Web of Lies S4E7 Script

Playing Doctor (2017)

GOOD NIGHT, MAN.

Narrator: WHEN A POPULAR AND HANDSOME CHARMER...

EVENING, DOCTOR. HEY.

Narrator:...IS ALSO A RUTHLESS ONLINE PREDATOR...

HEY, HOW ARE YOU?

...HOW FAR WILL HE GO TO SATISFY HIS TWISTED DESIRES?

THAT WAS THE SCARIEST THING THAT HAD EVER HAPPENED TO ME.

YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT I DO WHEN I'M NOT HERE?

AND HOW MANY WOMEN WILL SUFFER...

THIS IS JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG.

Narrator:...BEFORE HIS REIGN OF TERROR...

DO YOU HAVE A JEFFREY MARSALIS HERE?

...CAN BE STOPPED?

HE FELT THAT HE WAS SMARTER THAN US.

WE WERE NOT GONNA LET HIM GET AWAY.

Buttaro: I'VE LOOKED INTO THE EYES OF A MONSTER, AND I TRULY BELIEVE THAT.

CAPTIONS PAID FOR BY DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS

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Narrator: JEFFREY MARSALIS IS WELL-KNOWN AS AN ER PHYSICIAN AT HAHNEMANN HOSPITAL IN PHILADELPHIA.

HEY, BRIAN. HEY.

NO MATTER HOW BUSY HE IS ON THE WARDS, HE ALWAYS HAS A SMILE FOR THE SECURITY GUARDS.

AND COMING FROM A WEALTHY FAMILY, HE CAN AFFORD TO LIVE IN ONE OF THE MOST EXPENSIVE PARTS OF TOWN.

JEFFREY ISN'T JUST POPULAR WITH HIS COWORKERS.

HE TURNS THE HEAD OF EVERY WOMAN HE MEETS.

HEY.

EVENING, DOCTOR.

Buttaro: HE WAS VERY FRIENDLY. HE WAS EASY TO TALK TO.

HE WAS CHARMING.

Rovell: HE WAS A GOOD-LOOKING MAN.

HE SPOKE WELL.

HE REALLY DID SEEM LIKE A NICE GUY.

Narrator: ON DATING WEBSITES, WHERE HE CALLS HIMSELF "DR. JEFF,"

HE DOESN'T SELL HIMSELF SHORT.

"IF YOU WANT TO BE MY COPILOT, THAT MEANS NO STOP SIGNS, NO STOPLIGHTS, AND THROTTLE UP."

Narrator: DR. JEFF LIKES INTELLIGENT, CAREER-DRIVEN WOMEN.

AND WITH HIS ENTICING PROFILE, HE CAN TAKE HIS PICK.

AND JEFF'S NOT JUST LOOKING FOR LOVE ONLINE.

HE'S ALSO A WELL-KNOWN FACE AT HIS LOCAL IRISH BAR, TIR NA NOG, A 10-MINUTE WALK FROM THE HOSPITAL.

HEY. WHY DON'T YOU LET ME GET THAT FOR YOU.

OKAY. TWO, PLEASE.

THANK YOU. YOU'RE WELCOME.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

I'M JEFF, BY THE WAY.

MY FRIENDS CALL ME "DR. JEFF."

OH.

RAZ, MY FRIENDS CALL ME "RAZ."

[ LAUGHTER ]

SO, JUST RAZ, IS THAT SHORT FOR SOMETHING?

THIS TIME, JEFF DOESN'T GET LUCKY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

RAZ ISN'T SINGLE.

BUT SHE KNOWS SOMEONE WHO IS --

ONE OF HER BEST FRIENDS, JESSIKA ROVELL.

BACK HOME, JEFFREY BROWSES HIS DATING WEBSITE.

SOMEONE LIKES THE LOOK OF HIS PROFILE.

BUT SOMEBODY ELSE IS ON HIS MIND --

JESSIKA ROVELL, THE CONTACT HE WAS GIVEN IN THE BAR.

YOUNG, PRETTY AND PROFESSIONAL, SHE'S EXACTLY WHAT HE'S LOOKING FOR.

WHILE I WAS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT MY FUTURE, THERE WAS ONE THING THAT WAS MISSING.

YOU KNOW, I -- LIKE ANY YOUNG WOMAN, I WAS INTERESTED IN DATING AND --

AND FINDING THE ONE THAT I WOULD SPEND THE REST OF MY LIFE WITH.

[ DANCE MUSIC PLAYS ]

JESS. JEFF?

YEAH. HI.

HI. NICE TO MEET YOU.

HAVE A SEAT. NICE TO MEET YOU.

SORRY IF I WAS A LITTLE LATE.

Rovell: BY MY SECOND YEAR OF LAW SCHOOL, I HAD PRETTY MUCH COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THERE WERE NO GOOD MEN LEFT.

SO, YOU'RE A DOCTOR.

I AM, INDEED -- ER, EMERGENCY, RIGHT ON THE FRONT LINE.

DURING OUR FIRST DATE, HE SEEMED LIKE A REALLY INTERESTING, GOOD GUY.

I WOULDN'T SAY THAT I WAS IMMEDIATELY ATTRACTED TO HIM.

BUT WE HAD SOME GOOD CONVERSATION, LEARNED A LOT ABOUT HIM.

THAT MUST BE SO STRESSFUL, ALL THAT BLOOD.

I'M SO SQUEAMISH.

YEAH, FOR SURE, IT CAN BE HARD SOMETIMES.

BUT YOU KNOW WHAT? I REALLY THRIVE IN THAT ENVIRONMENT.

IT'S JUST, BRINGING SOMEONE BACK FROM THE BRINK.

THERE'S NOTHING LIKE IT.

THOSE THINGS WERE ALL PRETTY COMPELLING TO ME, YOU KNOW, AS I WAS ABOUT TO BECOME AN ATTORNEY.

IT WAS A GOOD FIRST DATE.

WELL, CHEERS TO SAVING LIVES.

SO, AFTER THE FIRST DATE, HE CALLED.

HE FOLLOWED UP AND SAID, "WHY DON'T WE DO THIS AGAIN?"

Narrator: FOR THEIR SECOND DATE, THEY SPEND THE EVENING AT JESSIKA'S APARTMENT, RELAXING AND GETTING TO KNOW EACH OTHER.

I'M GONNA GET US SOME WINE. SOUNDS GOOD.

Rovell: WE HAD SOME WINE.

AND AFTER WE HAD FINISHED A BOTTLE, I WENT TO MY KITCHEN TO GET A SECOND BOTTLE, OPEN IT.

WANT ME TO GIVE YOU A HAND?

I REMEMBER KISSING HIM IN THE KITCHEN WITH A BOTTLE OF WINE HELD BETWEEN US.

AND THAT'S THE LAST THING THAT I REMEMBER THAT NIGHT.

Reporter: THE FORECAST, MOSTLY SUNNY SKIES TODAY WITH BRISK EASTERLY WINDS. EXPECT A HIGHER...

Rovell: WAKING UP, REALIZING THAT I HAD HAD SEX WITH THIS MAN THAT I HAD HAD NO INTENTION, THE NIGHT BEFORE, OF SLEEPING WITH WAS EMBARRASSING.

I -- I WAS DISAPPOINTED IN MYSELF.

I WAS ANGRY WITH MYSELF BECAUSE IT WASN'T MY INTENTION FOR THE NIGHT TO GO IN THAT DIRECTION.

MORNING.

MORNING.

YOU OKAY?

I'VE FELT BETTER.

YOU LOOK GREAT TO ME.

I HAD A GOOD TIME LAST NIGHT.

AND IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY, SO DID YOU.

WHEN HE WOKE UP, HE WAS REALLY WONDERFUL.

HE DIDN'T SEEM TO THINK LESS OF ME FOR SLEEPING WITH HIM ON THE SECOND DATE.

SO, THE EMBARRASSMENT LESSENED.

HE COMPLIMENTED ME A LOT.

HE THOUGHT I WAS BRILLIANT AND HE THOUGHT I WAS BEAUTIFUL.

MIRROR, MIRROR, ON THE WALL.

YOU KNOW, THIS IS MY FAVORITE BREAKFAST PLACE.

IS IT? OH, ABSOLUTELY.

I MEAN, THE PANCAKES ARE TO DIE FOR.

AS THE RELATIONSHIP CONTINUED, I REALLY GREW TO CARE FOR HIM.

WHOOPS, SYRUP'S SUPPOSED TO GO INSIDE YOUR MOUTH.

THERE, PRETTY AS A PICTURE.

YOU KNOW, HE WAS FUNNY. HE WAS SMART.

HE WAS SUCCESSFUL.

AND IT SEEMED TO ME THAT WE --

WE REALLY COULD HAVE A FUTURE TOGETHER.

Narrator: BUT AS THEY SETTLE INTO THEIR RELATIONSHIP, JESSIKA SOON DISCOVERS ANOTHER SIDE TO HER NEW BOYFRIEND.

WHOA, LITTLE LADY, I HAVE BUSINESS GOING ON HERE.

YOU KNOW, DOORS, KNOCKING, SIMPLE REQUEST.

WHAT'S SO TOP SECRET?

I GOT TO KNOCK ON DOORS, NOW?

LOOK, JESS, DO YOU TRUST ME?

OF COURSE I TRUST YOU.

AT THAT POINT, HE TOLD ME THAT HE WAS A NON-OFFICIAL COVER AGENT FOR THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, THAT HE WORKED AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT.

IT'S DANGEROUS FOR BOTH OF US.

I'M DOING THIS FOR YOUR PROTECTION.

ON SOME LEVEL, HE WAS A PATRIOT.

YOU KNOW, HE WAS FIGHTING TERRORISTS.

HE WAS FIGHTING A WAR.

HE WAS TRYING TO KEEP PEOPLE LIKE ME AND EVERY OTHER AMERICAN SAFE.

Narrator: LESS THAN TWO MONTHS AFTER THEY START DATING, JEFFREY ORGANIZES A ROMANTIC TRIP TO BERMUDA.

I WAS REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO HAVING A VACATION IN A PLACE THAT I HAD NEVER BEEN BEFORE AND --

AND WITH HIM, BECAUSE WE WERE HAVING A GOOD TIME.

Narrator: EARLY ONE MORNING, HE TAKES JESSIKA TO A REMOTE PART OF THE ISLAND.

Rovell: BUT THINGS CHANGED WHILE WE WERE ON THE ISLAND.

HEY, JESS, WAIT. HEY, I SAID WAIT.

HEY!

LOOK, LITTLE LADY, I'M NOT THE GUY YOU SHOULD BE MESSING WITH.

WHAT IS THIS?

HE TOLD ME A STORY ABOUT HOW HE HAD BEATEN SOMEONE TO DEATH OUTSIDE A CLUB IN FLORIDA WITH HIS BARE HANDS RIGHT AFTER HE HAD COMPLETED HIS TRAINING WITH THE CIA.

Narrator: JEFFREY ALSO CLAIMS HE WAS ARRESTED, BUT ONLY HELD FOR TWO HOURS.

CASE GOT THROWN OUT BECAUSE THEY TRAIN US TO BE KILLERS.

AND THEY CLEAN UP OUR MESS.

THAT'S THE DEAL.

I STARTED FEELING UNSAFE WITH HIM.

YOU KNOW WHAT, JEFF?

I JUST WANT TO WALK ALONG THE BEACH, OKAY?

Marsalis: SO, THERE WAS THIS ONE TIME WHERE WE WERE STUCK ON AN ISLAND.

AND WE WERE SURROUNDED...

Narrator: WHEN THEY RETURN TO PHILADELPHIA, JEFFREY INTRODUCES JESSIKA TO HIS FRIEND, GREG HARUBI.

GREG WAS SOMEONE THAT JEFF HAD RECRUITED TO THE CIA TO DO THE SAME JOB HE DID.

YEAH. OH, MY GOODNESS.

Rovell: HE SEEMED LIKE A LOVELY MAN.

HE WAS NICE. HE WAS FUN.

THERE WERE GUYS WITH GUNS EVERYWHERE.

WE JUST HAD TO GET REALLY AGGRESSIVE, MAKE A MOVE.

KILL OR BE KILLED, RIGHT, JUST LIKE THEY TRAINED US.

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THAT, JESS?

YEAH, JEFF, JUST LIKE THAT.

YEAH.

Narrator: AFTER HEARING JEFFREY TELL YET ANOTHER VIOLENT STORY, JESSIKA IS BEGINNING TO HAVE DOUBTS ABOUT HER NEW BOYFRIEND.

JESSIKA NOTICES THAT JEFFREY IS SPENDING MORE AND MORE TIME ON HIS COMPUTER.

BUT HE MAKES CERTAIN THAT SHE NEVER SEES WHAT HE'S DOING.

Rovell: HE BEGAN, AFTER HE TOLD ME ABOUT THE CIA JOB, TELLING ME THAT IT WAS BECAUSE THERE WAS CLASSIFIED INFORMATION ALL OVER THE PLACE THAT I JUST COULDN'T LOOK AT.

AND HE JUST HAD TO MAKE SURE THAT HE COULD SEE ME AT ALL TIMES, SO THAT HE COULD BE CONFIDENT THAT I --

I WASN'T SNOOPING.

Narrator: THEN, JEFFREY STARTS TO DISAPPEAR, SOMETIMES FOR WEEKS ON END.

AFTER ONE UNEXPLAINED TRIP, JESSIKA PRESSES HIM FOR AN EXPLANATION.

YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT I DO WHEN I'M NOT HERE?

HE PLAYS HER A RECORDING OF SOMEONE BEING TORTURED.

Woman: [ CRYING ] I DON'T KNOW!

THAT'S WHAT I DO.

PLEASE!

I JUST DON'T KNOW! I ACTUALLY DON'T!

Rovell: IT WAS REALLY TERRIFYING.

I DON'T -- I DON'T KNOW!

HOW DO YOU TURN THIS OFF? TURN IT OFF!

HOW DO YOU TURN IT OFF?

[ WOMAN ON THE TAPE RECORDER SCREAMING ]

THE WHOLE IDEA OF TORTURE AND SCREAMING AND --

AND PEOPLE BEING HURT AND THAT HE WAS THE PERSON DOING THIS, IT -- IT WAS JUST HORRIFYING.

[ WOMAN ON TAPE RECORDER SCREAMING ]

IN MY MIND, I HAD MADE A DETERMINATION THAT I DIDN'T THINK THIS RELATIONSHIP WAS GOING TO WORK OUT.

SO, I STARTED TRYING TO DISTANCE MYSELF FROM HIM.

THE MINUTE THAT I STARTED TRYING TO DISTANCE MYSELF FROM HIM, HE STARTED MAKING THREATS.

DO YOU KNOW THAT, ONCE THEY TEACH YOU HOW TO START A HEART, IT BECOMES VERY EASY TO STOP ON?

HE MANIPULATED ME. HE DEMORALIZED ME.

HE DEVALUED ME TO THE POINT THAT I HAD NO SELF LEFT.

THERE WAS NO ARGUING WITH HIM.

IT WAS JUST WHATEVER HIS WILL WAS, I HAD TO DO.

I CAN DO IT JUST LIKE THAT.

IT WAS JUST WHATEVER HIS WILL WAS, I HAD TO DO.

Narrator: WHEN LAW STUDENT JESSIKA ROVELL FIRST MEETS JEFFREY MARSALIS, HE SEEMS LIKE THE GOOD GUY SHE'S BEEN LOOKING FOR.

BUT SHE SOON DISCOVERS A VERY DARK SIDE TO HER NEW BOYFRIEND.

TURN IT OFF!

ONCE THEY TEACH YOU HOW TO START A HEART, IT BECOMES VERY EASY TO STOP ONE.

IT'S JUST LIKE A HUSBAND AND WIFE THAT ARE GOING THROUGH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

THEY STAY FOR A REASON.

BUT THEM, AS A PERSON, IS BROKEN.

Narrator: JEFFREY ORGANIZES ANOTHER TRIP WITH JESSIKA TO FLORIDA.

AT THE NASA SPACE CENTER, HE'S DETERMINED TO GET A SOUVENIR PHOTOGRAPH OF HIMSELF.

HEY, JESS, WHAT DO YOU THINK, ONE GIANT STEP FOR MANKIND?

DURING THE COURSE OF OUR RELATIONSHIP, I CAN'T SAY THAT IT WAS ALWAYS HORRIBLE.

IT WASN'T.

THERE WERE TIMES WHEN WE LAUGD.

THERE WERE TIMES THAT WE HAD FUN.

YOU NEED THIS.

OH, THANKS, BABE.

Narrator: TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD, THEY LOOKED LIKE A NORMAL, HAPPY COUPLE.

BUT IN PRIVATE, IT'S A VERY DIFFERENT STORY.

DOWN, DOWN, DOWN, GET DOWN!

YOU'RE GONNA DIE! GET DOWN!

OH, MY GOD.

THAT WAS, BAR NONE, THE SCARIEST THING THAT HAD EVER HAPPENED TO ME IN MY LIFE.

YOU'RE GONNA DIE!

OH, MY GOD, PLEASE, PLEASE!

I REALLY THOUGHT I WAS GONNA DIE.

PLEASE GET OUT OF HERE!

GET OUT!

McDevitt: WHO DO YOU TELL?

YOU CAN'T GO TO YOUR COWORKER AND SAY, "LISTEN."

'CAUSE THEY'RE GONNA SAY TO YOU, "WHAT ARE YOU DOING THAT FOR?"

'CAUSE WE'VE ALL HEARD THAT PERSON SAY, "IF IT WAS ME, I'D BE GONE."

YOU DON'T KNOW TILL YOU'RE IN THAT SITUATION.

AND EVERYONE WORK-- REACTS DIFFERENTLY.

I THINK THE LONGER YOU'RE IN IT, THE LESS LIKELY YOU ARE TO TELL SOMEONE.

Narrator: EVEN THOUGH HE HAS TERRIFIED JESSIKA, IT ISN'T ENOUGH FOR MARSALIS.

HIS APPETITE FOR CONTROL IS INSATIABLE.

JESSIKA DOESN'T KNOW IT, BUT HE'S STILL TRAWLING DATING WEBSITES TO FIND NEW CONQUESTS.

40 MILES AWAY, IN NEW JERSEY, JOANN BUTTARO, A SUCCESSFUL CAREER WOMAN, IS DABBLING IN ONLINE DATING.

SHE'S EVERYTHING MARSALIS IS LOOKING FOR.

Buttaro: YOU KNOW, MY JOB WAS BUSY AND THINGS WERE GOING WELL.

BUT I DIDN'T HAVE --

I DIDN'T -- I WASN'T IN A RELATIONSHIP.

AND THAT WAS THE ONE THING THAT I WAS DEFINITELY STILL WANTING IN MY LIFE.

SO, I WAS ON MATCH.COM, AND I RECEIVED AN E-MAIL CONTACT FROM DR. JEFF, AND IT LINKED ME TO HIS PAGE.

Narrator: LIKING WHAT SHE SEES, JOANN MESSAGES BACK.

OKAY.

Buttaro: HE SAID, YOU KNOW, "LET'S MEET AND WE'LL WALK TO A BAR.

AND WE'LL HAVE A DRINK, AND WE'LL SEE WHERE IT WENT."

HEY, HOW ARE YOU?

OH, JEFF! YEAH.

EVEN MORE BEAUTIFUL IN THE FLESH.

THANK YOU.

WHY DON'T WE HAVE A SEAT AT MY TABLE?

OH.

MY FIRST IMPRESSION WHEN I SAW HIM --

HE WAS TALL, GOOD-LOOKING.

HE LOOKED LIKE HIS PICTURE, WHICH WAS NICE.

OKAY.

SO, YOUR PROFILE SAYS YOU'RE A DOCTOR.

NOT JUST ANY DOCTOR -- I'M AN ER DOCTOR.

AND HE WAS FRIENDLY RIGHT AWAY.

WE CONNECTED, I THOUGHT, IMMEDIATELY.

AND I WAS REALLY EXCITED FOR OUR DATE.

THE OTHER DAY, THIS LADY CAME IN --

NO DOCTOR, NO INSURANCE, AND SHE WAS GONNA GIVE BIRTH IN THE BACK OF THE AMBULANCE.

BUT ISN'T THAT, LIKE, SCARY 'CAUSE YOU HAVE TWO LIVES?

THAT'S AMAZING.

YOU KNOW, THEY DON'T PAY ME TO BE SCARED, RIGHT?

AND I THOUGHT THAT WAS GREAT, YOU KNOW, THAT --

THAT SOMEONE, YOU KNOW, A DOCTOR WOULD BE THAT CARING AND TAKING CARE OF SOMEBODY WHO NEEDED IT.

Narrator: THE EVENING GOES WELL.

CONFIDENT THAT MARSALIS IS ONE OF THE GOOD GUYS, JOANN AGREES TO DROP HIM OFF AT HIS APARTMENT.

SO, ONE DRINK?

JUST JUICE OR WATER, IT'S KIND OF A LONG DRIVE.

HE GOT ME SOMETHING TO DRINK, NON-ALCOHOLIC.

JEFF, THIS IS A REALLY NICE APARTMENT.

THANK YOU.

OH, THANKS.

CHEERS.

Narrator: THE NEXT MORNING, WHEN JOANN WAKES UP, SHE REMEMBERS NOTHING AFTER THE DRINK THAT MARSALIS GAVE HER THE NIGHT BEFORE.

BUT SHE IS CERTAIN OF ONE THING --

SHE HAS HAD SEX.

Buttaro: I KNEW I DIDN'T DRINK ENOUGH TO BLACK OUT.

AND I KNEW THAT I HAD NO PLANS OF STAYING THERE AND HAVING SEX WITH HIM THAT NIGHT.

SO, I KNEW THAT SOMETHING WAS WRONG, I JUST COULDN'T EXPLAIN IT TO MYSELF.

Narrator: ALTHOUGH MARSALIS HAS BEEN CHEATING ON JESSIKA ROVELL WITH JOANN AND OTHER WOMEN, HE'S STILL STRINGING JESSIKA ALONG.

THREE YEARS INTO THEIR RELATIONSHIP, MARSALIS DOESN'T LIVE WITH JESSIKA, BUT HE STILL CONTROLS EVERY ASPECT OF HER LIFE.

WHAT ARE YOU COOKING, BABE?

IT'S A SURPRISE.

YOU KNOW I DON'T LIKE SURPRISES.

WHAT ARE YOU COOKING? STOP IT.

GRADUALLY, DURING THE COURSE OF THE RELATIONSHIP, THE ABUSE BECAME MORE THAN JUST PSYCHOLOGICAL.

OKAY, JEFF, NOT FUNNY.

NOT JOKING.

SERIOUSLY, BACK OFF.

[ YELLS ]

SERIOUSLY, BACK OFF.

DOWN, DOWN, DOWN, GET DOWN!

YOU'RE GONNA DIE! GET DOWN!

Narrator: JESSIKA ROVELL HAS BEEN IN AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP WITH JEFFREY MARSALIS FOR OVER THREE YEARS.

BUT THAT DOESN'T STOP HIM FROM CHEATING ON HER WITH ANOTHER WOMAN WHO HE'S MET ONLINE.

I WASN'T HAPPY. I WASN'T SAD.

I JUST EXISTED IN --

IN A STATE OF CONSTANT NOTHING.

IT'S NOT A JOKE, JESS.

I WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU'RE COOKING.

GET BACK!

[ YELLS ]

I REMEMBER SCREAMING.

I'M BLEEDING. IT'S OKAY.

AND HE WENT INTO, WHAT I GUESS I WOULD CALL "DOCTOR MODE"...

YOU CUT ME. IT'S JUST A SCRATCH.

...YOU KNOW, LOOKING AT IT AND --

AND TELLING ME, "OH, IT -- IT'S NOT GONNA NEED STITCHES."

IT'S JUST A CUT. LET ME TAKE A LOOK.

YOU'LL BE FINE. IT'S A SCRATCH.

"IT'S -- IT'S OKAY.

IT DIDN'T GO ALL THE WAY THROUGH, YOU KNOW, INTO YOUR MOUTH."

I JUST DIDN'T CARE ANYMORE. I --

I DIDN'T CARE WHETHER HE KILLED ME.

I JUST COULDN'T LIVE LIKE THIS ANYMORE.

Narrator: FINALLY, JESSIKA MAKES THE DECISION TO KICK MARSALIS OUT OF HER HOME AND HER LIFE.

I HAD REINTRODUCED FRIENDS AND FAMILY AND PEOPLE WHO CARED ABOUT ME INTO MY LIFE AND I WAS HEALING.

NOT QUICKLY, BUT I WAS MOVING FORWARD.

UNBEKNOWNST TO JESSIKA, JEFFREY MARSALIS'S LIFE IS ABOUT TO TAKE ANOTHER DRAMATIC TURN.

DETECTIVE MCDEVITT, SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT.

OKAY, YES, HI.

I'M THE MANAGER OF THIS BLOCK.

DO YOU HAVE A JEFFREY MARSALIS HERE?

MARSALIS IS NOW THE SUBJECT OF A POLICE INVESTIGATION.

OUR FIRST VICTIM SAID SHE HAD MET JEFFREY MARSALIS ON MATCH.COM.

SHE WENT OUT WITH HIM ON SEVERAL DATES.

AND IN THE COURSE OF ONE OF THOSE DATES, SHE WOKE UP WITH HIM ON TOP OF HER.

SHE WAS UNCONSCIOUS.

AND SHE BELIEVED, AT THAT TIME, THAT IT WAS A SEXUAL ASSAULT.

WE HAVE A SEARCH WARRANT FOR HIS APARTMENT.

AS WE WERE SHOWING HER THE SEARCH WARRANT, SHE'S READING IT.

YOU CAN ACTUALLY SEE THE BLOOD, LIKE, JUST LEAVING HER FACE AND SHE'S TURNING WHITE.

OH, MY GOD.

Narrator: THE WARRANT DETAILS THE CHARGES AGAINST MARSALIS.

THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT HE DID TO ME.

SHE SAID, "I ACTUALLY GOT HIM THIS APARTMENT."

SHE SAYS, "I'M STILL FRIENDS WITH HIM, BUT HE DID THE SAME EXACT THING TO ME."

YOU KNOW, YOU GUYS ARE REALLY MAKING A BIG MISTAKE, RIGHT?

Narrator: MARSALIS'S LAPTOP HAS A CIA SCREEN SAVER AND ACCESS IS BLOCKED BY A FINGERPRINT SECURITY SYSTEM.

YOU KNOW, OFFICER, I -- I'D REALLY RATHER YOU NOT.

THAT'S... MR. MARSALIS, YOU REALLY NEED TO SIT DOWN.

[ Dramatic music plays ]

WE FOUND SOME LIQUID BENADRYL THAT WE BELIEVED WAS THE THING THAT HE PROBABLY USED, OR MAY HAVE USED, TO RENDER HIS VICTIMS UNCONSCIOUS.

Narrator: THEY ALSO FIND SCRUBS FROM THE LOCAL HOSPITAL.

WE DID CHECK WITH THE HOSPITAL AND FOUND OUT THAT HE WAS NOT A DOCTOR AND HE WAS NOT AFFILIATED, AT ALL, WITH THE HOSPITAL.

Narrator: FAR FROM BEING AN EMERGENCY-ROOM DOCTOR...

HEY, MAN.

...MARSALIS IS ACTUALLY A DROPOUT FROM NURSING SCHOOL.

HE WOULD BREEZE PAST SECURITY AND ROAM THE WARDS FREELY USING THE ACCESS HE'D BEEN GRANTED AS A STUDENT.

THE WOMAN WHO ORIGINALLY REPORTED MARSALIS AND THE MANAGER OF HIS APARTMENT BLOCK BOTH DECIDE TO PRESS CHARGES.

WELL, YOU BETTER GET A LAWYER, BUDDY, 'CAUSE I'M GONNA BURY YOU.

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT.

MARSALIS IS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF RAPE.

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO AN ATTORNEY.

McDevitt: WE REALIZED THAT THIS WAS A MONSTER AND PROBABLY THE MOST PROLIFIC SEXUAL ASSAULT --

RAPIST -- THAT WE'VE HAD IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.

Narrator: AS SHE TRIES TO PUT HER LIFE TOGETHER AFTER HER ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP WITH MARSALIS, JESSIKA ROVELL MEETS UP WITH AN OLD FRIEND.

[ Laughing ] YOUR AUNT IS INSANE!

SORRY, I GOT TO GET THIS.

HELLO? Woman: JESSIKA?

YES? YOU DON'T KNOW ME, BUT I'M THE MANAGER OF JEFF'S APARTMENT.

OKAY.

YOU KNOW WE'RE NOT TOGETHER ANYMORE, RIGHT?

LISTEN, YOU NEED TO CALL THE POLICE.

EXCUSE ME?

Rovell: SHE ASKED ME TO CALL THE PHILADELPHIA POLICE DEPARTMENT SPECIAL-VICTIMS UNIT.

AND I ASKED HER WHY, AND SHE SAID, "YOU KNOW, JUST -- JUST CALL THEM.

I -- I -- I THINK YOU SHOULD CALL THEM."

WHAT -- AREN'T YOU GONNA TELL ME WHAT...

McDevitt: JUST RIGHT IN HERE. WE CAN TALK IN HERE.

Narrator: WHEN SHE CALLS THE SPECIAL-VICTIMS UNIT, JESSIKA LEARNS THE SHOCKING NEWS --

TWO CHARGES OF RAPE HAVE BEEN FILED AGAINST JEFFREY MARSALIS.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING IN.

I REALLY APPRECIATE IT. IT'S OKAY.

I NEEDED TO KNOW.

McDevitt: I REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME I SAW JESSIKA WALK INTO OUR OFFICE.

SHE WAS THIS SMALLER WOMAN.

AND YOU CAN JUST TELL THAT SHE WAS BROKEN.

DO YOU RECOGNIZE ANY OF THESE PHOTOS?

OH, MY GOD.

I WAS THERE.

HE PHOTOSHOPPED HIS NAME ON THE UNIFORM.

Narrator: MCDEVITT EXPLAINS THAT MARSALIS USED THE DOCTORED PHOTOS TO FAKE A HIGH-STATUS IDENTITY AND JOB HISTORY.

BUT EVERYTHING HE CLAIMED ABOUT HIMSELF, APART FROM HIS NAME, IS A LIE.

THESE ARE THE LENGTHS THAT HE WENT TO...

HE HAD CREATED THE FALSE IDENTITY TO LURE AND RAPE WOMEN THAT HE HAD MET ONLINE.

THE REALIZATION THAT I HAD BEEN RAPED WAS JUST OVERWHELMING.

THAT HE HAD MET ONLINE.

Narrator: PHILADELPHIA POLICE HAVE DISCOVERED THAT, FOR OVER THREE YEARS, JEFFREY MARSALIS HAS ENTICED WOMEN WITH HIS FAKE PROFILE ON MATCH.COM, AND THEN DRUGGED AND RAPED THEM.

Rovell: AS I SPOKE WITH THE DETECTIVE AND HE DESCRIBED THE SEQUENCE OF EVENTS, IT JUST CAME OVER ME LIKE A WASH THAT, "MY GOD, THAT'S WHAT -- EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED TO ME THAT NIGHT."

THE REALIZATION THAT I HAD BEEN RAPED WAS JUST OVERWHELMING.

Narrator: TRAGICALLY, FOR JESSIKA ROVELL, IT'S TOO LATE TO TEST FOR PHYSICAL EVIDENCE FOR RAPE.

WHAT'S MORE, A JURY MIGHT CONSIDER THE LONG RELATIONSHIP SHE HAD WITH MARSALIS A SIGN OF CONSENT.

SO PROSECUTORS DON'T PURSUE HER CASE.

I BLAMED MYSELF.

[ VOICE BREAKING ] ALLOWING HIM TO DO THE THINGS THAT HE DID TO ME OVER ALL OF THOSE YEARS, IT PROTECTED MY FAMILY AND MY FRIENDS, BUT IT DIDN'T PROTECT THOSE OTHER WOMEN.

AND THAT'S, I THINK, THE THING THAT HURTS THE MOST, I THINK WILL ALWAYS STAY WITH ME, IS THAT I WASN'T ABLE TO SAVE OTHER PEOPLE FROM SHARING THAT DESTINY.

ALTHOUGH PROSECUTORS CAN'T PRESS JESSIKA'S CHARGES, A THIRD VICTIM COMES FORWARD.

McDevitt: WE TOOK MR. MARSALIS TO TRIAL FOR THREE --

THREE CASES OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AND RAPE.

UNFORTUNATELY, RAPE IS THE ONLY CRIME THAT WE BLAME THE VICTIM.

PEOPLE DO NOT BELIEVE THAT PEOPLE THAT KNOW EACH OTHER RAPE EACH OTHER.

Narrator: MARSALIS HAS A WELL-FUNDED DEFENSE TEAM AND THE PROSECUTION STRUGGLES TO MAKE ITS CASE.

Khan: SOME OF MARSALIS'S VICTIMS CONTINUED TO HAVE CONTACT WITH MARSALIS AFTER THEY WERE ASSAULTED.

THAT INCLUDED HAVING INTERCOURSE WITH HIM, ON SOME OCCASIONS.

THAT WAS ALL BEHAVIOR THAT COULD BE VERY DIFFICULT FOR A JURY TO UNDERSTAND.

Narrator: DESPITE THE TESTIMONY OF THREE WOMEN, MARSALIS IS ACQUITTED OF ALL CHARGES OF RAPE.

JEFFREY MARSALIS, I'M ARRESTING YOU ON SUSPICION OF RAPE.

OH, YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING ME. LET'S GO.

NO WAY. LET'S GO.

McDevitt: WE KEPT INVESTIGATING HIM SINCE HE WAS FOUND NOT GUILTY.

WE HAD A WARRANT FOR HIM.

Narrator: A FOURTH WOMAN, WHO'D SEEN NEWS REPORTS ABOUT THE TRIAL, HAD JUST COME FORWARD.

McDevitt: WE ARRESTED HIM RIGHT THERE AND TOOK HIM RIGHT BACK INTO CUSTODY.

JEFFREY MARSALIS WAS A DIABOLICAL, PLANNING ANIMAL.

Narrator: ACROSS TOWN, PHILADELPHIA-BASED FBI AGENT JOHN KITZINGER HAS ALSO BEEN READING NEWS REPORTS ABOUT THE MARSALIS CASE.

Kitzinger: THAT GOT MY ATTENTION, THAT THIS IS JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG AND THIS GUY IS RESPONSIBLE FOR POSSIBLY MANY MORE RAPES.

Narrator: KITZINGER CONCLUDES THAT MARSALIS HAS COMMITTED A FEDERAL CRIME --

IMPERSONATING A CIA OFFICER.

THAT WAS, INITIALLY, WHAT I WAS LOOKING AT --

THAT HE VIOLATED FEDERAL LAW --

AND OFFERED MY ASSISTANCE TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT TO SEE IF --

IF THERE WERE ADDITIONAL VICTIMS.

Narrator: DURING HIS SEARCH OF MARSALIS'S COMPUTER, KITZINGER IS SHOCKED BY WHAT HE FINDS --

A LIST OF OVER 50 WOMEN'S NAMES.

ARE YOU THINKING WHAT I'M THINKING?

HE DECIDES TO TRACK ALL THE WOMEN DOWN.

I HAD TO GO THROUGH A LEGAL PROCESS OF SERVING SUBPOENAS ON THE INTERNET PROVIDERS.

BUT ULTIMATELY, I WAS ABLE TO GET THEIR ADDRESSES.

[ PHONE RINGS ]

Narrator: ONE OF THE WOMEN ON MARSALIS'S LIST IS JOANN BUTTARO.

HELLO?

KITZINGER'S COLLEAGUE CALLS HER WITH THE DISTRESSING NEWS.

SHE EXPLAINED THAT THEIR OFFICE WAS INVESTIGATING JEFFREY MARSALIS ON CHARGES OF DATE RAPE.

IT WAS AT THAT MOMENT THAT ALL THE THINGS THAT HAPPENED TO ME THAT NIGHT ON OUR DATE CAME FLOODING BACK.

IT -- IT ALL -- IT WAS LIKE A PUZZLE.

AND EVERYTHING, ALL OF A SUDDEN, MADE SENSE.

YEAH. I DIDN'T REALLY UNDERSTAND HOW I'D GOTTEN THERE.

I LOST IT. I JUST STARTED CRYING.

I COULDN'T...

IT -- IT JUST CAME BACK TO ME SO FAST THAT I COULDN'T CONTROL MY EMOTIONS.

Narrator: BY THE TIME KITZINGER'S TEAM HAD SPOKEN TO EVERY WOMAN ON THE LIST, THEY HAD A CLEAR PICTURE OF HOW MARSALIS USED THE INTERNET TO DECEIVE HIS VICTIMS.

Kitzinger: THE INTERNET WAS IMPORTANT IN THIS CASE BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE THE -- THE -- THE CRIME BEGAN.

HE SEARCHED FOR HIS VICTIMS ON THE INTERNET.

MARSALIS WAS VERY CRAFTY IN HIS ONLINE DATING.

HE SAID TO WOMEN THAT WERE LOOKING AT HIS PROFILE THAT HE WAS LOOKING FOR PEOPLE WHO DIDN'T BLAME OTHERS FOR THEIR MISTAKES, BECAUSE HE KNEW WHAT HE HAD PLANNED FOR THEM --

CONFUSION AND CHAOS.

Narrator: KITZINGER NARROWS THE LIST DOWN TO 30 WOMEN WHO FELT THEY HAD BEEN ASSAULTED.

Hi.

THEY ALL TELL A SIMILAR STORY.

HEY, HOW ARE YOU?

HE WOULD MEET THEM NEAR THE HOSPITAL AND CLAIM HE WAS A DOCTOR.

MY FRIENDS CALL ME DR. JEFF.

ISN'T THAT SORT OF EXCITING?

HE HAD ENOUGH TRAINING THAT HE CAN TALK THE LANGUAGE AND THE JARGON A LITTLE BIT.

AND HE USED THAT TO FOOL ALL OF HIS VICTIMS.

I HAD IDENTIFIED APPROXIMATELY 30 WOMEN WHO HE HAD VICTIMIZED IN SOME CAPACITY.

SO, IT WAS IMPORTANT TO SHOW THE MAGNITUDE OF --

OF HIS CRIMES.

Narrator: KITZINGER PASSES HIS FINDINGS ON TO THE PHILADELPHIA POLICE.

FEDERAL CHARGES OF IMPERSONATING A GOVERNMENT AGENT ARE PUT ON HOLD WHILE MARSALIS IS PROSECUTED AGAIN BY DETECTIVE MCDEVITT'S TEAM ON 25 COUNTS OF RAPE OF SEVEN WOMEN.

Rovell: I WANTED VERY MUCH FOR IT TO RESULT IN A CONVICTION.

I WANTED HIM TO BE IN PRISON.

I WANTED TO KNOW THAT OTHER PEOPLE UNDERSTOOD THAT HE HAD RAPED THESE WOMEN.

Narrator: FOR THE SECOND TIME, MARSALIS PLEADS "NOT GUILTY."

Buttraro: WHILE I WAS UP ON THE STAND, I HAD TO IDENTIFY JEFFREY MARSALIS.

I HAD TO LOOK HIM IN THE FACE.

I HAD TO ACCUSE HIM OF RAPING ME.

I'VE LOOKED INTO THE EYES OF A MONSTER, AND I TRULY BELIEVE THAT.

Bailiff: ALL RISE.

Narrator: INCREDIBLY, THE TESTIMONY OF THESE SEVEN WOMEN STILL ISN'T ENOUGH AND MARSALIS IS ACQUITTED OF RAPE YET AGAIN.

BUT HE IS CONVICTED OF TWO LESSER CHARGES OF SEXUAL ASSAULT, WITH A MINIMUM PRISON TERM OF JUST 101/2 YEARS.

Buttaro: I FEEL THEY FAILED THE VICTIMS.

THEY... THEY LET US DOWN.

I FEEL THAT THEY HAD PLENTY OF EVIDENCE TO CONVICT HIM AND THEY DIDN'T.

Narrator: CAN ONE WOMAN FINALLY AVENGE ALL OF MARSALIS'S VICTIMS?

THANK YOU.

HAVE A GOOD NIGHT.

THANK YOU.

Narrator: VICTIMS, POLICE, AND THE FBI ARE SHOCKED WHEN JEFFREY MARSALIS IS CLEARED OF RAPE CHARGES FOR THE SECOND TIME.

BUT THE JUSTICE SYSTEM ISN'T FINISHED WITH JEFFREY MARSALIS YET.

HIS PAST IS FINALLY ABOUT TO CATCH UP WITH HIM.

WHILE HE WAS OUT ON BAIL AWAITING HIS FIRST TRIAL, MARSALIS TRAVELED TO IDAHO, LIED ABOUT HIS BACKGROUND, AND WAS HIRED AS A SECURITY GUARD AT A SUN VALLEY RESORT.

[ LAUGHING IN THE DISTANCE ]

MARSALIS SOON BEFRIENDED A YOUNG COLLEAGUE.

Crawford: SO THEY AGREED THAT THEY WOULD MEET ON SATURDAY NIGHT AND GO FOR DRINKS.

THEY ENDED UP AT WHISKEY JACQUES' BAR.

AND THEY HAD A COUPLE OF BEERS AND AT SOME POINT EARLY IN THE EVENING, HE BOUGHT HER A SHOT.

VERY GOOD, VERY GOOD.

YOU'RE UP.

[ COUGHS ]

WHAT IS THAT?

[ CHUCKLES ] YOU'RE SUCH A LIGHTWEIGHT.

OH, I DID NOT LIKE THAT.

THEN YOU'RE NOT GONNA LIKE THE NEXT THREE.

YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN. NO, I'M NOT.

COME ON, WE'RE JUST GETTING STARTED.

Narrator: BUT MARSALIS UNDERESTIMATED HIS YOUNG COWORKER.

MORNING, SLEEPYHEAD.

WHERE ARE THE SHEETS?

OH, YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW.

DUDE, JUST TELL ME WHERE THE SHEETS ARE.

OKAY. YOU THREW UP ON THEM.

I DIDN'T THINK YOU WANTED TO SLEEP IN THEM.

Crawford: SHE ALSO NOTICED THAT HER CLOTHES WERE ON DIFFERENT THAN THE WAY SHE HAD DRESSED HERSELF EARLIER IN THE EVENING.

SHE HAD ORIGINALLY HAD A LONG-SLEEVE SHIRT WITH A SORT --

SHORT-SLEEVED SHIRT OVER IT.

AND THAT WAS REVERSED.

Narrator: MARSALIS TRIED TO PRETEND EVERYTHING WAS FINE, BUT HIS DATE KNEW SHE'D HAD SEX WITHOUT HER CONSENT.

COME HERE.

SHE GOES STRAIGHT TO THE POLICE.

Crawford: WE WERE ABLE TO GET HER TO A HOSPITAL AND HAVE HER TESTED IN A TIMELY FASHION, WHERE WE WERE ABLE TO GATHER SOME EVIDENCE THAT COULD BE USED.

THAT WAS INVALUABLE.

Narrator: DETECTIVE MIKE CRAWFORD ARRESTS MARSALIS THE VERY SAME DAY OF THE COMPLAINT.

HE SEEMED A LITTLE SHEEPISH AT FIRST, DIDN'T KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON OR WHY WE WERE THERE.

BUT IMMEDIATELY, ONCE WE STARTED ASKING SOME QUESTIONS, HE BECAME KIND OF ARROGANT, KNOW-IT-ALL.

I HOPE WE CAN GET THIS CLEARED UP QUICKLY, OFFICER.

IT'S REALLY JUST A BIG -- BIG MISUNDERSTANDING.

OBVIOUSLY, HE FELT THAT HE WAS SMARTER THAN US AND WAS GONNA PULL THIS OFF.

THIS IS DETECTIVE CRAWFORD WITH THE SUN VALLEY POLICE IN IDAHO.

Narrator: CRAWFORD PERFORMS A BACKGROUND CHECK ON MARSALIS.

ON BAIL? ON BAIL FOR WHAT?

Narrator: HE LEARNS THAT MARSALIS'S BAIL IS FOR CHARGES OF RAPE IN PHILADELPHIA.

OKAY, YES. YEAH, THANK YOU.

WE WANTED TO HELP PHILADELPHIA IN ANY WAY WE COULD.

AND THEY WERE THE SAME TO US.

THE FBI HELPED US.

SPECIAL-VICTIMS UNIT IN PHILADELPHIA WAS JUST INVALUABLE HELP TO US.

YEAH.

Narrator: IT'S AGREED AMONGST THE THREE JURISDICTIONS THAT THE IDAHO TRIAL WILL BE POSTPONED, PENDING THE LEGAL PROCESS IN PHILADELPHIA.

Kitzinger: WE RECOGNIZED THE PREDATOR, THE MONSTER THAT HE WAS.

AND WE WERE NOT GONNA LET HIM GET AWAY WE WERE GONNA USE ALL OF OUR RESOURCES, WORK TOGETHER AND TO -- TO --

TO PROSECUTE HIM TO THE FULL EXTENT OF THE LAW.

Narrator: 20 MONTHS LATER, WHEN MARSALIS IS ACQUITTED OF RAPE AFTER THE LENGTHY SECOND TRIAL IN PHILADELPHIA, PROSECUTORS IN IDAHO FINALLY PRESS AHEAD WITH THEIR CASE.

NOT ONLY DOES DETECTIVE CRAWFORD HAVE DNA EVIDENCE FROM THE RAPE TEST, HE ALSO HAS A WITNESS.

WE'RE HERE.

COME ON.

HE TRACKED DOWN THE TAXI DRIVER WHO DROVE MARSALIS AND THE WOMAN HOME FROM THE BAR.

THERE YOU GO. THIS ISN'T MY HOUSE.

NO, NO, IT'S YOUR HOUSE. YOU'RE FINE.

THANK YOU.

THE TAXI DRIVER TESTIFIES THAT MARSALIS HAD DRAGGED THE VICTIM FROM THE CAR AGAINST HER WILL.

HAVE A GOOD NIGHT.

WHAT I HAD BEEN WORKING SO HARD FOR, SINCE THE FIRST MEETING WITH THE DETECTIVE IN PHILADELPHIA.

I WANTED TO SEE JUSTICE SERVED.

Narrator: EVEN WITH THE SOLID EVIDENCE, THE JURY STILL TAKES TWO HOURS TO REACH A VERDICT.

Man: GUILTY.

[ CRYING ]

Rovell: IT WAS LIKE THIS RELEASE CAME THROUGH MY BODY.

AND -- AND I WEPT, AND I WEPT, AND I COULDN'T STOP SHAKING.

Narrator: AFTER THE VERDICT, JOANN BUTTARO MAKES A VICTIM STATEMENT BEFORE THE JUDGE DECIDES THE SENTENCE.

JEFFREY MARSALIS DID SOMETHING TERRIBLE TO ME.

WHEN I COULDN'T DEFEND MYSELF, HE VIOLATED ME.

AND THAT CAN NEVER BE UNDONE, EVER.

Buttaro: I TOLD THE JUDGE THAT SOMEONE WHO AFFECTED SOMEONE'S LIFE SO GREATLY IN SUCH A NEGATIVE WAY, IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT HIS LIFE BE CHANGED SO GREATLY IN A NEGATIVE WAY.

Narrator: ON THE MORNING OF JUNE 30TH, 2009, THE JUDGE PRONOUNCES JEFFREY MARSALIS'S SENTENCE.

Judge: I WILL SENTENCE YOU TO A TERM OF LIFE IMPRISONMENT IN THE IDAHO STATE PENITENTIARY.

Narrator: FINALLY, THE VICTIMS GET JUSTICE.

MY HOPE IS THAT, EVERY TIME I TELL MY STORY, I'M HELPING SOMEONE ELSE OUT THERE WHO MAY NOT HAVE THE COURAGE TO LEAVE, WHO MAY NOT HAVE THE COURAGE TO --

TO TALK TO POLICE ABOUT WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THEM.

THE SUPPORT THAT I RECEIVED HELPED ME HEAL AND SURVIVE.

AND IN TELLING MY STORY, WHICH I CONTINUE TO DO, I HOPE TO HELP OTHERS HEAL AND SURVIVE.