Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 9, Episode 6

Svengali (6 Nov. 2007)

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A grisly murder scene at the bottom of an elevator shaft leads SVU detectives to a group of individuals who are under the spell of a charismatic, imprisoned serial killer.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Munch (credit only)
Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong) (credit only)
Dr. Melinda Warner (credit only)
Robert Morten
Cecilia Strayer
Harrison Thomas
Edgar Rabinowicz
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A grisly murder scene at the bottom of an elevator shaft leads SVU detectives to a group of individuals who are under the spell of a charismatic, imprisoned serial killer.

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Morton is depicted as being similar in personality to the infamous fictional serial killer Hannibal Lecter. There is also a reference to the author of the Hannibal series (Thomas Harris) in the author/artist of the comic books (Harrison Thomas). See more »


A.D.A. Casey Novak: [Novak approaches Morton as he leaves the courthouse in chains] Well, you were great.
Robert Morten: Did you like it? Bet you didn't know what was gonna happen next.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: You put on quite a show. You got her off - she's going to a psych ward.
Robert Morten: Is that a frown on your pretty face?
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Actually, I think Cecilia is going exactly where she belongs. And so are you.
Robert Morten: [smirking] You're backing out on the deal.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: No, you're being transferred to a federal prison.
Robert Morten: [looking surprised] I thought you'd be a sore loser.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: [smiling smugly] ...
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References The Silence of the Lambs (1991) See more »

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Weird Right of Passage
7 January 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This SVU episode deals with the squad investigating the murder of a young woman found in an elevator shaft of a building with signs of sexual assault. Even if it's not sexual in nature the squad usually on this show sticks with the case. As it is it's sexual in nature only the broadest sense possible in this story.

The investigation leads to a cult following of an imprisoned serial killer played with menace by Jared Harris. In some weird rite of passage, young Shannon Woodward kills another of the cult members.

This comes down to a battle of wits between ADA Diane Neal and Harris whom she might have to call as a witness. Like Hannibal Lecter or the real life Charles Manson just how much room do you have to negotiate here with a man already serving several life sentences without possibility of parole?

All I can say is, you'd be surprised what can be negotiated in this situation.

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