Detectives Greevey and Logan investigate the shooting death of Alan Ralston who was killed in his parking garage after returning home from a party. His wife Janet Ralston survived the attack but was injured in the attack. There were many people on the street outside the garage but no one other than a wino will step forward. They do find a crack pipe and the wino identifies Willie Tivnan who admits he was there but didn't see anything. Greevey isn't sure they have the right guy. Willie is definitely a mugger but one who uses a knife and never a gun. As well, the Ralstons stolen credit cards have never been used. When evidence comes out that Janet may be having an affair with her financial advisor Gil Himes, they have another possible motive for the crime. She eventually claims she had nothing to do with the crime and that Himes acted on his own as she broke off their affair. Willie Tivnan provides the information ADA Stone needs to charge Janet with her husband's murder.
Did You Know?
Based on the Charles "Chuck" Stuart case. In 1989, Stuart and his pregnant wife Carol were both shot. Carol Stuart died after her son, Christopher Stewart, was delivered two months early by cesarean section. The infant suffered seizures due to oxygen deprivation and died 17 days later after his father authorized discontinuing life support. The police suspected Willie Bennett (which led to inflamed racial hatred in Boston), but the case fell apart when Charles committed suicide less than three months after the murder on January 4, 1990 by jumping from the Tobin Bridge. His younger brother, Matthew, was able to clear Bennett by making a confession of his own and identified Charles Stuart as the killer. See more
Janet Ralston should not have been convicted, or even charged with conspiracy in the first degree. New York Penal Code § 105.17 states: A person is guilty of conspiracy in the first degree when, with intent that conduct constituting a class A felony be performed, he, being over eighteen years of age, agrees with one or more persons under sixteen years of age to engage in or cause the performance of such conduct. So in other words Mrs. Ralston's co-conspirator would have to of been under the age of 16, which Gil Himes clearly was not. When both conspirators are over the age of 18 and conspire to commit a class A felony they are guilty of conspiracy in the second degree. First degree conspiracy is a class A-1 felony, whereas conspiracy in the second degree is a class B felony, so there is a pretty large difference when it comes to sentencing. See more
Det. Sgt. Maxwell "Max" Greevey
I hate horseback riding. Scares the hell out of me.
Detective Mike Logan
Scary for the horse, too.