Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the murder of a building janitor Greg Franklin who is found shot to death in his apartment. Franklin was relatively new in that particular job and had previously worked as the night janitor at a local university for 9 years. The autopsy shows that the bullets used had been treated with fulminate of mercury and the evidence leads them to a student, Alan Sawyer who eventually confesses to the crime. When Alan tells them voices told him to kill Franklin as the janitor was a 600 year-old Templar knight they learn he is schizophrenic and the question becomes whether he should be committed. Alan was part of a study run by psychiatrist Christian Varick who it seems is more interested in keeping his grant money coming in than the health of those in the study group. Written by
Did You Know?
In the chemistry lab, when Jamie is interviewing Jill, one of the magazines in the wall rack is the March 1995 issue of Playgirl with Scott Bakula
on the cover. For those who read the articles in Playgirl, that issue also offers the opportunity to "Read The Unauthorized Biography That's Making Whitney Houston
Sing The Blues". See more
In the chemistry lab on the college campus where Jamie is interview the lab scientist, a copy of "Playgirl" is prominently displayed in a magazine wall rack -- a rather peculiar anomaly. See more
Det. Lennie Briscoe
[after hearing Sawyer confess to killing Franklin
Why? What did Franklin ever do to you?
He was a knight templar. He was 600 years old. He told me he was trying to kill me.
Detective Rey Curtis
Who said that?
King Philip and Pope Clement.
Remade as Law & Order: UK: Trial