Law & Order (1990–2010)
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A serial killer who targets the New York S&M crowd claims that television is responsible for his violent behavior.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rey Curtis
Anita Van Buren
Adam Schiff
Charles Thatcher
Jon DeVries ...
Doug Gaylin
Edmund Genest ...
Warren Stevenson
Defense Attorney Greenwald
Judge Carl Samuel
Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
Congressman Maxwell


Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the murder of Jennifer Gaylin who was possibly the victim of a drive-by shooting. She was a social worker and quite popular at the community center where she worked. Her father Doug Gaylin is convinced the killing was racially motivated but the detectives learn she may have been using drugs to boost her sex drive. It turns out the victim was heavy into the S&M scene and had a partner, TV reporter Stu Steiner. When the police find him dead in his apartment they learn from the FBI that there have been 3 other very similar killings in other cities. From another participant in the S&M scene they learn that Eddie Chandler might be behind the killing. Chandler is arrested and charged with first degree murder. His lawyer, Al Archer, will argue that prolonged exposure to TV violence led to his sociopathic behavior. Written by garykmcd

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28 January 1998 (USA)  »

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During the trial, Eddie Chandler lists The A-Team (1983) as one of the 'violent action shows' he grew up watching. "The A-Team" was notorious for having massive gunfire, multiple explosions and numerous car and aircraft crashes, but nobody ever died. Despite being a #1 show in America during the 80's, the show came under fire by parental and political groups alike for being too violent, and was even frowned upon by their own network, NBC. Reportedly, Robert Keeshan blamed the show for America's drug problem. By vast comparison, in the Netherlands in the 1980s, the show was widely loved because 'there was no violence'. See more »


Eddie Chandler: When I was a kid and I'd come home from school, I'd watch TV for hours on end, straight through till bedtime.
Neil Pressman: What kind of shows did you watch?
Eddie Chandler: Cop shows, action shows: The Mod Squad, The A-Team, Starsky and Hutch.
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References Miracle on 34th Street (1947) See more »

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Lab experiment for the dead bang guilty
3 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

In a case based on the Andrew Cunanan spree serial killings Mitchell Lichtenstein, an aging party boy is charged with the murder of five people, two in the New York County jurisdiction and investigated by Jerry Orbach and Benjamin Bratt. I've run into a few like Lichtenstein who don't turn homicidal. But believe me there's nothing more pitiful than one who is showing his age as Lichtenstein and trying to act 21 again. There's always someone younger and prettier coming up, a universal constant like death and taxes.

But this particular case is turned into a lab experiment by his pro bono defense attorney, Alan Dershowitz like Dennis Boutsikaris. Since the man is dead bang guilty he wants to try a new and different kind of defense. Prolonged exposure to TV violence as a kid made him value human life less.

A defense like this abrogates personal responsibility, something that Sam Waterston just can't allow.

In real life Andrew Cunanan never lived for a trial preferring to take his own life as law enforcement closed in. God only knows had he taken his chances with the criminal justice system what might the outcome have been.

Hey, Twinkies worked for Dan White.

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