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Here's one of those types of stories often popping up on Law & Order's other hit show, SVU, and it concerns a Serbian war criminal, now a "collector" who is called on by bookies to kidnap the families of clients who fail to pay up. Lucas Colter(James Colby)owed someone money for getting behind on payments(he was embezzling his companies funds), with his wife and daughters kidnapped by Simon Matic(Ritchie Coaster). Simon rapes Lucas' daughter while holding her captive and this motivates Eames and Goren to catch him before he does it to someone else's teenage girl. A tattoo and Stockholmes Syndrome play into how Simon will be either caught or not, as the rape victim, Maggie(Stephi Lineburg), holds inside her rage, with Goren hoping to pull that out of her so he can give a positive identification of Simon. Rape is never a comfortable topic explored, but its potent subject matter all the same. We see how a father's ill decisions in regards to money can forever scar his family, and the atrocities of the Serbian army against innocent women of their country are brought to the forefront in particularly haunting episode.
This particular episode of Criminal Intent is one sad commentary on the
human condition. There's only one real villain in this story, Ritchie
Coaster who is a Serbian refugee and in the wars that followed the
breakup of Yugoslavia in the Nineties the armies used a rape as a
weapon of war. Now that it's peace time Coaster still takes pleasure in
his work as an enforcer for loan sharks.
I can't go into this whole story because it involves the kidnapping of a yuppie's family and what happens in their incarceration. No one comes out looking good here and no one really wants to cooperate with Major Case for their own reasons. Even the person who originally alerted the police backs down.
To see how justice gets done here is to see Vincent D'Onofrio at his eccentric best.
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