SVU, Episode 11.11
Production number: 11011
First aired: 6 January 2010
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Written By
Ken Storer

Directed By
David Platt

A murder case puts detectives on the trail of a vengeful womanizer infected with HIV who is knowingly spreading the disease.


When seventeen-year-old Anna McWilliams is found strangled and beaten to death in an alley, her ex-boyfriend leads the cops to a website that McWilliams used to meet up with random men. Detective Olivia Benson decides to create a user account for the site and finds womanizer Peter Butler, the man who met up with McWilliams. The case is closed when a different suspect is proven guilty of her murder, and a new one opens when McWilliams rape kit tests positive for HIV. Not only is HIV spreading because of countless attacks, but now the detectives must also track down a man who is knowingly spreading HIV and catch a rapist on the loose. Eventually, the detectives figure out that the one spreading HIV is Peter Butler, who is angry with women because his mother ran off on him as a child. He is charged with assault for spreading the disease with a young woman who he had slept with, Rebecca Ellison, testing positive for HIV from Peter. Rebecca has no money to pay for her treatment and no insurance either.

During the trial, someone hacks Peter's Face Union page, warns everyone on it to get tested, and leaks the story to the media, causing the city to learn how hundreds of women may have been infected by Peter, who has no remorse for his actions. Rebecca sprays Peter in the face with hydrochloric acid, seriously burning him and causing him to lose an eye, forcing Cabot to charge her with assault as well. Cabot offers her a deal so she won't die in prison if found guilty, which could give her a twenty-year term. However, she refuses to take it, so Cabot is forced to destroy her credibility on the stand.

After a conversation with Peter's grandfather, Dewey, Benson and Stabler realize he was the one that warned everyone and tell Peter, who confronts him. Dewey, dressed in black and wielding a pill bottle, admits to lying about the whole thing and confessed to Peter about his mother: she loved Peter with all her heart, but when he was three, she started dating a man who was abusive to both of them. To protect her son, Peter's mother murdered the man and died in prison. Dewey thought by leading Peter to believe he was abandoned was protecting him as well, but it mistakenly resulted in further fueling his ire. He then drops the pill bottle and, suffering from a massive stroke-like reaction, collapses onto a nearby couch with Peter by his side; Olivia picks up the bottle which she finds was filled with sleeping pills, on which Dewey overdosed beforehand. Elliott tries to call for a bus, but it is no use; in his dying breath, Dewey tells Peter to become a good human being and not let his death be in vain. Peter tearfully apologizes, and gathers his grandfather's remains into his arms.

As a result of his grandfather's suicide and knowing the truth about his mother, a guilt-ridden Peter lets go of his anger and does the right thing: he pleads guilty to all of his crimes and drops the charges against Rebecca, who Cabot and Benson release with the good news. They also inform her that before Dewey died, he disinherited Peter and put all of his money into a fund to pay for the treatment of all of Peter's victims, which includes Rebecca. While her rapist is still on the loose, Benson promises that they will not stop until he/she is brought to justice.


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Cabot: (about the victim's boyfriend's sob story) How pathetic: she's dead but he's the victim.

Olivia Benson: How about a threesome?
Peter Butler: You got a hot girlfriend stashed somewhere?
Olivia Benson: I got a hot boyfriend.
Peter Butler: That's not really my scene... but I'll try anything once.
(Fin comes up from behind and handcuffs Butler)
Peter Butler: Hey! I'm not into S&M!
Odafin Tutuola: You're under arrest, idiot.

Peter Butler: I'm a stockbroker.
Elliot Stabler: Wow, you really do enjoy screwing people.

Peter Butler: What happens in my bedroom...
Elliot Stabler: ...or a public park...
Peter Butler: ...is none of your business. Unless consensual sex is illegal.
Elliot Stabler: No, but assault with your "deadly weapon" is.

Peter Butler: Those women will have a part of me in them until they died.

Dewey Butler (his last words): It's not too late for you, Peter; become a good human being. Peter...don't let me die...in vain.

Background information and notes

  • This episode makes reference to the recent case of the State of Texas vs. Philippe Padieu. Padieu was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon and sentenced to 45 years in prison for intentionally transmitting HIV. During the case, the victims conducted their own investigation and brought forward witnesses and key information needed to launch the case and secure a conviction. For the first time in Texas, phylogenetic DNA testing was used as evidence to confirm a link between Padieu and his victims. The backstory for this case was also featured on ABC 20/20 and prominent talk shows.

Episode scene cards

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Preparatory School
133 East 63rd Street
Monday, November 16

Residence of
Rebecca Ellison
177 Barrow Street
Monday, November 16

Christensen Residence
141 East 70th Street
Tuesday, November 17

Supreme Court
Frye Hearing Part 22
Thursday, November 19

5 6 7

Supreme Court
Frye Hearing Part 22
Friday, November 20

Supreme Court
Trial Part 17
Thursday, December 10

Rikers Island
Friday, December 11

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