Law & Order

Season 6 Episode 11

Corpus Delicti

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jan 17, 1996 on NBC



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • This was the only episode in the entire history of the series where the initial victim was a non-person.

    • Byron Jennings, who played Richard Brandson, is the real-life husband of Carolyn McCormick, who played Dr. Elizabeth Olivet on both a recurring and contract basis throughout the series.

    • Jill Hennessy's identical twin sister, Jacqueline Hennessy, filled in for her as Claire Kincaid in the courtroom scenes when Jill became unavailable as a result of conflicts in the shooting schedules between this episode and the Homicide: Life on the Street episode "For God and Country", the crossover episode with "Charm City".

  • Allusions

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Helen Vorhees Brach case.

    • The title of this episode, "Corpus Delicti", is a legal term meaning 'the body of the crime', and refers to the general rule that makes it difficult, and possibly unlawful, to convict a person when the crime itself is difficult to establish. Many people mistakenly believe that it refers to the body of the victim.