Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999–…): Season 11, Episode 14 - Savior - full transcript

SVU tries to make the case against a Christian zealot who is targeting prostitutes, but it hangs on the cooperation of a pregnant prostitute who is terrified of the man and has her own demons.

male announcer:
IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM,

SEXUALLY BASED OFFENSES ARE
CONSIDERED ESPECIALLY HEINOUS.

IN NEW YORK CITY,
THE DEDICATED DETECTIVES

WHO INVESTIGATE
THESE VICIOUS FELONIES

ARE MEMBERS
OF AN ELITE SQUAD

KNOWN AS
THE SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT.

THESE ARE THEIR STORIES.

- FROM FRISCO TO MAINE,
ACROSS TO SPAIN,

I GOT BITCHES MAKING MONEY,
SO HOP ON MY TRAIN.

- I'M NOT YOUR BITCH.

- IT'S DANGEROUS OUT HERE.



- LITTLE GIRL NEEDS
A MAN TO PROTECT HER.

- THANKS, BUT I CAN
TAKE CARE OF MYSELF.

AND I ALREADY GOT A MAN
WAITING FOR ME.

- GET BACK AT ME WHEN
YOU'RE READY FOR A REAL ONE.

[kissing]

- YOU GOT SOMETHING BIG
FOR ME TO PLAY WITH, BABY?

OH, I ALREADY SEE IT'S OUT
AND STANDING AT ATTENTION.

I THINK IT'S TIME
FOR A 21-GUN SALUTE.

- WHO FOUND HER?

- HOMELESS GUY TRIPPED
OVER HER, CALLED 911.

SHE'S GOT MASSIVE
BRUISING TO THE NECK.

CHECK OUT THE ONE
ON HER FOREHEAD.

- IMPRINT OF A GUN BARREL.

PROBABLY JAMMED IT INTO HER HEAD
WHILE HE RAPED HER.



- YEAH, AND THEN HE STRANGLED
HER SO SHE COULDN'T I.D. HIM.

- GOT A NAME?

- ABBY MANNION, 22.
LIVES IN SOHO.

- SOHO?

WHAT THE HELL IS SHE DOING

HOOKING IN A SKANKY PLACE
LIKE THIS?

- AND LOOK AT HER.

HOW MANY HOOKERS DO YOU SEE
WITH PERFECT TEETH

AND A FRENCH MANICURE?

- YOU SEE THIS?

- A PRAYER CARD.
HOMEMADE.

JUST LIKE THE ONE WE FOUND
ON MAGGIE SANCHEZ LAST WEEK.

- "ARCHANGEL ZADKIEL,
FORGIVE THEM FOR THEIR SINS;

YOU ARE THINE ANGEL
OF MERCY."

- AND OUR PERP
IS THE ANGEL OF DEATH.

[Law & Order theme]

*

- MAGGIE ORTIZ,
ABBY MANNION.

TWO PROSTITUTES MURDERED
IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS.

SAME M.O., SAME SIGNATURE,
SAME PRAYER CARD.

- CSU COME UP WITH
ANYTHING ON THE CARDS?

- SAME PRINTER,
SAME PAPER STOCK.

THE SECOND IS JUST AS
UNTRACEABLE AS THE FIRST.

- ANY CONNECTION
BETWEEN THE TWO VICTIMS?

- ONLY THAT THEY WERE MURDERED
ON THE SAME STROLL.

MAGGIE'S GOT
A LONG RAP SHEET;

ABBY, NOT EVEN
IN THE SYSTEM.

- WELL,
HOPEFULLY OUR KILLER IS.

WARNER FOUND FLUIDS IN ABBY.
SHE'S RUNNING THE DNA NOW.

- WELL,
MAYBE WE'LL GET A HIT.

A FREAK LIKE THIS DID NOT
START RAPING LAST WEEK.

- RELIGIOUS FREAK.

"I, ARCHANGEL ZADKIEL,

BRING TO MANKIND, FROM GOD,
THE GIFT OF COMPASSION."

- ZADKIEL WAS THE ANGEL

WHO STOPPED ABRAHAM
FROM SACRIFICING ISAAC.

- WELL, HOW IS SACRIFICING
PROSTITUTES AN ACT OF MERCY?

- MAYBE HE THINKS BY MURDERING
SINNERS, HE'S SAVING THEM?

- YOU KNOW, THERE'S
SOMETHING ABOUT ABBY.

I JUST DON'T THINK
SHE WAS A HOOKER.

THE WORKING GIRLS
WE TALKED TO,

THEY'D NEVER SEEN HER
ON THAT RUN.

- TOSS HER PLACE.

FIND OUT
WHO SHE REALLY WAS.

- WHO THE HELL ARE YOU?

- POLICE. WHO ARE YOU?

- LANDLORD.
STANLEY KOSCHECK.

LISTEN, THERE MUST'VE
BEEN A MIX-UP.

I ALREADY CALLED THE SHERIFF,
SO I WON'T BE NEEDING YOU.

- NEEDING US FOR WHAT?

- TO SERVE THE NOTICE.
I'M EVICTING THE LITTLE BITCH.

THAT'S WHY YOU'RE HERE,
AIN'T YA?

- NO, WE'RE HERE BECAUSE
SHE WAS MURDERED LAST NIGHT.

- OH, I WOULDN'T KILL HER
OVER A FEW MONTHS' MISSED RENT.

- SO WHO ELSE BESIDES YOU
DIDN'T LIKE ABBY?

- WELL, TAKE YOUR PICK.
THE GIRL WAS A SCAMMER.

SHE MUST HAVE PLAYED
THE WRONG GUY ON THE INTERNET.

- "SCAMMER"?

- SHE SELLS ALL THIS
FAKE CRAP ON EBAY.

COATS,
KNOCKOFFS LIKE THESE.

- THIS IS...
[sniffs]

HIGH QUALITY LEATHER.

EVEN STITCHING,
ATTENTION TO DETAIL.

THESE AREN'T KNOCKOFFS.

THESE HAVE TO BE WORTH
$2,000 EACH.

- LADY KNOWS HER PURSES.

- SO SHE WAS SITTING
ON A GOLD MINE

AND STILL DIDN'T
PAY HER RENT?

SHE WAS A LITTLE BITCH.

- ANY IDEA WHERE ABBY
GOT THIS STUFF?

- FROM HER OLD ROOMMATE,
LYNN DREXEL.

SAID SHE FOUND GREAT DEALS
IN CHINATOWN.

- DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA

WHERE WE COULD FIND
THIS SAVVY SHOPPER?

RECOGNIZE THESE,
MS. DREXEL?

- YEAH, THEY LOOK LIKE
THE ONES WE SELL HERE.

- WELL, WE GOT THEM OFF ABBY
MANNION'S INTERNET RESALE SHOP.

- AND WE THINK THAT
SHE GOT THEM FROM YOU,

BUT OFF THE BOOKS.

- YEAH, YOU'RE GONNA HAVE TO
TALK TO ABBY ABOUT THAT ONE.

- WE'D LOVE TO, BUT SOMEONE
KILLED HER LAST NIGHT.

- OH, MY GOD.

- SO WHEN'S THE LAST TIME
YOU SAW HER?

- I DON'T--UM, I DON'T KNOW.
I DON'T KNOW.

MAYBE, UH,
MAYBE LAST WEEK?

- WHY ARE YOU SWEATING?

- WOULDN'T YOU BE

IF SOMEBODY JUST TOLD YOU
YOUR BEST FRIEND DIED?

- NO. I'D PROBABLY BE CRYING,
NOT SWEATING.

- HEY, GIVE ME THAT.

- COCAINE.

- WHICH IS PROBABLE CAUSE,
SO WE COULD SEARCH YOU RIGHT NOW

OR YOU CAN TALK.

- OKAY.
OKAY, OKAY.

WHEN THE MARKET WAS GOOD,

ABBY AND I
WERE PARTYING EVERY DAY.

WHEN THE MARKET WENT DOWN...

- YOUR COKE HABIT JUST
KEPT GETTING BIGGER.

- THAT'S WHEN ABBY
GOT THE IDEA

TO "SUPPLEMENT OUR INCOME."

[cell phone rings]

- BY STEALING
HIGH-END PURSES

AND HAWKING THEM ONLINE.
- BENSON.

- SHE THOUGHT IF I
TOOK ONE HERE OR THERE,

NOBODY WOULD NOTICE.

- DO YOU KNOW HOW ABBY WENT
FROM SELLING PURSES

TO SELLING HERSELF?

- WELL, WHEN SHE HEARD
THAT OUR FORMER GOVERNOR

WAS PAYING GIRLS $5,000
AN HOUR FOR SEX,

SHE SAID,
"I COULD DO THAT."

AND I SAID, "SO LONG."

- BUT YOU HAVEN'T
WITH THE SNOW.

- I'M NOT AN ADDICT.

- YOU JUST LIKE
THE WAY COKE SMELLS?

- WARNER GOT A HIT
ON THE DNA.

DO YOU KNOW
A MICHAEL GALLAGHER?

- UH, ABBY WAS SEEING
A GUY NAMED MIKE.

HE SOUNDED
LIKE A REAL WEIRDO.

- HOW SO?

- HE WAS PAYING ABBY
BIG BUCKS

TO LICK HIS GUN.

- POLICE!
[girl screams]

NOBODY MOVES!

- MOM!
- IT'S OKAY, IT'S OKAY.

NOBODY GETS HURT.
- KIDS, HOW MANY TIMES HAVE I--

[gasps]
PLEASE DON'T SHOOT. PLEASE.

- MIKE GALLAGHER--
WHERE IS HE?

- DOWNSTAIRS
IN HIS "PLAYROOM."

- MICHAEL GALLAGHER.

- WHOA, WHOA, WHOA.
WHAT'S GOING ON?

- DROP THE CLUB OR I'LL
SHOOT A HOLE IN ONE.

[club clatters]

- LOOK, I DON'T KNOW
WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT.

- YOUNG HOOKERS.
YOU'VE GOT A THING FOR THEM.

- ABSOLUTELY NOT.
I'M A MARRIED MAN.

- HOW ABOUT THAT 14-YEAR-OLD
YOU WERE CAUGHT DIDDLING?

- OH!

[sighs]

I WAS A KID.

- MIKE, YOU WERE 22.

- SHE LOOKED OLDER.

I PRAYED FOR FORGIVENESS.

I NEVER MADE
THAT MISTAKE AGAIN.

- UNTIL YOU MET
MAGGIE ORTIZ.

- NEVER SEEN HER BEFORE.
- NO?

- NO.
- HOW ABOUT ABBY MANNION?

- I DON'T KNOW HER EITHER.
- YOUR PENIS DOES.

YOUR SEMEN WAS FOUND
INSIDE HER.

- THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE.
- SO WHAT HAPPENED?

THE ANGEL ON YOUR SHOULDER
SAID "STAY AWAY,"

BUT THE DEVIL
MADE YOU DO IT?

[sighs]

THE URGE JUST NEVER
GOES AWAY, DOES IT?

YOU SEE A SWEET YOUNG THING
WALKING DOWN THE STREET

AND YOU JUST
HAVE TO HAVE HER.

- NO.
- BUT THEN YOU FEEL GUILTY.

BECAUSE YOU KNOW
IT'S A SIN TO FORNICATE.

SO YOU PUNISH THEM
FOR BEING WHORES.

- I NEVER HURT ANYONE.

- MIKE, WHERE'S YOUR GUN?

- I DON'T HAVE A GUN.

- HE BOUGHT ONE
THREE WEEKS AGO,

BUT MIKE WOULD NEVER
COMMIT MURDER.

- WELL, WHAT MAKES YOU
SO SURE?

- BECAUSE HE FOUND GOD
AND TURNED HIS LIFE AROUND.

WHEN I MET MIKE,
HE WAS A WILD KID.

BUT I BROUGHT HIM
TO MY CHURCH

AND I HELPED HIM CHANNEL
ALL OF THAT NEGATIVE ENERGY

INTO BUILDING A BUSINESS.

- BUT TEMPTATION REARED
ITS UGLY HEAD, DIDN'T IT?

- I DON'T KNOW.

- SARAH, IT'S OKAY.

YOU CAN TELL ME.

- WELL, LATELY HE'S BEEN
WANTING ME TO...

DO THINGS.

- BEDROOM THINGS?

- HE BOUGHT ME
THESE CLOTHES.

SAID HE WANTED ME TO BE
HIS "LITTLE WHORE."

HE GAVE ME UNDERWEAR
WITH A HOLE IN IT.

- CROTCHLESS PANTIES.

- WELL, THEY'RE DISGUSTING,
OKAY?

HE'S DISGUSTING.

I AM THE MOTHER
OF HIS CHILDREN,

AND HE WANTED ME TO DO THINGS
WITH MY TONGUE.

NASTY, DIRTY THINGS.

- ORAL SEX.

- THE MOUTH IS NOT THE PROPER
RECEPTACLE FOR THE SEED.

[turns recorder off]

- SO MY WIFE'S A PRUDE.

IT'S NOT A CRIME TO WANT A
LITTLE VARIETY IN MY SEX LIFE.

- MICHAEL, DNA.

IT DOESN'T LIE.

THAT'S THE GOSPEL TRUTH.

- I'VE TRIED TO BE
A GOOD MAN.

A GOOD HUSBAND.

BUT I HAVE NEEDS.

- AND YOUR WIFE
DIDN'T UNDERSTAND,

SO YOU FOUND
SOMEONE WHO WOULD.

- I WENT ONLINE.
THAT'S WHERE I MET ABBY.

- AND SHE TOOK YOU PLACES THAT
YOUR WIFE WOULD NEVER GO.

- OH, THERE WAS NO LIMIT.

I MEAN, TOYS AND ROLE PLAY
AND THREESOMES.

ABBY WAS INTO ALL OF IT.

- WAS SHE INTO YOU
MURDERING HER IN AN ALLEY?

- I DROPPED HER OFF THERE,
ALIVE.

- SHE LET YOU DROP HER OFF
IN SOME ALLEY LIKE A HOOKER?

- IT WAS PART OF OUR GAME.
I TOLD HER WHERE TO MEET ME.

I PICKED HER UP.
WE SCREWED IN THE CAR.

- YOU JAMMED YOUR GUN SO HARD
INTO HER HEAD,

YOU LEFT A BRUISE.

- SHE LET ME DO IT.

- AND SHE LET YOU
CHOKE HER TOO?

- BUT IT WAS ALL
PART OF OUR GAME!

- YOUR GAME?
I'LL SHOW YOUR YOUR GAME.

HERE. HERE'S YOUR GAME.

YOU PICKED UP MAGGIE ORTIZ
AND YOU RAPED AND MURDERED HER.

THEN YOU TROLLED THE INTERNET
FOR ABBY MANNION.

NOW TAKE A LOOK.

TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT
YOU DID TO THEM.

- NO, I DIDN'T KILL ABBY
OR THAT OTHER GIRL.

YOU GOTTA BELIEVE ME.

- NO, I BELIEVE IN EVIDENCE.

BRUISES ON ABBY'S NECK.

YOU ADMITTED
YOU STRANGLED HER.

A BRUISE ON HER HEAD
FROM YOUR GUN.

YOU ADMITTED DOING THAT.

I'VE GOT YOUR SEMEN
INSIDE HER, MIKE.

- I JUST WANTED TO
HAVE SOME FUN.

- YEAH, BUT YOU HATED THE WAY
IT MADE YOU FEEL?

DID IT MAKE YOU FEEL DIRTY?

SO YOU GAVE THEM
THOSE PRAYER CARDS

TO EASE THEIR WAY
INTO HEAVEN?

THAT IT?
- ELLIOT.

ANOTHER PRAYER CARD
JUST DROPPED.

20 MINUTES AGO.

BUT THIS VICTIM'S NOT DEAD.

- [sobbing]

- FOUND HER UNCONSCIOUS
NEAR THAT DUMPSTER.

REFUSED TO HAVE A MEDIC
CHECK HER OUT.

- I'M FINE.
I WAS TAKING A NAP.

- AFTER HE CHOKED YOU OUT?

- THIS WAS IN HER PURSE.

- DON'T TELL HER NOTHIN',
SUNSHINE.

- ALL RIGHT,
WHY DON'T YOU HELP MY PARTNER

CONTROL THE LOOKY-LOOS?

- HEY, CAN I GO NOW?

- TELL ME
WHAT HAPPENED FIRST.

- NOTHING.

- IS THAT YOUR PIMP?

- I DON'T HAVE A PIMP.

- LOOK, SUNSHINE,
I KNOW THAT YOU'RE SCARED,

BUT SOMEBODY
ALMOST JUST KILLED YOU.

SO TALK TO ME.

- I WAS OUT HERE.
SOME DUDE PICKED ME UP.

NEXT THING I KNOW,
ALL THE COPS ARE GRABBING ME

AND YELLING AT ME.

- COPS DON'T GIVE A DAMN
ABOUT YOU, SUNSHINE.

SO SHUT YOUR MOUTH!

- YOU NEED TO SHUT YOURS

BEFORE I PUT
MY FIST THROUGH IT.

- I LIKE A FEISTY BITCH.

- WELL, THEN YOU'RE GONNA LIKE
BEING ONE

WHEN I THROW YOU
IN THE SLAMMER.

- OH, DAMN IT.
- [laughs]

- I DIDN'T CATCH
THE PLATE NUMBER.

- ALMOST KILLED AND BACK
ON THE STREET IN MINUTES.

- SO HOW MANY HOOKERS IN THIS
CITY GO BY THE NAME SUNSHINE?

- 14 TO BE EXACT.

I RAN THE NAME
THROUGH THE VICE DATABASE,

AND ONLY ONE
IS UNDER 25.

- THAT'S HER.
GLADYS DALTON.

- AND SHE'S GOT A RECORD
GOING WAY BACK.

- ARRESTED AT TEN
FOR THEFT.

- AND 14 AND 17
FOR PROSTITUTION.

- SOCIAL SERVICES HISTORY
SAYS SHE WAS TAKEN AT SIX

FROM HER
DRUG-ADDICTED MOTHER

AND THEN LIVED IN AND OUT
OF FOSTER CARE

TILL SHE AGED OUT.

- NOT EXACTLY A RECIPE
FOR SUCCESS.

- ADDRESS SHE GAVE
ON HER LAST ARREST REPORT

BELONGS TO HER AUNT,
SHAWNA GRANT IN MURRAY HILL.

[knock on door]

[door unlocks]

- SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT.
IS GLADYS HOME?

- OH, GOD. YOU THROWING HER
IN JAIL AGAIN?

- NO, SHE'S NOT IN TROUBLE.
PROMISE.

- DOWN THE HALL,
FIRST DOOR ON YOUR RIGHT.

YOU'RE SURE
YOU'RE NOT ARRESTING HER?

- NO. JUST NEED TO TALK.

- I DON'T WANT TO TALK.

- RELAX. I JUST WANTED TO
MAKE SURE THAT YOU'RE OKAY.

YOU LEFT BEFORE THE MEDIC
COULD CHECK YOU OUT.

- I'M FINE. ALL THAT FUSS
WAS FOR NOTHING.

- REALLY? 'CAUSE YOU LOOK
PRETTY WORN OUT TO ME.

COME ON, MAYBE YOU'D BE MORE
COMFORTABLE IN YOUR BED.

- THAT'S NOT MY BED.

MY AUNT'S TWO GIRLS
SLEEP THERE.

THIS IS MY BED.
IT'S BETTER THAN A SHELTER.

- I THOUGHT YOUR PIMP

WAS SUPPOSED TO TAKE CARE OF
EVERYTHING FOR YOU.

- HER PIMP? GLADYS WORKS
IN A NIGHTCLUB.

- IS THAT
WHAT SHE TOLD YOU?

[dishes clatter]

- THIS GIRL
HAS HAD A ROUGH LIFE.

WHEN SHE WAS 18,
SHE NEEDED A PLACE TO STAY.

I TOOK HER IN.

- OUT OF THE GOODNESS OF
YOUR HEART OR TO PAY RENT?

- AH, SHE HELPS ME OUT.

MY MS IS BAD.
I CAN'T WORK.

- SO YOU LET THAT GIRL FLATBACK
FOR YOUR MEAL TICKET.

- DON'T YOU JUDGE ME.

ALL RIGHT, GLADYS ISN'T PERFECT,
BUT SHE'S FAMILY.

AND I PROMISED MY SISTER,
REST HER SOUL,

THAT I WOULD
LOOK OUT FOR HER.

- I TAKE CARE OF MYSELF.

- AND EVERYONE ELSE. YOUR
COUSIN, YOUR AUNT, YOUR PIMP.

- I TOLD YOU,
I DON'T HAVE A PIMP.

- HEY, GLADYS,
DON'T LIE TO ME.

I'M HERE
BECAUSE I WANT TO HELP.

- THAT'S WHAT
THEY ALL SAY.

- YEAH, WELL,
THIS TIME IT'S TRUE.

- YEAH?

I DROPPED OUT
OF EIGHTH GRADE.

CAN'T GET A JOB,
SO I DO WHAT I GOTTA DO.

- THERE ARE RECOVERY HOUSES,
AND I CAN TAKE YOU TO ONE.

YOU'LL HAVE A SAFE PLACE
TO LIVE, GET COUNSELING,

GET A GED.

YOU COULD HAVE
A BETTER LIFE.

- THAT'S WHAT HE SAID.

- MARMALADE?

WHAT, DID HE FOLLOW YOU
HOME FROM SCHOOL?

YOU START DATING, AND HE
TREATS YOU LIKE A QUEEN?

- YEAH. HE WOULD TAKE ME
TO MACY'S.

BUY ME WHATEVER I WANTED.

I WAS IN LOVE.

- AND THEN HE HAD SEX WITH YOU,
AND SOON AFTER THAT,

MADE YOU HAVE SEX
WITH HIS FRIENDS.

- I CRIED AND TOLD HIM NO,
BUT HE JUST FREAKED OUT.

- AND STARTED BEATING YOU
UNTIL YOU DID.

RIGHT?

- HE SAID I WAS HIS HO NOW,
AND IF I WAS--

IF I WAS GONNA HAVE SEX,
WHY NOT GET PAID FOR IT?

- GLADYS, THIS LAST JOHN,
THE ONE WHO ATTACKED YOU,

DO YOU REMEMBER
WHAT HE LOOKED LIKE?

- NO. THEY ALL START TO LOOK
THE SAME AFTER A WHILE.

- DID HE SAY ANYTHING?

- "ARE YOU READY
TO MEET YOUR FATHER?"

I'LL NEVER FORGET
THAT VOICE.

WAIT, SPUD SAW HIM ONCE.
SHE WENT ON A DATE WITH HIM.

HE ASKED HER
THE SAME THING,

SO SHE GOT FREAKED OUT
AND RAN.

- SUNSHINE NEEDS TO KEEP
HER BIG MOUTH SHUT.

AIN'T THAT RIGHT, SPUD?

- I DON'T KNOW. I KINDA LIKE
TALKING TO PEOPLE.

- GOOD.
WELL, THEN TALK TO US.

- LET'S START WITH THE GUY
WHO WANTED YOU TO MEET GOD.

- I'VE SEEN
A PREACHER LIKE THAT.

HE TRIED TO--
- WE GOTTA GO.

- WAIT FOR ME OUTSIDE.
I HAVE TO PAY.

- YOU KNOW, THAT GIRL OF YOURS
CAN'T BE MORE THAN 12 YEARS OLD.

- I DON'T KNOW HER.

AND IF YOU ASK HER, SHE'S GONNA
SAY SHE DON'T KNOW ME.

- OH, ONE OF THEM'S
GONNA TALK,

AND YOUR SWEET JELLY'S GONNA
SPREAD ALL OVER PRISON.

- [scoffs]

- HERE YOU GO.

- IF YOU SEE ANYTHING,
YOU CALL ME, ALL RIGHT?

- AND IF YOU EVER NEED
A GIRL FOR A PARTY, CALL ME.

I LOVE COPS.

[cell phone rings]

- A WHITE GUY
WHO DRIVES A RED BUICK.

THAT NARROWS IT DOWN.

- I PULLED ALL THE ARREST
RECORDS FROM LAST YEAR

OF WHITE MALES ARRESTED
FOR SOLICITATION

OR ASSAULTING
A PROSTITUTE.

- DMV RECORDS FOR EVERY
RED BUICK IN THE TRI-STATE.

- BETTER
DRAG OUT THE COTS.

WE'RE GONNA BE HERE
FOR A MONTH.

- I'LL START THE COFFEE.
- THAT WAS SPUD.

SHE SAYS THE BUICK IS CIRCLING
THE MIDTOWN TRACK RIGHT NOW.

[woman screaming]

- GET OFF ME!
[screaming]

- IT'S LOCKED!

- HELP ME!
PLEASE HELP ME!

HELP ME, PLEASE!
- THANK THE LORD YOU SHOWED UP!

SHE'S ROBBING ME!
- YOU'RE LYING TO ME, PAL.

- CAREFUL, I'M HURT!

THOU SHALT NOT BEAR
FALSE WITNESS.

I HONOR THAT COMMANDMENT.

- ARE YOU OKAY?
- HE'S CRAZY.

I TOLD HIM TO WHIP IT OUT
AND HE PULLED OUT A BIBLE!

- I WAS TRYING TO
SAVE HER SOUL.

- AFTER YOU LOCKED HER IN?
- WELL, THEN WHAT HAPPENED?

- HE ASKED IF I WANTED
TO MEET MY FATHER,

SO I CUT HIM.

- DID I NOT TELL YOU
SHE ATTACKED ME?

- WELL, SHE CUT YOU UP

BECAUSE YOU CAGED HER
IN YOUR CAR.

- IT WAS THE ONLY WAY
TO GET HER TO SIT STILL

LONG ENOUGH
TO HEAR THE MESSAGE.

- THE MESSAGE.

GUYS LIKE YOU, YOU ALWAYS
GOT A MESSAGE, DON'T YOU?

- IT'S NOT MINE.
IT'S GOD'S.

THERE IS A BETTER LIFE WAITING
FOR GIRLS LIKE HER IN HEAVEN.

- IS THAT YOUR JOB?

YOU'RE GOD'S
LITTLE MESSENGER BOY?

- DO YOU KNOW
WHAT KIND OF SORDID LIVES

THESE GIRLS ARE LIVING?

- ACTUALLY, I DO, ESPECIALLY
BECAUSE OF FREAKS LIKE YOU.

- GOD PUT ME ON THIS EARTH

TO FIGHT SATAN'S GRIP
ON THESE GIRLS' SOULS.

- DID GOD TELL YOU
TO PUT YOUR DEATH GRIP

ON THESE GIRLS' NECKS?

- SOMETIMES DYING
IS BETTER THAN LIVING.

- NOW, DID YOU JUST
ADMIT TO ME

THAT YOU MURDERED
THESE TWO GIRLS?

- NO.
I NEVER HARMED A SOUL.

- OH.

- BUT WHOEVER DID THIS
ISN'T A MURDERER.

WHOEVER DID THIS SENT THESE
GIRLS TO HEAVEN OUT OF LOVE.

LORD, BLESS THOSE WHO WATCH
OVER THE WEAK.

AND LORD...

BLESS THOSE YOU HAVE CHOSEN
TO PROTECT US.

- "FORGIVE US
OUR TRESPASSES

AS WE FORGIVE THOSE
WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US."

together:
"AND LEAD US NOT
INTO TEMPTATION,

"BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL.

"FOR THINE IS THE KINGDOM,
AND THE POWER, AND THE GLORY,

NOW AND FOREVER."

- AMEN.

- AMEN.

GOD FORGIVES THOSE
WHO SIN AGAINST HIM.

- YES.

- CONFESS YOUR SINS
TO HIM.

- I HAVE NOTHING TO CONFESS,
DETECTIVE.

BUT I AM WILLING
TO FORGIVE.

AND THAT IS WHY I WILL NOT
PRESS CHARGES

AGAINST THE LITTLE ANGEL
WHO CUT ME.

- WELL, YOU KNOW,
I'VE GOT A LITTLE ANGEL

WHO'S NOT GONNA BE
SO FORGIVING.

- SO, GLADYS,
JUST TAKE YOUR TIME

AND TELL US
WHICH MAN ATTACKED YOU.

- I WOULDN'T BELIEVE
A WORD SHE SAYS.

- OH, LET ME GUESS,
THE DEVIL'S ERRAND BOY,

OTHERWISE KNOWN
AS A DEFENSE ATTORNEY?

- JOHN BUCHANAN.
I REPRESENT MR. SKAGGS.

- WELL, YOU BETTER
START PRAYING FOR HIM.

GLADYS, GO AHEAD.

- DON'T WORRY,
YOUNG LADY.

I DON'T THINK
THEY'LL ARREST YOU.

- WHY WOULD THEY ARREST ME?

- WELL, YOU ARE
A PROSTITUTE.

- IS HE TELLING THE TRUTH?
ARE YOU GOING TO ARREST ME?

- NO.
- NO, GLADYS.

WE JUST NEED YOU TO IDENTIFY
THE MAN THAT TRIED TO KILL YOU.

- THE POLICE LIE, GLADYS.
ALL THE TIME.

- ONE MORE WORD,
I'LL COLLAR YOU

FOR INTIMIDATING A WITNESS.

ONE MORE WORD.

- YOU KNOW, I DON'T THINK
I CAN DO THIS.

- YES, YOU CAN.
JUST TRUST ME.

IT'S GOING TO BE OKAY.
YOU CAN DO THIS.

- NUMBER ONE,
PLEASE STEP FORWARD

AND REPEAT THE FOLLOWING:

ARE YOU READY
TO MEET YOUR FATHER?

- ARE YOU READY TO MEET
YOUR FATHER?

- NO, IT'S NOT HIM.

- NUMBER TWO.

- ARE YOU READY
TO MEET YOUR FATHER?

- NUMBER THREE, STEP FORWARD
AND REPEAT THE PHRASE.

- I THOUGHT YOU SAID
HE COULDN'T SEE ME.

- HE CAN'T.

- HE'S STARING RIGHT AT ME.

- NUMBER THREE, STEP FORWARD
AND REPEAT THE PHRASE:

ARE YOU READY
TO MEET YOUR FATHER?

- WHAT MORE SHALL BE
DONE TO YOU?

SHARP ARROWS
OF THE WARRIOR,

DELIVER MY SOUL
TO MY FATHER

FROM A LYING,
DECEITFUL TONGUE.

- IT'S HIM.

- THEY SHALL FALL
BY THE SWORD,

THEIR INFANTS
DASHED TO PIECES,

AND THEIR WOMEN WITH CHILD
RIPPED OPEN.

- GLADYS, WAIT.
GLADYS!

- OH!

- GLADYS!

SOMEBODY CALL A BUS!

GLADYS, ARE YOU OKAY?

[gasps]

- WILL SHE BE OKAY?

- WELL, SHE HAS
A NASTY CONCUSSION,

BUT AN MRI OF HER BRAIN
SHOWED NO BLEEDING.

- HOW ABOUT THE FETUS?

- 24 WEEKS AND HEALTHY.

IT'S A MIRACLE CONSIDERING
GLADYS HAD NO PRENATAL CARE

AND HAS BEEN ENGAGING
IN HIGH-RISK SEX.

- MAYBE THIS IS
THE EYE-OPENER SHE NEEDED

TO TURN HER LIFE AROUND.

- WELL,
WITH A LITTLE LUCK.

WE NEED TO TALK TO HER.

- WELL, SHE NEEDS TO REST.

- SHE'S A KEY WITNESS
IN TWO MURDERS.

- WELL,
THOSE VICTIMS ARE DEAD.

GLADYS AND HER BABY
ARE ALIVE,

AND I PLAN ON KEEPING THEM
THAT WAY.

COME BACK TOMORROW.

- IF WE DON'T GET A FORMAL I.D.
FROM GLADYS ASAP,

THEN WE'RE GONNA HAVE TO LET
REVEREND BILLY WALK.

- WELL, I'LL BET CABOT CAN FIND
A WAY TO KEEP HIM ON ICE.

- PEOPLE V. BILLY SKAGGS.

TWO COUNTS MURDER TWO,
ONE COUNT ATTEMPTED MURDER TWO.

- HOW DOES THE DEFENDANT
PLEAD?

- NOT GUILTY, YOUR HONOR.

- BAIL ARGUMENT,
MS. CABOT?

- THE PEOPLE
REQUEST REMAND.

- YOUR HONOR,
THESE CHARGES ARE A FARCE.

MY CLIENT IS A RESPECTED
LAY MINISTER IN THE AREA.

- I'M A SERVANT OF GOD,
YOUR HONOR.

- TENDING TO HIS FLOCK

FROM A BEAT-UP BUICK REGAL
WITH EXPIRED PLATES.

TWO YOUNG GIRLS ARE ALREADY DEAD
AND THE THIRD VICTIM

BARELY SURVIVED MR. SKAGGS'
ATTACK AND I.D.'D HIM.

- I WAS PRESENT,
YOUR HONOR.

THE WITNESS NEVER MADE
A PROCEDURALLY VALID I.D.

- BECAUSE OF THE FREAKY
DEACON'S CRAZED RANTING,

SHE FLED IN TERROR.

SUBSEQUENTLY, SHE COLLAPSED
AND REQUIRED HOSPITALIZATION.

- "TERRIFIED" ISN'T
AN ADMISSIBLE I.D.

- SHE SAID, "IT'S HIM."

- WHO IS "HIM"? THERE WERE
FIVE OTHER HIMS THERE.

- AND THE DETECTIVES WHO RAN
THE LINEUP WILL TESTIFY

AS TO THE VALIDITY OF THE
WITNESS'S I.D. OF THE DEFENDANT.

- NO NEED, MS. CABOT.

I'LL REVIEW
THE WITNESS STATEMENT,

BUT THE DEFENDANT IS
REMANDED WITHOUT BAIL.

[gavel bangs]

- SKAGGS IS OFF
THE STREET.

THERE'S NOTHING
HE CAN DO TO YOU NOW.

- THANK YOU.

- LOOKS LIKE
YOU'RE DOING BETTER.

- I FEEL AWESOME.
EVERYONE HERE IS SO NICE.

- BUT GLADYS, YOU CAN'T IGNORE
THE FACT THAT YOU'RE PREGNANT.

- I'M NOT IGNORING IT
ANYMORE.

I HAVE AN APPOINTMENT
AT THE CLINIC TOMORROW,

AND I'M TAKING
MY VITAMINS.

YOU KNOW, I DON'T THINK
I'VE EVER BEEN

THIS EXCITED
ABOUT ANYTHING.

- BUT YOU UNDERSTAND THAT IF YOU
DECIDE TO KEEP THE BABY,

YOU'RE GONNA HAVE TO MAKE SOME
BIG CHANGES IN YOUR LIFE.

- WHAT ARE YOU
TALKING ABOUT?

OF COURSE
I'M KEEPING MY BABY.

- WELL, IF YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND,
THERE ARE ORGANIZATIONS

THAT CAN HELP
WITH ADOPTION.

- I WON'T CHANGE MY MIND.

LOOK, I WANT A NEW LIFE,
AND THIS IS MY WAY TO GET IT.

- GLADYS, YOU'RE GIVING LIFE
TO THE BABY.

IT'S NOT
THE OTHER WAY AROUND.

- I'M GONNA BE A GOOD MOM.

I PROMISE.

I ALREADY
LOVE MY BABY SO MUCH.

- WHAT BABY?

- I'M PREGNANT.

- IS THIS ANOTHER ONE
OF YOUR LIES?

- IT'S NO LIE.

- 'CAUSE IT SURE AIN'T
NO BLESSING.

NO WONDER YOU'VE BEEN EATING ME
OUT OF HOUSE AND HOME.

YEAH, AND WEARING
THESE BAGGY CLOTHES.

- MS. GRANT, CALM DOWN.

- SHAWNA,
I'M GONNA CHANGE, OKAY?

I WANT TO BE A GOOD MOM
TO MY BABY.

- HOW--HOW--HOW THE HELL
CAN YOU DO THAT?

DO YOU EVEN KNOW
WHO THE FATHER IS?

- MS. GRANT, I THINK THAT GLADYS
NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT RIGHT NOW.

- YOU NEED TO BUTT OUT
OF OUR FAMILY BUSINESS.

WHO'S GONNA FEED THIS BABY,

BUY THE CLOTHES,
PAY THE DOCTOR?

WHO, YOU?

I DIDN'T THINK SO.

NOW GET YOUR DO-GOODY ASSES
OUT OF HERE.

- CAN MY DO-GOODY ASS
GET ANOTHER CUP?

- WHAT ARE THE ODDS THAT
THIS BABY LIVES A NORMAL LIFE?

- DEFINE "NORMAL."

- WELL, MAYBE GLADYS WILL
TURN HER LIFE AROUND.

- WELL, MY OPINION?

THAT BABY'S ONLY CHANCE IS
IF SHE GIVES IT UP FOR ADOPTION.

- WELL, AT LEAST WE COLLARED
THE BASTARD.

- THAT COUNTS AS A WIN.
- NOT SO FAST.

UPON FURTHER REVIEW,

JUDGE MASKIN REJECTED
YOUR LINEUP IDENTIFICATION.

- WHY?

- SHE'S ORDERED
A WADE HEARING

SO GLADYS CAN MAKE AN OFFICIAL
WITNESS I.D. OF SKAGGS

BEFORE WE GO TO TRIAL.

- I GOTTA TELL YOU,
THAT GIRL WAS PETRIFIED

WITH HIM BEHIND GLASS.

WHAT IS SHE GONNA DO

WHEN HE'S GLARING AT HER
IN THE COURTROOM?

- I KNOW, BUT IF GLADYS
SCREWS THIS UP,

WE DON'T HAVE ANYTHING THAT
CONNECTS SKAGGS TO THE MURDERS.

- SO HE WALKS.
AND KILLS AGAIN.

- WHICH IS WHY I NEED YOU TO
BECOME GLADYS'S NEW BEST FRIEND.

- GLADYS ISN'T HERE.

- YOU HAVE ANY IDEA
WHEN SHE'LL BE BACK?

- NOT ANYTIME SOON.

- DID YOU KICK A PREGNANT GIRL
OUT ON THE STREET?

- I GAVE HER EVERY CHANCE
AT A NORMAL LIFE.

- YOU GAVE HER
A LOUSY SOFA TO SLEEP ON

AS LONG AS
SHE COULD PAY YOUR RENT.

- LOOK, I GOT TWO KIDS
OF MY OWN, ALL RIGHT?

AND DISABILITY
DOESN'T MAKE ENDS MEET.

HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO PAY
FOR HER AND A BABY?

- NOT BY ABANDONING HER.

- LOOK, THAT GIRL MAKES
HER OWN DECISIONS, ALL RIGHT?

AND SHE STARTED WHEN SHE GOT
IN THAT PIMP'S CAR.

- SHE WAS ONLY
12 YEARS OLD.

ONCE SHE MET HIM,

THAT'S THE LAST DECISION
SHE EVER MADE ON HER OWN.

HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF
"BREAKING A BITCH"?

THAT'S WHAT PIMPS DO
TO YOUNG GIRLS.

MAKE THEM SO DEPENDENT

THAT THEY NEVER
HAVE A CHANCE.

SHAWNA, GLADYS HAS ONE
NOW, HERE WITH YOU.

BUT ONLY
IF YOU HELP HER.

- I LOVE HER.
I DO.

BUT I--I WAS
AT THE END OF MY ROPE.

I THREW HER OUT.

I TOLD HER
TO BE ANYWHERE BUT HERE.

- YOU HAVE ANY IDEA
WHERE SHE WENT?

- I-I DIDN'T ASK.

RIGHT BEFORE SHE LEFT, THOUGH,
SHE WAS ON HER COMPUTER.

- LOOKS LIKE SHE POSTED AN AD
ON CRAIGSLIST.

- SAME PLACE YOU CAN
BUY A USED LAWN MOWER.

- OR A WOMAN,
PROBABLY CHEAPER.

- HERE IT IS.

- "LET SUNSHINE
BRIGHTEN YOUR NIGHT.

FULL SERVICE.
OUTCALL ONLY."

- ANYBODY ANSWER HER AD?

- I JUST HACKED
HER ACCOUNT.

ONE REPLY.

"HEY, BABY,
WE WANNA HIT IT HARD AND RAW.

COME BY AT 8:00."

- HER DATE'S IN RED HOOK.

[pounding on door]

- POLICE. OPEN UP.

[footsteps]

- WHERE'S SUNSHINE?
- WHO?

- THE GIRL THAT YOU ORDERED
ON CRAIGSLIST, JACKHOLE.

- THE ONLY THING WE ORDERED
WAS A PIZZA, MAN.

- YEAH. WE WERE STUDYING
FOR FINALS.

- WHAT'S YOUR MAJOR?
STUPIDITY?

- ELLIOT!

- SHE'S BARELY CONSCIOUS.
CALL A BUS.

- WHAT'D YOU DO TO HER?

- NOTHING, NOTHING.

WE GOT IT ON,
BUT THEN I THOUGHT SHE LEFT.

- DID SHE SMOKE
OR TAKE ANYTHING?

- NO.

- THE BED'S ALL WET.

OH, GOD.
HER WATER BROKE.

- THIS IS MANHATTAN SVU.
I NEED A BUS AT...

- GLADYS. GLADYS.
- ...RED HOOK, BROOKLYN.

- IT'S DETECTIVE BENSON.
- APARTMENT 2A.

- CAN YOU HEAR ME?
GLADYS?

SHE'S SEIZING.

- HOW'S GLADYS?

- SHE HAD
A GRAND MAL SEIZURE,

MOST LIKELY BROUGHT ON BY
PREECLAMPSIA WITH BRAIN EDEMA.

- IN ENGLISH, DOC.

- HER BLOOD PRESSURE
WAS DANGEROUSLY HIGH,

SO I HAD TO DO
A CRASH C-SECTION.

BUT GLADYS
IS GOING TO BE OKAY.

- WHAT ABOUT THE BABY?

- FOUR MONTHS EARLY.
BARELY WEIGHS A POUND.

SHE HAS
RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS,

NECROTIZING ENTEROCOLITIS,

INTRAVENTRICULAR
HEMORRHAGING.

BOTTOM LINE:
AT THE VERY LEAST,

SHE'S GONNA NEED
MULTIPLE SURGERIES

AND MONTHS OF CARE
IN THE NICU.

- SO WHAT ARE HER CHANCES?
SERIOUSLY.

- BABIES BORN ANY EARLIER,
WE USUALLY PLACE IN HOSPICE.

THIS ONE, I'D SAY ANYWHERE
BETWEEN 17 AND 40%.

- STILL WORTH IT.

- I DON'T KNOW IF I'D
NECESSARILY AGREE WITH YOU.

- YOU THINK HEROIC MEASURES
SHOULDN'T BE TAKEN?

- I THINK WITHHOLDING TREATMENT
IS AN OPTION.

- IT'S NOT AN OPTION,
IT'S MURDER.

- AND POURING THOUSANDS,
IF NOT MILLIONS OF DOLLARS

INTO SAVING A BABY
WHO WILL BE BLIND,

WITH CEREBRAL PALSY
AND SEVERE MENTAL RETARDATION,

YOU THINK THAT'S
WHAT'S BEST FOR HER?

- YOU CANNOT SAY FOR SURE

THAT THIS BABY WILL NOT
LIVE A NORMAL LIFE.

- NO ONE CAN, BUT THE ODDS
ARE VERY SMALL.

- DOES GLADYS
KNOW ALL THIS?

- I DON'T THINK SHE HEARD ME.
IT TAKES TIME TO SINK IN.

I JUST HOPE THE BABY DOESN'T
TAKE A TURN FOR THE WORSE.

[monitor beeping]

- SHE'S BEAUTIFUL.

- SHE'S A MIRACLE.

- SHE HAVE A NAME YET?

- I DON'T KNOW.

I JUST WANT TO PICK
THE RIGHT ONE, YOU KNOW?

I WANT TO
TAKE HER HOME TOO.

- GLADYS, THE DOCTOR SAID
THAT SHE MAY BE HERE

FOR A VERY LONG TIME.

- I'M NOT WORRIED.
SHE'LL BE FINE.

- AND IF SHE ISN'T?

HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT
YOU WANT THE DOCTORS TO DO?

- YEAH.

WELL, SORT OF.

- GLADYS,
YOUR DAUGHTER'S VERY SICK.

SHE CAN'T BREATHE OR SUCK
OR SWALLOW ON HER OWN.

- DO YOU THINK
SHE'S SUFFERING?

- I DON'T KNOW.

- SHE CAN'T DIE.
SHE JUST CAN'T.

I TOLD THEM TO DO WHATEVER
IT TAKES TO SAVE HER.

- GLADYS WANTS TO USE HEROIC
MEASURES TO SAVE HER BABY.

- I DON'T BLAME HER.

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO
"FIRST DO NO HARM"?

- WHAT IF KEEPING HER ALIVE
DOES MORE HARM THAN GOOD?

- IF YOU HAD KIDS, YOU WOULDN'T
BE ASKING THAT QUESTION.

- OH, SO JUST BECAUSE
I'M NOT A MOTHER,

I DON'T CARE
ABOUT THIS BABY?

- THAT'S NOT WHAT I MEANT.

- ELLIOT, WHAT IF LITTLE ELI
WAS GONNA DIE?

OR HE WAS SO DISABLED

THAT HE WOULD HAVE TO HAVE
ROUND-THE-CLOCK CARE

FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE?

- I WOULDN'T PLAY GOD.

- THEN DON'T PLAY DOCTOR
EITHER.

- LET ME GUESS.
THE BABY.

- YEAH.

ELLIOT AND I DON'T EXACTLY
SEE EYE TO EYE.

- WELL, MAYBE PUTTING AWAY
REVEREND BILLY

WILL PATCH THINGS UP.

LISTEN, I NEED GLADYS
TO TESTIFY.

- ALEX, HER BABY IS
BARELY ALIVE.

I DOUBT SHE'S GOING
TO LEAVE THE HOSPITAL.

- I'M NOT PUTTING THAT
PSYCHOPATH BACK ON THE STREETS,

AND NEITHER ARE YOU.

- WHAT DO YOU
EXPECT ME TO DO?

- ARREST HER.
FOR PROSTITUTION.

- YOU'RE SERIOUS?

- CUFF HER TO THE CRIB.

DO WHATEVER IT TAKES
TO KEEP HER FROM RUNNING.

I'LL CUT HER LOOSE
AFTER THE HEARING.

- AND WHAT IF HER LITTLE GIRL
GETS EVEN SICKER

WHILE SHE'S IN COURT?

WHAT IF GLADYS
HAS TO MAKE A DECISION

AND SHE CAN'T GET
BACK TO THE HOSPITAL?

- WHAT IF
GLADYS DOESN'T TESTIFY

AND BILLY SKAGGS MURDERS
ANOTHER YOUNG GIRL?

- * HUSH LITTLE BABY,
DON'T SAY A WORD *

* MAMA'S GONNA BUY YOU
A MOCKINGBIRD *

* AND IF
THAT MOCKINGBIRD *

- HOW'S THE BABY?

- SHE'S OKAY.

SHE HAD SOME TROUBLE
BREATHING EARLIER.

- YEAH?

GLADYS,

I NEED YOUR HELP.

I NEED YOU TO TESTIFY
AGAINST BILLY SKAGGS.

- WHAT?
I'M NOT LEAVING MY BABY.

- GLADYS, IF YOU DON'T,

I HAVE TO ARREST YOU
FOR PROSTITUTION.

- I'M NOT GOING ANYWHERE.

- GLADYS, PLEASE
DON'T MAKE ME DO THIS.

- GO TO HELL.

- GLADYS DALTON, YOU'RE UNDER
ARREST FOR PROSTITUTION.

COME ON.

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT
TO REMAIN SILENT.

ANYTHING YOU SAY CAN AND
WILL BE USED AGAINST YOU

IN A COURT OF LAW.

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT
TO AN ATTORNEY.

IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD ONE,
ONE WILL BE...

- I WAS HANGING OUT
IN MIDTOWN

WHEN SOME GUY CAME BY
AND PICKED ME UP.

HE TOOK OUT A BIBLE
AND SAID,

"ARE YOU READY
TO MEET YOUR FATHER?"

AND BEFORE I COULD ANSWER,
HE STARTED STRANGLING ME.

AND THE NEXT THING I KNEW,
THE COPS WERE THERE.

- AND IS THE MAN WHO TRIED TO
KILL YOU IN THIS COURTROOM?

- YEAH.
HE'S RIGHT OVER THERE.

- LET THE RECORD REFLECT

THE WITNESS HAS IDENTIFIED
BILLY SKAGGS.

THANK YOU.
NO FURTHER QUESTIONS.

- ISN'T IT TRUE YOU'RE
A PROSTITUTE, MS. SUNSHINE?

- WAS A PROSTITUTE.
MY NAME IS GLADYS.

- DIDN'T THE ASSISTANT D.A.
INSTRUCT DETECTIVE BENSON

TO ARREST YOU
FOR PROSTITUTION LAST NIGHT?

- YEAH, BUT--

- THEN YOU HAVEN'T BEEN
A PROSTITUTE FOR ONE WHOLE DAY.

CONGRATULATIONS.
- OBJECTION.

- SUSTAINED. QUESTIONS,
NOT STATEMENTS, MR. BUCHANAN.

- WHY DIDN'T YOU
IDENTIFY MY CLIENT

AT THE FIRST
POLICE LINEUP?

- WELL, I DID.

- NOT ACCORDING
TO THE JUDGE.

YOU MERELY SAID, "IT'S HIM,"
AND RAN FROM THE ROOM.

- I GOT SCARED.

- AND NOW YOU'RE BRAVE?

OR IS IT JUST THAT
YOU'RE A STREETWALKER

TESTIFYING TODAY
TO SAVE YOUR OWN SKIN?

- LOOK, I MAY HAVE MADE
SOME STUPID DECISIONS,

BUT I'M NOT BLIND.

- THESE STUPID DECISIONS--

DOES THAT INCLUDE DROPPING OUT
OF THE EIGHTH GRADE?

BECOMING A DRUG ADDICT?

HAVING ANONYMOUS STREET SEX
WHILE YOU'RE 24 WEEKS PREGNANT?

- HEY, THAT MAN OVER THERE
TRIED TO KILL ME!

THAT HAPPENED.

I'M NOT GONNA LET HIM
GET AWAY WITH THAT.

- MY CLIENT ISN'T "GETTING AWAY"
WITH ANYTHING

BECAUSE HE'S THE VICTIM
OF YOUR VICIOUS LIES.

YOU'RE THE CRIMINAL HERE.

NO FURTHER QUESTIONS,
YOUR HONOR.

- MR. BUCHANAN WANTS TO TALK
ABOUT YOU BEING A CRIMINAL,

GLADYS,
SO LET'S JUST DO THAT.

HOW LONG WERE YOU UNDER
THE CONTROL OF YOUR PIMP?

- SINCE I WAS 12,
SO TEN YEARS.

- AND HOW MANY NIGHTS A WEEK
DID HE FORCE YOU TO WORK?

- FIVE.

- AND HOW MANY MEN

DID HE FORCE YOU
TO HAVE SEX WITH EACH NIGHT?

- LIKE, AT LEAST SIX.

- AND SINCE YOU WERE 12,
YOU COULDN'T CONSENT.

AND BECAUSE YOU WERE FORCED,
YOU WERE RAPED.

SO WOULD YOU ESTIMATE
YOU WERE RAPED

A TOTAL OF 13,000 TIMES
OVER THOSE TEN YEARS?

- YEAH.

- I HOPE I CLEARED THINGS UP
FOR YOU, COUNSELOR.

THAT IS A VICTIM.
AND THAT IS A CRIMINAL.

- I'M THE CRIMINAL?

[gavel bangs]
- SIT DOWN, MR. SKAGGS.

- SATAN HAS PENETRATED YOU
13,000 TIMES, YOU WHORE!

GOD DEMANDS YOUR REPENTANCE,
NOT MINE!

- OFFICERS!
- NO!

- THAT IS ENOUGH!

THE COURT RULES THAT
MS. DALTON'S IDENTIFICATION

OF MR. SKAGGS
IS ADMISSIBLE.

- NO! ONLY THE LORD
CAN PRONOUNCE JUDGMENT!

- OFFICERS, GET HIM
OUT OF MY COURTROOM!

- HE WHO SITTETH ON HIGH,

UPON THE WICKED,
HE SHALL RAIN SNARES,

FIRE AND BRIMSTONE,
AND A HORRIBLE TEMPEST:

THIS SHALL BE
THE PORTION OF THEIR CUP!

- HEY.

CABOT DROPPED
THE PROSTITUTION CHARGE.

YOU'RE FREE TO GO.

- BACK THERE IN COURT,

EVERYTHING THAT LAWYER
SAID ABOUT ME IS TRUE.

- YOU'VE TURNED A PAGE
ON THAT.

THAT'S BEHIND YOU NOW.

- IT'LL NEVER BE
BEHIND ME.

WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO TELL
MY BABY WHEN SHE GROWS UP?

- GLADYS,
YOU LOVE YOUR LITTLE GIRL,

AND THAT'S
ALL THAT MATTERS.

AND IF YOU MAKE THE RIGHT
DECISION FOR HER NOW,

SHE'LL UNDERSTAND.

- YEAH.

THE RIGHT DECISION.

[crying]

- WHAT'S GOING ON,
CAPTAIN?

- A LAWYER JUST LEFT THIS
FOR YOU AT THE STATION.

I THOUGHT YOU'D
WANT IT RIGHT AWAY.

- GLADYS LEFT ME POWER OF
ATTORNEY OVER HER DAUGHTER.

- IT LOOKS LIKE
SHE WROTE YOU A NOTE TOO.

- "OLIVIA, I REALIZED TODAY
THAT YOU'RE RIGHT.

"I DO NEED TO MAKE THE RIGHT
DECISIONS FROM NOW ON.

"THAT'S WHY I'VE DECIDED
TO GO AWAY

"AND FIGURE EVERYTHING OUT.

"I KNOW YOU'LL BE THERE
FOR MY BABY

"AND DO WHAT'S BEST FOR HER
UNTIL I GET BACK

AND CAN BE THE MOTHER
SHE DESERVES."

- I'M GLAD YOU MADE IT.
WE DON'T HAVE MUCH TIME.

- WHAT'S WRONG?

- THE BABY'S BRAIN
IS BLEEDING.

WE NEED YOUR PERMISSION
TO OPERATE IMMEDIATELY.

- WELL, WHAT ARE HER CHANCES
IF YOU DON'T?

- NOT GOOD.

- AND IF THE SURGERY
IS SUCCESSFUL?

- SHE COULD HAVE BRAIN DAMAGE
FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE.

DETECTIVE, I NEED YOU
TO MAKE A DECISION.

DETECTIVE?

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