An investigation into a horse swindling scheme escalates into a murder investigation when one of the accused's possible victims--his ex fiancée--disappears.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Schiff
Lyle Christopher
James Linde
Richard Brandson
Maureen Moore ...
Judith Grayson
Lisby Larson ...
Susan Merriman
Mrs. Fairchild
William Severs ...
Judge Henry Fillmore


Detectives Briscoe and Curtis are called to what they're told is a murder only to get there and find the victim is an expensive show horse. Curtis thinks it's a waste of time but Lt. Van Buren insists they investigate the possibility of insurance fraud. The horse was owned by Richard Brandson and the investigation leads him to his associate Lyle Christopher who has a history of being sued by former clients. When they try to locate one those dissatisfied customers, Ruth Thomas, they learn she was supposed to be on a three month cruise. She never made it to the cruise ship and the police and the ADAs are convinced Christopher he killed her. Without a body and a generally weak case, Executive ADA McCoy is going to have to play with an ace up his sleeve. Written by garykmcd

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Did You Know?


"Corpus delicti" is Latin for "body of the crime", and refers to the legal principle that a crime must be proven to have occurred before someone can be convicted of committing the crime. See more »


When the detectives finish shooting at the firing range, they take off their hearing protection while still in the range. A police officer would not remove his hearing protection until after leaving the range. See more »


Tibor Nichols: [Accused of electrocuting horses] Trust me, sir. The horses don't feel a thing.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: I'd like to shoot 120 volts through his rectum and see what he says then.
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References Mister Ed (1958) See more »

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"We're not the horse police"
22 April 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In the first few episodes that Benjamin Bratt did as Detective Rey Curtis on Law And Order he was a bit headstrong for both S. Epatha Merkersen and Jerry Orbach. Case in point is he and Orbach being sent on a call for a dead horse the owner is convinced was murdered. Bratt says loud and long that they're not the horse police, but Orbach given that he likes the sport of kings is intrigued.

Actually it turns out that the horse was murdered and the investigation leads to a horse trainer who calls in a horse hit man to do such services, but Frank Converse as the trainer has that as only part of his persona. You see he's killed a society matron he was romancing, but who caught on to him. Problem is that her friends and neighbors think she's on a long planned for cruise around the world and Converse has disposed of the body.

What to do. Either they try Converse without a body on murder or they try him on some fraud cases and leave him on ice while they build a case. In any event Sam Waterston decides to go for broke. In the end though Converse might just get away with it.

Usually Law And Order episodes are diligently researched, but I think that double jeopardy will attach no matter how it comes down.

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