Having consulted with the lead detective on the old case (Mike Starr), Goren and Eames discover he was involved in a cover-up to rush other cases to closure.
When a woman suing her brother over the disposition of their father's remains is found murdered, Goren and Eames discover a concealed parentage and a man willing to go to any extremes to ensure his legacy.
Co-executive producers this season were Fred Berner, Arthur W. Supervising producers were Roz Weinman and Marlane Gomard Meyer.
Chernuchin was consulting producer and Tim De Luca as associate producer.
However, an unusual twist leads the detectives to an unlikely suspect (Mark Linn-Baker).
The murder of a woman in her apartment results in her son (Adam Storke), recently paroled after serving 15 years for murder, becoming the prime suspect.In episode "Frame", the last episode of season 7, Detective Goren saw a picture of his brother at his mother's grave. This led him to think Nicole Wallace, his archenemy, killed him, but he made an impressive discovery. Law & Order: Criminal Intent was renewed a second season in May 2002 and production began in Summer 2002.When a father and son are found with their throats slit, the detectives discover a group of adolescent boys have disappeared from the same neighborhood.When the locals don't cooperate with the investigation, the police believe the boys are being used by someone operating a bicycle theft ring.As Goren and Eames sift through the likely suspects in the murder of a university president and his assistant, they discover that the culprit is a wily adversary who has more than these crimes to hide. After he realizes there are cracks in the seemingly airtight case, Goren is forced to keep Carver in the dark about some details to prove his theory.An assistant district attorney (David Marshall Grant), who had been receiving death threats, confronts and kills a hired gunman. After a mother of two is shot to death in Chinatown, Goren and Eames first believe her death may be connected to the Tiananmen Square massacre.The detectives try to figure out a mystery after an elderly woman dies in a fire.The mystery deepens when the young woman who has been left some of the dead woman's estate is murdered.After investigating the children's stepmother (his second wife), they turn to a pair of nannies (Tammy Blanchard and Merritt Wever), one of whom works for the family.However, the detectives must reach back to the nannies' history as children, and a television soap opera, to better understand the motives for the crime.