After a woman is brutally attacked, the police believe they have stumbled on a serial killer. Prosecutors struggle with how to put him away for life with little evidence.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kitty Lansing
Barbara Andres ...
Anne O'Brien
Alex Wipf ...
Mr. O'Brien
Christopher Patrick Mullen ...
Matt Bergstrom


After a mailman is attacked in the lobby of a small condo building, Detectives Briscoe and Curtis begin to interview some of the occupants. They find one of the tenants, Kitty Lansing, unconscious severely beaten in her bed, It seems apparent that whoever did this likely kept her prisoner in her own apartment and tortured her over several days. They naturally suspect her ex-husband Roger but he has an alibi and they move on to some of the men she's been dating recently. They find Matt Bergstrom who comes to New York from Seattle several times per year. There is little doubt that Bergstrom is a serial killer though it's not obvious he attacked Lansing. He's willing to plead guilty however provided the prosecutors take the death penalty off the table and also guarantee he will not be extradited to Texas where he could also face the death penalty. When they find that someone else attacked Lansing they face the prospect of Bergstrom going free after only a short jail sentence. Written by garykmcd

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4 November 1998 (USA)  »

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Cruel -- but unusual?
17 January 2012 | by (Deming, New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

In this episode, a young woman is found slashed half to death, and a mailman who unwittingly stumbled on the scene is snuffed. The cops track it down to a cool salesman who turns out to be a serial murderer. Then it turns out there were accomplices with other motives and the story gets complicated.

It's not a bad story. It's realistically done and the location shooting is as effective as always. It's light years ahead of such detective series of twenty years earlier, like "Pepper Martin" and "Honey West," in which a writer could actually use dialog like, "Which way did the crooks go?"

Yet it exemplifies most of the features that I find weak in the ninth season. Before this, the assistants had been the thoughtful Paul Robinet, the contralto Jill Hennesy, and the business-like and inexpressive Cary Lowell. They all got the job done. I liked Hennesy best but not because she could act better than the others.

Angie Harmon speaks too quickly and has a rough voice. She rushes through her lines. But for that matter, the whole pace of the episodes seems juiced up. On first entering the crime scene, Lenny Brisco looks at the torn up body and moans, "Mother of God!" He wouldn't have done that in earlier seasons. He'd have made some resigned wisecrack.

And the Assistant DA and his assistant Assistant DA have often had disagreements but in this season they seem to get out of hand, with the two characters shouting angrily at one another. In earlier season, the law, despite disagreements over details, involved the application of "reason without passion."

It's as if, by this time in the arc of the series, Dick Wolf was afraid it might be losing its edge and urged his writers, directors, and actors to get more heat into the stories.

I don't know where the series went after the ninth season. I'm sure it never reached the benthic depths of, "Where did the crooks go?" Yet it's a shame to see a fine series losing it's perfectly natural edge in an attempt to drum up some kind of more attention-getting edge, as if the audience were children, as if they were getting bored in the absence of fast talk and bitter shouts.

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