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The ‘Law & Order’ spin-off following New York’s elite special victims unit continues its sixth season. In this week’s episode, detectives probe the murder of a 15-year-old girl. Revelations about the victim’s sex life throw up a bewildering array of suspects.

The Special Victims Unit responds when the body of a teenage girl is found on a city rooftop. From her driving licence, the girl is identified as Allison Downey. However, on visiting her home, detectives are stunned to discover that Allison is alive and well. She admits that she lent the licence to her younger cousin, 15-year-old Lisa, who used it to get into clubs with her boyfriend.

The victim’s best friend, Angela (Hayden Panettiere, ‘Heroes’), insists that Lisa was too busy studying to go out with boys. Lisa’s father, truck driver Tim Downey, likewise says he had no idea she had a boyfriend. He tells the police that Lisa’s mother died nine months ago and that his daughter was often left at home alone.

Further investigation soon reveals that Lisa was far from the chaste student she appeared to be. It transpires that she had not one but many boyfriends –most of whom she met online. When confronted with these revelations, Angela admits that she lied about her friend’s active sex life. “I didn’t want you guys to think she was a slut and tell her dad,” she says.

The case takes on a new urgency when the ME reports that Lisa was HIV positive. “Every kid she slept with has been exposed,” says Stabler. While health workers try to track down Lisa’s sexual partners, the detectives follow a lead to an expensive fashion store. They have reason to believe that one of Lisa’s boyfriends bought her clothes from the boutique. Sure enough, CCTV evidence indicates that the store’s manager was having an affair with Lisa, but when they go to arrest him, Benson and Stabler are shocked to catch him in a compromising situation with Angela.

A stunned Benson accuses Angela of prostituting herself in return for pricey clothes, but the girl insists her dalliances are mostly innocent. “It’s not like I do it all the time,” she says. The girl then reveals that Lisa had taken her activities one step further and had started sleeping with men for money at a high-class hotel. Stabler arrests the pimp responsible for selling Lisa’s services, but can find no evidence connecting him to her murder. The pimp does reveal, however, that one client in particular always asked for Lisa.

That client is none other than Derek Tanner – Lisa’s doctor. The hapless medic admits that he was besotted with the teenager, but denies killing her. “I loved her,” he says. Tanner appears to have an alibi, but when Stabler and Benson show up at his apartment for further questioning, they discover that someone has shot him dead.

Possible suspects include Lisa’s father, whose fingerprints are found in the doctor’s flat. Mr Downey admits he followed Tanner home, but swears that he simply wanted the doctor to tell him how his daughter had contracted HIV. Stabler is inclined to believe the man’s innocence: “Downey did not know Tanner had sex with Lisa until I told him. I don’t think he’s our guy.”

With two murders to solve, the detectives appear to have hit a dead end – until Munch and Fin discover Angela’s school scarf in the dead doctor’s locker. Was the teenager having a fling with Tanner as well? Pressed to tell the truth, Angela reveals a surprising new twist in the story – but is she as innocent as she claims?

The ‘Law & Order’ spin-off following New York’s elite special victims unit continues its sixth season. In this week’s episode, detectives connect the brutal hit-and-run murder of a prostitute to a violent video game. The trail leads to a pair of teenagers who claim the game influenced their actions.

A woman is talking on her phone in the street when she is knocked down by a car and beaten to death. Detectives gain an early breakthrough after they learn that the victim’s phone call was being recorded as part of an undercover operation – and the killer’s voice has been caught on tape in the background. Unfortunately, they cannot use the recording in court as it would jeopardise an ongoing anti-terrorism investigation.

The cops are at least able to put a name to their victim – she is Melody Quinn, an escort girl. Forensic evidence indicates that both a man and a woman were involved in the attack. But the detectives are at a loss to explain the motive – until Stabler’s son suggests that the crime is remarkably similar to a scene from a popular video game, which features prostitutes being murdered. “They got the idea from the game,” Stabler concludes.

Fin and Munch question the game designers, who insist that they are not responsible for the actions of copycat killers. Munch trawls the internet to learn more about the fans of the game and comes across one man who has designed a new ‘scene’ which almost exactly replicates Melody’s death. When questioned, the programmer insists that he was paid to create the clip by another fan – one Larry Tauber.

Detectives rush to arrest Larry, only to discover that he has killed himself in what appears to be a bout of drunken remorse. But further clues suggest that, whilst Larry was involved in the murder, he was not the ringleader. The trail leads instead to teenager Garrett Perle (Seth Gabel, ‘Dirty Sexy Money’) and his girlfriend, Louise Karnaki.

When arrested, the cold, calculating Garrett admits that he and Louise were involved in the crime, but insists that Larry manipulated them into killing Melody. Garrett’s smooth lawyer, Oliver Gates (Barry Bostwick, ‘Spin City’), then announces that he will be defending his client on the grounds of “mental disease or defect”. “He admits that he had no idea what he was doing – whether it was right or wrong, fantasy or reality,” Gates says.

The defence’s aim is to deflect the blame from Garrett onto the twin evils of the video game and Larry Tauber. “They’ll pin the crime on the game and the dead man,” is Cragen’s accurate assessment. The only evidence that could damn Garrett in the eyes of a jury is recorded on the undercover police tape – but Novak is not allowed to use it. “I’m going to be fighting this with my arms tied behind my back,” she says.

Once the trial gets underway, Gates uses the contentious issue of violence in video games as a scapegoat, painting an image of Garrett as an innocent victim rather than a scheming killer. With the case on a knife-edge, can the cops find any further evidence to put the boy behind bars?

The ‘Law & Order’ spin-off following New York’s elite special victims unit continues its sixth season. After intervening in an armed robbery, Fin finds himself at the centre of some unwelcome attention. He is then approached by a mysterious woman who offers him the chance to atone for past mistakes.

After an overnight stakeout, Fin goes to the local convenience store to buy coffee while Olivia waits in the car. A few minutes pass and Olivia is alarmed to hear shooting coming from the shop. She rushes inside to find Fin slumped unconscious against the wall. The shop owner and two teenage boys are both dead.

As Fin is rushed to hospital for emergency surgery, it emerges that the bullets that struck both teenagers came from Fin’s gun. The media pounces on the news that a cop has shot and killed two boys. His colleagues insist that Fin was acting in self-defence, but with only one weapon recovered from the crime scene, it appears that one of the boys did not have a gun. “There’s no way Fin would shoot an unarmed kid,” says Stabler. But with no witnesses, the detectives have no solid proof of Fin’s actions.

Eventually, footage from a hidden security camera attests to Fin’s innocence – both boys were armed and the second gun fell out of sight during the incident. After his surgery, however, Fin is filled with regret about his actions. “You did everything by the book,” Stabler assures him. It seems the damage has already been done, though, as Fin’s face is splashed all over the papers and he is branded a bent cop. A distraught woman approaches the detectives claiming that she recognises Fin’s photograph. “I remember you. I could never forget your face. You put a gun to my head,” she spits. She says her name is Sandra Knowles.

It emerges that five years earlier, Fin was working the case of Vance Dennis, a notorious drug dealer who was living with Sandra’s daughter, cocaineaddict Tricia Knowles. Sandra came to the couple’s apartment one day to try and convince Tricia to come home, but Fin waved her off for fear that she would thwart their efforts to nail Vance. “There were no victims, just dealers and users,” Fin says of his days in the narcotics unit. Vance is now in prison, but Tricia has gone missing. Seeing a chance to redeem himself for failing to reunite a mother and daughter, Fin decides to locate Tricia.

Fin is teamed up with hot-shot young detective Miguel Sandoval, who volunteers to go undercover. Fin is dubious about Miguel’s abilities, but the detective has soon used his skills to arrest Vance’s dealer crony, Fat Tony. During questioning, Tony says that Vance arranged for Tricia to be killed and her body had been left in an old warehouse. City records confirm that an unidentified body had indeed been found in that exact location. Fin arranges for Tricia to be exhumed from her unmarked grave. Later, the coroner reveals that the girl had a scar on her abdomen from a Caesareansection. Fin realises that he is now conducting a search for a missing baby. “I turned my back on Tricia once. I’m not going to do it again,” Fin says.

It is not long before Fin and Miguel receive information that Tricia gave birth to a healthy son called Austin after ditching her drug habit. From her file at the hospital, they are able to track down Tricia’s old boss at the diner where she had been waitressing. “She left early one day last spring and never came back,” he tells the detectives. Baby Austin had been left in the care of her best friend, Lizzie Jones, who had been charged with delivering the child to Tricia’s mother. Lizzie is reported to be living with a notorious drug dealer and stealing to make a living. Can Fin rescue Austin and reunite a grieving mother with the grandson she never knew she had?

The ‘Law & Order’ spin-off following New York’s elite special victims unit continues its sixth season. This week, detectives hunt a rapist who preys on vulnerable women. Their only witness is a schizophrenic patient whose confused words may hold the key to the case.

The Special Victims Unit realises it has a serial rapist on its hands when three women are assaulted on the same night. The victims’ descriptions of the perpetrator are hazy, although one witness is able to identify his car. There is also evidence that the assailant stalked his victims prior to the attacks, but no one can recall his appearance. “Everybody saw him, nobody remembers him,” says Benson.

The detectives believe they may have found a fourth victim when a disturbed woman named Miranda Cole (Amanda Plummer in an Emmy Award-winning role) arrives at the precinct clutching a wanted poster with an artist’s impression of the rapist. Benson and Stabler take Miranda to a psychiatric hospital where Dr Rebecca Hendrix (Mary Stuart Masterson) diagnoses her as schizophrenic.

It is impossible to tell from Miranda’s incoherent speech whether or not she has been the victim of a crime and she refuses to undergo a rape examination. Hendrix, a former cop who trained with Benson at the academy, will not pressure Miranda into answering questions. “My priority isn’t the case, it’s the patient,” she says. But when the rapist’s next victim is found dead in a souvenir shop, Benson is determined to get some answers. “This is ridiculous,” she says. “We have a victim in the hospital who may have seen the guy and we can’t talk to her!”

Hendrix relents and allows the detectives to question Miranda, with little success. Matters are further complicated when she checks herself out of the hospital and disappears. Benson and Stabler eventually trace her to an apartment on the Upper West Side, where they find conclusive evidence that Miranda was indeed assaulted in her home. A sample of the rapist’s blood is collected from the scene and Miranda begins to recall some of the attack – including the name ‘Thomas’.

The detectives cross-reference this name with the description of the rapist’s car and find a match in the same neighbourhood as the assaults – a 30-something man named Thomas Mathers. Finn and Stabler head to Mathers’s apartment, only to discover that he is gay and lives with his boyfriend. Mathers’s sexual orientation and apparent alibi appear to rule him out of the crimes, but suspicious details from his past force the cops to think again.

In Huang’s absence, Stabler asks Hendrix to build a psychological profile of Mathers – much to the annoyance of Benson, who resents her former classmate for dropping out of the police. Hendrix quickly forms the opinion that Mathers could indeed be the culprit, based on his insecure personality. “Sexual preference is incidental,” she says. “He feels helpless. He wants control. He’d be a rapist – gay or straight.”

Hendrix’s analysis is good enough for Stabler, who prepares to charge the suspect. But Cragen stuns everybody when he announces that Mathers’s DNA does not match the blood at the crime scene. Mathers is released and Stabler and Benson decide to pursue separate leads. Stabler and Hendrix take a closer look at Mathers’s past, while Benson turns to Miranda for help. Can she break through the woman’s paranoid delusions and figure out the true identity of her attacker?

The ‘Law & Order’ spin-off following New York’s elite special victims unit continues its sixth season. In this episode, the detectives are divided when a college professor is accused of raping a student. Benson is inclined to believe the girl’s story, but Stabler finds her behaviour suspicious – especially when she makes an allegation against him.

Myra Denning, a young post-graduate student, is almost arrested by police for smashing a taxi window when she suddenly declares that she has been raped. Detectives Benson and Stabler arrive to question the girl before she is taken to hospital for an examination. Stabler is then accosted by a man who claims to know what happened. “She’s going to say I did it,” he says.

The man is Ron Polikoff (Bill Campbell, ‘Shark’), Myra’s professor. He agrees to co-operate with police and, while undergoing a forensic exam, gives Stabler his side of the story. Ron claims that he had consensual sex with Myra but that she insisted he treat her “rough”. Myra, meanwhile, tells Benson that Ron assaulted her. “I worshipped him and he treated me like a piece of trash,” she says. After her examination is complete, Stabler gives her a lift home.

While the police continue their enquiries, Ron decides to bolster his defence by giving them a list of Myra’s recent sexual partners, in a bid to show that she is promiscuous. The list was drawn up by Jenny, Myra’s roommate, who is herself having an affair with Ron. Jenny has forgiven Ron for sleeping with Myra and has taken him back, convinced that he is innocent of the crime – but Benson is sceptical. “What a gentleman,” she remarks. “He gets back with Jenny so he can get dirt on Myra.”

Without enough evidence to charge Ron, Benson and Stabler find themselves divided over the case. “It’s her word against his,” Benson says. “Yeah, but her word could put him in prison for ten years!” her partner shoots back. A suspicious Stabler wants to know why Myra did not report the assault until it looked like she was going to be arrested for vandalising the cab. But he is soon distracted when he learns that she has accused him of sexual harassment. Her lawyer claims that Stabler touched Myra “inappropriately” when he dropped her off at her apartment.

Cragen is well aware that the lawyer is simply trying to pressure them into charging Ron, yet the case remains doubtful. Novak submits the evidence for a grand jury to decide. The jury returns in favour of indicting Ron, but the thought that she must now tell her story again in a trial drives Myra to attempt suicide. “The grand jury was horrible and court’s just gonna be worse,” a distraught Myra tells Benson. “They’re going to make me re-live every horrible detail.”

Stabler, meanwhile, begins to reconsider his stance when Ron’s daughter, Sophie, is arrested for sending hate mail to Myra’s email account. When he sees Ron manipulating Sophie in an interview, he wonders if the college professor has been lying all along.

Once the trial eventually gets underway, Novak’s case suffers a huge blow when Myra is forced to admit that she made up the allegation against Stabler. When Ron takes the stand, he reveals how his life has been ruined by Myra’s allegation. Having been fired from his job and kicked out of his apartment, he now faces losing custody of Sophie as well. Neither side, however, can conclusively prove what happened on the night in question. With the trial balanced on a knife edge, what verdict will the jury return?

The ‘Law & Order’ spin-off following New York’s elite special victims unit continues its sixth season. In this episode, detectives are appalled by the massacre of several young children at the headquarters of a religious cult. The subsequent hunt for the cult’s messianic leader is complicated by his followers’ refusal to talk.

Detective Benson rushes to a hospital where a pregnant 12-year-old named Melanie is being held by doctors. The girl will only reveal that the father of her baby is a man called Abraham. “He’s my husband,” she tells an alarmed Benson. Benson finally acquires Melanie’s address and visits the house. A group of children answer the door, before an imposing man in robes appears and slams it shut. Moments later, shots are fired and Benson takes cover. Patrol cars arrive to encircle the building as more gunshots are heard inside. Police burst into the house to seize the shooter, but the man in robes has escaped, leaving behind the dead bodies of the children.

Back at police headquarters, Cragen announces that they are dealing with a cult named the “Church of Wisdom and Sight” and launches a manhunt for the mysterious Abraham. He also orders his detectives to undergo counselling with Huang to deal with the trauma of the crime scene they encountered. Finn voluntarily withdraws from the case, while Benson fears she will be suspended for being too emotional. But in the event, it is Stabler who is relieved of duty for bottling up his feelings. “What do you want me to do?” he snarls at Huang. “You want me to cry?”

Left to run the investigation by themselves, Benson and Munch learn that Abraham is in fact a con man named Eugene Hoff. Former members of his cult describe him as a charismatic figure who demanded utter loyalty from his followers. They also say he had a special liking for young girls.

This finding is backed up by more gruesome news from the morgue, where the ME reports that some of the victims were children Abraham fathered with his own daughters. Munch believes this evidence provides the cult leader’s motive for murder. “You kill the victims, nobody can testify against you,” he says.

With Melanie’s help, the detectives locate one of Abraham’s hideouts and arrest a group of women who all claim to be his wives. The women refuse to reveal Abraham’s whereabouts, but Cragen believes one of them can be made to talk – Melanie’s mother, Sarah. Benson turns her fury on Sarah but fails to break her devotion to Abraham. “This is a test,” Sarah says. “I won’t be tempted.”

However, Sarah does inadvertently provide one lead in the form of bank account numbers belonging to Abraham. The cops realise that the cult leader has been closing his accounts and withdrawing large amounts of money. Putting this knowledge to their advantage, they lay a trap at the bank and arrest him.

Unfortunately, the police do not have enough forensic evidence to charge Abraham with incest and murder. The only person who can testify against him is Melanie – and she has gone missing from the hospital. Benson demands to know where Abraham has taken the girl, but the preacher continues to spout his messianic beliefs. Slamming him as “pathetic”, Benson hits him with the truth: “You actually believe your own hype. You’ve conned yourself.”

The police are forced to release their suspect, who promptly disappears. Their only hope of tracing him now is if Sarah co-operates. Munch then achieves a breakthrough when he discovers a trust fund in Melanie’s name. The fund is set to pay out when Melanie has a baby, and the cops believe Abraham is keeping her alive until he can cash in on the money. Will this revelation, coupled with evidence of another murder, be enough to make Sarah talk?

The ‘Law & Order’ spin-off following New York’s elite special victims unit continues its sixth season. In this episode, detectives are stunned to discover that a teenage boy is responsible for the murder of his young neighbour. The case then takes a dark twist when evidence emerges that the boy lied about his motives.

Police launch a desperate search when five-yearold Henry Morton is snatched from a birthday party. Their only lead is provided by the boy’s 13- year-old neighbour, Jake O’Hara, who says that he saw a strange man spying on Henry’s house that morning. From the description of the man and his car, detectives believe the culprit is a recently released paedophile named Billy Turner, but the ex-con swears he is innocent.

The search ends in tragedy when Henry’s body is found dumped in an alley. The ME reports that he was suffocated by pebbles that were stuffed down his throat. Stabler, meanwhile, is concerned by the cool reaction of Henry’s father, psychiatrist Dr Brett Morton (Kyle MacLachlan), to the news of the boy’s death. Fearing that Morton is bottling up his grief, Stabler warns: “That guy’s a time bomb. He keeps holding it in, he’s gonna explode.”

The detectives are surprised when forensic evidence puts Billy Turner in the clear and they are forced to release him. But they are even more disturbed to learn that the pebbles match those from Jake O’Hara’s garden. Fingerprints on the stones also correspond to those of a child. The boy is brought in for questioning and eventually admits that he choked Henry because the child was going to blame him for killing a cat. “I didn’t mean to do it,” he says. “I was just so scared.”

Probing Jake’s motives further, the detectives learn the crime may not be all his fault. Jake has just returned from a ‘boot camp’ for troubled teens, where he claims he was brutalised by the other boys. He was afraid that if his mother found out about the cat, he would be sent back to the camp. “I’d rather be dead than go back there!” he cries.

Jake’s mother insists that her son’s deed must be attributed to the trauma he endured at camp – and Brett Morton agrees. He blames himself for recommending the camp to Jake’s mother in the first place, and urges Novak to prosecute the boy as a minor instead of an adult. “Brett Morton is caught between his anger and his guilt,” says Huang. “He feels that if Jake hadn’t been abused there, he wouldn’t have killed Henry.”

However, Huang and Novak soon discover a shocking truth – Jake’s tale of abuse at the camp is a complete lie. The camp director labels Jake a “very disturbed” child and the other boys claim that Jake bullied and threatened them. Huang wastes no time in diagnosing Jake as a “sociopath” who manipulates people and shows no empathy or remorse.

Unfortunately, the DA has already agreed to prosecute Jake as a child. This means that he will receive a lighter sentence and will be free by the time he is 18. Novak argues in vain for the judge to halt proceedings, declaring that Jake has deceived everybody. The news of Jake’s true nature drives Dr Morton into a murderous fury and he explodes just as Stabler feared. In the corridor of the courthouse, he grabs a gun from a security guard and shoots the boy dead.

Novak’s boss insists that Morton must now stand trial for murder, but a conflicted Stabler – who failed to prevent the shooting – believes he should face a lesser manslaughter charge. In his defence, Morton presents a convincing case for “extreme emotional disturbance”, even claiming to have no memory of the killing. But Huang believes that Morton may be using his medical expertise to trick the court. “Morton’s a psychiatrist – he knows exactly what to say,” he warns. Did this grieving father avenge his son’s death in the heat of the moment, or was his crime more premeditated than it might appear?

The ‘Law & Order’ spin-off following New York’s elite special victims unit continues its sixth season. In this episode, detectives probe the alleged rape of a teenage girl by a group of army cadets. However, further revelations in the press suggest that the girl is lying about the assault.

High-school student Tandi McCain is found hiding in a construction site three days after she was reported missing by her parents. At the hospital, the distraught girl says that she was walking home from the college library late on Friday night when she was grabbed by two or three uniformed men who raped her and kept her locked up all weekend.

Detectives Benson and Stabler go to question four army cadets who were holding a dormitory party near where Tandi was attacked. The cops are surprised to hear that 16-year-old Tandi was at the party and that she claimed to be 21. Tandi, however, denies she was with the cadets and sticks to her story.

With few clues to go on, Stabler leaks some details to a reporter in the hope it might bring forth more witnesses. But the move backfires when the newspaper splashes a front-page story detailing the alleged rape and naming two of the cadets as prime suspects. Stabler faces a possible suspension when one of the cadets is subsequently chased by a mob and run down by a car, leaving him in critical condition. “Why did the papers print his picture?” cries the man’s girlfriend. “He never hurt anyone.”

Keen to atone for his mistake, Stabler chases down a rumour that Tandi was seen alone in a shop buying snacks when she was supposedly locked up. Evidence suggests the claim may be true, and Tandi’s story is further weakened when a TV channel gains possession of a video of the girl dancing at the cadets’ party – proving that she lied to police.

Benson and Stabler now wonder whether the cadet who made the video might have assaulted Tandi, but they discount him when shocking new forensic evidence suggests that Tandi’s stepfather, Ronald, was at the construction site where she was raped. Ronald’s explanation for how his handprint came to be at the scene is unconvincing, but his violent reaction to Stabler’s suggestion that he took advantage of his stepdaughter prompts the detective to wonder if he is indeed telling the truth.

The case then takes another twist when Tandi recounts her whole story during a television interview. She says she made it all up because she was afraid she would get into trouble for staying out late. Cragen’s response is emphatic: “Arrest her – she obstructed us every step of the way.” Benson, however, is shocked at the decision to charge Tandi with making a false allegation and still firmly believes that the girl was a victim of rape. “Maybe she didn’t tell us the truth – but I’m not sure that she told it on TV either,” she says. The detectives make one last effort to prise the truth from Tandi and succeed in uncovering the identity of her attacker. But when she as changed her story so many times, will any jury believe her?

The ‘Law & Order’ spin-off following New York’s elite special victims unit continues its sixth season.

In this episode, the detectives are taunted by a serial killer who leaves them riddles pointing to his next victim, taking them across the city in a desperate bid to save the lives of several women.

Some Central Park joggers alert police when they find an abandoned baby with a note. It is a warning that the mother of the baby has been abducted and will soon be dead if the police are not quick enough to find her. All the SVU team has to go on is some torn clothing in a thicket behind the baby’s pram, and the note, which is signed by a Rupert Daniel Kilmore. They locate the only man with that name in the city – a watch repairer –who knows nothing about the abduction. However, while the detectives quiz him in his office, a fax is sent from a copying shop across the street. It transpires that the fax was sent by a homeless man who had been asked to do a favour for somebody. All the befuddled vagrant can remember is a meaningless sentence, ‘Hog Pat Mend Top Yarn’.

After studying this new clue, the detectives realise that the code is an anagram of a payphone address. On top of the payphone they find an envelope leading them to an address – where they discover the baby’s mother hanging lifeless from a rope. To make matters worse, the body is found in the apartment of another single mother reported missing – and many clues later, the cops are led to her dead body in a vacant lot. There are yet more clues for the police at the second crime scene, this time inked on the victim’s feet. “It’s a roadmap to another dead body,” says Stabler ruefully.

On a note left at the scene, the crime is claimed by an RDK – but Captain Cragen says these were the initials of a notorious serial killer in the 70s and 80s, which stood for ‘Rape Dismember Kill’. Could the murderer be at large again?

Benson and Stabler interview Jeannette Henley, the only surviving victim of RDK, who is terrified at the prospect of encountering her would-be murderer again. She also says she was interviewed by a reporter about the killer some time ago – as it turns out, a good few weeks before the killer resurfaced. The name the man gave to Jeannette was that of a black reporter at a big New York paper – but Jeanette says the man who interviewed her was white. The newspaper editor says the description of the man who visited Jeannette fits that of researcher Humphrey Becker, who happens to be on leave.

The cops enter his empty house and find lots of rejection letters from publishing houses – it seems Becker was trying to write a book about RDK but was told that the story was not recent enough for publication. “So this Humphrey is just some crackpot pretending to be RDK?” asks Cragen in disbelief.

The cops then find Becker’s locker at an exclusive cigar club where he has details of his remaining targets in a notebook. The cops race to a theatre where a dancer named Red is due to perform – but they whisk her off to safety before Becker can get to her. However, Jeannette – the now 65-year-old RDK survivor – has gone missing. Benson rushes to her apartment and finds Becker in her bed. “Congratulations – you found me,” smiles Becker. “Where’s Jeannette?” demands the detective. “I’m afraid she’s a bit buried at the moment,” taunts Becker. It seems he has buried Jeannette alive with an oxygen mask that is fast running out. The detectives face a race against time to prise the whereabouts of his latest victim from the killer before it is too late…

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