- Date: March 31, 2010
- Type: Television Episode
When the detectives are called onto a homicide of Jane Whitmore, a journalist who was raped and murdered in her bed with an "X" carved into her cheek, Ned Bogden (William Atherton) is soon the suspect. Cragen discovers that he may be the "Bedtime Butcher" who murdered five women thirty years previously, but the case was closed. ME Warner confirms that he did kill Whitmore and all but one of the women from the '70s, Emily Cutler, as Warner found one blonde hair which was from another woman. As the detectives investigate Mrs. Cutler's murder, they find that her husband, who'd died in a drunk driving accident, had many disputes with three of his female, employees -- all of whom were blonde -- and question Susan Delzio (Jaclyn Smith), the patrol cop who handled the case in 1976. The detectives are able to link the women, Jenny (Susan Anton), Claire (Morgan Fairchild) and Rita (Ann-Margret) to Mrs. Cutler's death. During a search of Rita's apartment, they find a number of old diaries, and mistakenly interpret various diary entries as confessions to the murders of both Mr. and Mrs. Cutler. However, Rita reveals the statement "I killed for you" refers to her having aborted Cutler's baby (which she did at his insistence). Warner does another autopsy on Mr. Cutler's body and found exactly what was in the initial report, that he was burned alive in the car, though it wasn't his body, it was the body of James Rogers, a transient, released from prison the day before Cutler's supposed death. Delzio was the officer that released him, and it is discovered that she helped fake his death and also killed Mrs. Cutler while making it look like the "Bedtime Butcher", so she could finally be with him. Mr. Cutler's former agent was played by (Renée Taylor).