"Black Tie"
L&O, Episode 4.05
Production number: 69004
First aired: 20 October 1993
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Van Buren Logan Black Tie
Written By
Michael S. Chernuchin & Walon Green

Directed By
Arthur W. Forney

After wealthy Jonathan Keyes is found dead in his home, the police receive an anonymous tip that he was murdered.


Briscoe gets a 911 call that a millionaire was murdered, but the investigation gets thwarted by his wife and family attorney, who claim that he died of natural causes.


Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast





Background information and notes

  • This episode is based on the Sunny von Bülow case. On December 21, 1980, Sunny von Bülow slipped into a coma. Her friends and family have never known for certain if Sunny attempted suicide, or if her husband, Claus von Bülow, had tried to kill her by injecting her with insulin. Claus was convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to thirty years in prison, but the conviction was reversed in 1984. Von Bulow was granted a second trial in 1985 and was acquitted. Both the real-life case and this episode involved insulin injections and family interference with the investigation. (Source: Sunny von Bülow at Wikipedia)
  • This episode marks the second and final time Beverly Johnson appears. The first was in Season 3, episode 10, "Consultation". Johnson and Chris Noth were in a relationship from 1990 to 1995.

Episode scene cards

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Office of the
Medical Examiner
Wednesday, May 26

Di Portago Accessories
740 Fifth Avenue
Thursday, May 27

The Griffin Club
708 Park Avenue
Friday, May 28

Apartment of
Helga Holtz
Keyes Tower, Third Floor
Monday, May 31

5 6 7 8

Chambers of
Judge Herman Mooney
Thursday, June 3

Dr. Felix Gates
Toxicology Lab
Monday, June 7

Supreme Court
Trial Part 68
Wednesday, July 21

Appellate Division
Courthouse Lobby
Tuesday, August 17

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