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The parents of a woman murdered in Manhattan try to get the case moved to Connecticut so that they can pursue the death penalty against the defendant, a suspected serial killer.


Daniel Sackheim


Dick Wolf (created by), Michael S. Chernuchin (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Sorvino ... Phil Cerreta
Chris Noth ... Mike Logan
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Michael Moriarty ... Ben Stone
Richard Brooks ... Paul Robinette
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
Barbara Barrie ... Mrs. Bream
Allen Garfield ... Carl Berg
Rutanya Alda ... Sara Cheney
Jay Patterson ... Conn. ADA Jack O'Connell
Gerald Gordon ... Mr. Bream
Steve Ryan ... Brooklyn ADA Fleishman
James Rebhorn ... Albert Lawrence Cheney
Stephen Bolster Stephen Bolster ... Dr. Phillip Banks
Jerry Grayson ... Superintendent


Detectives Cerreta and Logan investigate the murder of a young woman, Judy Bream, who is found bound and gagged atop an elevator car. In going through the records, they find at least two other cases of women who were killed and found in very similar circumstances. Clearly they have a serial killer on their hands. Two of the women had the same gynecologist, a doctor with many complaints registered against him. The third victim used a different doctor but there is a connection in that both doctors used the same accountant: Albert Lawrence Cheney, a convicted sex offender. The police question him for 12 hours non-stop and they eventually learn he has a storage locker. There they find photos and other evidence of his crimes. ADA Stone however immediately runs up against the admissibility of the evidence given the excessive interrogation techniques used by the police. With a shaky case, the dead woman's parents want him extradited to their home state which has the death penalty. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

18 February 1992 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Based on the Albert DeSalvo case. DeSalvo was a criminal in Boston, Massachusetts, who confessed to being the "Boston Strangler", the murderer of thirteen women in the Boston area from 1962 to 1964. The M.O. of the Boston Strangler was to talk this way into victims apartments by pretending to be a maintenance man. The crimes were attributed to Albert DeSalvo based on his confession, though DeSalvo was not imprisoned for these murders, however, but for a series of rapes. His murder confession has been disputed and debate continues as to which crimes DeSalvo had actually committed. In July 2013, a DNA match between seminal fluid found at the scene of the rape and murder of Mary Sullivan and DNA obtained from DeSalvo's nephew linked DeSalvo to that crime and excluded 99.9 percent of the remaining population. Authorities exhumed DeSalvo's remains later that month and confirmed the DNA match.details revealed in court during a separate case, and DNA evidence linking him to the last murder victim. In the original investigation, parties investigating the crimes have suggested that the murders (sometimes referred to as "the silk stocking murders") were committed by more than one person. See more »


When the defense attorney is cross-examining the victim's mother, the witness responds to multiple yes-or-no questions by nodding her head rather than than saying anything. This shouldn't be allowed by the judge, as all responses must be verbal so that the transcript of the proceeding can be complete. The judge should instruct the witness to say her answer, and the attorney questioning her could ask her to speak up as well. See more »


Detective Mike Logan: [finds a Polaroid camera] Matches the cartridge box found in her apartment.
Sergeant Phil Cerreta: My son has one of those.
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References Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969) See more »

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Better Justice In Connecticut
9 December 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

When a couple of parents think they've found a way to get the jurisdiction of their daughter's homicide transferred to Connecticut which is their home and has the death penalty this becomes a source of contention for the District Attorney. Connecticut has the death penalty and New York didn't at the time this episode was filmed. The ethics of it gets tossed around by Steven Hill, Michael Moriarty, and Richard Brooks. Besides Moriarty is convinced that these grieving parents aren't above a little perjury in their claims.

This particular killer is played by James Rebhorn and he's in the normally non-violent producing occupation of accountant. He doesn't get much in the way of lines, but throughout the episode he carries a look of unredeemable sadness, like he was wishing it would all end. Something his very good attorney Allen Garfield is not about to see happen.

I'd check this one, the episodes before Jerry Orbach are not generally broadcast. As much as I loved Orbach as Lenny Briscoe, I always thought Paul Sorvino had a lot to recommend him as the lead cop in the series.

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