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A promising young writer confesses to the murder and robbery of a cabbie and demands that he receive the death penalty.


Jace Alexander


Dick Wolf (created by), William N. Fordes


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Episode credited cast:
Jerry Orbach ... Detective Lennie Briscoe
Jesse L. Martin ... Ed Green
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... E.A.D.A. Jack McCoy
Elisabeth Röhm ... Serena Southerlyn
Fred Dalton Thompson ... Arthur Branch
Stanley Anderson ... Nelson Lambert
Sônia Braga ... Helen (as Sonia Braga)
David Wike ... Clay Warner
J.K. Simmons ... Dr. Emil Skoda
Saul Rubinek ... Ira Simpkis
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Constance Barron ... Marta Warner
William H. Burns ... Uniform Officer
John Cariani ... CSU Julian Beck
Tony Michael Donnelly Tony Michael Donnelly ... John


A promising young writer confesses to the murder and robbery of a cabbie and demands that he receive the death penalty.

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Release Date:

2 April 2003 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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This episode was inspired by Jack Abbott, who wrote the acclaimed book In the Belly of the Beast while in prison. He was granted parole in 1981 then moved to New York City and became a star of the literary scene until he killed a waiter at a restaurant 6 weeks later. He returned to prison and committed suicide in 2002. See more »


In several scenes, Detective Ed Green is seen conversing with author Nelson Lambert and they allude to the fact that they are both drinking Lambert's Scotch. In fact, Lambert is seen pouring their drinks from a Maker's Mark bottle which is Kentucky Bourbon, not Scotch. See more »


Ira Simpkis: Weren't you in my first year criminal law class? Back row, on the left. "A" minus, if I remember correctly.
A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn: "A".
Ira Simpkis: And you know, I was always surprised, I have to admit, that you never took my trial advocacy seminar, because we handled real cases and you might have benefited a little from the work.
A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn: No offense, but I didn't care for your clients.
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I can't think of a better candidate for execution. Albert Einstein kills Jack the Ripper
26 November 2017 | by CeccacciPaolo1977See all my reviews

Some teenagers were playing American football on the street when one of them noticed a body stabbed to death beneath a cab. The victim was a supporter of KKK movement and the cab belongs to an Asian guy who used to borrow his vehicle to the victim to help him make ends meet (they forged a close bond in A.A. meetings, much to Briscoe understanding). Fingerprints inside the cab lead detectives to two well-known writers of crime novels, both addicted to alcohol. They spent together the night drinking booze at a local pub; totally drunk, one of them killed a cabbie after a petty argument and stole some bucks from his wallet. The perp had priors, having spent many years behind bars for selling drugs in his freshman year, and inside the prison he committed a murder in the laundry room in the same way (by stabbing in the chest). McCoy was stunned when the defendant tells him he deserves the death penalty: then it's up to the psychiatric and the judge to determine if he's mentally insane or not.

An original episode: no defendant is willing to go to the death row, but the writer explained he'd rather end up his life than living his life in prison the same way day by day.

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