In 1987, Torelli worked as a patrolman. During this time, arrested a man named David Zifrin for kissing a girl and her parents filed criminal charges. Torrelli coached Zifrin on how to act so they would show leniency, and Zifrin was pleaded down to sexual misconduct.
In 1993, Torelli started working the high-profile murder of a nurse named Mary Davis. Later, another nurse named Victoria Hemmings was murdered the same way and another nurse, Aloma, barely survived in Manhattan, with Briscoe and his partner Mike Logan working the case. As a result of the attacks, Torelli called Zifrin and convinced him to confess to both murders to make people think he was smart. He ignored potential evidence that could clear him, and Zifrin was later found guilty of Mary's murder.
When the real killer, James Lee Pawl, was identified, the cover-up is exposed and Zifrin admits that Torelli coached him and even showed him photographs of the crime scenes. Torelli was later arrested for suborning perjury and obstruction of justice while Lennie watched in disgust.