A murder investigation leads detectives to a madam accused of running a prostitution ring disguised as a catering service.

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Donald Cragen (credit only)
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Laura Winthrop
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Jolene Curtis
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Sergeant Greevy and Detective Logan investigate the death of a man found in Central Park. He was alive when found with a cracked skull but has had a heart attack as well. Oddly, his underwear was on backwards. They determine that he had booked himself into a nearby hotel and then arranged for a call girl to visit him. They locate the girl and it leads them the owner of a self-styled catering agency, well-known society hostess Laura Winthrop. ADA Stone wants to pursue her and the case certainly gets a lot of media attention. Her defense is that she was a responsible madam who took good care of her girls. Stone's intent is to show the damage she's caused. Written by garykmcd

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Based on the Sydney Biddle Barrows case. Better known as the 'Mayflower Madam', Sydney Biddle Barrows was a modern American madam. After her escort service was exposed and disbanded, she gained worldwide notoriety, in part because she was part of the upper-class Biddle family of Philadelphia and is a Mayflower descendant. In October 1984, her escort service was shut down and she was charged with promoting prostitution by the New York City District Attorney's Office. After she pled guilty, she published a best-selling autobiography, Mayflower Madam (1987), which later became a television movie of the same name starring 'Candice Bergen'_. See more »

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When Max Greevey is typing the arrest report, the commander's name, Cragen, is shown as Craven. See more »

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Laura Winthrop: How about involuntary manslaughter? I'd be out in 5 years, right?
Ben Stone: 2 and a half with good behavior.
Laura Winthrop: I'm always on my best behavior.
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One Upper Crust Madam
20 January 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Some prosperous looking gentleman is found with a cracked skull and sustaining a heart attack in Central Park. The position of his underwear indicates he might have been having a recent sexual experience. At first it's assault that George Dzundza and Chris Noth are investigating, but it turns to murder after the victim dies.

It's a torturous investigation, but our detectives uncover a prostitution ring that is run by one upper crust madam played by Patricia Clarkson. And since she caters to the wealthy and mighty a lot of them have a vested interest in seeing she does not go down, at least to the criminal justice system.

Prostitution is the victimless crime some would argue, but Michael Moriarty and Richard Brooks do find some victims and not just of the assault the deceased sustained at the hands of her driver Byron Utley.

Personally I would have taken the slam dunk conviction of Utley who they have dead bang. But that way we couldn't have gotten a story obviously based on the Mayflower Madam.


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