The attempted suicide of a 14-year-old girl leads to her family, promiscuity, and her regression to a child.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong)
Justine Caputo ...
Jill Marie Lawrence ...
Leslie Ayvazian ...
Judge Susan Valdera
Anna Berger ...
Karen's Grandmother


The attempted suicide of a 14-year-old girl leads to her family, promiscuity, and her regression to a child.

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6 December 2002 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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The subway station in the opening scene is meant to be West 4th Street (according to the large sign). A passenger also identifies an approaching train as the C, which does stop at West 4th. However, the train is actually the N (according to its logo), and the real subway station is Church Street according to the tiling on the walls. See more »


Detective Olivia Benson: No wonder she's not talking. Her rapist lives right next door.
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Chelsea Doe
9 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

This particular SVU story marks one of the strangest perpetrators they ever encountered. They also get to close the coldest kind of cold case.

Tamara Tunie comes in for some big kudos here. The medical examiner notices a similarity in the pattern of restraint marks on a living victim whose case they just catch and those of on the torso that was found in the Hudson River a few years ago. No head, no limbs, just a torso that was found off the Chelsea piers and hence named Chelsea Doe.

The living victim is teen age Rachel Bella, daughter of Titus Welliver and Cynthia Ettinger. At first glance these people look like a normal happy family. But we gradually learn what a sickie Welliver is and how his warped values are imparted to his family.

And we learn who Chelsea Doe was and how she met her end. I can't say more, this is one to see for yourselves.

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