This week for our Villains of Note series, we will take a bite out of my favorite serial killer, Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter.
Doctor Lecter, The Chesapeake Ripper, Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter, The Copycat Killer.
Master chef, psychiatrist, and oh yeah, he eats his victims.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter is a cannibalistic serial killer who manipulates his friends and eats his victims. The practicing psychiatrist has an impressive list of patients–everyone from the Head of Behavioral Sciences, Jack Crawford, to Will Graham, the other crazy in the room–has sat down to dinner with Hannibal at one point. Little did they know, Dr. Lecter has served each of his friends fresh meat from his most recent kills. He might the Chesapeake Killer and the Copycat Killer (of his own work), but what Hannibal is looking for is someone to identify with. He thinks, by framing Will as the Chesapeake Ripper and then exonerating him, the two will become besties, but it just isn’t going to happen. Will is still a little upset at the fact the good doctor induced his seizures and framed him for murder. Besides, Hannibal is just too smart to get caught, and he really enjoys killing and cooking his victims. Now that he has taken Will’s place as FBI profiler, this meat eater has a chance to sink his teeth into a few tasty cases. He doesn’t seem to be worried about the consequences as of yet.
Hannibal is a fairly personable psychopath and loves a good dinner party. My favorite scenes are those in which Hannibal is cooking. He puts together a delightful dish, and takes time with the presentation. When he’s had a bad day, Hannibal goes to the kitchen, opens his favorite cookbook and rolodex, picks a name of a person he’s been wanting to kill and a dish he’s been wanting to cook and then works on his masterpiece of the episode. It is almost a shame to admit that the disgusting habit of killing and cooking his victims puts a damper on the ritual cooking scenes and beautifully arranged food viewers have come to expect from our dear Dr. Lecter.
Dead Plate or Just In the Weeds:
Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter may be a great dinner companion, but you don’t want to be on his plate. This violent killer has murdered women, children and taken their body parts as edible snacks. He systematically framed Will Graham for crimes the poor sap did not commit, and then balks at the accusations tossed at him. Hannibal infiltrates the FBI, only to warn off other killers when the cops are on their trail. He killed Beverly Katz and sliced her open for all to see, simply because she was helping Will Graham. He is a cold-blooded killer who fucked Alana Bloom and then sedated her, so he could go out and kill with an airtight alibi. This man must be stopped, but not before NBC gets a few more seasons out of Mad Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy, because I seriously love this show.
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