At a victim's request, the police commissioner tries to convince Cragen to close a rape case whose statute of limitations is about to expire. Benson and Stabler finally realize that one of ... See full summary »


Constantine Makris


Dick Wolf (created by), Michael R. Perry

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Meloni ... Elliot Stabler (as Chris Meloni)
Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson
Richard Belzer ... John Munch
Michelle Hurd ... Monique Jeffries
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Jenny Bacon ... Jennifer Neal
Judith Hawking Judith Hawking ... Victoria Kraft
Jenna Stern ... A.D.A. Kathleen Eastman
Seana Kofoed ... Lois Creen
John Driver John Driver ... Police Commissioner Lyle Morris
Sam Freed Sam Freed ... Private Investigator
Isiah Whitlock Jr. ... Robbery Division Captain
John Doman ... Dan Latimer
Leslie Ayvazian Leslie Ayvazian ... Judge Susan Valdera
Harvey Atkin ... Judge Alan Ridenour


At a victim's request, the police commissioner tries to convince Cragen to close a rape case whose statute of limitations is about to expire. Benson and Stabler finally realize that one of the victims knows the rapist, but she's not willing to talk. Written by Jim Lankin

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11 February 2000 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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This episode is based on the real life rape case of Kathleen Ham, which was one of the cases that helped get the statute of limitations for first-degree rape removed in New York. Ms. Ham was raped at the age of 26 in 1973, much the same way the victim in this episode was raped, her attacker climbed into her bedroom through an open window while she was asleep and raped her. Her attacker, Fletcher Worrell, was captured a short time later. He was arrested, charged and brought to trial but his trial ended in a mistrial due to a hung jury. Before Mr. Worrell could be retried he jumped bail and disappeared. He was on the run for 33 years before being rearrested in Georgia for trying to buy a gun, the background check the gun store ran brought up the open bench warrant for his arrest from New York and he was arrested by the Georgia State Police and extradited back to New York. Now normally at the time a rape couldn't be prosecuted 33 years later, but in Mr. Worrell's case the statute of limitations stopped running when he was formally charged with raping Ms. Ham. Plus even if he had ran before he was formally charged the clock on the statute of limitations also stops running if the perpetrator of the crime flees the jurisdiction, so in other words the clock on Mr. Worrell's prosecution stopped as long as he wasn't in the state of New York. When Mr. Worrell was rearrested a DNA sample was taken from him which matched a semen sample taken after the rape of Ms. Ham, which lead to Mr. Worrell being convicted. This case raised the issue that it could easily be possible to run into a similar case where the statute of limitations did expire on a case where there was DNA evidence that could prove a rape happened, but prosecution even with the DNA evidence would still be barred by the statute of limitations. So this case helped show how the ability to test DNA, which didn't exist at the time the limitations statute was written, made the need for a statute of limitations on rape outdated and no longer necessary. See more »


When Benson and Stabler are interviewing the retired detective at the bar, the level of milk in the glass varies as the camera angle changes. See more »


Detective Olivia Benson: He was paroled on February 10, 1996 with an injury condition. He was raped in prison.
Det. Elliot Stabler: I'll cry about that later.
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References The Crow (1994) See more »

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All its pacifist tenets
9 December 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This story begins with Captain Craigen testifying before a police review board and getting reamed by the chief for his closure rate. Rather arbitrarily the chief picks out a cold case where 3 women are raped and all that links them is the DNA of the perpetrator. So with only that the squad goes to work on a case where they have 72 hours to close it before the statute of limitations runs out.

The women victims are Jenny Bacon, Judith Hawking, and Susan Kofoed and all are an interesting study in reaction to victimization. Kofoed is the most interesting, she's withdrawn into herself and post the crime has embraced Quakerism and all its pacifist tenets about forgiveness and non- violence. Which doesn't sit well with the other two victims as well it shouldn't.

I thought SVU went a bit overboard on this one. I cannot conceive of a believing Quaker not wanting the official criminal justice system to run its course. And Kofoed does know something the others don't and she won't reveal.

As for the doer when they catch him, it's quite a surprise. Basically hiding in plain sight due to a clerical error.

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