Law & Order (1990–2010)
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A teenager confesses to shooting a classmate, but claims it was an accident. Detectives also discover that he was responsible for a similar shooting two years earlier, but the records are sealed.


Daniel Sackheim


Dick Wolf (created by), Rene Balcer (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Sorvino ... Phil Cerreta
Chris Noth ... Mike Logan
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Michael Moriarty ... Ben Stone
Richard Brooks ... Paul Robinette
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
Tom Mason ... Ian Maser
Michael Constantine ... Dan Barnett
Lizbeth MacKay ... Pamela Maser
Carolyn McCormick ... Dr. Elizabeth Olivet
Harley Cross ... Jamie Maser
P.J. Barry P.J. Barry ... Range Owner
Christine Farrell Christine Farrell ... Forensics Tech Arlene Shrier
MacIntyre Dixon MacIntyre Dixon ... Merrill
Ben Hammer ... Judge Frank Markman


Cerretta and Logan investigate the murder of a school boy who's found shot in the head in an abandoned factory. It soon leads them to a prep school student (Harley Cross), who's had a history with guns thanks in part to his father's upbringing. Written by danny gonzalez

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Release Date:

11 February 1992 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Based on the Rod Matthews case. In 1986, Rod Matthews a 14-year-old boy in Massachusetts planned and carried out the premeditated bludgeoning death of a classmate, 14-year-old Shaun Ouillette. For months Matthews bragged to other classmates that he wanted to know what it would be liked to kill someone after having watched the film "Faces of Death". Matthews later told his friends he had picked Ouillette because he had no friends and invited him over to play pool, then Mathews suggested that they go to the woods to build a fort. But then Matthews instead took him into an abandoned warehouse and told Ouillette that he planned to set off some fireworks there. However, when they arrived Mathews attacked Ouillette with a baseball bat. Matthews then bragged to his friends and showed some of them Ouillette's body threatening them if they told anyone. During the Police investigation into Ouillette's disappearance, all evidence pointed to Matthews. During three separate police interviews, he denied having any knowledge of Ouillette's whereabouts till eventually in a fourth interview, he admitted that Ouillette had come to his house, but indicated that the missing boy had run away from home. Meanwhile one of Matthews friends who had seen Ouillette's dead body had written an anonymous tip to the police. Acting on this tip, investigators found Ouillette's body and arrested Mathews who went to trial and was found guilty. See more »


The forensic technician describes the handgun found at the crime to Logan and Ceretta. There's no reason for her to do this as they were at the crime and almost discovered the weapon or saw it. as it was being processed for evidence. See more »

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A very disturbed young man
3 November 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The finding of a dead body by some kids brings Paul Sorvino and Chris Noth to the scene at a deserted waterfront warehouse. The body is that of a teen not much older than the youths who found him.

One other thing is found. A large caliber pistol on the edge of a pier where the perpetrator tried to fling it in the water. It has an owner Tom Mason who has a son Harley Cross, a very disturbed young man.

The parents are divorced and Mason has custody. It also turns out that there was another similar incident a few years back.

Justice is going to be hard to come by here. A combination of the father's wealth and sealed records which have to be obtained.

Cross gives a fascinating performance that makes one hearken back to the classic film The Bad Seed. He truly is one, but this seed got nurtured and developed in his father's house.

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