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|“||I told her, I'm not a little boy anymore.||„|
|~ Jason after murdering his sexually abusive mother, Grace Mayberry.|
Jason Mayberry is the main antagonist of the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Pique". He is an emotionally disturbed stalker who rapes and kills his boss, Veronica Tandy, when she does not return his obsessive love for her.
He was portrayed by Chad Lowe.
Jason was born into the wealthy Mayberry family. His father died when he was five, leaving him to be raised by his mother, Grace, who began sexually abusing him from childhood until well into adulthood. Even when he is a grown man living on his own, she forces him to have sex with her whenever she visits him.
His mother's abuse warped Jason's mind, molding him into a disturbed misogynist who derives pleasure from stabbing women in the back, legs, and and buttocks with hat pins, which he keeps as trophies. His lifelong dream is to become a police officer, but he fails the police academy's psychological exam, so he gets a job as a security guard at a software company. While at work, he covertly takes pictures of women he later plans to attack.
He becomes obsessed with his boss, Veronica Tandy, when she writes him a letter of recommendation for the police academy out of simple kindness. He deludes himself into believing she is in love with him, even though she is married and pregnant with her husband's child, and begins stalking her. Disturbed by his harassment, she withdrew her recommendation, which sends him into a violent rage as he rapes, strangles, and stabs her to death.
While investigating Veronica's murder, Special Victims Unit detectives Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler learns that Jason had been bothering her and take him to their station house for questioning, under the guise of wanting him to help them with their investigation.
After consulting with FBI psychiatrist George Huang, Stabler tries to establish a rapport with Jason by pretending to hate women as much as he does. Jason tells several conflicting stories, as he first says that he and Veronica were just friends, then that they had been having an affair, and then that she had been sexually harassing him and withdrew her recommendation for the police academy because he wouldn't sleep with her.
Meanwhile, Benson interviews Jason's coworkers, and discovers that he had been taking pictures of Veronica without her knowledge and telling them she is his girlfriend. Benson then interviews Grace, and learns of their incestuous relationship. She interrupts Stabler's interrogation of Jason, and shows him the evidence of Grace's abuse. When Stabler confronts him, Jason breaks down and admits that Grace molested him, and that he feels it was his fault.
He is charged with raping and murdering Veronica, as well as with the picaristic attacks. Grace bails him out of jail, but covers up for her own crimes by calling him a "lying bastard". With help from Benson and Stabler, Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cabot manages to get a search warrant for Grace's house, hoping to find the murder weapon and charge Grace with murder as well, with the reasoning that her abuse created the warped man who murdered Veronica.
When they arrive at Grace's house, however, they find Jason in her bed, caressing her mutilated body, as they had slept together before Jason stabbed her to death. Jason tells the detectives that, before killing his mother, he had said to her "I'm not a little boy anymore." He is then arrested and imprisoned for raping and murdering Veronica.