In New York a hooded serial killer blindfolds and shoots, then stabs victims which seem to have nothing in common. The profiling team concludes that the cab driver could only be killed after thorough preparation. His latest attack is a priest, accused but cleared in court of child abuse. After this incident he lets a female witness escape to a church, suggesting that the setting is essential to his ritual. It turns out all the victims were acquitted or got the charges dropped. The killer turns out to be a vigilante who stabs his guilty victims in a 'poetically just' organ, probably continuing on the theme of a first crime against a perpetrator whose victim he once was. Gideon thinks it may be a cop, but can't scare off the NYPD from collaborating, and indeed the next victim is a double cop-killer. All victims have been on trial in one single court-house. Crime newspaper reporter Lance Wagner gets incredibly precise scoops every time. After shooting in panic an undercover cop in the ... Written by
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In 1976, Rupert Murdoch purchased the New York Post and it was the Post under his management that sensationalized the Son of Sam murders during the summer of 1977. The same Son of Sam frequently cited in this episode in regards to press coverage (from the New York Quest in this episode) and mass panic. See more
After the killing of the priest in the church, Jason Gideon puts on a rubber glove before touching the knife blade in the head of the victim. As Gideon puts on the glove he clearly rips it accidentally. In the next closeup of Gideon's hand, the glove is without tear. See more
Woman on the Street #4
They only killed him cause they were afraid no jury would convict him.
References Taxi Driver
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