Detectives Briscoe and Logan investigate the murder of David and Eileen Lerner, who were were found stabbed to death in their bed. The killer entered the house through a downstairs window and even used a knife from the kitchen to commit the crime. The Lerners had lived there for only a year, and the police can find no one who disliked or had a grudge against them. When the detectives learn that the house previously belonged to a high-profile divorce attorney, Warren Bartlett, they think a revenge-seeker (not knowing he'd moved) may have been trying to kill him.
Did You Know?
At the time of this episode's filming testimony based on repressed memories recovered under hypnosis were accepted as evidence in a court of law and a lot of people were convicted based on this type of evidence, most of the convictions were for sex crimes. However a multitude of studies since then have shown that using hypnosis to recover repressed memories, especially memories repressed because of a traumatic experience, is an extremely unreliable process. The main flaw found was in the way the questions were asked to the person under hypnosis, a person under hypnosis is in an extremely suggestible state so if the questions had too much detail they suggested the answer. An example being if a psychologist is trying to help a woman recover repressed memories of a childhood sexual assault and while the subject is hypnotized the psychologist asks "when you were 12 years old did your father grope your breasts". Since the subject is in a suggestible state the question would very likely cause the subject to form an image in her mind of herself as a young girl and her father putting his hands on her breasts, then when she is brought out of hypnosis this image she imagined is stored in the part of her brain where long term memories are stored and she forms what is called a false memory, although to her it seems as if the memory is real. After the findings of these studies were made public a number of people that were convicted based on recovered memory testimony appealed their convictions. Since most of these people were convicted at a time when DNA testing was still in the early stages the evidence in their cases was retested using modern methods that could get DNA from samples that were previously too small to test. In the vast majority of these cases the DNA tests exonerated the defendants and as a result the law was changed and testimony based on recovered memories is no longer accepted evidence in a court of law. See more
One of the murder victims was Eileen Lerner. Just before the trial begins, Jack McCoy refers to her as Elizabeth Lerner. Also, the character is listed in the credits as Elizabeth Lerner. See more
References Unsolved Mysteries