SVU, Episode 19.05
Production number: 19005
First aired: 25 October 2017
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Written By
Céline C. Robinson

Directed By


The Special Victims Unit reopen a 10 year-old kidnapping case when a young woman is found wandering Central Park alone.




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May have been based on the story of Frederic Bourdin, a french identity thief who impersonated a missing child called Nicholas Barclay and moved in with his family, and who, in his 2012 documentary The Imposter, theorized that the reason the family were so accepting of his reappearance so suddenly, was because they had secretly killed Nicholas all those years ago



Background Information and Notes

*This episode shares many similarities to the Season 10 episode "Stranger"

  • Both episodes revolve around a storyline of an imposter presenting herself as a girl who’d gone missing years prior.
  • It is revealed at the end of both episodes that the missing victim was actually murdered by their sibling.
  • In both episodes, it is also revealed that one of the victim's parents was in fact aware that the sibling murdered the victim, but chose to conceal the act in order to shield the sibling from any consequences of her/his actions.

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"No Good Reason"
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
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