long history of being bullied by the football team, which would have likely included Jason. Sheriff Keller suspected Jughead was angry after being picked on for such a long period of time by a privileged rich boy, while he was a poor kid from the wrong side of town with a deadbeat dad. This would give Jughead motive to kill Jason. However, he was later released after Fred Andrews claimed that Jughead was working for him the day Jason was murdered. Notably, the police might have taken the wrong Jones into custody, as FP was in possession of Jason's varsity jacket, which was previously seen in Jason's car before it went up in flames.
After Sheriff Keller searched his trailer and found the weapon used to murder Jason, FP Jones was taken into custody and claimed to be guilty. The story was he had made a deal with him to sell drugs in exchange for a get-away vehicle. When Jason didn't follow through, FP took him into the basement of the Whyte Wyrm, where he stay tied up for until July 11. When FP caught him trying to escape, he shot him, froze his body, and dumped it in the river. His one call was to Joaquin. Veronica and Archie, however, had searched the trailer earlier that day and the gun was not there, so they believed it had been planted.
Kevin, Archie, Betty, Jughead, and Veronica went to ask Joaquin about the call from FP. At first he avoided the details, but then revealed he had said to forget about the contingency plan because it was too dangerous; he said it involved a box but he hadn't a clue what was inside. Joaquin took them to the location where the box was buried and then left. Inside was Jason's letterman jacket. At first, they didn't understand the danger. However, thanks to creative thinking by Betty, she had Archie put on the jacket and when they checked the pockets, they found a hole. Inside the jacket's lining, they discovered a USB drive.
The 5 plugged in the USB and it revealed security camera footage from the White Whyrm on July 11. It showed Mustang taunting and beating Jason, who was tied to a chair and then Cliff Blossom coming out and shooting him. FP and Joaquin had found the body and froze it until they later dumped it in the river, so that part of the story was true. FP was no longer guilty of murder, but several other things remained. Cliff's motive was, he revealed to Jason, that the maple syrup business was a cover up for his true livelihood—drug dealing. Jason wanted no part of the family business, prompting his urge to run away. Cliff was furious and feared Jason would lead to his arrest, so he did was he had to. Cliff hung himself in the barn when the Maple Syrup and drugs were stored when the police came to arrest him. The reason FP covered for him was that, on the day Cliff visited him, he warned that if he didn't take the blame, Jughead would suffer the same fate Jason had. 
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- ↑ Aguirre-Sacasa, Roberto (writer) & Krieger, Lee Toland (director) (January 26, 2017). "Chapter One: The River's Edge". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 1. The CW.
- ↑ Aguirre-Sacasa, Roberto (writer) & Krieger, Lee Toland (director) (February 2, 2017). "Chapter Two: A Touch of Evil". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 2. The CW.
- ↑ Lawrence, Yolonda E. (writer) & Krieger, Lee Toland (director) (February 9, 2017). "Chapter Three: Body Double". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 3. The CW.
- ↑ Grassi, Michael (writer) & Piznarski, Mark (director) (February 16, 2017). "Chapter Four: The Last Picture Show". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 4. The CW.
- ↑ Williams, Tessa Leigh & Zwart, Nicholas (writers) & Adelson, Steve (director) (March 2, 2017). "Chapter Six: Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill!". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 6. The CW.
- ↑ Allen, Aaron (writer) & Anders, Allison (director) (March 9, 2017). "Chapter Seven: In a Lonely Place". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 7. The CW.
- ↑ Grassi, Michael (writer) & Seidenglanz, Rob (director) (May 4, 2017). "Chapter Twelve: Anatomy of a Murder". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 12. The CW.