A leader of the Atheist movement is kidnapped and murdered despite the ransom paid, and the detectives find a suspect close to home.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mara Hobel ...
April Callaway
Rev. Douglas Callaway
Henry Stram ...
Wayne Callaway
Mitch Godel
Rita Gardner ...
Eleanor Callaway
Michael Luggio ...
Larry Hastings
Ms. Ramone
Krista Apple ...
Ross Haines ...
Detective Riascos
Adam Way ...
Sven Eric
Claude Worrell


A leader of the Atheist movement is kidnapped and murdered despite the ransom paid, and the detectives find a suspect close to home.

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24 October 2004 (USA)  »

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Detective Robert Goren: She didn't believe in Heaven or Hell, so how would she know that the Devil was massaging her neck?
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I had so much hope for this episode.
18 June 2008 | by (http://atheism.community.officelive.com/quotes.aspx) – See all my reviews

This episode is, of course, a fictionalized (i.e., heavily re-written) account of the kidnapping and murder of the former head of American Atheists, an episode from which few except federal law enforcement came out with credits to their name. The institution did not have the best internal controls, and the local cops were of no help. So I thought it'd make a great story in the hands of this capable L&O franchise.

I could not be more wrong. Not only is the writing/plot below average, the writers obviously did not understand atheism at all. Most glaring is the last uttered words, "She didn't believe in heaven or hell, so how could she know that the Devil was doing her hair..." Seriously, that's the best L&O: CI could come up with? A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything. - Friedrich Nietzsche

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