"The Collar"
L&O, Episode 12.11
Production number: E2214
First aired: 9 January 2002
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Evans McCoy Collar
Written By
Richard Sweren

Directed By
Matthew Penn


A priest who is given information by a murder suspect in the suspect's apartment refuses to tell the police what he knows.


A woman is praying at a church and then goes into a place for confession. She confesses but hears no response from the priest. She is worried and then opens the door only to see that the priest is now dead. Briscoe and Green talk to the sergeant on the scene, who tells them that the lady came in for a confession at around 8:20 and then found the victim, father Grady, still in his priest clothes. Other than the woman, the caretaker was present. The detectives are told that the gun was likely small caliber and at close range, thus the shooter is estimated to be in the sinner's seat of the confession booth. Briscoe and Green take the caretaker outside and talk to him. He states that he arrived at 4:00 and started with the chapel and then went to clean downstairs an hour later. He last saw Grady at 7-7:30. The chapel is part of a boy's school and primarily used during the day. It is open for confessions Wednesday nights and Saturday afternoons. Briscoe and Green then search the room of the monsignor, the person in charge, but find nothing unusual. Later in the precinct, Green receives the ballistic report which states that the gun is likely a Phoenix Arms .25. Robbery is ruled out since his wallet was still there and nothing was stolen from the chapel. Anita comes to the conclusion that the culprit was someone with a grudge against Grady. 

Briscoe and Green head to the Don Bosco catholic school, which is the previously mentioned boys school, and talk to one of the priests there. (More to be added soon)


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Background information and notes

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Don Bosco
Catholic School
73 East 34th Street
Thursday, November 2

Apartment of
Mr. & Mrs. Allan Boswell
112 East 18th Street
Thursday, November 2

Archdiocese of New York
478 Madison Avenue
Friday, November 3

4 5 6

Serrano's Gas Station
392 East 10th Street
Tuesday, November 7

Apartment of
Carmen Cabrera
595 West 176th Street
Tuesday, November 14

31st Precinct
Tuesday, November 14

7 8 9 10

Correctional Facility
Wednesday, November 22

Chambers of
Judge Nathaniel Berger
Thursday, November 30

Rikers Island
Correctional Facility
Monday, December 4

Supreme Court
Motion Hearing
Tuesday, December 19

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