A grisly murder scene at the bottom of an elevator shaft leads SVU detectives to a group of individuals who are under the spell of a charismatic, imprisoned serial killer.


David Platt


Dick Wolf (created by), Kam Miller


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Meloni ... Elliot Stabler
Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson
Richard Belzer ... John Munch (credit only)
Diane Neal ... Casey Novak
Ice-T ... Odafin Tutuola
Adam Beach ... Chester Lake
BD Wong ... Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong) (credit only)
Tamara Tunie ... Dr. Melinda Warner (credit only)
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Jared Harris ... Robert Morten
Shannon Woodward ... Cecilia Strayer
Gareth Saxe ... Harrison Thomas
Justin Blanchard ... Edgar Rabinowicz
Zulay Henao ... Forensics Tech Casanueva
Mike Doyle ... Forensics Tech Ryan O'Halloran


A grisly murder scene at the bottom of an elevator shaft leads SVU detectives to a group of individuals who are under the spell of a charismatic, imprisoned serial killer.

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Release Date:

6 November 2007 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Morton is depicted as being similar in personality to the infamous fictional serial killer Hannibal Lecter. There is also a reference to the author of the Hannibal series (Thomas Harris) in the author/artist of the comic books (Harrison Thomas). See more »


Detective Olivia Benson: Ran our victim's prints, got a hit. Tina Snow, 21, went to Hudson University.
Donald Cragen: College student? What's her record for, drunk and disorderly?
Elliot Stabler: Trespassing, breaking and entering.
Detective Olivia Benson: Explains the tool kit.
Donald Cragen: Well, rap sheet says she was pinched at a storage unit on one charge. The other an electronics warehouse. Anything worth stealing where she was found?
Elliot Stabler: High-end art gallery in the same building.
Donald Cragen: Maybe she's upping the ante.
Detective Olivia Benson: Was she busted with a partner?
Donald Cragen: Uh, no. Both collars she was solo.
Elliot Stabler: Maybe this ...
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References The Silence of the Lambs (1991) See more »

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Weird Right of Passage
7 January 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This SVU episode deals with the squad investigating the murder of a young woman found in an elevator shaft of a building with signs of sexual assault. Even if it's not sexual in nature the squad usually on this show sticks with the case. As it is it's sexual in nature only the broadest sense possible in this story.

The investigation leads to a cult following of an imprisoned serial killer played with menace by Jared Harris. In some weird rite of passage, young Shannon Woodward kills another of the cult members.

This comes down to a battle of wits between ADA Diane Neal and Harris whom she might have to call as a witness. Like Hannibal Lecter or the real life Charles Manson just how much room do you have to negotiate here with a man already serving several life sentences without possibility of parole?

All I can say is, you'd be surprised what can be negotiated in this situation.

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