"Making a Rapist"
SVU, Episode 18.02
Production number: 18002
First aired: 28 September 2016
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SVU 1802
Written By
Kevin Fox

Directed By
Michael Pressman


Newly tested DNA evidence leads to the exoneration of a prisoner who served 16 years for a rape conviction. However, he's investigated again one day later in the wake of a shocking new crime.


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Tutuola: I'm good. Bad guy went down, that's all that matters.
Benson: Well, if you ever feel like talking...
Tutuola: Talking's overrated.

John Buchanan: You must be embarrassed about sending an innocent man to prison for 16 years.
Tutuola: I didn't convict anyone. I just arrested him. And no, I'm not embarrassed.

Background Information and Notes

  • The episode is based on the case of Steven Avery, a man wrongfully convicted of the rape and attempted murder of a woman in 1985. In 2003, he was exonerated and released from prison due to new forensic evidence, only to be arrested again in 2005 for the murder of another woman. He was convicted of the murder in 2007 and sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. Avery's story was the inspiration for the documentary Making a Murderer.
  • Then Vice President Joe Biden appeared as himself at the beginning.

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