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"Law & Order: Criminal Intent" Baggage (2003)

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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

Not "Liberal Man-Bashing" but based on a true story.

8/10
Author: ebrown2112 from Freehold, NJ
1 June 2009

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"Baggage" contains an intricate, twisty plot. At first, the victim's murder seems to have been motivated by her filing a sexual harassment suit against her co-workers, until Goren & Eames find that the victim had discovered an identity fraud scheme. But the killer's true motive goes even deeper.

As for claims of "liberal man-bashing", this episode is based on the Susan Taraskiewicz case. Susan was a Northwest Airlines baggage supervisor who kept a diary detailing the sexual harassment she suffered at the hands of coworkers. She was last seen on September 13, 1992 when she left Logan International Airport. Thirty hours later, her body was found inside the trunk of her car outside an auto body shop in Revere, Massachusetts. After an FBI team declared that the murder required two or three people, the investigation focused upon Northwest Airlines workers who had sexually harassed and physically threatened Taraskiewicz, who was a ramp supervisor. The same workers were engaged in a credit card theft ring, and before her death, at least one worker had claimed to others that Taraskiewicz was a snitch. Her murder remains unsolved. It is not "liberal man-bashing", despite what some believe.

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2 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Excess Baggage

6/10
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States
30 August 2011

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An airline baggage handler is getting harassed or grief or both from two fellow workers who are goons. She threatens to have them fired if they don't shape up. On her way home, her car stalls and she winds up being discovered in the trunk of her car the next morning - beaten to a pulp.

The story turns out to be about resentment of her getting a promotion and a bias by one of the people that is deep enough to make him kill her. The murder also reveals a credit card scam, and that winds up a bigger case than the murder as the locals have to call the FBI in.

The show ends with a couple of "The trouble with men is....." Funny, but I never seem to hear on Law & Order, "The trouble with women is....." Folks, it works both ways.

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