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"Prisoner of Love"
L&O, Episode 1.10
Production number: 66208
First aired: 4 December 1990
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Schiff and Stone Prisoner of Love
Teleplay By
Robert Stuart Nathan

Story By
Robert Stuart Nathan & David Black

Directed By
Michael Fresco

A city arts commissioner and a socialite come under investigation when an artist noted for his sadomasochistic themes is found dead under suspicious circumstances.

Plot

An artist notorious for his sadomasochistic scenes is murdered in a way patterned after his work. The artist's daughter leads detectives to the head of the New York Department of Cultural Affairs, whose "dominating" relationship with the victim makes him a prime suspect.

Cast

Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast

References

References

Quotes

[Stone and the police are searching a suspect's apartment. Stone comes upon a locked chest.]

"It's my hope chest."

[The chest is unlocked. Stone, absolutely stunned and dumbfounded, pulls out an assortment of S&M gear.]

"What were you hoping for?"

- Elizabeth Hendrick and Benjamin Stone


"Quite a Sam Cooke collection. My taste in music. Armani suits."
"Not your taste in clothes."

- Max Greevey and Mike Logan


"People always know things they don't think they know, you know?"

- Donald Cragen


"Henry Rothman killed himself an hour ago. Couldn't face the thought of prison, I guess."
"Did anyone take a picture?"

- Benjamin Stone and Elizabeth Hendrick


"MBBF."
"Male bisexual bondage freak?"

- Max Greevey and Mike Logan


"Don't make me testify. It'll ruin my career. I'm perfect for young dad parts in commercials."

- Gary Pardee


"Art would be much more pleasant if we didn't have to deal with artists."

- Elizabeth Hendrick

Background information and notes

  • The episode was based on the Andrew Crispo (a.k.a. "The Death Mask Murder") case. In New York in 1985, 26-year-old Norwegian fashion student Eigil Vesti was lured away from a bar, drugged, sodomized, and shot twice in the back of the head. His burned body was found in a Rockland County smokehouse, clad only in a leather hood and mask that preserved his face and allowed for his identification using DNA. The investigation led police to the S&M clubs that thrived in the old Meatpacking District, where the murder weapon was discovered in Crispo's 57th Street gallery. Bernard LeGeros, Crispo's assistant, claimed Crispo forced the victim to kneel and be shot, and that he was drugged and under Crispo's control. While Crispo had picked the victim up in a bar and provided the cocaine, Crispo was not charged in the murder, while LeGeros was convicted and sent to prison instead.

Episode scene cards

1 2 3 4

Victor More's Loft
Soho
Wednesday, February 13

Forensic Lab
Tuesday, February 19

Pavilion of Popular Art
Friday, February 22

Henry Rothman's Office
401 East 44th Street
Monday, February 25

5 6 7 8

Forensics Lab
Tuesday, April 9

Dr. Gregg's Office
282 West 59th Street
Tuesday, April 23

Residence of
Elizabeth Hendrick
615 Central Park West
Wednesday, April 25

Grand Jury Room
New York County
Tuesday, May 7


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