A disturbed man is arrested after a murder spree. Alexandra Cabot comes under fire for seeking the death penalty.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Elliot Stabler
... Olivia Benson
... John Munch
... Alexandra Cabot
... Odafin Tutuola
... Donald Cragen
... Paula Varney
David Chandler ... Malcolm Hunt
... Judge Lena Petrovsky
... Dr. Melinda Warner
... Sam
... Mrs. Lindberg
... Judge Mark Seligman
... Chief Sullivan
Jim Weston ... Quentin Lindberg


When several people including a child are killed, the team tries to find the killer. They catch the man who did it. Cabot wants to throw the book at him despite his erratic behavior. But Huang wants to examine him and he says that the man is sick. And they eventually learn that the insurance company he applied to knew of his condition and that they didn't tell him which would have allowed him the opportunity to be cured. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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11 May 2001 (USA)  »

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This episode marks the earliest air date (May 11, 2001) for which a season of SVU has concluded. See more »


When Benson and Stabler are getting up off the floor of the church after handcuffing the suspect, Daniel Varney, you can see set lights lining the ceiling of the church. See more »


Alexandra Cabot: [to Dr. Huang] Do you know how much pressure I am under to convict this man? He butchers four innocent people. He scares the hell out of the city. The public wants justice.
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References Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) See more »

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A new Jack the Ripper?
2 April 2014 | by See all my reviews

This episode of SVU finds the squad on the trail of a man who the press is labeling a new Jack the Ripper. Not that he's following any kind of pattern that our Whitechapel legend used, but the viciousness of the knife attacks even has the veteran police officers reaching for the barf bag.

Four victims including a child are done in by this man before the SVU squad after following a couple of false leads arrests Richard Thomas. Of course the public is demanding the never used death penalty in New York and Stephanie March is following those dictates not to mention her own personal revulsion.

Insanity is the issue here and Thomas finds an advocate in the consulting psychiatrist B.D. Wong. There is something wrong with Thomas, something preventable and curable way back when. There is a responsible party and Thomas truly is not competent to stand trial.

For that you watch the story. When watching you will appreciate the performance of Thomas and Karen Allen as the loyal wife who stands by her man under trying circumstances.

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