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Recap / Law And Order Special Victims Unit S 3 E 2 Wrath

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Written By Judith McCreary

Directed By Jean De Segonzac

When three otherwise unrelated people all associated with her past cases are discovered ritualistically murdered, all evidence points to Benson as the real target.


  • Had to Come to Prison to Be a Crook: The killer was a perfectly innocent man before bad luck and circumstantial evidence put him in prison for a crime he didn't commit.
  • Miscarriage of Justice: All of the trouble in this episode is traced back to a man being convicted of a crime he did not commit.
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  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: An innocent man Olivia had arrested and provided the key testimony against (she had been acting in good faith and following procedure) goes around killing her other "victims" (the family members of victims she was unable to help and the like), obsessed with making her believe it was all her fault.
  • Prison Rape: The killer was repeatedly raped while in prison for a crime he didn't commit.
  • Rape Leads to Insanity: What caused the killer to snap and kill people connected to Benson in order to "save" them was being repeatedly raped in prison.
  • The Scapegoat: What the killer is ultimately doing to Benson. It was a combination of bad luck and circumstantial evidence that led to his false conviction, but he fixated on Benson because she was the arresting officer, even though she handled the case by the book.