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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 ... 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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Actor Kevin O'Rourke has appeared in 13 episodes across the L&O franchise, playing 12 different characters. His appearances include: See more »


In the intro to the episode, when the suspect runs into the elderly gentleman, in the following scene, he has blood on his jacket that wasn't there when he's pushed back.. It's there after the suspect runs after hitting the taxi. See more »


Alexandra Cabot: We checked with the Health Department. You never reported Daniel Varney's syphilis as required by law.
Malcolm Hunt: It must have slipped through the cracks.
Sam: It's the applicant's responsibility to ask why he was rejected.
Alexandra Cabot: Who's responsible for the four people he murdered because you didn't tell him?
Sam: We reject thousands of applicants every year. HIV, heart disease...
Alexandra Cabot: All poor risks.
Malcolm Hunt: Miss Cabot, we run a business. We answer to our stockholders. Providing explanations to every applicant we turn down would ...
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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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