Law & Order: Season 10, Episode 8

Blood Money (1 Dec. 1999)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.9/10 from 83 users  
Reviews: 3 user

The motive in the murder of a retired insurance salesman appears to be a series of policies he sold to Jews in Poland during the Holocaust.



(created by),
0Check in


Airs Sat. May. 23, 9:00 PM on WE

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 9 titles
created 27 Feb 2013
a list of 12 titles
created 18 Jan 2014

Related Items

Search for "Blood Money" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Blood Money (01 Dec 1999)

Blood Money (01 Dec 1999) on IMDb 7.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Law & Order.
« Previous Episode | 213 of 456 Episodes | Next Episode »


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
George Grizzard ...
Jordan Grimaldi
Philip Goodwin ...
Alan Bresler
Laura Esterman ...
Evelyn Walcoff
Ray Aranha ...
Jacqueline Antaramian ...
Donna Grimaldi
Felix Fiebich ...
Mr. Radsenhauer (as Felix Fibich)
Henderson Forsythe ...
Hamilton Stewart


Detectives Lennie Briscoe and Ed Green investigate the death of Peter Grimaldi, a retired insurance salesman who was found dead in the backseat of a taxicab. Grimaldi had been helped into the cab by a black man but the driver has little more information. The medical examiner confirms that the victim died as a result of a six inch stab wound and a gunshot wound. Grimaldi's son and daughter have no idea who might have wanted to harm him and they refer the police to Gail Bartlett, one of Grimaldi's friends. It leads them to learn that Grimaldi was having trouble with insurance claimants for policies he sold to Jews during the Second World War telling them their money would safe. He never paid out any claims however. They suspect Grimaldi's former employers may have been responsible for his death. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




Release Date:

1 December 1999 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


A medical examiner explains that a victim didn't realize that he had been shot by saying, "Reagan didn't know that he'd been shot either until he got to Bethesda Naval." Ronald Reagan went to George Washington University Hospital after being shot, not to Bethesda Naval. See more »


D.A. Adam Schiff: Your day of reckoning isn't today.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Worthless Lives.
25 September 2012 | by (Deming, New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

The elderly Mr. Grimaldi sold thousands of life insurance policies to Jews and other Europeans beginning in the early 1930s, knowing that a purge was on its way, that minorities would be devastated, and that the policies would never be paid off.

He was working at the time for an American Insurance Company, the Great Atlantic and Pacific Insurance Company, or something like that. His bosses knew what he was doing.

What they seem not to have realized is that Grimaldi kept a book of all the policies sold and now, retired, wants to sell the incriminating book back to the corporation. An agreement is maid. The extortion will take place. Except that, after Mr. Grimaldi retrieves the book from its safe deposit box, in the fifteen minutes between leaving the bank and entering a cab, he is shot once and then stabbed by an independent party.

The subject is certainly pregnant with social and moral implications but I found it confusing and clotted. The insurance company may have acted unethically but of what crime, exactly, are they guilty? Of selling life insurance to people who will die in the holocaust ten years later? Of knowing ahead of time that no one is likely to show up claiming to be the beneficiary and holding a death certificate? It's an indictment of big business, and of America's policy towards the Jews and other refugees from Hitler.

Okay, it's immoral. But in what way was it a scam? Mr. Grimaldi's crystal ball told him he could take the money and run because all the policy holders would die without records, and yet the people buying the life insurance had no crystal ball? So far, this has impressed me as a relatively crummy season; relative, that is, to the earlier years. Perhaps the show was using new writers.

The rest of the elements are up to par -- the locations and most of the performances. But these plot are beyond thick and into high viscosity numbers. Also, some of the casting, for the lesser parts, is getting reckless and expedient. But it must be said that we've been exposed to a lot of horrible testimony in films that deal with the Nazi's genocidal program, yet Felix Fiebich gives a moving performance in his few minutes on the stand.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
(solved)TRANSCRIPTS for seasons 15, 16, 17 or How to search a phrase? opuim_eater
How have I been completely hooked on this show? thisnameinuse
Law And Order At It's Best !!! josh-986-799061
(solved)female judge hinted to defense counsel to go with SubstantiveDP opuim_eater
L&O Message Board Surprises: Jamie a bitch? Abbie's voice? levit-miles
WTF Netflix! (Seasons 3-8 no longer available online) L_O_Addict
Discuss Blood Money (1999) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: