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You took her from me! I should take that thing and beat your brains in with it, because that's what you deserve! What you all deserve! There's more just like her ready to crawl out of that pit and come at you with knives, because that's what you deserve!
~ Connie threatening Goren and Bishop.

Conroy "Connie" Smith is the main antagonist of the Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode "Sound Bodies", and a supporting antagonist in the two-part episode "In the Wee Small Hours". He is a psychopathic teenager who brainwashes a group of teenage girls into killing for him. He is loosely based on the late cult leader Charles Manson.

He was portrayed by Billy Lush.

Biography

Background

Connie was born and raised in Big Channel, a small, isolated town in Upstate New York, by his uncle after his mother abandoned him; he does not know who his father is. He grows up into a bright, but completely amoral and misogynistic, young man who fantasizes about having total power and control over women's lives. Intellectual and well-read, Connie uses his charisma and relative sophistication to manipulate three of his more impressionable female classmates, Claudia Goodman, Carolyn James, and Christina Walker, into becoming his devoted acolytes, willing and eager to do anything he says.

He orders the girls to kill four boys who had given them gonorrhea during a group "sex party" by inviting them out to the island for sex and sabotaging their rowboat, causing them to drown. When the boys' grieving families sue the NYPD emergency services for failing to save them, Connie is worried that sabotage will be discovered, so he has the girls poison the coffee at a town meeting, killing several people.

"Sound Bodies"

NYPD detectives Robert Goren and G. Lynn Bishop investigate the poisoning, and discover both that the boys had gonorrhea and that their boat had been tampered with; Goren believes they were murdered. They interview the girls, and come to believe that they are in thrall to a Svengali-like figure who is using them to kill.

Connie manipulates Claudia into attempting suicide and taking responsibility for the poisoning in her suicide note; Goren, however, knows that Connie is behind it. They interrogate Carolyn and Christina and get them to implicate Connie by playing on their devotion to him and their jealousy of Claudia's ultimate sacrifice for him.

They arrest Connie, and Goren baits him by confronting him about his mother and making him believe that the girls turned on him; Bishop, meanwhile, produces the caulking gun they used to sabotage the boat, provoking Connie into tacitly admitting he ordered them to use it. Connie flies into a rage and attacks Goren, threatening the entire squad as he is forcibly restrained. At their arraignment, Carolyn and Christina pledge their undying love and loyalty, and declare that they, not Connie, killed "those pigs". Connie grins maniacally at Goren as he is led away in handcuffs.

"In the Wee Small Hours"

Two years later, Connie is serving his sentence at Riker's Island Prison. Goren and his partner Alexandra Eames make a deal with him to share a cell with murder suspect Ethan Garrett and get him to talk about his crime by sharing his own murderous exploits; in return, they will grant him mailing privileges which will enable him to trade mail with Christina and Carolyn. Goren also flatters Connie's ego by telling him that both Christina and Carolyn have refused to testify against him, and that he is "their only reality".

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