A man is accused of raping and killing his girlfriend's sister and another victim. Prosecutors make a deal with the girlfriend for her testimony against the accused, but they also suspect that she was a willing participant in the murders.

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Laura Kendrick
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Briscoe and Green investigate the murder of two teenage girls, one of whom is found wrapped in plastic sheeting in a house under renovation. She was raped and strangled and also had a high level of the drug GHB in her system. When they learn that one of the victim's sister, Laura Kendrick, is also in New York they begin a frantic search eventually finding her in the hospital, beaten and drugged. She points the finger at her boyfriend, Peter Williams, who may in fact be responsible for a number of brutal rapes and murders. It appears that Kendrick may have been also been involved in the assaults but she claims Williams forced her to participate. In order to get a conviction, Jack McCoy agrees to a plea bargain with a minimum in return for her testimony but then learns that he may have made a deal with the devil. Written by garykmcd

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Some viewers will undoubtedly recognize the plot being based on the true story of the "Barbie & Ken Killers", Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo (AKA Scarborough Rapist). Homolka and Bernardo were arrested in 1993. In 1995, Bernardo was convicted of the two teenagers' murders and received life in prison and a dangerous offender designation, the full maximum sentence allowed in Canada. During the 1993 investigation, Homolka stated to investigators that Bernardo had abused her, and that she had been an unwilling accomplice to the murders. As a result, she struck a deal with prosecutors for a reduced prison sentence of 12 years in exchange for a guilty plea for manslaughter. Homolka scored 5/40 on the Psychopathy Checklist, in contrast to Bernardo's 35/40. However, videotapes of the crimes were later found that demonstrated that she was a more active participant than she had claimed. As a result, the deal that she had struck with prosecutors was dubbed in the Canadian press the "Deal with the Devil". Public outrage about Homolka's plea deal continued until her high-profile release from prison in 2005. See more »

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When Laura Kendrick is recorded asking about her bracelet, the video played later is an alternative take. See more »

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Detective Lennie Briscoe: I guess there's no point in asking...
Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers: Indication of brutal sexual penetration both vaginally and anally. Bad news, no semen.
Detective Ed Green: Condom?
Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers: Douche.
Detective Ed Green: No DNA.
Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers: I didn't say that. This girl fought back. Got his flesh under her fingernails. I sent it for DNA typing.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: So he douched them but he forgot to clean under their nails?
Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers: No, he didn't forget. He just didn't get it all.
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References Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) See more »

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Perverted, Twisted.
26 December 2015 | by (Deming, New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

A couple of dead girls show up with evidence of sexual and physical abuse and drugs pumped into their systems. A young man (Peter Ball) is suspected of having committed similar pecadilloes before and when his current girlfriend (Ellen Pompeo), a sister of one of the dead girls, winds up in the hospital battered and bruised, Ball is scooped up by Detectives Jerry Orbach and Jesse Martin.

Polaroid photos show up indicating that Pompeo herself was involved in a threesome -- or, if you include Peter Ball, a foursome I guess. It develops that Pompeo was pimping for her sister and the other victim and one of the girls died by accident, so the other one had to be killed. That seems to stretch the concept of group sex a bit too far for me, but things happen.

I hope this is clear because, as usual, there are meanders that leave oxbow lakes behind. Essentially, Ball and Pompeo together have abused and killed two innocent girls, one of them Pompeo's young sister. Pompeo had willing sex with the others while Ball took pics, and then he ravaged them and killed them.

The evidence is conclusive and Ball is in a vice. Okay, so he's a sadist, a rapist, and a murderer, but the real culprit here is his blond main squeeze, Ellen Pompeo, who did for Ball what Catherine did for her husband, Sebastian Venable, in "Suddenly Last Summer." Pompeo is by far the most interesting character. She apparently enjoyed bringing girls to Ball. She eagerly involved herself in the sex games. She went one on one with her drugged out younger sister and later permitted her to be murdered. In the middle of this investigations, with everyone harried, she asks with manifest serenity, "If the police are finished with the apartment, can they tell me if they found a pair of my red earring?" The term "psychopath" is flung around too loosely but when shrinks use it among themselves they know what it means -- and it applies here.

Of the two miscreants, Ball isn't much of an actor and with his muscular neck, hefty jaw, and boyish good looks, he seems to have just graduate from prep school and gotten a football scholarship to Columbia. But Ellen Pompeo is perfectly cast. She's a decent actress and has one of those faces that could go either way, rather like Rosamund Pike. Pretty, yes, but possibly venomous.

Of course each of the criminals blames the other, but the righteous Assistant DA McCoy solves the problem by a kind of trickery that I won't describe.


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