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"Soulless"
SVU, Episode 4.25
Production number: E3127
First aired: 16 May 2003
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Stabler Benson Soulless
Written By
Dawn DeNoon & Lisa Marie Petersen

Directed By
Chad Lowe


A rape victim is kidnapped and murdered.

Summary Edit

After a rape victim is abducted from the hospital and later found murdered, the detectives discover that one of the multiple suspects is a psychopath with a juvenile conviction for rape, torture and murder.

Plot Edit

A rape victim, Chloe Dutton, is brought into the hospital one night with a bar stamp on her hand, and when Benson tries to interview her, she insists that she wasn't raped after all and that she was drunk; then she refuses to accept Benson's help. A short time later, the nurse announces that the rapist snatched Chloe from the hospital. The detectives locate the bar that the stamp is from, and they find that the ID that Chloe used to sign in belongs to Jenna Sterling.

It is discovered her sister Vienna stole her ID and that it was used by Chloe to get into the bar. Chloe's murdered body is found washed up on a riverbank and Warner determines that she was drowned in a toilet and gang-raped by four people. Checking the hospital's phone records, its determined that Chloe called Vienna and a flurry of phone calls went between her and three boys named Andrew, Seth and Davis who the squad figures to be three of the rapists.

After letting Seth go to Washington D.C. and arresting him as a suspect for a crime committed there, the detectives are able to take his DNA thanks to Virgina law and he is proven to be one of the rapists and quickly turns on the other two, making a deal. The other two confess and make deals, saying another young man named Max Van Horn got them in on the rape after Chloe passed out and they were too drunk to realize what was going on.

Benson and Stabler arrest Van Horn whose real name is Mitch Wilkens and is a parking attendant they encountered earlier in the case, but he claims the other three pulled him in on the rape, he was just trying to fit in and Seth is the killer. Evidence is found that apparently proves this fact and Seth is put on trial, but a woman named Mrs. Leggit approaches them and fingers Mitch as the killer.

According to her, Mitch, who, at the time, went by another alias: Eric Wayne Proctor, brutally murdered her son when he was 10 and her son was 3, and he was tried as a juvenile and his record was expunged after he got released 3 years before. Once confronted, Mitch is very arrogant about things and believes that he is untouchable. His mother is in denial about his actions until Benson realizes that a bracelet she is wearing is the same Chloe is wearing in the hospital security photo.

Afterward, Mitch's mother testifies against him, no longer able to deny what she has known deep inside all along. She begs the judge and jury to convict and the jury finds Mitch guilty of Chloe's kidnapping, rape, and murder. Benson and Stabler confront him as the brownstone apartment he lives in once belonged to an elderly woman named Emily Owens with no family or friends, and Owens is missing, leading them to believe he may have been responsible for her disappearance. They try to convince him to tell them where she is, but he has no knowledge of her whereabouts and leaves for death row.

Cast Edit

Main cast Edit

Recurring cast Edit

Guest cast Edit

References Edit

Peek-A-Boobs Andrew Stuart Lister

Quotes Edit

Seth Wolfford III: This is bull!
Fin: No, that's racial profiling. Sucks, don’t it?
(After Olivia's card is discovered in the victim's mouth)
Olivia: Please tell me this guy was stupid enough to leave his name.
M.E. Warner: No.... yours.
Olivia: You're either born with a conscience or you're not.
Mitch Wilkens (about his mother): Poor old thing. She got hate mail, death threats, people spit on her in the street. She stuck it out there just to see me. Now that's love.
Olivia: No, that's denial. You think that your mother can't be broken? You think you're in total control of her? You just watch me.
Mitch Wilkens (gets into Olivia's face): Bring it on, bitch. (laughs at Olivia & Elliot) As I said, there's nothing to break, but do go easy on the old girl. I've put her through so much already.
Olivia: This is a capital offense, Mitch. Looks like you're going away forever.
Mitch Wilkens: Don't worry. I'll write.
Elliot: Well, we did a little digging. You don't own that brownstone where you were living. You never paid rent. You had no lease.
Olivia: It's owned by an elderly woman called Emily Owens. No family, most of her friends have died, and we can't find her.
Mitch Wilkens: Huh.
Elliot: Eric, everybody, including your own mother, believes that you are beyond redemption. That's not true. This woman deserves a proper burial. You know that's the right thing. Where is she?
Mitch Wilkens: Gee, I don't know. I guess I'm going away for a while, so I should probably give notice. Do let me know if you find her.

Background information and notes Edit

  • Inspired by the Jesse Pomeroy case

Episode scene cards Edit

1 2 3 4

Fifth Avenue at 76th Street
Thursday, May 1

Sterling Residence
29 East 85th Street
Thursday, May 1

Arlington Police Station
Arlington, Virgina
Monday, May 5

Wilkens Residence
Weehawken, New Jersey
Monday, May 5

5 6 7

Rikers Island
Interview Room
Wednesday, May 7

Trial Part 35
Monday, May 12

Trial Part 35
Tuesday, May 13


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