A journalist who hosts a program that exposes predators gets a disturbing package from a stalker, but it may also help her find the person who kidnapped her sister 25 years ago, with the help of detective Benson and Sonya Paxton.

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When Alicia Harding, host of the television series "Neighborhood Predator," begins to receive personal threats, her life-long pursuit to find her sister's abductor emerges. Detectives Olivia Benson and Odafin "Fin" Tutola are joined in the investigation by ADA Sonya Paxton, who may be too involved in the case. As Harding thinks she is getting close to the truth, another's life hangs in the balance. Written by NBC Publicity

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In 2014, Debra Messing began starring in the series The Mysteries of Laura (2014), which, until its cancellation in 2016, was SVU's lead-in program. See more »

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Alicia Harding: I guess I don't have the stomach for this anymore. I spend 25 years looking for this piece of garbage, and he gets a gym membership and cable TV, and his victims get to rot in the ground.
Olivia Benson: Well at least you have closure, their families don't, or did you already forget what that feels like?
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Made me think of Zodiac and EAR/ONS...
18 September 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

...because it deals with someone whose sister was abducted 25 years before and is presumed dead, with the perpetrator and the girl's remains never having been found. Debra Messing guest stars as TV producer Alicia Harding, sister of the abducted girl, who now hosts a show that sets internet traps for predators looking to have sex with minors and is then waiting at the house with a TV crew to out them when they show up. She also spends her spare time looking for her sister's killer. And then she is surprised when she suddenly starts getting nasty anonymous emails and souvenirs such as her own lucky handkerchief dipped in blood.

At first the SVU squad thinks it is one of the men that Alicia has outed, especially after they find out she has been doctoring tapes, at least in one case, to make a concerned man who can't get the police interested in the online underage hookups and shows up himself to tell the little girl to knock it off, instead is broadcast as a predator by the show, thus ruining his life. But he is eliminated as a suspect. Plus somebody emails Alicia a picture of the last place her sister was seen alive. It is a park in Maryland, and six bodies are found there. So as unlikely as it is, maybe it is the killer coming out of hiding after 25 years, making himself vulnerable to arrest. Or maybe some enemy of Alicia pretending to be him - the SVU squad thinks that after all of these years the original killer would be dead or in jail. Or could it be Alicia, having a psychotic break after 25 years of searching and getting nowhere? Watch and find out.

This was broadcast in 2011, and the cops mention how at the time the sister disappeared they were in the infancy of being able to effectively hunt serial killers with no known connection to their victims, because such people hardly existed before the 1970s. It made me think of Zodiac and EAR/ONS, both killers in California with no known connection to their victims, never caught. Are they dead? Or did the growing sophistication of police procedures cause them to stop? And what gets somebody with all of that hate in them to just be able to stop? Questions we may never have the answer to, but I thought about them while watching this one.


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