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|“||Crunch your numbers again. By time I get out of prison, I'll be old enough for senior citizen's discounts.||„|
|~ Amelia Chase to ADA Alexandra Cabot.|
Amelia Chase is the secondary antagonist of the Law & Order SVU episode "Ridicule".
She is portrayed by Diane Neal, who would later join the main cast of SVU as Assistant District Attorney Casey Novak.
Chase was a stockbroker, and a friend of Sydney Green and Pam Adler. At Green's bachelorette party, Sydney, Chase and Adler forced a male stripper named Peter Smith into a bedroom, where they tied him to a bed and raped him. Afterward, Smith filed a civil suit against Sydney demanding she give him the names of the other two rapists. Sydney capitulated and attempted to reach a settlement involving giving up Adler and Chase's names. However, Adler, a lawyer, discovered this and she and Chase broke into Sydney's apartment and killed her, hanging her body up to make it look like suicide by autoerotic asphyxiation.
During the investigation, Chase was interviewed by the Special Victims Unit, and claimed that Sydney was into strangling herself for sexual pleasure. However, when Sydney's husband was interviewed, he told the SVU that Sydney and two friends had raped a male stripper, causing Green to be suspected.
Smith was easily exonerated due to an alibi, and the SVU began investigating his rape. Chase and Adler were identified by Smith in a lineup and arrested. During the ensuing trial, Smith revealed that Sydney had agreed to a settlement, which would have involved naming Adler and Chase as the other two rapists. As a result, the SVU began to suspect that Sydney had been murdered, and began re-investigating, finding Amelia Chase's fingerprints around the ceiling fan that Sydney's noose was tied to.
Chase was interviewed by the SVU, and admitted to being a practicing autoerotic, giving her the knowledge to stage Sydney's death to look like an accidental hanging while practicing autoerotic asphyxiation. She agreed to a plea deal which saw her plead guilty to Smith's rape and Sydney's murder and agree to testify against Adler in return for a reduced sentence, and received fifteen years in prison. Adler was subsequently acquitted of rape as Smith had failed to mention the civil suit to the police, but was immediately arrested and charged with murder thanks to Chase's testimony.