The following is an unofficial list of episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent that have been ripped from the headlines.

Season 1

Ep# Episode Title Real Life Incident(s)/Case(s)
3 Smothered The Patricia Margello case.
6 The Extra Man The Christophe Rocancourt case.
7 Poison
8 The Pardoner's Tale Ripped from the pages of the book The Pardoner's Tale.
9 The Good Doctor
11 The Third Horseman The murder of Barnett Slepian committed by James Charles Kopp.
16 Phantom The Jean-Claude Romand case.
19 Maledictus The Robert Durst case.
21 Faith The Kaycee Nicole hoax case.
22 Tuxedo Hill The Enron scandal.

Season 2

Ep# Episode Title Real Life Incident(s)/Case(s)
1 Dead The 2002 Tri-State Crematory scandal.
2 Bright Boy The Justin Chapman case.
3 Anti-Thesis
6 Malignant The Robert Ray Courtney case.
7 Tomorrow The Christine and Léa Papin case.
10 Con-Text The Lisa McPherson case.
11 Baggage The Susan Taraskiewicz case.
15 Monster
16 Cuba Libre The Larry Davis case.
17 Cold Comfort
23 A Person of Interest

Season 3

Ep# Episode Title Real Life Incident(s)/Case(s)
1 Undaunted Mettle Based of the life story of Louis Kahn.
5 Pravda The Jayson Blair plagiarism scandal.
6 Stray The Bonnie Parker/Clyde Barrow case.
8 Sound Bodies
9 Happy Family The Ted Ammon case.
13 Pas de Deux The death of Brian Douglas Wells.
14 Mis-Labeled
  • The Travenol pharmaceutical company scandal.
  • The Armour pharmaceutical company scandal.
16 The Saint The Mark Hofmann case.
20 D.A.W. The Harold Shipman case.

Season 4

Ep# Episode Title Real Life Incident(s)/Case(s)
1 Semi-Detached Inspired by the well-known personalities of Howard Stern, Rush Limbaugh, and Spalding Gray.
3 Want
5 Eosphoros The Madalyn Murray O'Hair case.
6 In the Dark The Ray and Faye Copeland case.
7 Magnificat The Andrea Yates case.
8 Silver Lining The Blaine Nordahl case.
9 Inert Dwarf Based on the controversy involving famous astrophysicist Stephen Hawking and the unauthorized use of the "theory of everything".
11 Gone Based on the life of chess master Bobby Fischer.
14 Sex Club Based on the lives of actress Jeri Ryan and her ex-husband Jack.
17 Shibboleth The Dennis Rader (a.k.a. "The BTK Killer") case.
19 Beast The Dr. Barton Corbin case.
21 The Unblinking Eye The Nicole duFresne case.
22 My Good Name The Bernie Kerik scandal.
23 False-Hearted Judges

Season 5

Ep# Episode Title Real Life Incident(s)/Case(s)
3 Prisoner The Bobbi Parker case.
4 Unchained The Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa case.
5 Acts of Contrition The Howard Beach racial incident.
6 In the Wee Small Hours (Part I) The Natalee Holloway case.
7 In the Wee Small Hours (Part II)
11 Slither The Charles Sobhraj case.
12 Watch The Kenneth Bianchi/Angelo Buono, Jr. (a.k.a. "The Hillside Strangler") case.
13 Proud Flesh Based on the life of Wendi Deng Murdoch.
14 Wasichu
15 Wrongful Life
16 Dramma Giocoso The Helen Mintiks case.
20 To the Bone The Zebra murders.
21 On Fire The 2006 Alabama church fires.
22 The Good The Thomas Kinkade fraud suit.

Season 6

Ep# Episode Title Real Life Incident(s)/Case(s)
2 Tru Love
3 Siren Call
6 Masquerade The murder of JonBenét Ramsey and the 2006 confession by John Mark Karr.
7 Country Crossover The 2001 SUV crash involving Lizzie Grubman.
9 Blasters Based around actor Dustin Diamond's monetary woes.
10 Weeping Willow Based on the lonelygirl15 hoax.
12 Privilege The elder abuse accusation against Anthony Dryden Marshall by Brooke Astor.
13 Albatross Based on the scandal involving Al and Jeanine Pirro.
14 Flipped
15 Brother's Keeper The Ted Haggard scandal.
16 30
19 Rocket Man The Lisa Nowak case.
20 Bombshell Based around the deaths of Anna Nicole Smith and her first son, Daniel Wayne Smith.
21 Endgame The William Richard Bradford case.

Season 7

Ep# Episode Title Real Life Incident(s)/Case(s)
2 Seeds The Cecil Jacobson case.
3 Smile Based on the concerns of diethylene glycol contamination in toothpaste during the 2007 Chinese export recalls.
6 Courtship Based on the then-ongoing series of events involving the divorce between celebrities Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger.
7 Self-made Based on the scandal involving James Frey's popular memoir A Million Little Pieces.
8 Offense The 2006 Duke lacrosse case.
10 Senseless The Shahid Baskerville case.
14 Assassin
16 Reunion Based on the life of musician Pete Townshend, and the 2003 scandal surrounding his alleged possession of Internet child pornography.
17 Vanishing Act Based on the tricks used by illusionists Criss Angel and David Blaine.

Season 8

Ep# Episode Title Real Life Incident(s)/Case(s)
7 Folie à Deux
8 The Glory That Was Inspired by the Rio de Janeiro bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
9 Family Values The John List (a.k.a. "The Boogeyman of Westfield") case.
16 Revolution

Season 9

Ep# Episode Title Real Life Incident(s)/Case(s)
1 Loyalty (Part 1) Based on attacks by Somalian pirates off the coast of Somalia.
2 Loyalty (Part 2)
4 Delicate The Pauline Parker/Juliet Hulme case.
6 Abel & Willing
7 Love Sick The Paul Bernardo/Karla Homolka case.
10 Disciple
15 Inhumane Society The Bad Newz Kennels dog fighting scandal involving Michael Vick.

Season 10

Ep# Episode Title Real Life Incident(s)/Case(s)
1 Rispetto The Charlie Sheen substance abuse scandal and other legal issues.
3 Boots on the Ground Inspired, in part, by leaks made by WikiLeaks in 2010.
6 Cadaver The term "tiger parenting" popularized by the controversial book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Yale law professor Amy Chua.
7 Icarus Inspired by cast and stunt double injuries during the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.
8 To the Boy in the Blue Knit Cap

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