Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 2 Episode 21

Graansha

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 11, 2003 on USA
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Goren and Eames enter the closed world of a thieving Irish Traveller clan when they investigate the death of a probation officer who had been run over three times by a car after meeting a friend at the bar. They soon learn the probation officer had been involved with one of her charges.moreless

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  • Graansha

    9.0
    A gypsy woman is found ran over 3 times. The woman Ann Lawson was a little boys correctional officer. The son told father not to mess with his probation officer. The car was used to kill Ann. Ann had a ciminal record. The dad was studying Ann's record. Ann's "boyfriend" was studying Ann's "tribe" Killer believed to be around 5'10". Ann's brother was 5'11". Last tribe of Nomads. Boy's father was writing a book about the Nomad's and Ann was helping him. Ann's brother killed her because she ran her mouth to the editor of the book and he liked things to be kept private.moreless
  • A parole officer is murdered, run over again and again, and Goren surmises she knew her assailant(s). The investigation takes the detectives to the victim's extended family, a clan that makes its way outside the norms of 'mainsteam' society.moreless

    8.3
    This story is another take on an old story - the emotionally torn member of the criminal family who wants to live straight, but still loves her own. Reconciling the opposites fails, and it's curtains.



    The n'er-do-wells this time are an American branch of the Irish Travellers, a stigmatized nomadic subculture often referred to as 'gypsies'. The victim had been dating an anthropologist, who had an interest in modern day Jukes and Kallikaks. The prof had been working with the parole officer on juvenile crime research.



    The story also involves the parole officer's relationship with a troubled 15 year old boy, the Prof's son, whom she had 'reassigned' to a male probation officer. The boy blamed his mom for the switch and moved in with his dad. Suspicion falls on the boy. The dad admits to the murder, falsely, to protect him, when Goren and Eames lay out their case it was the son.



    But it's the dead woman's family of petty criminals, grifters, and 'harlots', with its incessant brushes with the law, that has silenced the woman. She had been arguing about an irresponsible family member's arranged betrothal of a very young daughter (the victim's niece), and this intervention cast her as an "outsider". "Outsiders are suckers", the little girl tells Bobby.



    Of course, the dead woman had knowledge of multiple crimes committed by her kin, and some probably not so petty. Her alliance with the research prof (whom she had introduced as a harmless high school teacher) was extremely threatening to a group living so completely outside the law. Her brother in particular did not fancy seeing himself on the cover of the Prof's next tome, or in the state pen, so he done her in. The detectives arrest the killer at a family gathering, Goren baiting him for all he's worth amidst the murderer's tribe.



    Interesting enough, tho I was stunned the writers didn't have super-linguist DollBoy spouting Shelta. Of course, very few Travellers do today either, so this one time, he's excused.



    For a pretty decent treatment of the Travellers' lifestyle, Firefligh recommends the Gabriel Byrne/Ellen Barkin flick, "Into the West". A bit schmaltzy, but a fairly sincere attempt to portray the Travellers' ethos.moreless
Tom Noonan

Tom Noonan

Malcolm Bryce

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Sally Murphy

Sally Murphy

Lane Devlin

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William Sadler

William Sadler

Kyle Devlin

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