Law and Order
"Holden's Manifesto"
SVU, Episode 16.04
Production number: 16004
First aired (US): 15 October 2014
First aired (UK): 9 November 2014
First aired (CAN): 15 October 2014
First aired (AUS): 2 March 2015
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Teleplay By
Julie Martin & Warren Leight

Story By
Kevin Fox

Directed By
Jean de Segonzac

A young man leaves behind his manifesto before embarking on a crime spree.


New York City bike messenger Holden March creates a video diary of his troubles with women. Talk soon escalates to action, and the SVU scrambles to find his manifesto before he commits another violent act. When Rollins and Amaro come face to face with Holden, they find out just how dangerous a desperate man can be. Meanwhile, as Benson balances the responsibilities of motherhood and career, the new Deputy Chief of SVU calls her leadership into question.


Bike messenger Holden March creates a video diary of his troubles with women, lamenting how attractive women always choose jerks, and never notice him. Talk escalates to action when Holden unleashes his rage and frustration by stabbing Gwen Salinger 11 times in Central Park, but she survives.

And then Holden stabs Haley Lennon 15 times, and William Dodds, the new Deputy Chief, starts throwing his weight around the precinct, and announces that he's setting up a press conference to alert the public. Benson begs him to hold off to let them find Holden, before terrifying the city.

Rollins and Amaro learn that Holden was bullied a lot while growing up, and he has major social issues. He feels slighted by society, and he hasn't been able to stay in school or hold a job, so his parents, Adriana March and Thomas Eldridge, have been paying for his apartment in the city. The SVU finds that Holden is not in his apartment, but he did leave a manifesto, cases for two guns and some ammo, and a video message on his computer threatening more women. The SVU scrambles to find him before he commits another violent act, and they learn exactly how dangerous such a desperate man can be.

After learning that Holden has killed his former English teacher's husband in a classroom, Amaro and Rollins search the school, and find Holden armed and holding four girls hostage in a classroom. He forces Rollins to cuff Amaro. Rollins convinces him to let Amaro and the hostages go, and now she's left alone in the room with Holden. But Dodds has snipers waiting for a shot. Rollins keeps Holden calm, but an NYPD sniper still fires a fatal shot into Holden's head, and blood spatters all over a horrified Rollins. An utterly devastated Adriana, who was outside the building, screams in agony -- Benson had promised Adriana that they wouldn't hurt Holden, but it was out of Benson's hands when Dodds took over.


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Holden (as the ambulance takes a victim to the hospital): Idiots. I'm right there and no one even notices me. No one ever notices me, but that is all going to change.

Holden: All of you women who will not look at me or kiss me, giving yourselves to other men, giving sex to men who do not love you, who use your bodies. I would know how to take care of you, to worship you, but all of you beautiful girls, you throw yourselves at men who are mean and selfish. Sweating, grunting brutes. You reject me: a nice guy, smart, superb, clean. I dress well, I take care of myself. I would have taken care of you, been gentle, but those days are gone. You had your chance. You do not deserve me anymore. You do not deserve to live.

Olivia: (while on the phone with Noah's social worker): Miss Jackson, yes. So sorry.
Chantal: That's not what you should be sorry about. I'm in the hospital where your foster child is in a step-down unit with a babysitter.
Olivia: Yes, I know. I was there all night and Mrs. Amaro is not a sitter. She's actually a family friend.
Chantal: And I just spoke to Noah's doctor.
Olivia: So did I.
Chantal: She called me after finding the child's fractured ribs.
Olivia: Yes, then you know that those injuries happened before I took custody of Noah and that they've healed now.
Chantal: I'm not suggesting that you caused the injuries. I am troubled that you chose to go to work while your foster child remained in the hospital.
Olivia: I was called away for an emergency and I'm doing everything that I can to get back there as soon as possible, believe me.
Chantal: I hope so. You do understand that your absence will be included in my report.
Olivia: Yeah, I do.

Olivia (to Noah): You gave Mommy a scare, didn't you, Noah? But you're my big boy. You're my little fighter, aren't you? You're so strong. You had to be, huh? You got a long life ahead of you. You got places to see, things to do and people who will love you.

Holden: [in his last video before the school shooting] All of you beautiful, blonde, unobtainable girls, I forgive you. If it were not for you, I would not be here on the edge of greatness. I could have spent my whole life in the shadows, but I choose instead to fight back, to make sure people remember me because I know one thing: It is better to die in infamy than to live a life of obscurity.

Background information and notes

  • Noah Porter-Benson was taken to the ER in the previous episode and remains in the hospital all this episode.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of Deputy Chief William Dodds.
  • Benson asks how many of these unknown attack patterns have they investigated this year. Rollins says they are up to "lucky 13". Later in the year, they investigate "Pattern Seventeen".

Episode scene cards

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Mercy Hospital
365 West 32nd Street
Saturday, September 13

1651 Second Avenue
Sunday, September 14

Residence of
Thomas Eldridge
41 South Franklin Street
Nyack, New York
Sunday, September 14

St. Francis High School
Monday, September 15

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