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A disturbed man is arrested after a murder spree. Alexandra Cabot comes under fire for seeking the death penalty.


Alex Zakrzewski


Dick Wolf (created by), Robert F. Campbell (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Meloni ... Detective Elliot Stabler
Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson
Richard Belzer ... John Munch
Stephanie March ... Alexandra Cabot
Ice-T ... Odafin Tutuola
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Karen Allen ... Paula Varney
David Chandler David Chandler ... Malcolm Hunt
Joanna Merlin ... Judge Lena Petrovsky
Tamara Tunie ... Dr. Melinda Warner
Kevin O'Rourke ... Sam
Donna Mitchell ... Mrs. Lindberg
Tom O'Rourke ... Judge Mark Seligman
Brian O'Neill ... Chief Sullivan
Jim Weston Jim Weston ... Quentin Lindberg


When several people including a child are killed, the team tries to find the killer. They catch the man who did it. Cabot wants to throw the book at him despite his erratic behavior. But Huang wants to examine him and he says that the man is sick. And they eventually learn that the insurance company he applied to knew of his condition and that they didn't tell him which would have allowed him the opportunity to be cured. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Release Date:

11 May 2001 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale (January 8, 1864 - January 14, 1892) was the grandson of the reining monarch of the British Empire, Queen Victoria, and the second in line for the throne of England in the late 1800's. He was rumored to have sexual tendencies that were considered deviant at the time, including homosexuality and frequenting prostitutes. It was because of these rumors that some people (mostly amateur historians and serial killer fans) believed Prince Albert to be the notorious serial killer "Jack the Ripper". However military and royal travel documents show that Prince Albert was out of the country during the murders of the prostitutes in 1888 attributed to the "Ripper". Most reputable historians believe the rumors about his sexual proclivities and the rumors about him secretly being the "Ripper" were started by political rivals of the royal family, there was never any evidence that even remotely tied the Prince to the 1888 murders. See more »


When Benson and Stabler are getting up off the floor of the church after handcuffing the suspect, Daniel Varney, you can see 2 crew members off to the right of the shot. See more »


Dr. Melinda Warner: [to Munch] We found only the victim's blood at the arcade, but take a look at these. You know Locard's theory?
Detective John Munch: Transfer evidence. Everywhere you go, you pick something up and leave something behind. Seven years in Homicide, I better know it.
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References Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) See more »

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A new Jack the Ripper?
2 April 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This episode of SVU finds the squad on the trail of a man who the press is labeling a new Jack the Ripper. Not that he's following any kind of pattern that our Whitechapel legend used, but the viciousness of the knife attacks even has the veteran police officers reaching for the barf bag.

Four victims including a child are done in by this man before the SVU squad after following a couple of false leads arrests Richard Thomas. Of course the public is demanding the never used death penalty in New York and Stephanie March is following those dictates not to mention her own personal revulsion.

Insanity is the issue here and Thomas finds an advocate in the consulting psychiatrist B.D. Wong. There is something wrong with Thomas, something preventable and curable way back when. There is a responsible party and Thomas truly is not competent to stand trial.

For that you watch the story. When watching you will appreciate the performance of Thomas and Karen Allen as the loyal wife who stands by her man under trying circumstances.

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