Law and Order
CI, Episode 2.15
Production number: E3214
First aired: 2 March 2003
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Teleplay By
Marlane Gomard Meyer

Story By
René Balcer & Marlane Gomard Meyer

Directed By
Joyce Chopra

When a woman is found slain at home, Detectives Goren and Eames immediately focus their investigation on her son -- a paroled murderer who lived with her and knew that she suspected his involvement in an earlier, notorious sexual assault.




Main cast

Guest cast



Alexandra Eames: Gee, you two sound like my parents.

James Deakins: Just get the evidence and bury him.

Robert Goren: I'd like to see how they did that.

Alexandra Eames: Marston is sitting pretty high in the saddle.
Robert Goren: Let's put a burr under that saddle.

Ron Carver: This must have been a very lonely place fifteen years ago.

Background information and notes

  • This episode shares similarities with two famous cases in New York City's Central Park. This is one of few episodes in which two high-profile cases are "ripped from the headlines".
    • The first one is the "Preppie Killer", Robert Chambers. Chambers pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of 18-year-old Jennifer Levin. He killed her in Central Park during the early morning hours of August 26, 1986. The Law & Order first season episode "Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die" was also based on this case. The "monster" in this episode, Mark Dietrich, seems to have been written with Chambers in mind. (Source: Robert Chambers at Wikipedia)
    • The second one is the "Central Park Jogger", Trisha Meili. Meili was the victim in a high-profile assault and rape case in NYC in 1989. She was violently assaulted while jogging in Central Park. She was raped and beaten almost to death. The initial prognosis of her physicians was that she would die or remain in a permanent coma due to her injuries; she recovered fully, however, with no memory of the attack. Although several suspects had confessed on videotape, they retracted their statements within weeks. No DNA evidence tied the suspects to the crime, so the prosecution's case rested almost entirely on the confessions. In 2002, convicted rapist and murderer Matias Reyes, serving a life sentence for other crimes but not, at that point, associated by the police with the attack on Meili, declared that he had committed the assault, and that he had acted alone. The DNA evidence confirmed his participation in the crime and identified him as the sole contributor of the semen found in and on the victim. In the episode, other "monster" Detective Ted Marston worried that Laura Dietrich's research about her son's involvement in the crime might end up re-opening the case. Marston decided that he had to kill her to prevent the fact that he had conspired to frame four boys for the rape from being exposed. Inevitably, the detectives nailed the bad cop for the murder of the mom, and the bad son for the rape he committed years ago, the crime that his unfortunate mom suspected he was guilty of. (Source: Trisha Meili at Wikipedia)
  • The episode title "Monster" was also used for the Law & Order season 8 episode, "Monster".

Episode scene cards

1 2 3 4

Apartment of
Chantal Fielding
211 West 78th Street
Monday, January 15

12th Precinct
Tuesday, February 6

Apartment of
Detective Ted Marston
50 Wooster Street
Friday, February 9

Central Park
Tuesday, February 13

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