Law and Order
"A Murderer Among Us"
CI, Episode 3.07
Production number: E4512
First aired: 9 November 2003
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Teleplay By
Diana Son

Story By
Diana Son & René Balcer

Directed By
Steve Shill

A suicide case of an immigrant turns out to be a murder case, after the husband's history of violence comes to light.


Lena Brody, wife of Lance Brody and mother of Claire Brody; she is found dead in the bathroom of her home. Detectives Robert Goren and Lynn Bishop arrive at the crime scene, they discover that Lena committed suicide by cutting her wrists, but also, they discover that she bruises, which means that she had a fight with her husband, the reason, she threw one of the boats Lance's collectibles, which later turns out to have been hidden by Lena. Goren and Bishop decide to interview Lance, who denies all the questions and takes them out of his house, the detectives have him as the main suspect.

Goren and Bishop decide to go to the Brooklyn Home for Jewish Elders where Lena works, there are, they discover two things: The first is that Lance used to observe his wife from the balcony and hated a dinner with Jewish people, the second is that they discover a murder, thanks to Mr. Seligman.

The victim of that murder was Sam Lando. When Goren, Bishop, along with Captain Deakins and A.D.A Carver, further investigate the case, they discover that seven other murders occurred, all of which were linked to Lance Brody, concluding that Lance is a serial killer of Jews.

After they discover a license number on a work overalls, they decide to talk to Richie Prescott. Richie tells them that Lena had asked for that number. Detectives come to the conclusion that Lena discovered the murders of her husband, so she decided to put the pieces together.

Later, Robert and Lynn head to the home of Joy Brody, Lance's sister. There, they discover the reason why Lance hates Jews, the chief of the tribe raped her mother and she began to like Jews. Also, they find out that Lena was Jewish, since she used Jewish words like "force".

The detectives take Claire to her father's workplace. Goren shows him a report of Lena's parents, who were Jewish and changed their last names to enter the Argentine community. Hearing this, Lance quickly leaves his office with his daughter and the detectives following him. Goren tries to get Brody to confess, first he telling him about his mother's rape, saying how she loved the "forbidden fruit". This makes him try to grab a metal piple to attack Robert, but Goren grabs one first. Second, he begins to attack Lance with the pipe grabs, without hurting him. Goren begins to tell him the names of the Jews he killed and how he Brody killed them. Lastly, he shows her Sam Lando's license plate number. Brody grabs the number and tells him that he's not the right one. With the words he said, the cops arrest Lance Brody for murder. Brody asks Claire to help him, but upon seeing the truth about her father, Claire leaves. Lynn tells Robert that Lena got what she wanted, but at what cost.


Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast


  • Argentina
  • Brooklyn Home for the Jewish Aged


G. Lynn Bishop: He killed her over a toy boat?
Robert Goren: Yeah, men get very attached to toys.

Robert Goren: (Goren is examining the toy boat) Something's broken off the top. Maybe a flag.
G. Lynn Bishop: We're going to look for it, aren't we?
Robert Goren: Yeah.

G. Lynn Bishop: If it's all right, I'd like to go with you.
Alexandra Eames: Sure, you can carry me up the stairs.

Robert Goren: The cuts are on the backs of her hands. If she was defending herself...
G. Lynn Bishop: You mean if she was defending herself like a girl. What if she was defending herself like a boxer.
Elizabeth Rodgers: Score one for the new kid.

Background information and notes

  • The title of this episode, "A Murderer Among Us", is a play on "A Stranger Among Us", the title of a 1992 murder mystery film, which also starred Jamey Sheridan.
  • Eames sees Goren examining a model boat and comments about how he was playing with model cars before, a reference to the episode "Cherry Red".
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