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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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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"Svengali" is derived from the 1894 novel "Trilby" by George L. Du Maurier; it refers to the character Svengali, a hypnotist who helps Trilby O'Ferrall, the title character, become a famous singer. As a metaphor, the word has since come to refer to one who has a hypnotic, manipulative control over another individual or a collective group of people. See more »

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TARU Tech Ruben Morales: You guys'll want to see this. I ran your crime scene image through symbol recognition software and got Venus De Milo. And that's the inspiration for these, which I got off the Internet.
Elliot Stabler: All these were created by Robert Morten? He's doing eight life terms in Sing Sing, no parole.
TARU Tech Ruben Morales: Then it's a copycat. Someone who's into Morten's artwork.
Elliot Stabler: Tina Snow's arm's tied behind her. She resembles the Venus De Milo.
Detective Olivia Benson: Morten tortured his victims for twelve hours. That means if this guy's serious about copying ...
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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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