‘Law & Order: SVU’ Just Pulled a ‘Criminal Minds’-Esque Move on Fans

by Madison Miller

If you tuned into the latest episode of the popular crime drama “Law & Order: SVU,” you may have momentarily thought you had the wrong show on your screen.

On Thursday night the series aired its 501st episode and decided to take a rather gruesome approach to the night’s highlighted crime. For “Criminal Minds” fans, it may have been familiar for that reason.

The team is designed to investigate sexually related crimes. In the past, “Law & Order: SVU” has centered on sex workers and the death of sex workers plenty of times. The episode “They’d Already Disappeared” took a rather disturbing and extreme turn for the worst.

After all, it’s not every day you see mummified corpses on the TV screen.

Recent Disturbing Episode of ‘Law & Order: SVU’

The most recent episode started with the new series regular Detective Joe Velasco (Octavio Pisano) and Rollins (Kelli Giddish) investigating the disappearance of a sex worker.

As they delve deeper into the case, the team discovers a weird connection. There have been other sex workers with a similar appearance to the missing one that are also reported as missing.

The investigation eventually leads them to an old warehouse. As if it wasn’t disturbing enough as it is, Rollins and Velasco were given a heads up by a kid that there were vampires inside.

While not greeted by fangs and capes, the team instead got hit head-on with an awful smell upon entering the warehouse. Next, they spot an outright disgusting sight in the room.

All the missing girls were sitting at a dinner table. However, they were all mummified bodies dressed up and missing their organs.

From there, Fin (Ice-T) and Benson (Mariska Hargitay) began investigating who was behind this heinous crime. After a number of leads, the “Law & Order: SVU” team landed on Trace Lambert. They spoke with his mother who revealed her son was awful with women and had a problem with an ex-girlfriend.

Using some amazing questioning techniques, Benson slowly starts to crack the truth open. She praises the killer and says Trace couldn’t do it. From there, Trace starts to reveal small details that aren’t available to the public. In the end, he reveals he’s behind it all.

“I killed them. All of them. You tell my mother that. You tell my mother what I did,” he said.

Other Chilling Cases on Show

While the recent episode was certainly rather disturbing, “Law & Order: SVU” has managed to give people the chills plenty of times before.

The series rarely holds itself back when it comes to showing some of the most disturbing crimes people can commit against each other.

For example, during season three the episode “Monogamy” features a chilling storyline. A man is convinced that his pregnant wife has been unfaithful. He believes that the child isn’t his. He ends up killing the baby, but later discovers it was his child after all.

Sometimes the crimes happen to the investigators as well. Olivia Benson has been captured, tortured, and abused in the past. Another terrifying incident occurred during season 16 in “Daydream Believer.”

Dr. Gregory Yates, a villain in “Law & Order: SVU,” “Chicago Fire,” and “Chicago P.D,” is equally disturbing each time he pops up on the screen. He raped and killed Nadia from “Chicago P.D.” and then recounted her suffering while in court.