Synopsis by Hal Erickson
In the first episode of a two-part story, Simone (Jimmy Smits) and Sipowicz (Dennis Franz) investigate when a distraught father (Brian Markinson) insists that his missing son was kidnapped by Israel (Thom Gossom Jr.), a homeless mute. After the boy's body is found, the detectives are confronted with evidence that seems to point irrevocably to Israel. But Diane (Kim Delaney) thinks that the suspect has been framed, corroborating Sipowicz' suspicions about the dead boy's father. Elsewhere, the squad's investigation of a girl's murder is complicated by the burial demands of the victim's father, a Hasidic Jew.