|Title||Pattern 17 Rapist|
|Pathology|| Serial rapist|
|First Appearance||"Pattern Seventeen"|
Albert Beck (alias The Pattern 17 Rapist) is a serial rapist and pedophile who sexually assaulted dozens of women, some of them underage, in several states.
In his adult life, Beck worked as an EMT in several cities, including Atlanta and Milwaukee, and also participated in the church choir. He used his job as a cover so he could seek out unsuspecting victims to rape. He targeted young, petite girls, whom he assaulted, choked until they blacked out, and hummed church hymns to. In 2010, while he was working in Milwaukee, Beck met and began dating Lauren Burns. He moved with her and her daughter Beth to New York City in 2011, where he worked as a red-alert EMT there. He received several decorations for his work during the 2013 Metro-North Railroad derailment. During his four years with Lauren and Beth, Beck stopped raping and started a consensual relationship with the underage Beth, who sexted him. Lauren eventually found out and kicked him out, driving him to start seeking out women to rape again.
The SVU team began investigating his attacks when the first New York victim, Annie Lin, reports her rape. Their investigation becomes complicated due to the underfunded police departments who had jurisdiction over the locations of Beck's attacks and the high number of untested rape kits, ranging in the thousands per precinct. As the investigation progresses, Beck continues raping women, who are getting younger with each attack, until he assaults a 12-year-old girl named Ryann Catalano, whose puppy attacks and injures him in retaliation. The SVU initially suspect Beck's colleague at Mercy Hospital, Dr. Joseph Conklin, whose car Beck used during Ryann's assault. Though Conklin sold prescription drugs to women in exchange for sex, he is exonerated for the rapes when the detectives realize other employees at the hospital had access to his car keys. Using security footage, they identify Beck, interrogate Lauren and Beth, and find out about the relationship between Beth and Beck.
Beck is lured out by Beth, who is being used by the SVU, but Beth tells him to run. When he tries to flee, he is subdued by Detective Fin and arrested. However, because of the untested rape kits in the police departments out of state, the team has only the Atlanta and New York City rapes to charge him with. As a result, Beck is interrogated by Fin and Sonny, who tell him that they will be charging him with Ryann's rape only, which will be known to the other inmates in prison. Knowing he will never be safe in prison, Beck agrees to write a confession to all of his rapes. In total, he discloses 28 out-of-state rapes, though Sergeant Benson assumes there may be more. During a CompStat meeting, Benson addresses the problem of underfunded departments and the backlog of untested rape kits, which would have prevented the New York attacks had it been addressed earlier. (SVU: "Pattern Seventeen")
- 1992-2010: At least 28 rape victims, including:
- 2008, Atlanta, Georgia:
- Madeline Morrison
- Rachel Cates
- Ashley Miller
- Las Vegas, Nevada: Three unnamed victims
- Milwaukee, Wisconsin: At least two unnamed victims
- 2008, Atlanta, Georgia:
- 2014, New York City, New York:
- Beth Burns (committed consensual statutory rape with)
- Annie Lin
- Nina Carr
- Ryann Catalano (attempted to rape)