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Dennis Pollock is the secondary antagonist of the Law & Order episode "Venom". He is a con artist who swindles Joyce Pollock, a wealthy older woman, at the behest of his mother (and lover) Liann Crosby, and murders two of the wealthy men Liann is conning.

He was portrayed by Matt Keeslar.

Biography

Early life

Dennis was raised by his mother, con artist Liann Crosby. She taught him how to steal and how to con people, and would threaten to abandon him if he did not do as she told him. She also sexually abused him, beginning when he was a teenager, and she remained his lover well into his adulthood.

Dennis helped Liann swindle wealthy, older men, introducing her to them so she could marry and divorce them for their money. She also ordered him to kill her latest husband/victim, Henry Crosby, so she could inherit his entire $18 million estate. At his mother's instigation, he married middle-aged heiress Joyce Pollock, but developed genuine feelings for her and so disobeyed his mother's order to kill her. Liann tried, unsuccessfully, to kill Joyce herself, which so enraged Dennis that he attacked his mother and accidentally killed her companion (and next intended victim) Stuart Wattman.

"Venom"

When NYPD detectives Lennie Briscoe and Rey Curtis investigate Wattman's murder, they find out that Liann and Dennis are mother and son, and connect Dennis to the murder. Assistant District Attorneys Jack McCoy and Abbie Carmichael then charge him with killing Wattman, and soon enough Henry Crosby, as well.

Dennis pleads insanity, claiming that his mother warped his mind by molding him into a con artist. Police psychiatrist Emil Skoda, skeptical about Dennis' supposed mental illness, evaluates him and eventually gets him to reveal the truth about his incestuous relationship with Liann.

McCoy and Carmichael soon find out that Joyce had been planning to kill Liann so Dennis could be free of her, and offer Dennis the chance to testify against Liann in return for a reduced sentence for himself and no criminal charges for Joyce. Liann's hold on Dennis ultimately proves to be too strong. However, he refuses to testify against his mother, instead pleading guilty to manslaughter and allowing Joyce to be charged with attempted murder. Liann, meanwhile, walks away from her crimes scot free.

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