A murder/attempted suicide investigation leads to a religious cult that promotes pedophilia, but finding charges that will stick to the group's leader proves to be difficult.

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Richard 'Daniel' Ranson
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A murder/attempted suicide investigation leads to a religious cult that promotes pedophilia, but finding charges that will stick to the group's leader proves to be difficult.

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30 March 2005 (USA)  »

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Richard 'Daniel' Ranson: Taking a human life was the hardest thing I've ever done.
[chuckles bitterly]
Richard 'Daniel' Ranson: not that it made any difference. I'll never escape the past. I know that now. Thanks for trying. Goodbye.
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Creepy Cult Den Mother
7 February 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This Law And Order episodes finds Dennis Farina and Jesse Martin responding to a brutal stabbing in which any one of the wounds would have been fatal. But after that her throat was slit. Some real rage was involved here. After that though the perpetrator was found clinging to life after a suicide attempt.

The perpetrator is young Austin Lysy who pleads guilty to manslaughter, but wow does this kid have extenuating circumstances. He's an escapee of a cult in which sex with very minor children is encouraged and almost mandatory. The woman he killed had sex with him when he was six. And the woman in charge of the cult is Lysy's mother Deborah Hedwall.

Watch this episode I guarantee she will creep you out as few other perpetrators on Law And Order ever did. What's so creepy about her is outward upper middle class respectability. Her actions and appearance don't compute and this worries Sam Waterston and Annie Parisse.

Also David Thornton who made many appearances on SVU makes his one and only appearance on Law And Order prime as Hedwall's attorney. Thornton seems to have taken out a patent on playing smarmy, shyster, defense lawyers. It's almost fitting that he be defending Hedwall. He doesn't do it for love though as his designer suits will attest and the cult is well financed.

This is one perpetrator for whom jail is too good.


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