Law & Order (1990–2010)
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A murder/attempted suicide investigation leads to a religious cult that promotes pedophilia, but finding charges that will stick to the group's leader proves to be difficult.


Richard Dobbs


Dick Wolf (created by), Frank Pugliese


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Farina ... Joe Fontana
Jesse L. Martin ... Ed Green
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy
Annie Parisse ... Alexandra Borgia
Fred Dalton Thompson ... Arthur Branch
Austin Lysy ... Richard 'Daniel' Ranson
David Thornton ... Lionel Granger
Marisa Ryan ... Stacey Ranson
Deborah Hedwall ... Mrs. Shelby
Merritt Wever ... Sunshine Porter
Fran Lebowitz ... Judge Janice Goldberg
Connie Winston Connie Winston ... Judge Shirley Taylor
Selenis Leyva ... Detective Mariluz Rivera
Clifford David ... Oswald Jackson


A murder/attempted suicide investigation leads to a religious cult that promotes pedophilia, but finding charges that will stick to the group's leader proves to be difficult.

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Release Date:

30 March 2005 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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After the conclusion of the trial ADA Borgia expresses her disbelief that someone as evil and wicked as Mrs. Shelby likened herself to such people as Jesus Christ, Mohammad, Buddha and Gandhi. To which EADA McCoy replies: "one may smile, and smile, and be a villain."

McCoy is quoting from Shakespeare's "Hamlet", Act 1, Scene 5. Hamlet said this in reference to the main antagonist of the story, which was his way of warning people that the worst and most evil of people will often smile and pretend to be good in order to disarm their enemies and put them at ease, giving them a false sense of safety. See more »


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Mrs. Shelby: We believe in God's laws, not man's
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Every great spiritual and religious leader throughout history has been mocked, scorned, persecuted
20 December 2017 | by CeccacciPaolo1977See all my reviews

A young couple on their first date heard a gunshot while taking a stroll. A man shot himself on a bench, trying to commit suicide. He had just stabbed to death a woman nearby. The perp managed to survive and detectives started to investigate: he escaped from a cult placed in Mexico in order to start a new life with new identity in NY city; he worked in a travel agency and he had just got married. The woman he killed was a member of the commune with whom he have had sex since childhood: the cult, ran by his mother, is called "Children of the Devine" and she appointed him as her descendant. The classic commune whose teachings involve incestuous sex and drugs. McCoy, with all his efforts, wants to convict the mother, something nobody abroad (the cult has more than 10 thousands members worldwide) managed to do.

The defendant is a real piece of work. She compared herself to the most important religious leader who made the history, including St.Francis. Anyway, I don't remember the monk had ever forced children to have sex each other.

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