Sophie Gerard
Sophie Shattered
Name Dr. Sophie Gerard
Occupation Anthropologist
Pathology Assailant
Family Unnamed parents
Paul Olsen (ex-husband)
Nicholas Olsen (son; deceased)
Status Institutionalized
Actor Isabelle Huppert
First Appearance "Shattered"

Sophie Gerard is a Frenchwoman who was suspected of kidnapping her own son.


Sophie was married to Paul Olsen, though the marriage broke down due to clashes and difference of opinion. Both were under the belief that they were right in their methods of raising the child. When Paul got full custody of their son Nicholas, she attempted to orchestrate his kidnapping, hiring a private mercenary named Jason Culross to do it, but he backed out after realizing Nicholas wasn't kidnapped by Paul like she told him. Her rage ultimately boils down to a tense standoff with the SVU team, after hearing that her son died in a car crash along with the kidnapper, Keith Bradman. Suffering into a psychotic mental breakdown, Sophie steals an officer's gun and holds Benson, Marlowe, Paul, and Warner hostage.

She attempts to shoot Paul after he continued accusing her of their son's death, but Warner receives the bullet in the lung by accident. Sophie then allows Benson and Warner to go, so that Warner can get medical attention, but still holds Marlowe and Paul hostage, being somewhat deluded that Nicholas isn't dead. Eventually, Stabler learns from Cragen that Paul is the one who hired Bradman and framed Sophie for it by using one of her credit cards. Breaking into the room, Stabler reveals the truth to everyone, but this only incites Sophie to point the gun at Paul, angrily blaming him for Nicholas' death.

Exposed, Paul finally breaks down into tears and confessed to having hired Bradman, stating that he wanted to take Nicholas away from her. He admits that he didn't intend to have Nicholas killed. Eventually, Marlowe convinces Sophie to drop the gun and settle whatever thought she has for her dead son. Convinced, Sophie drops the gun and cradles over her son's corpse while Stabler arrests Paul. The charges against Sophie were dropped, but she was institutionalized due to her psychotic breakdown and the morgue standoff. (SVU: "Shattered")

Known Victims

  • May 19, 2010: The morgue standoff: