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caleb's not sitting in the front. yes, stacey, i can see. we need to be let off at the natural history museum. i stop at 81st street. boy: mrs. macnamara, someone's left their suitcase. it's pretty heavy. don't touch it, caleb. i want everyone off this bus right now. why? why? we cleared 250 feet in every direction. it's all yours. okay. going to take long to set up the x-ray? no. they're good to go. man #1: could be nothing. maybe somebody just forgot their suitcase. man #2: till it's properly id'd, i'not taking any chances. x-ray should tell us clear enough. image is coming up. oh, man.
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female victim, eight or nine. no id. jammed inside a suitcase which was left on the bus. driver remember who brought it on? no. this was his third run. could be anyone from union square to 147th street. basically all of manhattan. cause of death? i don't know yet. how long has she been in the suitcase? hard to say. she has ligature marks on her ankles and wrists. that and the lividity-- she had to be held somewhere else first. tied in the cuffing position-- hands behind her back. she got french nails. nice manicure. pedicure, too. salon job. looks like she got the full treatment. she's got dark roots. she's not a natural blond. isn't she a bit young to be made up like a fashion model? benson: not if she's on the kiddy pageant circuit. in jonbenet? yup.
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in her mouth. so, he ties her up, he rapes her. she's terrified, throws up. can't remove the gag. and our perp jt watches her die. i also found a piece of sawgrass on the inside of her sweater. sawgrass? does that grow around here? no. it grows almost exclusively in the florida everglades. so, maybe he kidnapped her down there, brought her up here. anything to support the beauty pageant theory? you bet. obliquely oriented cicatricial contracture along the internal nasal vault. what the hell is that? a damn good nose job. benson: suitcase model was discontinued ten years ago, but it used to be available nationwide. a couple of partial prints, but not enough to make a positive id. nobody saw the guy leave it on the bu patrol's passing out flyers along the bus route. nothing yet, except some old lady said she saw osama bin laden. and the victim? no missing kid reports in florida or the tri-state area in the last 24 hours. any hits on beauty contests? i faxed the victim's photo to the little miss angel pageant in westchester.
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for the last two years-- no matches. well, to make the nationals, you must have to compete locally. any recent contests in the area? benson: actually, in the last two months, one in queens, one in greenwich, and one coming up in garden city. i wonder how many of these little miss angels get nose jobs when they're nine. olivia, you and elliot talk to the nip and tuck brigade. john, what do you say you and me check out the kiddy pageant scene? ( disco music plays ) girls, practice your entrances. six sts, stop, smile, and twirl. step, stop, smile and... cragen: new york city police. we need a word. parents actually pay you to inflict this on their kids? well, yes. the young ladies find it very character-forming. i have taught literally hundreds of aspiring little angels. did you teach this one? oh, my god. what happened? her body was found this morning. we think she might be a contestant. uh... not in any recent competitions, but i-i do keep files of all the hopefuls who don't make the cut. they're arranged alphabetically.
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so, um, can anybody get in to the see pageants? oh, no. we are very strict about checking people's door badges. how hard is it to get a badge? $25. that was olivia. nassau cops put t a missing kid alert about an hour ago. girl's name is cherie lathan. lives in valley stream. olivia and elliot are on the way to talk to the parents. bingo. i got a match on the victim. stabler: mr. lathan, how long has cherie been, uh, competing? about four years. uh, after one of her friends entered the little miss angel pageant, cherie wanted to do it, too. and when was her last pageant? three months ago. right before she had an operation. plastic surgery. mr. lathan: you're never going to have that edge if you don't go for it. it's what cherie wanted. it's what you wanted. why did it take you so long to report your daughter missing? last night, she slept over at her friend amy prescott's house.
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she was supposed to go right to school. that's where i thought she was. when was the last time you saw cherie? mrs. lathan: yesterday afternoon. when he took her to get new head shots. and then i dropped her off at amy's. we'll need amy's address. have you been to florida receny? we-we took cherie to disneyworld at christmas. uh, we're going to need a dna sample, mr. than. it's, um... it's standard procedure. i know what you're thinking, but i'd never hurt cherie. i worshipped her. benson: did cherie spend the night here last night, mrs. prescott? yes. and did she go tschool this morning with amy? amy came down with the flu so cherie went on her own. i-i offered to give her a ride to the bus stop, but she said... she'd walk. how far away is the bus stop?
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i should have insisted on driving her, but i didn't want to leave amy. i'm sorry. amy... did cherie ever mention anyone bothering her? kind of. yeah? who's that? there's this creepy guy, in tenth grade. what's his name? kevin. i don't know his last name. what sorts of, uh... what sorts of things did kevin do? he used to come up to us, and tell cherie that she looked really hot. you know, like he meant it. mm-hmm. he ever follow you guys around? sometimes. and he'd hang around at gymnastics practice and just stare at us. munch: kevin's an enterprising young man. he posts his stories for the world to read on his ownebsite. listen to this. "nine-year-old flesh is like fruit from the tree, "firm but sweet. what i would do to take a bite out of cherie." it's downhill from there.
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guidance counselor said he recently persuaded a sixth-grader to pose in a bikini. said it was for an art project. this creep is 15. you tell me that's not predatory behavior. well, he looks good for it. especially sincehe dna on cherie's father came back clean. he still turned his daughter into a sex object. made her ripe for kevin's picking. cragen: that must be kevin and his dad. talk to them. where were you this morning, kevin? school marked you absent. you were ditching? i was walking around. it helps me think. that's not much of an alibi. i don't need an alibi. i would never touch cherie. munch: you hurt her pretty bad in your little stories. "she tried to escape, but i was too strong. i held her down, and licked her tears away." look, they're just stories, all right? creative expression. the minute you censor them, you're just like a... nazi. cherie was raped and murdered. i don't want to hear about your damn stories. look, i make stuff up. i don't do it. munch: then give us a dna sample. no. you can't violate my civil liberties just because i've got a good imagination.
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you can't force me. munch: sure he can. parental consent is all we need till you're 16. this isn't fair! you fascists lay one finger on me, i wl sue! sit down, you little prick! ow! will this do? sorry, no match. it's not kevin. maybe not this time, but just give him a couple of yea. so we've got nothing. not exactly. blood traces in the pp's ejaculate gave us something interesting. high levels of progesterone. well, that's female hormone. most often given to high school girls to prevent pregnancy. so why is our perp taking that? to block testosterone production. he could be using it to treat advanced prostatic cancer, or he's undergoing male-to-female gender reassignment. it's given to sex offenders to reduce sex drive. busynthetic testosterone isn't. i also found traces of that in the blood. our guy's trying to reverse the effects of chemical castration. he raped a girl. i'd say he succeeded.
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by using testosterone supplements. this guy traded in his breasts for a sex drive. does that fit the crime scene profile? absolutely. beauty pageants offer the killer the perfect victim. sexualized children who are both innocent and provocative. the elaborate bonde shows that he fantasized about this for a long time before he dared even act on it. get a list of castratees from the nine states. check probation violations, relocations and child abduction priors. stabler: prison bureau in georgia, they send you to the parole board which sends you to the state attorney who sends you back to the parole board. yeah, i get the same runaround in oregon, texas and louisiana. chemical castration hasn't been legal long enough for there to be a centralized database. well, look. there's got to be a way for us to narrow this down. all right, florida is one of our states. we've been thinking that cherie got that sawgrass on her when she took that trip to orlando, but the m.e. says that sawgrass grows exclusively in the everglades. that's south of there.
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from his clothes to hers? okay, maybe. now what do we know about these three upright citizens in florida? well, one died in a car crash and the parole officer for the other two say they're squeaky clean. squeaky clean sex offender, yeah, that's a new one. rob canotti from milwaukee started chemical castration treatments four years ago. had a supervised relocation to jersey city. fin: well, maybe he made an unsupervised trip to florida. what was canotti charged with? he kidnapped a girl from a beauty pageant. he tried to assault her in his car. girl escaped. she was ten. benson: rob canotti? new york police iny secity. has a child been attacked? why would you ask us that question? why else are you here? talk about kiddie beauty pageants. we hear they turn you on. if i denied it, you'd call me a liar. you ever see a little girl named cherie lathan compete?
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but it's hd to keep track of so many little lovelies. where were you last night? at home watching nickelodeon. can anyone vouch for that? i live alone. ( cell phone ringing ) then i think you better come th us. there's no point. benson. the guy you're looking for probably ejaculated in his victim. what are you saying? the urges started to come back, so i had them cut off. what? my gonads, detective. take a look. all right, all right. put your johnson back in your pants. god. that was fin. turns out one of our squeaky clean florida boys has a mother who lives two towns over from cherie lathan. what's his name? tommy hedges. munch and fin are on their way over now. woman: this was tommy's room, but i've kept it the same since he was a boy. he ever visit from florida, mrs. hedges? no, of course not.
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but he knows that his room is here for him when he's done his time. this your van in the driveway? it was my late husbands. lady like you, living all alone, what do you need a big van for? keeping it for tommy. mind if we take a look inside? oh, i haven't driven it in over a year. i don'even know where the keys are. tommy ever talk to you about his problems? they're in the past. i mean, he feels terrible about what he did but he's changed fin: how? he's on medication. and he's found a job in florida. he's determined to start a new life. munch: that's awfully clean for a van that hasn't been driven in a year. i say we haul mom in for questioning. i don't like sweating old ladies. it offends my sense of decorum. or you'd rather be looking through garbage. cops got to do what he's got to do. "mundialfarmacia.com laboratorios de mexico." liquid testosterone. hey, get away from there.
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you can't just go looking through that. it's on the street, we can look all we want. tommy's been coming home, hasn't he? i don't know what you're talking about. well that's his name and la week's date. we need to see him. look, you have to understand. tommy really is better. he found a job at an advertising agen in new york. he works monday through thursdays and then he flies down to miami to get his injection. he's cured. stabler: mmy hedges? police. we need you to come with us. what for? parole violation. oh, look, i can explain that. my parole officer knows i'm here. no, he doesn't. let's go. all right, sure. no problem. you don't mind if we take this? hedges: i looked for a job in florida but no one would give me a ance because of my record. so i came back home. the last thing i wanted to do was fly up each week,
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benson: that's a sad story, tommy. i'm not asking for pity. but everyone thinks sex offender registrations is a great idea. it's not. it's hell. especially for those of us who are trying to make a new start. now, look. i know i've broken parole, but i'm taking my shots. what does your parole office think you're doing? uh, telemarketing. from home. he never does a curfew check. i fly back to miami every friday and meet him and get my shot. so what are you doing with testosterone, huh? that for jet lag? i want to live a normal life. be in a normal relationship. what woman wants a guy who can't perform? does cherie lathan count as a woman?
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it's the nine-year-old you raped and killed. no, this is a mistake. well, okay. well, tommy, if that's the truth, then we're going to be the first ones to apologize to you. we got plenty of ways to check it out. which flight you took from florida friday night after you met with your parole officer. whether there's any trace evidence of cherie lathan in yr daddy's old van. whether your dna matches the fluids found in the girl. some of that'll take time, but since you're going back to prison for parole violation for at least ten years, i guess you're not in any hurry. stabler: tommy. what happened? just tell us, you'll feel better. i promise you. ( crying )
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i noticed her before, with the other girls, just walking around. she stood out like a little princess. ( crying ) i offered her a ride. i just wanted to talk to her. so was so sweet d lovely. where did u do it, tommy? in the van. she was crying afterwards. she was saying she would tell. and i had to keep her quiet and she wouldn't stop crying. i had to stop her. so you gagged her. yeah. and then i left to get some air and when i came back, she wasn't moving. i didn't mean to hurt her. benson: tommy, have you hurt any others,
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no. i thought i could control my feelings until i read that story. what story? on the internet, this... it had pictures and words and everything. it stuck in my head. ( knocking ) lab's got something you should see. in all he's got about 40 kiddie porn shots on there. his parole officer probably missed they were hidden by the s-tool software. s-tools? "s" is short for steganography. from the greek, meaning "hidden writing." mainly used by spies to send concealed messages. stabler: so hedges downloads the child porn and disguises it with this stegosaurus stuff. the porn can be hidden in a photo of a sunset, anything at all. hedges simply used the s-tools to download and decode it. so how'd you find it? went onto his hard drive and used his own software. this is what
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"the story of janet." basically, it's a "how to" on stalking, abducting and raping little girls with accompanying photos. wait a minute, she's in... she's tied up the same way and in the same position as cherie lathan.
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just because porn inspired tommy hedges to murder doesn't diminish his culpability. hedges deserves everything that's coming to him, but whoever produced these is guilty, too. of producing and distributing child pornography, not murder. look, hedges copied exactly what he saw. these photos are as dangerous as putting a loaded weapon in the hands of a violent criminal. i'm not saying child pornography isn't repugnant, but you would have a hard time convincing a jury that a murderer and a pornographer are equally guilty. doc, what do you think? a canadian study found that 90% of child sex abusers used hardcore pornography. well, did it make them all go out and commit murder? pornography desensizes. repeated viewing can condition arousal so that the viewer seeks out more violent, moreegrading images. it can also increase the tendency to act out some of the activities that are portrayed.
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that's not what i'm saying. hedges already molested children, so he was highly susceptible these images. you view it, you fantasize about it, you do it. i agree with elliot. cherie lathan might still be alive if hedges hadn't seen these pictures. i can't indict pictures. you can indict the producers and the distributors. they could be anywhere in the world. crime lab found the website through hedges' laptop. with the help of arin registry, we got the address. cyberloves incorporated, in queens. bust them. stabler: nypd-- everyone stay where you are! officers, what can i do for you? get out of my way. man: excuse me, this is private property. benson: yeah, and there's your warrant. stabler: are you all right? what's your problem? what's my problem? how old are you? nineteen. let me see some id. "what's my problem." you always carry around a birth certificate with you?
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when i'm modeling. modeling? right. says she's 19; let's check that out. this picture was found on your company's website. you know who she is? no. does she look 19 to you? no idea. benson: hey, whoo you work for? cyberloves. i'm not breaking any law. sweetheart, nine-year-old girl was murdered just like the girl in this photo, and it was posted on cyberloves' website by the dirtbag that you're working for. who runs this operation? who signs your paycheck? exel entertainment. stanley billings. no girl working for exel entertainment is underage. that's the company policy, and it is strictly enforced. okay, now, mr. billings, does your website, cyberloves.net, sell the story of janet? yes. and on a tanner's scale, she scores pretty low. tanner's scale? i don't know what that is. it's a body development chart--
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now, janet is a two. some girls develop slowly. stabler: don't hand me that crap. my ten-year- old daughter looks more mature than that. i told you, we have a company rule-- no underage models. why would i risk my business? 'cause happy pedophiles spend moreoney? ( sighing ) you ever heard of virtual pornography? that girl is 18-- legal age. we only help her look younger. and how's that? with youth enhancement software. but the people that get off on this don't think she's 18. but she is, and looking at that is not a crime. thousands of men and women enjoy the services of exel entertainment. virtual pornography is actually therapeutic. it provides for men a cathartic release, and it still protects the real kids. not all of them. somebody went out and copied your images, and a real nine-year-old child wound up dead. then... i'm truly sorry,

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