This week fans were left in shock after watching “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (SVU)” season 20. Episode 7 was called “Caretaker” and it featured some dark unexpected twists.
Actress Sasha Alexander guest starred as Anna Mills and took the show’s audience on an insane trip. Fans couldn’t help but take to social media to air their collective surprise by the turn of events.
Sasha Alexander’s character Anna Mills was revealed to be a killer on this week’s “Law & Order: SVU.” She was accused of murdering her own children and husband Julian.
For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. They discovered that Alexander had created her own legal services firm with her husband.
She was the company’s president and primary shareholder. The investigative team also found out that the mother-of-two had been scamming clients at the real law firm where she actually worked.
Things started adding up for the team and it pointed to Alexander killing her whole family. Benson struggled to believe that a mother would kill her own children in cold blood.
However, Detective Odafin "Fin" Tutuola, played by Ice-T, found a pair of tennis shoes with blood on them in Alexander's office. A DNA test on them matched the woman’s dead daughter.
When Alexander was confronted, at first, she tried denying killing her children. However, when the shoes were brought up close she began to cry saying “My baby.”
Realizing that she was about to make a breakthrough, Benson latched on by firing questions:
"You killed them, didn't you Anna? You did this?"
Finally giving in, Alexander admitted, "Of course I did this. I had to." She seemed to have turned into a completely different person at that moment.
Not understanding what she meant, Benson asked, "You had... to kill your children?" To which the suspect said, "Don't you see? They're so much better off now."
Now that she had confessed to their murders, the team had to figure out why she did it. Benjamin Stone played by Philip Winchester and Lisa Abernathy played by Sandrine Holt were on the forefront of this task.
Abernathy diagnosed Alexander as a "family annihilator" who couldn’t stand the idea of seeing her children and family suffer. It seems “family annihilation syndrome” is actually a real thing.
Stone and Abernathy believed the mother-of-two killed her children because her scam was found out. They informed Benson that a jury would think Alexander was insane and she wouldn’t get convicted.
Benson then made it her mission to prove that Alexander had actually planned the whole thing. During the trial, Alexander's defense tried to prove that she was, indeed, insane.
Her attorney pointed out that Alexander might have been insane during the one moment she put the knife in her children. During her testimony, the suspect told her attorney that she had the need to create a perfect life for her family.
She claimed that she when she stabbed them she had been "outside of myself." Alexander claimed that she believed she was actually saving her children from living imperfect lives.
Then Stone showed her the images of her children's bloodied beds. He asked her if she had tried to stop the "other Anna" she saw, from killing her children.
That got Alexander to admit that she just didn’t want her children to live in the world without her. Her attorney tried arguing that the mother-of-two had been under pressure from the outside world to lead a perfect life.
However, Stone insisted that the case was not about the pressures Alexander faced. He stated that women who are under pressure are not allowed to kill without consequence.
Ultimately, the jury found Alexander not guilty for the murder of her children. However, she was convicted for the murder of her husband.
Just when fans were breathing a sigh of relief from all the gruesome drama, at the very end, Benson told Stone that Alexander had hung herself in her cell.
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