Law & Order (1990–2010)
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A pair of feuding siblings who share ownership of a building are suspects in the murder of one of their tenants, because she may have been the only person keeping them from selling the building for millions of dollars.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Lennie Briscoe
... Ed Green
... Anita Van Buren
... Jack McCoy
... Serena Southerlyn
... Nora Lewin
... Martha Taylor
... Stefan Havel
George Demas ... Charles Braden
... Roberto Ramos
... Havel's Lawyer
... Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
... Anne Paulsen (as Glynnis O'Conner)
... Judge Morris Torledsky
... Judge Antonia Mellon


When a woman is found murdered just outside her apartment, initially the police suspect the building's handy man because apparently she gave him $5000 and they suspect he wanted more. But when he is cleared, they learn that she was living in a rent controlled apartment and that the owner wants to sell the building and the woman who was killed was keeping her from doing so. When they find a pair of bloody shears, they arrest her. But when she testifies before the grand jury and claims that she's unable to have done it, they refuse to indict. McCoy tries to find another way to get her and they learn that the building manager is the co-owner and her brother. They eventually learn that he and the murdered woman were involved. But the man claims he is estranged from his sister. Written by

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31 October 2001 (USA)  »

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Detective Ed Green: [reading complaints Martha Taylor filed against her tenants] Claimed the tenant left a stale cake and used tea bags on her doorstep.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: Oh, call in the SWAT Team.
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There is some strange karma going on in that building, Jack.
12 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

Two maintenance men discovered an old lady dead on the stairwell. Briscoe thought she might be a tramp, due to her looking, but she actually lived in the building, a classy place in a fancy neighborhood. Police interviewed the unpleasant super and his stepsister (a woman who recently suffered from a stroke that lead her unable to use properly her right hand) who owned a dress shop downstairs. Even if they're relatives, they haven't spoken each other for over thirty years. The prime suspect was a janitor close to the victim, but the knife found at his disposal was not the murder weapon, that was actually a pair of scissors. The strange thing detectives have realized since the beginning is how could a canteen laborer like the victim have afforded an apartment like this. Too many secrets are hidden inside the block and many people wanted the woman out of the building, even a real estate agent.

An Hitchcock like episode, where for three times policemen and lawyers were sure to find the right perp and the last was the lucky one. Very useful in the investigation was the Asian employee (Mary Ann Hu) at the dress shop.

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