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Nicole Wallace
Nicole Wallace
Name Nicole Wallace
Occupation Librarian
Pathology Serial Killer
Robber
Family Rohan Bartlett (first ex-husband)
Hannah June Bartlett (daughter: deceased)
Gavin Haynes (second ex-husband)
Status Presumed deceased
Actor Olivia d'Abo
First Appearance CI: "Anti-Thesis"
Last Appearance CI: "Frame" (official)
JO: "Catacombs" (unconfirmed)
"Beauty, brains, and a complete psycho. My dream girl."
Mike Logan [src]

Nicole Wallace was a recurring character on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Her actions were often investigated by Robert Goren and Alexandra Eames. Though accused of murdering several individuals, she was only arrested once, and was found not guilty at the resulting trial.

History Edit

Very little is known about Nicole Wallace's past - it was apparently so painful that she's gone to great lengths to keep anyone from learning about it. As best as can be determined, she was born somewhere in Queensland, Australia. Det. Goren once speculated that she was molested by her father from the time she was three years old up until an undetermined date: Nicole for her part has vehemently denied this is true, but once said in private that "sometimes daddies love too much."

Nicole later surfaced in Thailand, where she met a charismatic sociopath named Bernard Fremont. Fremont saw great potential in her and trained her as his apprentice in crime. Together, they caused the deaths of eight tourists, for which she was imprisoned for ten years. While there, she learned to speak Thai, though only low class: she probably picked up the language from her fellow prisoners. After she served her time she moved to Australia to start a new life. In 1995 she was living in Bendigo and was vaccinated for anthrax there. One year later she met a man named Daniel Croyton who was studying anthrax in Bendigo.

As an adult, she married Rohan Bartlett, as well as the two had a daughter together in 1997. Things were apparently normal up until the daughter turned three. After that point, Nicole began to fear that her daughter would become a rival for Rohan's affections and she broke the unfortunate girl's neck and arm, killing her in 2000. She later came up with the cover story that the girl drowned in the waters off of Stradbroke Island that day. She was never conclusively connected to the crime, but a year later, she left the country under the name of Elizabeth Hitchens after her daughter's body was discovered: police in Brisbane would later find the body of an unidentified woman and it is suspected that this was the real Hitchens.

She first became known to Goren and Eames while using her Hitchens identity. Under this alias, she was employed as a visiting professor at Hudson University. While there, she became romantically involved with Professor Christine Fellowes, who was in line to become the head of the American Studies department. Wallace had the dean murdered who was making the decision on that position so Fellowes would get it because of the suspicion cast on another candidate through the killer, Mark Bayley. To cover her tracks she poisons Bayley after talking with Detective Goren. But her scheme is eventually discovered and it is revealed her fake identity's committed embezzlement which gives her motive for the murders. Since non-violent crimes aren't covered under the US extradition tready she could be deported back to Australia, unless she is given U.S. citizenship. When Detectives Eames and Goren come for her she is forced to flee leaving Fellowes heartbroken. (CI: "Anti-Thesis")

She eventually meets a man named Gavin Haynes on the run, seduces him and eventually marries him. She is safe from being extradited but decides to get revenge on Detective Goren for exposing her scheme. The this end she starts seduces and sleeps with Doctors Roger Stern and Buzz' Davis and steals two grams of anthrax from Dr. Davis' personal collection. She then meets a woman named Connie Matson at a bar near the Air Force, and enters into a relationship with her to gain her trust. Nicole then convinces Connie to get some anthrax vaccine boosters so she could buy them from her. (CI: "Zoonotic")

When Connie manages to get the vaccines she kills Connie by hitting her over the head with a dumbbell, steals the vaccines and frames Dan Croyton, a man she knew was identical to Goren's father. When Detective Goren relentlessly pursues Croyton she invites herself into his apartment, reconnects with him, sleeps with him, and entices him to write a note expressing his anger at Goren. When he is finished she kills him and makes it look like a suicide. She then leaves the vaccines and vial of anthrax on a train to Montreal to prove Croyton innocent and ruin Goren's career and life. She then meets Goren in a diner and taunts her victory over him without revealing anything incriminating and introduces him to her new husband Gavin. Goren is however able to trick her into revealing that she is Nicole Wallace based on vaccines she took for anthrax and arrests her for murder. (CI: "A Person of Interest")

Despite this Gavin Haynes stands by Nicole and even uses his money to finance her successful defense to his murder charge. (CI: "Pas de Deux")

The marriage ended after Wallace admitted that she was unable to bear children and "didn't see the point" of seeing a doctor about it. Sometime after, Nicole took a new lover, Ella Miyazaki and began training her to be her accomplice, just as Fremont had trained her. Upon learning that Haynes had revealed her infertility to Goren and Eames, she sent Ella to kill him by trapping him in an elevator and stealing his asthma inhaler so he would have an attack and suffocate. This attempt was averted by Goren. (CI: "Great Barrier")

Wallace was also briefly engaged to Dr. Evan Chapel while working as a librarian. A marriage did not take place, however, due to his arrest for murdering his wife and attempting to murder his daughter Gwen. Nicole had grown fond of Gwen, however and thus kidnapped her and left her with her aunt in hopes of protecting her. (CI: "Grow")

Following the Chapel case, Nicole disappeared for a while, but in 2005, Bernard Fremont was arrested for the murder of Russ Corbett. As he was leaving the courthouse after his arraignment, an unidentified woman stabbed him with a syringe, killing him instantly. Though he would never be able to prove it, Goren believed Nicole to be the assailant. (CI: "Slither")

She was murdered herself by Dr. Declan Gage, who cut her heart out after manipulating her to murder Frank Goren, Robert's brother. He claimed that he did so in order to "free" Robert from his past. (CI: "Frame")

Goren thought about his initial encounter with Nicole while seeing psychologist Paula Gyson, after Severin asked about his mother. (CI: "Boots on the Ground")

Later on, her fingerprints are matched to that of a woman named Madeline Haynes who is a suspect in the murder of a biologist named Silvie Ferrier. During this time Nicole's history is revealed, including her last words. During the course of the investigation it is revealed that Madeline is pregnant and killed Silvie to keep quiet about her plan to kill a minister's family so she can have him all to herself and have a family. Her plan is stopped and she is arrested for the murders and attempted poisonings, but manages to escape justice by setting up the Koreans of the crime and it is later revealed that her DNA is not a match to Nicole's and the Minister releases her from prison. (Jo: "The Catacombs")[1]

AccomplicesEdit

ConfirmedEdit

UnconfirmedEdit

  • Unnamed pastry chef

Murderous AssociatesEdit

VictimsEdit

ConfirmedEdit

  • Hannah June Bartlett (twisted her arm until it fractured and broke her neck)
  • Elizabeth Hitchens (murdered)
  • Mark Bayley (poisoned with peanut oil in his nicotine gum)
  • Connie Matson (bludgeoned over the head with a dumbbell)
  • Daniel Croydon (strangled and staged his death to look like a suicide)
  • Zach Thaler (injected with a fatal dose of succinylcholine)
  • Ella Miyazaki (crushed her trachea)
  • Larry Chapel (injected with with a fatal dose of potassium chloride under his tongue)
  • Bernard Fremont (poisoned)
  • Frank Goren (injected with a fatal dose of succinylcholine)

Victims by ProxyEdit

  • Eight unnamed men (all seduced by Nicole and killed by Fremont)
  • Franklin Winthrop (bludgeoned with a gavel by Bayley at Nicole's direction)
  • Kate Robbins (bludgeoned with a gavel by Bayley at Nicole's direction)
  • Gavin Haynes (Ella attempted to suffocate him in an elevator)

UnconfirmedEdit

  • Silvie Ferrier (stabbed in the neck with pillars and pressed on her chest until she choked on her own blood)
  • Adele Gauthier (poisoned with pneumonic plaque bacteria; survived)
  • Unnamed pastry chef (stabbed to death)

Victims by ProxyEdit

  • The attempted banquet mass poisoning (attempted to poison with pneumonic plaque bacteria through the pastry chef):
    • Sixteen unnamed guests
    • Deputy Minister Pepin's family:
      • Unnamed wife
      • Unnamed daughter
      • Unnamed son

AppearancesEdit

References Edit

  1. http://www.tvrage.com/jo/episodes/1065278137/watch_episode
  2. http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0057260/
  3. http://www.tvrage.com/person/id-1879/Olivia+d%27Abo

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