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Step into adulthood
bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York
19 December 2014
When I first saw the opening of this SVU episode I thought it was going
to be based on the Eigil Vesti homicide. The shot of one leather masked
figure leaving the scene and another inside a deserted apartment house
dead on a mat made me think. Of course the real story was bad enough,
but what it led to was something quite different.
The dead body used to be a high school kid who did some extreme martial
arts fighting for exhibit on line. The one who filmed it Dan Leonard
brought the tape into the squad and got at least one local pedophile
off that Benson and Stabler were zeroing in on.
On the periphery of all this is a kind of groupie girl hanging out with
the teen combatants. Misti Traya gets the center of their attention
when Leonard is killed and the thought with Diane Neal prosecuting the
case is that Traya did it to protect her secret. Not only was she using
an alias but she was 28 years old and still in high school and foster
This story is truly tragic. For whatever reasons and I've known a few
in my life, that is people who just don't want to step into adulthood.
They like to be teens forever and in her case she found foster care so
satisfying that she wouldn't leave. Traya would just pick up and move
to another area and work herself into the system as a homeless youth.
Traya may have issues, but she's not dumb. She pursues a legal strategy
that is quite unorthodox when she's charged with Leonard's murder.
As for her own future, guilty or innocent, it isn't a bright one.
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