I was curious how the TV show Law & Order compared to real life New York criminals. No one on the web seemed to have statistics on who the bad guys were on this ‘real life’ crime drama ‘ripped from the headlines’. I wondered what percentage of the bad guys were caucasian and the results were shocking.
I looked everywhere but was unable to find any statistics on the backgrounds of the criminals in the show were. To create my list I watched every episode season 16 and compiled a list of the villains and the actors who played them.
The top 20 in New York a very small minority of the criminals were white, however in the TV show the villains were 95% white. The single black ‘villain’ was portrayed as the single most educated criminal of the season whose ‘crime’ was trying to find a cure for AIDS.
Here are the top twenty most wanted from Law & Order followed by the real world.
For years, Law & Order, which is filmed in Manhattan, advertised its episodes as being “ripped from the headlines,” a claim Wolf and it’s stars still make in interviews. But instead of depicting reality, Wolf’s scriptwriters take high-profile crimes, and replace the bad guys with whites. According to NYPD crime reports, over 89 percent of suspects in violent crimes are black or Hispanic, Law & Order would have you believe very differently.
Here are some recent episodes with their real life inspirations and how Law & Order made them ‘politically correct’.
In “Teenage Wasteland,” an episode that originally aired on February 7, 2001, the true case of a group of black teenagers who ordered Chinese food, and murdered the delivery man, is turned into a group of middle-class, white kids.
“Myth of Fingerprints” (November 14, 2001) tells of a white, female forensics chief whose years of false testimony has sent many innocent men to jail. One of those innocents was murdered in prison, resulting in the official’s conviction for manslaughter.
This episode was clearly based on the real case of former Oklahoma City supervising forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist, nicknamed “black magic,” based on her longtime success at bringing about convictions. On September 25, 2001, as Ken Raymond reported the following day in the Oklahoman, “Oklahoma City Police Chief M.T. Berry … fired forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist, whose lab techniques and testimony have been under scrutiny by federal, state and local investigators for several months.
For years, Gilchrist’s critics claimed she had falsified evidence and given false testimony, which caused 23 men to be sentenced to death, eleven of whom were executed. Note, however, that Joyce Gilchrist is black, and unlike the fictional white official, has never been prosecuted.
“Sheltered” which aired May 14, 2003, seven months after the October, 2002 Washington, D.C. sniper case was closed with the arrest of suspects John Muhammad and Lee Malvo, L&O dramatized the case, but with the shooter as re-written as a white non-muslim.
“Smoke” (May 21, 2003) opens with the death of a child, whose adoptive father, a famous entertainer, had dropped him, while dangling him from a hotel room window. The detectives eventually discover that the entertainer would also arrange for underage boys to accompany him to his mansion, where he would sexually violate them. Instead of a Michael Jackson character the Law & Order villain was re-written to be a caucasian comedian.
“Foul Play” (May 1, 2002) Danny Almonte was the 14-year-old Dominican fraud who — through the connivance of his father, Felipe de Jesus Almonte, and Bronx-based, Dominican Little League coach Rolando Paulino — passed himself off as a 12-year-old, in order to play in the 2001 Little League championships. In the Law & Order version the coach became a blond-haired, white man, who is somehow convicted of a murder committed by the player’s father.
In “Open Season” (November 20, 2002), a William Kunstler-like defense attorney is murdered while celebrating the acquittal of a guilty-as-hell black defendant for shooting a white policeman. The killer, a member of a white supremacist group, then uses his defense attorney to unwittingly pass along information to his co-conspirators, who murder a prosecutor in another state. The defense attorney is charged with aiding and abetting the supremacists, before she is shot by a female supremacist.
Note that the real basis of the episode was the indictment of radical attorney, Lynne Stewart “with helping terrorist conspirator Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman maintain contact with the outlaw terror organization Islamic Group [IG] from behind the bars of a federal prison,” as Mark Hamblett wrote in the July 23 New York Law Journal, resulting in the 1997 murder of 62 people by IG in Luxor, Egypt. Sheik Abdul Rahman, is the convicted ringleader of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. The most serious charges against Stewart were dismissed in July.
In “Kid Pro Quo” (April 30, 2003), the dedicated director of admissions at a tony private school, is murdered by her corrupt, racist boss. The victim sought to get a deserving but poor black girl admitted, but was overridden by the boss, who’d taken a bribe to accept the inferior child of a Jewish pornographer.
And then there’s the homophobia angle. In the real world, Manhattan is, with San Francisco, one of the two most gay-friendly areas in America. But not in L&O’s alternate universe. In “Girl Most Likely” (March 27, 2002), a private school student murders her lesbian lover, in order to hide the fact that she is gay.
In “Patriot” (May 22, 2002), a pale, blonde-haired former special forces officer kills a Muslim immigrant he had surveilled, and whom he suspected of being a terrorist. The prosecutor presents the imaginary patriot as a monster, even as the story suggests that the dead man WAS a terrorist.
The show which debuted in 1990 is the longest running drama in the history of prime television. Shows like Law & order where the killers fit the politically correct agenda of their writers do have an impact on society. Terrorists in movies are rarely if ever Muslims and street criminals are rarely if ever of color. Unfortunately an unintended victim of political correctness is the truth or at least some sense of reality. This problem is not just limited to the TV show Law & Order, throughout the entertainment world there is an upside down world of criminals have nothing to do with real life.
This upside down world is ten times more likely to have the bad guy be a corrupt American official than a Muslim terrorist. The black helicopter crowd is alive and well, and they are writing the make believe crap you watch every night.
Here is an episode list I compiled for reference:
|Season #||Air Date||Episode Nam||Killer Name (actor)||Ethnicity||Background|
|16- 1||21-Sep-05||Red Ball||Dwight Jacobs||White||Shoplifter|
|16- 2||28-Sep-05||Flaw||Lorraine Dillan||White||Con Artist|
|16- 3||5-Oct-05||Ghosts||Johnny Zona||White||Golf Shop Cl|
|16- 4||12-Oct-05||Age of Innoc||Harlan Dwyer||White||Reverend|
|16- 5||19-Oct-05||Life Line||Patterson Drucker||White||Son threaten|
|16- 6||2 Nov 05||Birthright||Gloria Rhodes||White||Nurse|
|16- 7||9 Nov 05||House of Car||Victor Verhaeghe||White||Father|
|16- 8||16-Nov-05||New York Min||Nathaniel Prentiss||White||Minuteman|
|16- 9||23-Nov-05||Criminal Law||Leland Barnes||White||Businessman|
|16-10||30-Nov-05||Acid||Jason Corley||White||Jealous Boyfr|
|16-11||7 Dec 05||Bible Story||Barry Speicher||White||Businessman|
|16-12||11-Jan-06||Family Friend||Bob Cerullo||White||Police man|
|16-13||18-Jan-06||Heart of Dar||Gerald Ruane||White||Brother|
|16-14||8 Feb 06||Magnet||Greg Loomis||White||Rich white st|
|16-15||1 Mar 06||Choice of Evil||Allison Ashburn||White||Housewife|
|16-16||8 Mar 06||Cost of Capit||Sophie Keener||White||Executive Girl|
|16-17||22-Mar-06||America, Inc.||Kevin Boatman||White||Military Contr|
|16-18||29-Mar-06||Thinking Ma||Mitchell Lowell||White||Kidnapper|
|16-19||5 Apr 06||Positive||Dr. Andrew Copelan||Black||Doctor|
|16-20||3 May 06||Kingmaker||Eric Lund||White||Chief of Staff|
If nothing else the show is absolutely guilty of not hiring enough minority actors to play bad guys.