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|Production number: K1114|
First aired: 5 February 1997
| Teleplay By|
I.C. Rapoport & Barry M. Schkolnick
An apparent suicide turns out to be murder as Briscoe and Curtis investigate the death of a woman who jumped from a bridge to avoid a crazed attacker. The case soon leads to a serial arsonist & a businessman who may have contracted both the murder & the torching of his factory for insurance money.
- Jerry Orbach as Detective Lennie Briscoe
- Benjamin Bratt as Detective Rey Curtis
- S. Epatha Merkerson as Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
- Sam Waterston as Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy
- Carey Lowell as A.D.A. Jamie Ross
- Steven Hill as D.A. Adam Schiff
- Francine Beers as Judge Janis Silver
- John Ellison Conlee as Crazy Mike McDugan
- Christopher Cousins as Robert Dorning
- John Cullum as Harold Dorning
- Rusty De Wees as Dave Randall
- John Fiore as Detective Tony Profaci
- Megan Folsom as Shawna Gates
- James Georgiades as Jeffrey Marsh
- Gustave Johnson as Mr. Styles
- Tony Lo Bianco as Sal DiMarco
- James Michael McCauley as Bobby Morris
- Michael Mislove as James Lyman
- Jack Mungovan as Officer Wheeler
- Kathrine Narducci as Mrs. Marsh
- John Ramsey as Judge Walter Schreiber
- Marilyn Rockafellow as Mrs. Whatney
- Stan Schwartz as Mike McDugan, Sr.
- Steven Stahl as Detective Rod MacNeal
- Ed Wheeler as John Cromwell
- Paul Taviani as Forensic Technician Frost
- Anthony Torn as Remy
- Joe Palese as Court Clerk
- Christopher Prizzi as Liston
- Bret McCormick as Patron
- Tamara Daniels as District Attorney's Clerk
- Tom Bloom as Doorman
- Caitlin Clarke as Robert Dorning's Attorney
- Steve Axelrod as Philly
- Ross: Karen Watney had lunch with Dorning. I think she threatened to go to the police unless he gave her money. A few days later, she's dead.
- McCoy: Harold Dorning to Randall the Candle to Crazy Mike.
- Schiff: And who has evidence of this conspiracy, Mack the Knife?
- [at arraignment]
- Clerk: Docket number 454320. People vs. Michael L. McDugan. Charged with murder in the second degree and assault in the first degree.
- Crazy Mike: What, they're sayin' it's murder?
- Judge Silver: Let's get your plea first, Mr. McDugan.
- Crazy Mike: I'm not guilty!
- Ross: The People ask bail of half a million, your honor.
- Attorney: That's way outta line, your honor. This is at best an assault case.
- Ross: The defendant terrorized a 28-year-old woman in the dead of night on a bridge ramp, and with depraved indifference, caused her death.
- Attorney: The deceased jumped off a bridge on her own. Period.
- Ross: She jumped to get away from Mr. McDugan. He didn't have to push her.
- Attorney: She chose to die, your honor. My client isn't accountable for the actions of a disturbed individual.
- Judge Silver: Miss Ross, it sounds like you're conceding Mr. McDugan didn't push her.
- Ross: He may not have physically pushed her, your honor, but he...
- Judge Silver: But what? He levitated her? Thank your lucky stars I'm not the trial judge. Bail is 100,000. [bangs gavel]
Background information and notes
- This episode is based on the Deletha Word case. Deletha Word was a Detroit woman who in 1995 was beaten so severely by a man that she jumped off a bridge into the Detroit River to escape him even though she couldn't swim. Ms. Word drowned and her attacker was convicted of second-degree murder the following year.
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