Law & Order (1990–2010)
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An arson at an Hispanic social club that killed 53 people is related to a powerful Cuban, an INS agent, and the sale of fake green cards.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Stone
José Pérez ...
Roberto Diaz
Lisa Emery ...
Katrina Van Brocklen
Victor Campos ...
Domingo Guerra
Patrick Monahan
Kristen Cameron, Head Nurse
James Collins
Gil Rogers ...
Raul Aranas ...
Oscar Vergilio


Based on a real life event that happened in 1990. Ceretta and Logan investigate the fire of a social club where illegal immigrants frequented. With over 50 people killed in the blaze, the pressure is on both Ceretta and Logan to find clues as to why it happened, who was behind it and where will it lead? Written by danny gonzalez

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26 November 1991 (USA)  »

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Based on the The Happy Land Social Club Fire caused by Cuban refugee Julio González. On March 25, 1990, Julio Gonzalez poured a gallon of gasoline at the only exit to an illegal social club, which resulted in the deaths of 87 people in the Bronx. The few who survived jumped through the flames, one of whom was the intended victim of the crime - Gonzalez' girlfriend, Lydia Feliciano. See more »


Collins should be charged with 53 counts of murder in the first degree, not murder in the second degree. In most states premeditated murder is charged as first degree murder, however in New York it is usually charged as aggravated murder in the second degree. In New York the charge of murder in the first degree is reserved for very specific types of murder, the most common being the murder of a police officer. If a murder is committed during the commission of, or in furtherance of certain crimes, like arson in the first degree, then it becomes murder in the first degree. See more »


[viewing bodies of people killed in a fire]
Det. Mike Logan: I've never seen this many. You?
Sgt. Phil Cerreta: Not in civilian life.
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Remade as Law & Order: UK: Paradise (2009) See more »

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A considerable risk
7 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

I well remember the social club fire in New York City that inspired this episode. Unlike that real life tragedy this involved a lot more than some poor mook's jealousy.

As Fire Marshal Robert Hogan say this was a professionally done job and the method used involves a considerable risk to one's person. In fact the arsonist came real close to dying himself. Luis Guzman plays the luckless arsonist who had considerable injuries and saw not a dime of his promised payment.

This social club has a considerable following among Central American immigrants, legal and illegal. That was why the place was targeted.

All I can say is that it really takes one coldblooded fish of a human being to perpetrate this kind of tragedy as a form of intimidation.

Michael Moriarty and Richard Brooks build a case that has some considerable corruption uncovered. This is one time you are glad to see the bad guys arrested and exposed.

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