"True Crime"
L&O, Episode 13.03
Production number: E3305
First aired: 16 October 2002
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Jeremy Cook
Written By
Wendy Battles & Noah Baylin

Directed By
Martha Mitchell


A woman is found dead in a trash heap. Briscoe and Green quickly determine that she was in fact a famous musician, infamous for breaking up a beloved rock band when she married the lead guitarist.


Main cast

Guest cast


Shane Mallory; Krisis



Background information and notes

  • Shane Mallory is obviously based on real-life musician Kurt Cobain (with Krisis standing in for Nirvana), while Patty Voytek was based on Cobain's widow Courtney Love, with some elements of Nancy Spungen thrown in. Also, the surviving Krisis members allude to a legal battle with Patty over the release of their final album, mirroring the real-life battle between Love and surviving Nirvana members Krist Novoselic and David Grohl over the release of the single "You Know You're Right".

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