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You can lock me up wherever you want, 'cause that's all you can do. And next time I get out, I'm comin' straight for you, bitch!
~ Vorgitch threatening Connie Rubirosa

Leon Vorgitch is the main antagonist of the Law & Order episode "Deadlock". He is a psychopathic mass murderer who is set up to be killed himself by Dena Carter, a corrupt attorney.

He was portrayed by Craig Walker.

Biography

Vorgitch is a career criminal who comes from a family of criminals, including his mother Delores and brother Carl. (He also has an unnamed son.) Leon already had a long record of committing violent felonies when, in 1997, he killed five people while robbing a fast food restaurant. He was arrested, found guilty, and sentenced to death. After the death penalty was declared unconstitutional in New York City, Vorgitch's sentence was commuted to life in prison with no parole.

Deadlock

In 2006, Vorgitch escapes from prison, killing two guards in the process. He then murders a former cellmate and steals his gun.

A citywide manhunt ensues, in which NYPD detective Ed Green finds Vogitch and chases him. Vorgitch runs into an elementary school and holds a classroom full of children hostage. When a truck backfires nearby, Vorgitch thinks the police are shooting at him and kills four children. Green tackles him and puts him under arrest.

Vorgitch refuses to plead guilty, believing that, because his death sentence had been overturned, the authorities could not sentence him to die once again. At his arraignment, he threatens the presiding judge and ADA Connie Rubirosa. He is then housed in a maximum security prison to prevent him from escaping again.

Shortly afterward, Vorgitch is shot and killed by Robert Purcell, father of one of the murdered children, as he is being taken to trial. It later turns out that Purcell's attorney, Dena Carter, set the murder in motion by telling Purcell when and where Vorgitch would be, knowing that Purcell was intent on killing him. Carter, who has designs on a political career, wanted to represent the man who killed the universally hated Vorgitch in order to burnish her "tough on crime" credentials. By the end of the episode, Carter is indicted for murder, and disbarred.

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