Goren and Eames investigate the death of a magazine publisher and a brilliant scam involving a sick child no one has seen.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Barb Windemere
Remak Ramsay ...
Doug Lafferty
Matthew Sussman ...
David Cantler
Toby Windemere
Mr. Green
Christine Wilkes
Philip LeStrange ...
Detective Abramson
Jerry Lafferty
Carol Lafferty
Guiesseppe Jones ...
Len Jenkins
Victor Truro ...


Goren and Eames investigate the death of a magazine publisher and a brilliant scam involving a sick child no one has seen.

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28 April 2002 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Towards the beginning of the story detectives enter the house of the murdered victim finding a laptop. The detective says the files are gone because the computer was "defragged". That is factually incorrect. Defragmenting a computer actually rearranges parts of computer files across the sectors of the hard drive making access to files faster. It does not wipe out files. Reformatting a hard drive removes the Windows directory telling Windows where the files are leaving the files intact but difficult to access and find. Performing a Gutman Pass, or "overwriting" files makes them unreadable. Encrypting the drive would make the files completely inaccessible. See more »

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Really interesting episode!
19 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

I watched this episode because I heard it was based on the Night Listener/Anthony Godby Johnson story, about a sick teen who overcame a childhood of abuse and wrote a memoir based on this, becoming very popular yet never meeting anybody. As it was adapted to fit the "Criminal Intent" story lines, a murder was added to the story - a donor to the fund of the sick child who had been hoping to finally meet with the child (who in this story was a girl named Erika). It doesn't take the team long to ask the question - does Erika actually exist? People become polarised into "believers" and "non-believers", hence the concept of "faith". And how far do people go to defend their faith?

This is one awesome idea for a story, and it was pretty cool how everything played out. To add to the amazing story and the show brought in a lot of interesting characters. And, the detectives and the regular cast are very good too. A slight twist was able to be introduced towards the end. It was all very clever and really gripping viewing. I highly recommend this episode particularly if you enjoyed the "Night Listener" book (or recent film).

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