"Monster's Legacy"
SVU, Episode 14.13
Production number: 14014
First aired (US): 6 February 2013
First aired (UK): 12 March 2013
First aired (CAN): 6 February 2013
First aired (AUS): 18 April 2013
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Teleplay By
John P. Roche

Story By
Julie Martin & Warren Leight

Directed By
Jean de Segonzac

Detective Benson asks Bayard Ellis to reopen the case of a murderer on death row when secrets about his past are revealed.

Summary[edit | edit source]

When a janitor brutally attacks an athletic coach, the SVU connects his violent behavior to a history of sexual abuse by someone he trusted. The detectives soon uncover more victims of the same predator, including a prisoner on death row. When the truth finally comes out, Detective Benson enlists Bayard Ellis to dig into the case before the looming execution date.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Following the attack of an athletic coach the team arrests the gymnasium's janitor, Johnny Dubcek, for the crime but he claims it was retribution, as he apparently saw the victim molesting a girl, but had actually misinterpreted the situation due to a past sexual abuse by Martin Schultz, a counselor. They track down Schultz but unable to persecute him the team decides to look for another victims and find Reggie Rhodes, a man on death row for the murder of a porn film director he worked for but claims to also had been sexually abused by him. Believing Reggie's story Benson calls her friend Bayard Ellis who requests a hearing to cancel the approaching execution, only for its members to deny the request due to one being the wife of the original case prosecutor. Ellis then goes for a trial in which he confronts A.D.A Marni Lathrop with a document proving she and the lead prosecutor withheld evidence from the defense, implied to be for racism, appalled the judge allows the execution to lapse. Meanwhile due to both Dubcek and Rhodes testimonies the team storms Schultz ranch to find tapes of his abuse. The final scene show Ellis and Benson assuring Rhodes transfer to another prison and maybe a retrial while Schultz is shown to be in the same cell block as Dubcek.

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Quotes[edit | edit source]

Martin Schultz: I wish I could have done more for Johnny and some of the other kids I couldn't save. Fatherless kids. Try as you might, you can never fill that hole. [to Olivia] Isn't that right, Detective?
Olivia: Excuse me?
Martin Schultz: It's all right, honey. You've done good. I mean, you could have gone the other way too, hmm?

Martin Schultz: [to the detectives] Hey! What the hell are you people doing here, huh? Get off my property!
Fin: Got a warrant to search your crib, Coach.
Martin Schultz: This is for my house! You got no business in my shed! This is an illegal search! Anything you find in there will be inadmissible.
Rollins: You need your reading glasses. It says property, not house.

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Home of
Eddy Galtin
48-63 48th Street
Sunnyside, Queens
Saturday, January 26

Arraignment Court
Part 14
Sunday, January 27

Home of
Martin Schultz
60 Davignon Road
Corinth, New York
Monday, January 28

Correctional Facility
15802 Ohio 104
Chillicothe, Ohio
Tuesday, January 29

5 6 7

Correctional Facility
15802 Ohio 104
Chillicothe, Ohio
Wednesday, January 30

Office of
The Public Defender
312 West Lakeside Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio
Wednesday, January 30

St. Michael's Hospital
4378 Riverdale Avenue
Riverdale, Bronx
Thursday, January 31

8 9 10

Parole Board Room
15802 Ohio 104
Chillicothe, Ohio
Friday, February 1

Supreme Court
Part 19
Tuesday, February 5

Supreme Court
Part 19
Wednesday, February 6

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"Criminal Hatred"
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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Season 14
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