Law & Order: Season 7, Episode 18

Mad Dog (4 Apr. 1997)

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A serial rapist recently granted parole against Jack's wishes is a suspect in a new rape and murder. Detectives can't get enough evidence to charge him, so Jack orders detectives to trail and harass him.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Munro (as David Wolos-Fonteno)
Dan Frazer ...
Hon. J. McLellan
Janeane Darnell


Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the rape and murder of a young woman, Teresa Perez, who was found dead in her bed by her mother. They check out her boyfriend but he has a solid alibi. They're not even sure how the killer got into the building until they find a connecting duct with the building next door. The medical examiner can provide little forensic evidence but ADA McCoy is certain the perpetrator is Lewis Darnell, a convicted serial rapist who was recently released on parole in spite of his personal intervention at the parole hearing. With little evidence to go on, McCoy gets the police to harass Darnell - 24 hour surveillance, multiple searches of his home and workplace - in the hopes of getting him to break down and confess. Written by garykmcd

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Can a sex offender be reformed, or is he permanently damaged goods?
4 January 2011 | by (United States NYC) – See all my reviews

Veteran actor Burt Young ("Rocky," "The Sopranos," etc.) plays Mr. Darnell, a recently paroled violent sex offender. Now working and reconciled with his adult daughter, Darnell is the prime suspect in the rape and murder of a teenaged girl. D.A. Jack McCoy and company are in a race against time to get a civil commitment under the Mental Hygiene Law while investigators work to gather enough evidence to convict the suspect.

The question is, Is Darnell cured of his violent sexual proclivities? Or does he remain the same mad dog criminal the state put away years before?

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