Meet The Killer Surgeon Who Inspired Hannibal Lecter’s Character

Meet The Killer Surgeon Who Inspired Hannibal Lecter’s Character

Tʜᴇ ɴᴀᴍᴇ Aʟғʀᴇᴅᴏ Bᴀʟʟɪ Tʀᴇᴠɪɴᴏ ᴘʀᴏʙᴀʙʟʏ ɪsɴ’ᴛ ᴀ ғᴀᴍɪʟɪᴀʀ ᴏɴᴇ. Bᴜᴛ ɪғ ʏᴏᴜ’ʀᴇ ᴀ ʜᴏʀʀᴏʀ ᴍᴏᴠɪᴇ ғᴀɴ (ᴏʀ ʀᴇᴀʟʟʏ, ɪғ ʏᴏᴜ ᴇᴠᴇɴ ᴊᴜsᴛ ᴋɴᴏᴡ ᴀʙᴏᴜᴛ ᴍᴏᴠɪᴇs ɪɴ ɢᴇɴᴇʀᴀʟ) ᴛʜᴇ ɴᴀᴍᴇ Hᴀɴɴɪʙᴀʟ Lᴇᴄᴛᴇʀ ʟɪᴋᴇʟʏ ʀɪɴɢs ᴀ ʙᴇʟʟ. Fʀᴏᴍ Tʜᴇ Sɪʟᴇɴᴄᴇ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ Lᴀᴍʙs ᴀɴᴅ ɪᴛs ᴘʀᴏᴄᴇᴇᴅɪɴɢ ғᴏʟʟᴏᴡ ᴜᴘ ғɪʟᴍs, Hᴀɴɴɪʙᴀʟ Lᴇᴄᴛᴇʀ ɪs ᴏɴᴇ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄʀᴇᴇᴘɪᴇsᴛ ᴀɴᴅ ᴍᴏsᴛ ɴᴜᴀɴᴄᴇᴅ ᴄɪɴᴇᴍᴀᴛɪᴄ ᴠɪʟʟᴀɪɴs ᴏғ ᴀʟʟ-ᴛɪᴍᴇ.

As ɪᴛ ᴛᴜʀɴs ᴏᴜᴛ, Hᴀɴɴɪʙᴀʟ Lᴇᴄᴛᴇʀ ᴡᴀsɴ’ᴛ ᴊᴜsᴛ ᴀ ғɪɢᴍᴇɴᴛ ᴏғ ᴘᴜʀᴇ ɪᴍᴀɢɪɴᴀᴛɪᴏɴ. Iɴ 1963, Tʜᴏᴍᴀs Hᴀʀʀɪs, ᴛʜᴇ ᴀᴜᴛʜᴏʀ ᴡʜᴏsᴇ ɴᴏᴠᴇʟs ᴡᴇʀᴇ ᴀᴅᴀᴘᴛᴇᴅ ɪɴᴛᴏ ᴛʜᴇ ғɪʟᴍs sᴛᴀʀʀɪɴɢ Hᴀɴɴɪʙᴀʟ Lᴇᴄᴛᴇʀ, ᴍᴇᴛ ᴀ ᴍᴀɴ ɴᴀᴍᴇᴅ Aʟғʀᴇᴅᴏ Bᴀʟʟɪ Tʀᴇᴠɪɴᴏ.

Aʟғʀᴇᴅᴏ Bᴀʟʟɪ Tʀᴇᴠɪɴᴏ ᴡᴀs ᴀ sᴜʀɢᴇᴏɴ ᴅᴏɪɴɢ ᴛɪᴍᴇ ɪɴ ᴀ ᴘʀɪsᴏɴ ɪɴ Mᴏɴᴛᴇʀʀᴇʏ, Mᴇxɪᴄᴏ, ғᴏʀ ᴍᴜʀᴅᴇʀ. Wʜᴇɴ ʜᴇ ᴡᴀs ᴀ ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄ ɪɴᴛᴇʀɴ ɪɴ 1959, Tʀᴇᴠɪɴᴏ ɢᴏᴛ ɪɴᴛᴏ ᴀɴ ᴀʀɢᴜᴍᴇɴᴛ ᴡɪᴛʜ ʜɪs ʟᴏᴠᴇʀ, Jᴇsᴜs Cᴀsᴛɪʟʟᴏ Rᴀɴɢᴇʟ. Rᴀɴɢᴇʟ ᴡᴀs ᴀ ᴅᴏᴄᴛᴏʀ ᴀs ᴡᴇʟʟ.

Tʜᴇ ᴀʀɢᴜᴍᴇɴᴛ ʀᴇsᴜʟᴛᴇᴅ ɪɴ Tʀᴇᴠɪɴᴏ sʟɪᴛᴛɪɴɢ Rᴀɴɢᴇʟ’s ᴛʜʀᴏᴀᴛ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴀ sᴄᴀʟᴘᴇʟ. Tʀᴇᴠɪɴᴏ ᴛʜᴀɴ ᴄʜᴏᴘᴘᴇᴅ ʜɪᴍ ᴜᴘ ɪɴᴛᴏ ᴘɪᴇᴄᴇs ᴀɴᴅ ʙᴜʀɪᴇᴅ ʜɪᴍ ɪɴ ᴀɴ ᴇᴍᴘᴛʏ ʟᴏᴛ.

Wʜᴇɴ ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴏᴅʏ ᴡᴀs ᴅɪsᴄᴏᴠᴇʀᴇᴅ ʙʏ ᴀ sᴜsᴘɪᴄɪᴏᴜs ᴀᴄǫᴜᴀɪɴᴛᴀɴᴄᴇ ᴡʜᴏ ғᴏʟʟᴏᴡᴇᴅ Tʀᴇᴠɪɴᴏ ᴛᴏ ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴜʀɪᴀʟ sɪᴛᴇ, Tʀᴇᴠɪɴᴏ ᴡᴀs ɢɪᴠᴇɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ ᴘᴇɴᴀʟᴛʏ.

Oɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴅᴀʏ Hᴀʀʀɪs Mᴇᴛ Aʟғʀᴇᴅᴏ Bᴀʟʟɪ Tʀᴇᴠɪɴᴏ, ʜᴇ ᴡᴀs ᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇ Mᴏɴᴛᴇʀʀᴇʏ ᴘʀɪsᴏɴ ᴡᴏʀᴋɪɴɢ ᴏɴ ᴀ sᴛᴏʀʏ ᴀʙᴏᴜᴛ ᴀ ᴅɪғғᴇʀᴇɴᴛ ɪɴᴍᴀᴛᴇ, Dʏᴋᴇs Asᴋᴇᴡ Sɪᴍᴍᴏɴs, ᴡʜᴏ ᴡᴀs sᴇɴᴛᴇɴᴄᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ ғᴏʀ ᴀ ᴛʀɪᴘʟᴇ ᴍᴜʀᴅᴇʀ. Tʀᴇᴠɪɴᴏ ʜᴀᴅ ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴇᴅ Sɪᴍᴍᴏɴs ᴀғᴛᴇʀ ʜᴇ ᴡᴀs sʜᴏᴛ ᴅᴜʀɪɴɢ ᴀɴ ᴇsᴄᴀᴘᴇ ᴀᴛᴛᴇᴍᴘᴛ.

Wʜᴇɴ Hᴀʀʀɪs ᴍᴇᴛ ᴡɪᴛʜ Aʟғʀᴇᴅᴏ Bᴀʟʟɪ Tʀᴇᴠɪɴᴏ ᴀғᴛᴇʀ sᴘᴇᴀᴋɪɴɢ ᴡɪᴛʜ Sɪᴍᴍᴏɴs, ʜᴇ ɪɴɪᴛɪᴀʟʟʏ ʙᴇʟɪᴇᴠᴇᴅ ʜᴇ ᴡᴀs ᴛᴀʟᴋɪɴɢ ᴛᴏ ᴛʜᴇ ᴘʀɪsᴏɴ ᴅᴏᴄᴛᴏʀ.

Hᴀʀʀɪs ᴅᴇsᴄʀɪʙᴇᴅ Tʀᴇᴠɪɴᴏ ᴀs “ᴀ sᴍᴀʟʟ, ʟɪᴛʜᴇ ᴍᴀɴ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴅᴀʀᴋ ʀᴇᴅ ʜᴀɪʀ” ᴡʜᴏ “sᴛᴏᴏᴅ ᴠᴇʀʏ sᴛɪʟʟ.”

“Tʜᴇʀᴇ ᴡᴀs ᴀ ᴄᴇʀᴛᴀɪɴ ᴇʟᴇɢᴀɴᴄᴇ ᴀʙᴏᴜᴛ ʜɪᴍ,” Hᴀʀʀɪs sᴀɪᴅ. Tʀᴇᴠɪɴᴏ, ᴡʜᴏ Hᴀʀʀɪs ɢᴀᴠᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ᴘsᴇᴜᴅᴏɴʏᴍ Dʀ. Sᴀʟᴀᴢᴀʀ ɪɴ ᴏʀᴅᴇʀ ᴛᴏ ᴘʀᴏᴛᴇᴄᴛ ʜɪs ɪᴅᴇɴᴛɪᴛʏ, ɪɴᴠɪᴛᴇᴅ Hᴀʀʀɪs ᴛᴏ ᴛᴀᴋᴇ ᴀ sᴇᴀᴛ.

Wʜᴀᴛ ᴇɴsᴜᴇᴅ ᴡᴀs ᴀ ᴄᴏɴᴠᴇʀsᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴇᴇʀɪʟʏ sɪᴍɪʟᴀʀ ᴛᴏ ᴛʜᴇ ɪɴғᴀᴍᴏᴜs ᴏɴᴇ ʙᴇᴛᴡᴇᴇɴ ᴏɴᴇ ʙᴇᴛᴡᴇᴇɴ Hᴀɴɴɪʙᴀʟ Lᴇᴄᴛᴇʀ, ᴘʟᴀʏᴇᴅ ʙʏ Aɴᴛʜᴏɴʏ Hᴏᴘᴋɪɴs, ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ʏᴏᴜɴɢ FBI ᴀɢᴇɴᴛ Cʟᴀʀɪᴄᴇ Sᴛᴀʀʟɪɴɢ, ᴘʟᴀʏᴇᴅ ʙʏ Jᴏᴅɪᴇ Fᴏsᴛᴇʀ.

Tʀᴇᴠɪɴᴏ ᴀsᴋᴇᴅ Hᴀʀʀɪs ᴀ sᴇʀɪᴇs ᴏғ ǫᴜᴇsᴛɪᴏɴs, ᴅɪsᴘʟᴀʏɪɴɢ ʜɪs ᴇɴɪɢᴍᴀᴛɪᴄ ᴘᴇʀsᴏɴᴀʟɪᴛʏ ᴀɴᴅ ᴄᴏᴍᴘʟɪᴄᴀᴛᴇᴅ ᴘsʏᴄʜᴇ. Hᴏᴡ ᴅɪᴅ Hᴀʀʀɪs ғᴇᴇʟ ᴡʜᴇɴ ʜᴇ ʟᴏᴏᴋᴇᴅ ᴀᴛ Sɪᴍᴍᴏɴs? Dɪᴅ ʜᴇ ɴᴏᴛɪᴄᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ᴅɪsғɪɢᴜʀᴇᴍᴇɴᴛ ᴏғ Sɪᴍᴍᴏɴs’ ғᴀᴄᴇ? Hᴀᴅ ʜᴇ sᴇᴇɴ ᴘɪᴄᴛᴜʀᴇs ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ ᴠɪᴄᴛɪᴍs?

Wʜᴇɴ Hᴀʀʀɪs ᴛᴏʟᴅ Tʀᴇᴠɪɴᴏ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ʜᴇ ʜᴀᴅ sᴇᴇɴ ᴘɪᴄᴛᴜʀᴇs ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ᴠɪᴄᴛɪᴍs ʟᴏᴏᴋᴇᴅ ɴɪᴄᴇ, Tʀᴇᴠɪɴᴏ ғɪʀᴇᴅ ʙᴀᴄᴋ ᴀᴛ ʜɪᴍ sᴀʏɪɴɢ, “Yᴏᴜ’ʀᴇ ɴᴏᴛ sᴀʏɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇʏ ᴘʀᴏᴠᴏᴋᴇᴅ ʜɪᴍ?”

Iᴛ ᴡᴀs ᴏɴʟʏ ᴀғᴛᴇʀ ᴛʜᴇ ɪɴᴛᴇʀᴀᴄᴛɪᴏɴ ᴛʜᴀᴛ Hᴀʀʀɪs ʟᴇᴀʀɴᴇᴅ ᴡʜᴏ Aʟғʀᴇᴅᴏ Bᴀʟʟɪ Tʀᴇᴠɪɴᴏ ʀᴇᴀʟʟʏ ᴡᴀs — ᴀ ғᴏʀᴍᴇʀ sᴜʀɢᴇᴏɴ, ɪɴ ᴘʀɪsᴏɴ ғᴏʀ ᴄᴏᴍᴍɪᴛᴛɪɴɢ ᴀ ɢʀᴜᴇsᴏᴍᴇ ᴍᴜʀᴅᴇʀ. Nᴏᴛ ᴀ ᴘʀɪsᴏɴ ᴅᴏᴄᴛᴏʀ.

“Tʜᴇ ᴅᴏᴄᴛᴏʀ ɪs ᴀ ᴍᴜʀᴅᴇʀᴇʀ,” ᴛʜᴇ ᴘʀɪsᴏɴ ᴡᴀʀᴅᴇɴ ʀᴇᴘʟɪᴇᴅ ᴡʜᴇɴ Hᴀʀʀɪs ᴀsᴋᴇᴅ ʜᴏᴡ ʟᴏɴɢ Tʀᴇᴠɪɴᴏ ʜᴀᴅ ʙᴇᴇɴ ᴡᴏʀᴋɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇʀᴇ.

Iɴ ʟᴇᴀʀɴɪɴɢ ᴏғ Tʀᴇᴠɪɴᴏ’s ᴄʀɪᴍᴇ, ᴛʜᴇ ᴡᴀʀᴅᴇɴ ᴇxᴘʟᴀɪɴᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ Hᴀʀʀɪs, “As ᴀ sᴜʀɢᴇᴏɴ, ʜᴇ ᴄᴏᴜʟᴅ ᴘᴀᴄᴋᴀɢᴇ ʜɪs ᴠɪᴄᴛɪᴍ ɪɴ ᴀ sᴜʀᴘʀɪsɪɴɢʟʏ sᴍᴀʟʟ ʙᴏx,” ᴀᴅᴅɪɴɢ, “ʜᴇ ᴡɪʟʟ ɴᴇᴠᴇʀ ʟᴇᴀᴠᴇ ᴛʜɪs ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇ. Hᴇ ɪs ɪɴsᴀɴᴇ.”

Uʟᴛɪᴍᴀᴛᴇʟʏ, Aʟғʀᴇᴅᴏ Bᴀʟʟɪ Tʀᴇᴠɪɴᴏ ᴅɪᴅ ᴡɪɴᴅ ᴜᴘ ʟᴇᴀᴠɪɴɢ ᴘʀɪsᴏɴ. Dᴇsᴘɪᴛᴇ ʀᴇᴄᴇɪᴠɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇ ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ ᴘᴇɴᴀʟᴛʏ, ʜɪs sᴇɴᴛᴇɴᴄᴇ ᴡᴀs ᴄᴏᴍᴍᴜᴛᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ 20 ʏᴇᴀʀs ᴀɴᴅ ʜᴇ ᴡᴀs ʀᴇʟᴇᴀsᴇᴅ ɪɴ ᴇɪᴛʜᴇʀ 1980 ᴏʀ 1981.

Iɴ ᴀɴ ɪɴᴛᴇʀᴠɪᴇᴡ ɪɴ 2008, ʜɪs ʟᴀsᴛ ᴋɴᴏᴡɴ ʀᴇᴄᴏʀᴅᴇᴅ ɪɴᴛᴇʀᴠɪᴇᴡ, Aʟғʀᴇᴅᴏ Bᴀʟʟɪ Tʀᴇᴠɪɴᴏ ɪs ǫᴜᴏᴛᴇᴅ ᴀs sᴀʏɪɴɢ, “I ᴅᴏɴ’ᴛ ᴡᴀɴᴛ ᴛᴏ ʀᴇʟɪᴠᴇ ᴍʏ ᴅᴀʀᴋ ᴘᴀsᴛ. I ᴅᴏɴ’ᴛ ᴡᴀɴᴛ ᴛᴏ ᴡᴀᴋᴇ ᴜᴘ ᴍʏ ɢʜᴏsᴛs, ɪᴛ’s ᴠᴇʀʏ ʜᴀʀᴅ. Tʜᴇ ᴘᴀsᴛ ɪs ʜᴇᴀᴠʏ, ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ᴛʀᴜᴛʜ ɪs ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴛʜɪs ᴀɴɢsᴛ I ʜᴀᴠᴇ ɪs ᴜɴʙᴇᴀʀᴀʙʟᴇ.”

Tʀᴇᴠɪɴᴏ ᴅɪᴇᴅ ɪɴ 2009 ᴡʜᴇɴ ʜᴇ ᴡᴀs 81 ʏᴇᴀʀs ᴏʟᴅ. Hᴇ ʀᴇᴘᴏʀᴛᴇᴅʟʏ sᴘᴇɴᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ʟᴀsᴛ ʏᴇᴀʀs ᴏғ ʜɪs ʟɪғᴇ ʜᴇʟᴘɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇ ᴘᴏᴏʀ ᴀɴᴅ ᴇʟᴅᴇʀʟʏ.

As ғᴏʀ Hᴀʀʀɪs, ᴛʜᴇ sᴛʀᴀɴɢᴇ ᴄʜᴀɴᴄᴇ ᴇɴᴄᴏᴜɴᴛᴇʀ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴛʜᴇ “ᴘʀɪsᴏɴ ᴅᴏᴄᴛᴏʀ” ᴡᴏᴜʟᴅ sᴛɪᴄᴋ ᴡɪᴛʜ ʜɪᴍ. Hᴇ ᴡᴇɴᴛ ᴏɴ ᴛᴏ ʀᴇʟᴇᴀsᴇ Rᴇᴅ Dʀᴀɢᴏɴ ɪɴ 1981, ᴛʜᴇ ғɪʀsᴛ ᴏғ ʜɪs ɴᴏᴠᴇʟs ᴛᴏ ɪɴᴄʟᴜᴅᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ʙʀɪʟʟɪᴀɴᴛ ᴅᴏᴄᴛᴏʀ ᴀɴᴅ ᴍᴜʀᴅᴇʀᴇʀ, Hᴀɴɴɪʙᴀʟ Lᴇᴄᴛᴇʀ.