PATIENT HISTORY AND PROFILE
SOURCES: forensic evidence, public records, eyewitness accounts,
interviews, and psychological profiles.
Born in Lithuania. Father a Count, mother a highborn Italian. Believed
to be descended from the ruthless Tuscan Guiliano Bevisangue and from
the Machiavelli and Visconti bloodlines.
1944 – At 6 years of age, Lecter would have shown a frightening
intensity and detachment toward those around him, with seemingly
At this time the Eastern Front of World War II collapsed, and
Lithuania suffered great devastation during the German retreat from
Russia. Records exist of an opulent estate near Vilnius, believed to
be the Lecters’, where Nazis killed the sovereignty and servants.
Several bodies were recovered; none were children.
NOTE: The following is strictly theoretical.
As the Nazis retreat, several scavengers lodge in the Lecter
estate. Those children who survived the attacks are stored in a
barn. With a particularly harsh winter, food becomes scarce, and
the scavengers turn to the children. Lecter may have been
considered, but thought too wiry and thin. Instead, his younger
sibling, sister Mischa, is taken from the barn. She is never seen
1944-1970 – Lecter’s activities largely unknown. Moved to the United
States and established citizenship.
1970 – While serving as an emergency room physician at Maryland-
Misericordia Hospital, Dr. Hannibal Lecter admits and treats a male
bow hunter with an arrow wound.
1970-1975 – Lecter establishes a psychiatric practice in Maryland.
1975 – Dr. Lecter performs psychiatric evaluations for the Maryland
and Virginia state courts.
Many of his affluent patients claim to have released various funds and
stocks to Lecter, however, the IRS was unable to confirm transactions.
Eyewitness accounts testify to Lecter driving a customized Bentley and
often associating with socialite Rachel DuBerry.
MASON VERGER: Underwent court-ordered counseling with Dr. Lecter.
After inviting Lecter to his home, Verger accepts drugs from Lecter.
While intoxicated and by Lecter’s suggestion, Verger removes his face
and feeds it to his dogs. Lecter breaks Verger’s neck. Verger
survives. (One of two known victims to survive Lecter’s attack.)
* Hannibal Lecter begins his serial murders.
NOTE: Patient/Victim information destroyed by Lecter while still
in practice. Case records suppressed by court order after a
successful WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUIT filed against Lecter on behalf
of surviving families.
FIRST VICTIM: Records sealed.
SECOND VICTIM: Records sealed.
THIRD VICTIM: Female. Darcy Taylor; deceased. Flesh removed from back
FOURTH VICTIM: Records sealed.
FIFTH VICTIM: Male. Census Taker; deceased. Attempted to quantify
Lecter. Body discovered with liver removed.
SIXTH VICTIM: Male; deceased. Killed 12 March 1975 by Lecter in
victim’s workshop. Body found laced to a pegboard with the woodworking
tools. Victim had stab and arrow wounds, similar to battle injuries
matching Wound Man, a graphic illustration used in numerous early
medical books. Victim previously treated for thigh injury by Dr.
Lecter at Maryland-Misericordia Hospital Emergency Room.
Lead investigator Special Agent Will Graham questions Lecter about
treating the victim in 1970. Lecter recalls little but offers to
assist Agent Graham in creating a psychological profile of the killer.
SEVENTH VICTIM: Records sealed.
EIGHTH VICTIM: Records sealed.
NINTH VICTIM: Male. Benjamin Renè Raspail, 46; deceased. At time of
death, Raspail was First Flautist for the Baltimore Philharmonic
Orchestra and a patient of Dr. Lecter. 22 March 1975: Raspail fails to
appear for a performance. 25 March 1975: Raspail’s body discovered
seated in a pew in a small rural church near Falls Church, Virginia.
The thymus and pancreas had been removed. The murder generates
considerable press, particularly in The National Tattler. Baltimore
Homicide theorizes Lecter served the missing organs for dinner to the
Symphony Board of Directors.
After several meetings with Lecter, Graham returns to Lecter’s office
and notices numerous antique medical books on the shelf. Lecter
attacks Graham with a stiletto linoleum knife. Graham shoots him
Lecter is arrested by Maryland State Troopers and identified as the
Lecter stands trial on 9 counts of first-degree murder and chooses not
to plea insanity. Nonetheless, the court finds him unfit and
incarcerates him. Lecter is confined to a basement cell in the
Baltimore State Forensic Hospital for 9 consecutive life terms.
In order to locate one of the missing victims, doctors administer
sodium amytal to Lecter, who gives them a recipe for dip.
Lecter is perfectly behaved his initial year in prison, cooperating
with several attempts at therapy.
6/8/1976 - Lecter complains of chest pain. Restraints are removed for
ease in administering an electrocardiogram. Lecter attacks a nurse.
His pulse does not rise above 85 bpm. In the struggle, Lecter’s
shoulder is dislocated.
Lecter receives further psychological tests and evaluations (Wechsler
Adult Intelligence Scale, House-Tree-Person, Rorschach, Drawing of
Self-Concept, Thematic Apperception, MMPI). He folds them into
Lecter removes the metal ink tube from a ballpoint pen loaned to him
during testing. Six months later he removes a heavy-duty paper clip
from additional documents.
12/25/1977 - Lecter sends Special Agent Graham a Christmas card.
INTERVIEWS WITH SPECIAL AGENT WILL GRAHAM
The following events and conversations were recorded and certified by
F.B.I. Special Agent Will Graham between 26 July and 25 August, 1978
while investigating and apprehending Francis Dolarhyde, a.k.a. The
Tooth Fairy and The Red Dragon.
REFERENCE CASE FILE: DOLARHYDE, FRANCIS
7/30/1978 - Lecter receives note from Dolarhyde, signed Avid Fan.
8/2/1978 - Lecter questioned by Special Agent Will Graham regarding
the Tooth Fairy case.
8/3/1978 – After discovering the Red Dragon symbol, Special Agent
Graham visits Lecter in his exercise pen to discuss the symbol’s
Lecter returns to his cell and requests to telephone his lawyer.
Instead, he calls the University of Chicago Department of Psychiatry
and requests Will Graham’s phone and home address.
Lecter responds to Dolarhyde with a coded message placed in The
National Tattler, giving Dolarhyde Agent Graham’s home address.
8/4/1978 - Dr. Chilton informs Jack Crawford that a note was found in
Lecter’s cell during routine cleaning. It is the Avid Fan letter from
8/6/1978 – As punishment for the letter, Dr. Chilton removes Lecter’s
books and toilet seat.
8/15/1978 - Agent Graham returns Lecter’s books and privileges in
exchange for Tooth Fairy identity. Lecter agrees, demands “dinner and
AUGUST 1978 – Dolarhyde attacks Agent Graham and is killed. Lecter
writes to Graham and wishes him a speedy recovery from the Dolarhyde
INTERVIEWS WITH AGENT TRAINEE CLARICE STARLING
The following events and conversations were recorded and certified by
F.B.I Agent Trainee Clarice Starling 7 through 22 February, 1983 while
assisting in the investigation and apprehension of one Jame Gumb,
a.k.a. Jamie Gumb, John Grant, Buffalo Bill, Billy Rubin and Louis
REFERENCE CASE FILE: GUMB, JAME
2/7/1983 - Agent Starling asks Lecter for assistance in psychological
evaluations and criminal profiling. Lecter refuses but finds
“Multiple” Miggs’ discourtesy to Agent Starling rude. Lecter urges
Agent Starling to visit “Miss Mofet” in “Split City.” That evening,
Lecter verbally persuades Miggs to swallow his own tongue. As
punishment, Dr. Chilton removes Lecter’s drawings and forces Lecter to
view religious programming.
2/8/1983 - Lecter writes a sympathy note to Crawford regarding his
2/14/1983 – Agent Starling questions Lecter regarding the unidentified
severed head of “Miss Mofet.” Lecter offers to trade information on
2/18/1983 – Agent Starling offers Lecter a transfer to the VA Hospital
in Onada Park, New York in exchange for the identity of Buffalo Bill.
He agrees if Agent Starling offers personal information. Quid pro quo.
Dr. Chilton reveals to Lecter Agent Starling’s false bargain. Chilton
arranges a legitimate transfer to Tennessee under the approval of
Senator Ruth Martin. Lecter agrees but will only communicate with
Senator Martin in Tennessee.
Three hours later, Lecter is flown to Memphis and discloses Buffalo
Bill’s identity as Louis Friend.
2/19/1983 - Lecter is incarcerated in the Shelby County Courthouse.
Agent Starling trades intimate details of her childhood, is then
expelled from premises.
LECTER ESCAPES FROM MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE – After dinner, Lecter removes
a metal tube from his mouth and uses it and the paperclip inside to
pick his handcuff locks. He kills Sergeant Pembry and Lieutenant
Boyle, then removes Pembry’s face with a pocketknife. He uses Pemry’s
face as a mask and impersonates the officer, feigning unconsciousness.
Paramedics hurry Lecter past Memphis S.W.A.T. into an ambulance. The
ambulance never reaches the hospital. Both EMTs are killed.
DEPOSITION BY SPECIAL AGENT CLARICE STARLING
The following events were recorded under sworn testimony by F.B.I.
Special Agent Clarice Starling surrounding the escape of Dr. Hannibal
Lecter from Memphis, Tennessee in 1983, through Lecter’s reemergence
in Florence, Italy and the United States in 1990, and to Lecter’s
disappearance shortly thereafter.
2/20/1983 - Lecter murders Lloyd Wyman in St. Louis, stays at a hotel
across the street from a cranio-facial surgery hospital. Lecter
disguises himself with bandages, pretending to be a patient.
Lecter is not seen leaving the country.
Lecter calls to congratulate Agent Starling on ending Jame Gumb’s
“couturier career,” tells her he’s having “an old friend for dinner.”
The call is most likely made from Buenos Aires, the last known
location of Dr. Chilton.
1990 – FLORENCE, ITALY
Lecter kills the curator of the Capponi Library. Using the pseudonym
Dr. Fell, Lecter is appointed temporary Master of the Palazzo Capponi
Lecter writes a letter to Agent Starling regarding her involvement in
a violent shootout while attempting to apprehend a suspect.
Dr. Fell attends the Atrocious Torture Instrument exposition at the
Forte di Belvedere.
Dr. Fell visits the Church of Santa Croce, drawing with black
Local pickpocket Roger “Gnocco” LeDuc bumps into Dr. Fell. LeDuc’s
femoral artery is severed, and he bleeds to death within minutes.
Dr. Fell attends the concert of the Florence Chamber of Orchestra at
the Teatro Piccolomini, a 19th
Dr. Fell visits the Farmacia di Santa Maria Novella, where he samples
Dr. Fell performs a lecture on Pre-Renaissance, given to the Board of
Trustees at the Palazzo Vecchio in the Salon of Lilies.
Afterward, Lecter kills Commandatore Rinaldo Pazzi of the Florentine
Questura and then kills Matteo Deogracias, a Sardinian mercenary hired
by Mason Verger to capture Lecter.
Lecter escapes and visits the village church of Santa Reparata, just
south of Florence. There he retrieves passports, money, and keys from
inside the “Devil’s Armor”, a 15-century Italian armor suit.
Lecter writes a letter to Mason Verger from the Excelsior Hotel in
Florence and informs Verger they will meet again soon.
Disguised as a member of a Canadian tourist group, Lecter flies back
to America in steerage.
EARLY FALL, 1990 – UNITED STATES
Lecter rents an isolated house on the Chesapeake shore in Maryland.
Lecter attends museums and symphonic concerts in New York. He
purchases two rare instruments: a late 18th
Century Flemish harpsichord
and a theremin, built in the 1930s by Professor Theremin.
Lecter shops at Hammacher Schlemmer, purveyor of fine home and
sporting accessories and culinary equipment. He stops at Tiffany and
Christofle, buys Gien French china, 19th
century silverware, crystal
wine glasses, two portable gas burners, a copper sauté pan and copper
fait-tout. Lecter then stops at Mercy General Hospital and steals a
Stryker autopsy saw.
Lecter attends the Mid-Atlantic Regional Gun and Knife Show in the War
Memorial Auditorium, Virginia. Lecter purchases a Harpy knife; a
straight, serrated Spyderco with a four-inch blade; a Spyderco
Civillian; a crossbow; and two dozen quarrels.
DONNIE BARBER: Wildlife sportsman Donnie Barber attends the Gun and
Knife Show. Barber is later found dead in the woods alongside his
illegal deer kill. Barber’s body is arranged like “The Bloody Eagle,”
a Norse sacrificial custom with Barber’s short ribs separated from the
spine and lungs pulled out the back to look like wings.
Lecter travels to Hubbard, Texas and stops at the Battle Creek
Cemetery. He exhumes a coffin for relocation. Lecter conceals the
skeletal remains inside a viola case and leaves the coffin at the Fish
Trap Cemetery outside Dallas-Forth Worth, Texas.
12/17/1990 - Lecter revisits the Maryland-Misericordia Hospital. He
knocks out a surgeon and pharmacist and steals vials of prescription
Lecter then travels to Annapolis and purchases a $325.00 bottle of
Château d’Yquem in Agent Starling’s birth year.
12/21/1990 – Lecter leaves a gift under Agent Starling’s parked car.
In the process he is captured by Sardinian mercenaries under the
employ of Mason Verger, taken to Muskrat Farm, and stored in a barn.
Agent Starling tracks Lecter to the barn and releases him but is
injured by one of the mercenaries. She is then kidnapped by Lecter.
12/22/1990 - Authorities discover Mason Verger’s body and a voice
message from Lecter claiming responsibility for Verger’s death.
Forensic evidence indicates no involvement by Lecter.
NOTE: The following is speculation. Events transpired between
Lecter and Agent Starling and are uncorroborated.
Lecter analyzes and converses with Agent Starling 22 through 25
December 1990. Starling, recovering from injuries, is kept by
Lecter under deep hypnosis and injected with hypnotic drugs.
Lecter presents Starling with the exhumed skeletal remains of her
12/26/90 – Authorities discover Deputy Assistant Inspector General
Paul Krendler at Lecter’s rented Chesapeake home. Krendler’s body,
with his cranium removed, was seated at a dinner table with three
place settings. Portions of Krendler’s frontal lobe were missing.
There was no sign of Agent Starling.
LECTER’S WHEREABOUTS REMAIN UNKNOWN.
UPDATED REPORT: 1993
An eyewitness account in Buenos Aires, Argentina, places Lecter at the
Teatro Colón opera house before a presentation of Tamerlane,
accompanied by a woman resembling Agent Starling.