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20 Law & Order: SVU Episodes That Were Ripped From The Headlines

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“THOUGHT CRIMINAL,” SEASON 15, EPISODE 13

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In one of the more disturbing episodes of Law & Order: SVU, the squad deals with the phenomenon of “thought crimes.” Basically, they catch a well-established internet perv, who is obsessed with the idea of kidnapping and brutalizing children. However, despite his growing, twisted obsession, he hasn’t actually done anything to a child. This episode was based directly off the case of Gilberto Valle, the “cannibal cop.” Valle was imprisoned for expressing plans (via the internet) to kidnap, torture, murder, and cannibalize several women he knew IRL including his own wife. Believe it or not, Valle was released after a judge ruled that he hadn’t technically committed a crime, he just thought about it.

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