|"Prisoner of Love"|
|←||L&O, Episode 1.10||→|
|Production number: 66208|
First aired: 4 December 1990
| Teleplay By|
Robert Stuart Nathan
Robert Stuart Nathan & David Black
A city arts commissioner and a socialite come under investigation when an artist noted for his sadomasochistic themes is found dead under suspicious circumstances.
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.
- George Dzundza as Sergeant Max Greevey
- Chris Noth as Detective Mike Logan
- Dann Florek as Captain Donald Cragen
- Michael Moriarty as Executive A.D.A. Benjamin Stone
- Richard Brooks as A.D.A. Paul Robinette
- Steven Hill as D.A. Adam Schiff
- Frances Conroy as Elizabeth Hendrick
- Larry Keith as Henry Rothman
- Amy Aquino as Defense Attorney Erica Stohlmeyer
- Marjorie Monaghan as Cathy
- Fran Brill as Sondra More
- Don McManus as Jordan
- Sam Schacht as Hurley
- Jay Patterson as Hoexter
- Anthony Crivello as Celine
- Sidney Armus as Judge Fadenhecht
- Eyde Byrde as Johnson
- Valerie Kingston as Anita Swenson
- Marjorie Lovett as Dr. Gray
- Richard Seff as Hoffer
- Brad Greenquist as Bartender
- Ted Marcoux as Brian
- Harry O'Reilly as McCarry
- Antone Pagan as Officer Ubillez
- Wayne Maugans as Gary Pardee
- Cecelia Wilde as Sintra More
- Rudy Hornish as Hendrick's Lawyer
- Marc Plastrik as Investigator
- [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
"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
Victor More's Loft
Pavilion of Popular Art
Henry Rothman's Office
Dr. Gregg's Office
Grand Jury Room
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