"Criminal Pathology"
SVU, Episode 17.02
Production number: 17002
First aired: 23 September 2015
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Greg Yates Prison
Teleplay By
Julie Martin & Warren Leight

Story By
Kevin Fox

Directed By
Alex Chapple


The SVU is called to a familiar crime scene: the beach where serial killer Gregory Yates buried his many victims. When another body washes ashore, Detective Rollins tries to coax him into confessing, but the surprising information he provides sends shockwaves through the police department. As the case goes to court, Barba faces off against two hotshot defense attorneys in a trial that leads to blackmail, an incriminating confession, a new victim, and a fugitive suspect.


Episode plot


Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast



[Dr. Rudnick joins Dr. Yates for lunch at the Greenhaven mess hall]
Dr. Rudnick: Dr. Yates?
Dr. Yates: [surprised] Carl.
Dr. Rudnick: Mind if I join you?
Dr. Yates: Suppose so.
[Dr. Rudnick takes his seat]
Dr. Yates: It's been a while.
Dr. Rudnick: Yes. We have a lot to catch up on.

Background information and Notes

Background info.

Episode scene cards

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Green Haven Correctional
Visitor's Room
Monday, June 8

Apartment of
Teresa Fish
460 East 87th Street
Tuesday, June 9

Syracuse Police Precinct
710 South Bay Road
Syracuse, New York
Tuesday, June 9

Arraignment Court
Part 12
Thursday, June 11

5 6 7

Supreme Court
Part 14
Friday, June 12

Supreme Court
Part 14
Friday, June 12

Supreme Court
Part 14
Monday, June 15

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