"Causa Mortis"
L&O, Episode 7.01
Production number: K1106
First aired: 18 September 1996
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Written By
René Balcer

Directed By
Ed Sherin

Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the carjacking and murder of a young mother who leaves behind a husband and four small children.




Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast



Mrs. Galvez: They didn't say that on the news! You're lying!
Curtis: I'm a cop. I don't lie.
Ross: I believe in monsters and things that go bump in the night, Jack. May they rot in Hell along with their attorneys.
McCoy: You want to bring in the Feds, you talk to me first!
Ross: So, this is a pissing contest!
McCoy: In my office, we don't hand off the ball. We run with it. Maureen Rankin was killed in our jurisdiction! Prosecuting her killer is our responsibility!

Background information and notes

  • This episode is based on the murder of New Jersey schoolteacher Kathleen Weinstein in Toms River.
  • Goof: DeAnn Mears is credited as "Judge Maria Ganz" when the nameplate lists her character's name as Maria Gance.
  • Carey Lowell's first appearance as A.D.A. Jamie Ross joined the reglar cast member.

Episode scene cards

1 2 3

Home of
Mr. & Mrs. Ian Rankin
Queens, New York
Wednesday, July 19

Forensics Laboratory
One Police Plaza
Friday, July 21

Rikers Island
Correctional Facility
Monday, July 24

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Chambers of
Judge Daniel Scarletti
Friday, August 4

Supreme Court
Trial Part 37
Wednesday, August 23

Supreme Court
Trial Part 37
Tuesday, September 26

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