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The detectives try to determine why a social worker was killed with a lye bomb, and whether it has anything to do with a Catholic saint.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Betty Bennett
Richard Sullivan
Louise Politano
Judge Walton
Ruth Maleczech ...
James Bennett
Timothy Doyle ...
Sean Sullivan
Charlotte Booker ...
Edward Hajj ...
Blaine Devlin (as Edward A. Hajj)
Remi Sandri ...
Abel Keller


The detectives try to determine why a social worker was killed with a lye bomb, and whether it has anything to do with a Catholic saint.

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14 March 2004 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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This episode seems inspired by the case of forger and murderer Mark Hofmann, who falsified historical Mormon documents and then "discovered" and sold said documents back to the church. After selling the church documents that supposedly proved Mormon Church founder Joseph Smith had practiced black magic (and swearing he'd given them the only copy), Hofmann leaked the story to the press so as to shame Smith and expose the cover-up. Hofmann eventually murdered two people, confessed to both the killings and multiple forgeries, and is currently serving life in prison. See more »


Detective Alexandra Eames: One fake miracle, two real deaths.
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Fascinating Episode
8 September 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Stephen Colbert gives the performance of a lifetime in this riveting episode of Law and Order: Criminal Intent. The direction by veteran Law and Order favorite Frank Prinzi is taut, suspenseful, and creative, giving this entry in the series a special excitement. Lois Smith is especially fascinating in the role of the mother who has driven her son to extremes with her fanatical devotion to religion. Kathryn Erbe is always underrated and should receive particular mention for her marvelous portrayal of Detective Alex Eames. Overshadowed by Vincent D'Onofrio, Ms. Erbe deserves far more credit than she's received for her superb work over the course of the entire series.

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