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The following is a list of episodes of Law & Order that have been Ripped from the headlines.

Season 1Edit

Ep# Episode Title Real Life Incident(s)/Case(s)
1 Prescription for Death The death of Libby Zion.
2 Subterranean Homeboy Blues The Bernhard Goetz (a.k.a. "The Subway Vigilante") case.
3 The Reaper's Helper The Jack Kevorkian (a.k.a. "Dr. Death") case.
4 Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die The Robert Chambers (a.k.a. "Preppie Killer") case.
5 Happily Ever After The Charles "Chuck" Stuart case.
6 Everybody's Favorite Bagman The 1986 New York Parking Violations Bureau corruption scandal.
7 By Hooker, By Crook The Sydney Biddle Barrows (a.k.a. "The Mayflower Madam") case.
8 Poison Ivy The Edmund Perry case.
9 Indifference The Joel Steinberg case.
11 Out of the Half-Light The Tawana Brawley rape allegation case.
13 A Death in the Family The Larry Davis case.
15-16 The Torrents of Greed (Part I)/
The Torrents of Greed (Part II)
Based on the life of John Gotti and the Gambino crime family.
17 Mushrooms Inspired by real-life cases of young children hit by stray bullets in large U.S. cities.
19 The Serpent's Tooth The Lyle and Erik Menendez (a.k.a. "The Menendez Brothers") case.
20 The Troubles The Joe Doherty case.
22 The Blue Wall The Joe Sánchez case.

Season 2Edit

Ep# Episode Title Real Life Incident(s)/Case(s)
1 Confession The Oreste Fulminante case.
2 The Wages of Love The Betty Broderick case.
5 God Bless the Child The Alex Dale Morris case.
7 In Memory Of... The George Franklin case.
8 Out of Control Based on an actual rape case at St. John's University in Collegeville, Jamaica, New York (due to certain restrictions, no one in that case could be named).
9 Renunciation The Pamela Smart case.
10 Heaven The Happy Land fire caused by Julio González.
11 His Hour Upon the Stage The Roy Radin case.
12 Star Struck
13 Severance The CBS Murders case.
16 Vengeance The Albert DeSalvo (a.k.a. "The Boston Strangler") case.
18 The Fertile Fields The Brooklyn Crown Heights Riot of 1991.
20 Intolerance The Wanda Holloway case.

Season 3Edit

Ep# Episode Title Real Life Incident(s)/Case(s)
2 Conspiracy
3 Forgiveness The Bonnie Garland case.
11 Extended Family The Faye Yager case.
13 Night and Fog The John Demjanjuk (a.k.a. "Ivan the Terrible") case.
17 Conduct Unbecoming The Tailhook Association scandal.

Season 4Edit

Ep# Episode Title Real Life Incident(s)/Case(s)
1 Sweeps
2 Volunteers The Larry Hogue (a.k.a. "The Wild Man of 96th Street") case.
3 Discord The Mike Tyson rape case.
5 Black Tie The Sunny von Bülow case.
7 Apocrypha The Charles Manson case.
8 American Dream The Ron Levin case.
14 Censure The Sol Wachtler case.
16 Big Bang The Ted Kaczynski (a.k.a. "The Unabomber") case.
17 Mayhem
18 Wager The James R. Jordan, Sr. murder case.
19 Sanctuary
20 Nurture The Katie Beers case.
21 Doubles

Season 5Edit

Ep# Episode Title Real Life Incident(s)/Case(s)
1 Second Opinion
3 Blue Bamboo Inspired by the Japanese use of comfort women during World War II.
4 Family Values The Amy Fisher (a.k.a. "The Long Island Lolita") case.
5 White Rabbit
6 Competence The Eleanor Bumpurs case.
7 Precious Based on real cases of Münchausen syndrome by proxy.
8 Virtue The Anita Hill scandal.
9 Scoundrels
10 House Counsel The Bruce Cutler case.
12 Progeny The Paul Jennings Hill case.
13 Rage The Colin Ferguson case.
14 Performance The Spur Posse case.
15 Seed The Dr. Cecil Jacobson case.
17 Act of God Based on insurance cases involving claims of an act of God.
18 Privileged The Paul Cox case.
19 Cruel and Unusual Based on the case of the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center in Canton, Massachusetts.
20 Bad Faith The James Porter case.
21 Purple Heart The Anthony Riggs case.
22 Switch The Karisa Santiago case.
23 Pride The assassinations of George Moscone and Harvey Milk committed by Dan White.

Season 6Edit

Ep# Episode Title Real Life Incident(s)/Case(s)
1 Bitter Fruit The Ellie Nesler case.
5 Hot Pursuit The Patty Hearst case.
6 Paranoia The Gina Grant case.
7 Humiliation The Hugh Grant/Divine Brown incident.
8 Angel The Susan Smith case.
10 Remand The Kitty Genovese case.
11 Corpus Delicti The Helen Brach case.
13 Charm City
16 Savior The John List (a.k.a. "The Bogeyman of Westfield") case.
18 Atonement The Linda Sobek case.
22 Homesick The Olivia Riner case.

Season 7Edit

Ep# Episode Title Real Life Incident(s)/Case(s)
1 Causa Mortis The Kathleen Weinstein case.
5 Corruption Based on the 1967-1972 thefts of heroin from the Department Property Clerk's office of the New York City Police Department.
7 Deadbeat The Jeffery Nichols case.
9 Entrapment The Qubilah Shabazz case.
11 Menace The Deletha Word case.
13 Matrimony The Anna Nicole Smith inheritance case.
17 Showtime The O. J. Simpson murder case.
18 Mad Dog The Megan Kanka case.
20 We Like Mike The Ennis Cosby case.
23 Terminal The Angel Diaz case.

Season 8Edit

Ep# Episode Title Real Life Incident(s)/Case(s)
1 Thrill The Thomas Koskovich/Jayson Vreeland case.
2 Denial The Amy Grossberg/Brian Peterson case.
3 Navy Blues Based on the 1997 sex scandal involving the U.S. Air Force and Lt. Kelly Flinn.
4 Harvest Inspired by a piece on 60 Minutes about people being shot in Los Angeles during drive-bys.
6 Baby, It's You The JonBenét Ramsey case.
7 Blood Based on the life of Anatole Broyard.
13 Castoff The Andrew Cunanan case.
15 Faccia a Faccia The Vincent Gigante case.
16 Divorce The divorce of Joseph P. Kennedy II and Sheila Brewster Rauch.
17 Carrier The Nushawn Williams case.
19 Disappeared The Ted Kaczynski (a.k.a. "The Unabomber") case.
20 Burden The Dr. Jack Kevorkian (a.k.a. "Dr. Death") case.
21 Bad Girl The Karla Faye Tucker case.
22 Damaged The Glen Ridge High School rape case.
23 Tabloid The deaths of Diana Spencer and Dodi Fayed.

Season 9Edit

Ep# Episode Title Real Life Incident(s)/Case(s)
3 Bait The Chad MacDonald case.
4 Flight The Brian Stewart case.
5 Agony The Ted Bundy case.
6 Scrambled
  • The J.B. v. M.B. court case.
  • The Kass v. Kass court case.
7 Venom The Sante and Kenneth Kimes case.
9 True North The Stanley Faulder Case.
14 Sideshow Based on the sex scandal involving Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton.
15 Disciple The Charity Miranda case.
16 Harm The Lisa Smart medical malpractice case.
19 Tabula Rasa The Rachael and Lisa Martin cases.
20 Empire Based on the arguments between real-estate developer Donald Trump, Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and the New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner over a new sports stadium.
21 Ambitious The John Gotti, Jr. case.
22 Admissions The Jeremy Strohmeyer case.
24 Refuge (2) Based on the Russian mafia drug money laundering scams during the 1980s and 1990s between JFK Airport and Moscow.

Season 10Edit

Ep# Episode Title Real Life Incident(s)/Case(s)
1 Gunshow The École Polytechnique massacre committed by Marc Lépine.
2 Killerz
5 Justice The Sam Sheppard case.
13 Panic The Eugene Bennett case.
15 Fools For Love The Karla Homolka/Paul Bernardo (a.k.a. "The Ken and Barbie Killers") case.
16 Trade This The Mark O. Barton case.
22 High & Low The James McDermott trading scandal.
23 Stiff The Sunny von Bülow case.
24 Vaya Con Dios The Charles Horman case.

Season 11Edit

Ep# Episode Title Real Life Incident(s)/Case(s)
2 Turnstile Justice The Kendra Webdale case.
5 Return The Samuel Sheinbein case.
6 Burn, Baby, Burn The H. Rap Brown case.
7 Amends The Martha Moxley/Michael Skakel case.
8 Thin Ice The Thomas Junta case.
9 Hubris
10 Whose Monkey is it Anyway? The 1988 Reston African filovirus outbreak.
11 Sunday in the Park with Jorge The 2000 Puerto Rican Day Parade attacks.
12 Teenage Wasteland The Jin-Sheng Liu case.
14 A Losing Season The Rae Carruth case.
15 Swept Away - A Very Special Episode Based on popular reality TV shows such as Big Brother and The Real World.
17 Ego The Thomas Capano case.
19 Whiplash Based on the 1996 "sudden stop" car accidents conspiracy in Chicago.
20 All My Children The Ennis Cosby case.
21 Brother's Keeper
22 School Daze
24 Deep Vote The 2000 United States presidential election.

Season 12Edit

Ep# Episode Title Real Life Incident(s)/Case(s)
1 Who Let the Dogs Out? The Diane Whipple case.
2 Armed Forces The Senator Bob Kerrey controversy.
4 Soldier of Fortune The South African De Beers corporation.
6 Formerly Famous The Bonnie Lee Bakley case.
7 Myth of Fingerprints The Joyce Gilchrist scandal.
8 The Fire This Time The Earth Liberation Front.
9 3 Dawg Night The shooting at Club New York involving Sean Combs (a.k.a. "Puff Daddy)".
14 Missing The Chandra Levy case.
16 Born Again The Candace Newmaker case.
18 Equal Rights The Enron scandal.
21 Foul Play The Danny Almonte scandal.
22 Attorney Client The Stefanie Rabinowitz case.
24 Patriot Based on the prejudice against Muslims and Arabs after the September 11 attacks.

Season 13Edit

Ep# Episode Title Real Life Incident(s)/Case(s)
1 American Jihad The John Walker Lindh case.
2 Shangri-La The Treva Throneberry case.
3 True Crime The suicide of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.
4 Tragedy on Rye The Carnegie Deli murders.
6 Hitman The Ted Ammon case.
7 Open Season The Lynne Stewart case.
8 Asterisk The Jayson Williams case.
13 Absentia The Ira Einhorn (a.k.a. "The Unicorn Killer") case.
15 Bitch The Martha Stewart case.
17 Genius
18 Maritime The disappearance of Bison Dele.
20 Kid Pro Quo The Sanford I. Weill controversy.
21 House Calls The 2001 shoplifting trial of Winona Ryder.
22 Sheltered The 2002 Beltway sniper attacks.
23 Couples
24 Smoke The Michael Jackson child molestation scandal.

Season 14Edit

Ep# Episode Title Real Life Incident(s)/Case(s)
2 Bounty
3 Patient Zero The Dr. Richard J. Schmidt case.
4 Shrunk The Lana Clarkson case.
5 Blaze The Station nightclub fire.
7 Floater The Justice Victor I. Barron case.
8 Embedded Based on the 2003 Geraldo Rivera controversy during the Iraq War.
11 Darwinian The Chante Mallard/Gregory Glenn Biggs murder case.
12 Payback The trial of Mafia don Vincent Gigante.
17 Hands Free The Robert Durst case.
19 Nowhere Man The murder of Baltimore federal prosecutor Jonathan P. Luna.
20 Everybody Loves Raimondo's The Louis Barone/Albert Circelli Jr. murder case.
21 Vendetta The Steve Bartman incident.
22 Gaijin The Kazuyoshi Miura murder case.

Season 15Edit

Ep# Episode Title Real Life Incident(s)/Case(s)
1 Paradigm The Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse scandal.
2 The Dead Wives Club The 2003 Staten Island Ferry crash.
4 Coming Down Hard Based on the slew of suicides that took place at New York University during the 2003-2004 school year.
5 Gunplay The Ronell Wilson case.
6 Cut The Olivia Goldsmith case.
7 Gov Love
8 Cry Wolf The murder attempt on Curtis Silwa by John A. Gotti.
11 Fixed Joel Steinberg's release from prison.
12 Mammon The Ted Ammon case.
13 Ain't No Love The Jason William Mizell (a.k.a. "Jam Master Jay") case.
14 Fluency Based on the shortage of flu vaccine in the United States during the winter 2004-2005 flu season.
15 Obsession
16 The Sixth Man Based on the brawl that broke out at an NBA game between the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons in 2004.
17 License to Kill The Chai Vang murder case.
18 Sects The Ricky Rodriguez and the Children of God murder-suicide.
21 Publish and Perish The Bernard Kerik scandal.
24 Locomotion The 2005 Glendale train crash.

Season 16Edit

Ep# Episode Title Real Life Incident(s)/Case(s)
3 Ghosts The JonBenét Ramsey case.
4 Age of Innocence The Terri Schiavo case.
7 House of Cards The Bobbie Jo Stinnett case.
9 Criminal Law The Tyrone Williams case.
20 Kingmaker Based on the Plamegate scandal.

Season 17Edit

Ep# Episode Title Real Life Incident(s)/Case(s)
1 Fame
2 Avatar The Rachelle Waterman case.
3 Home Sweet Based on the July 2006 explosion of an Upper East Side brownstone owned by Dr. Nicholas Bartha.
5 Public Service Homicide
6 Profiteer Based on the 2005 Interceptor body armor package scandal.
7 In Vino Veritas The Mel Gibson scandal.
8 Release Based on the numerous controversies surrounding the Girls Gone Wild series and the executive producer Joe Francis.
9 Deadlock
11 Remains of the Day
12 Charity Case Based on the 2006 foreign adoption scandal involving pop singer Madonna.
13 Talking Points The Ann Coulter controversies.
14 Church The Ted Haggard scandal.
15 Melting Pot The Adrienne Shelly case.
16 Murder Book Based on the O.J. Simpson case and his controversial book If I Did It.

Season 18Edit

Ep# Episode Title Real Life Incident(s)/Case(s)
1 Called Home The Dr. Jack Kevorkian (a.k.a. "Dr. Death") case.
2 Darkness The Enron scandal.
4 Bottomless Based on problems with Chinese-made products in 2007.
5 Driven
6 Political Animal
7 Quit Claim Based on a number of sub-prime mortages scandals.
8 Illegal Based on the 2007 immigration rally where police clashed with protesters at MacArthur Park in Los Angeles.
9 Executioner The Ángel Nieves Díaz case.
10 Tango The Jennifer Moore case.
11 Betrayal The Susan Polk case.
12 Submission
13 Angelgrove Jesus Camp.
14 Burn Card
15 Bogeyman Based around the scandals involving Scientology.
16 Strike The 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike.
18 Excalibur The Eliot Spitzer prostitution scandal.

Season 19Edit

Ep# Episode Title Real Life Incident(s)/Case(s)
1 Rumble Based on the events surrounding the rise of Kimbo Slice.
3 Lost Boys Based on the controversies surrounding the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
4 Falling
  • Based on two construction crane collapses, both in Manhattan during 2008.
  • The Ashley X case.
5 Knock Off Based on a New York Times report on untrained judges and abuses of justice in upstate New York.
6 Sweetie The JT Leroy literary hoax.
8 Chattel
  • The Mark Schwartz and Christina-Maria Petrowski-Schwartz murder case.
  • The Marie and Willie Pompee case.
  • Other cases of child domestic slavery.
9 By Perjury The ValuJet Flight 592 crash.
10 Pledge Based on the case of Bruce Edwards Ivins, a suspect in the 2001 anthrax attacks.
12 Illegitimate The Jack Rodney Worthington I case.
13 Crimebusters
14 Rapture Based on services like
15 Bailout
16 Take-Out The Julius and Ethel Rosenberg case.
17 Anchors Away
22 The Drowned and the Saved The Rod Blagojevich corruption scandal.

Season 20Edit

Ep# Episode Title Real Life Incident(s)/Case(s)
1 Memo From The Dark Side Based on the controversial "Torture Memos".
2 Just a Girl in the World The Kari Ferrell case.
3 Great Satan The 2009 Bronx terrorism plot involving the Riverdale Jewish Center.
4 Reality Bites
5 Dignity The assassination of George Tiller.
6 Human Flesh Search Engine The death of David Carradine by auto-erotic asphyxiation.
7 Boy Gone Astray
8 Doped
11 Fed The William Sparkman case.
12 Blackmail Based on the David Letterman infidelity and blackmail scandal.
13 Steel-Eyed Death The Richard Alden Samuel McCroskey III case.
14 Boy on Fire The Houston Independent School District scandal.
15 Brilliant Disguise The Philip Markoff (a.k.a. the "Craigslist Killer") case.
16 Innocence Based on the case against the Medill Innocence Project.
17 Four Cops Shot The Lakewood, Washington, police officer shooting committed by Maurice Clemmons.
18 Brazil
19 Crashers
21 Immortal Based on the life and legacy of Henrietta Lacks.
23 Rubber Room Based on the controversy over the New York City Department of Education reassignment centers, also known as "rubber rooms".

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