The murder of a homeless worker leads to the discovery of seven murdered homeless men, and a mechanic who'll do anything for the woman he loves.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Vicki Hale
Kenny Miles
Paul Lazar ...
Rosemary De Angelis ...
Melanie (as Rosemary DeAngelis)
Angel Caban ...
T.J. Edwards ...
Lee (as Jason Edwards)


The murder of a homeless worker leads to the discovery of seven murdered homeless men, and a mechanic who'll do anything for the woman he loves.

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31 October 2004 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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In the Dark is very close to the case of Ray Copeland. He would hire homeless men to work on his farm, get them to buy cattle at auctions with bad checks, and then he would kill them and bury them all over his farm. See more »


Detective Robert Goren: Cat got your tongue?
[indicating one of several body parts in the anatomy lab]
Detective Robert Goren: Because there's an extra one here.
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References Mister Magoo (1960) See more »

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Dementia Makes For A Disturbing Episode
17 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those 'Criminal Intent" episodes that leaves you with a bad taste, a frown on your face when it's over. To be honest, I didn't quite get all of the story, but I think I have it. Like an old Charlie Chan film, it was wrapped up with all the facts in the final few minutes and not easy to digest them all.

In a nutshell, it was about a middle-aged woman with dementia pretending she had a baby, or that it was still inside her (confusing) and a boyfriend she was with who apparently believed she had a now-32-year-old kid somewhere but also committed nine murders of homeless people, all to show her love for her (I didn't get that part) and to sell off body parts for money. Why all of this happened, you'll have to watch. Maybe you'll understand it all better than I did. The title to this episode is appropriate, because that's what I was: "In The Dark." All I know is that it's a very disturbing ending when everything is revealed.

Along the way we get another plug for abortion, something Law & Order does a couple of times each season. It's mentioned twice in here about the years before Roe vs. Wade being "the dark ages." Law & Order, and the spin off series such as this one, routinely inserting its Liberal political agenda. It's shameful they don't stick entirely to the crime story.

We also get to see an actor who was very visible in the 1970s and 1080s: Geoffrey Lewis, who was about 70 when he filmed this TV episode. He plays "Butch." Lewis played a lot of wacky characters in both film and a number of TV series. He was in several Clint Eastwood box-office successes back in the late '70s. Younger people might know his daughter, Juliette, who has played some sleazy-but-always fascinating role. She was the infamous "Mallory" in "Natural Born Killers." To her credit, she's turned to theater the last couple of years where she finds some of the best actors, actresses and directors.

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