The Alienist opens when a series of haunting, gruesome murders of boy prostitutes grips New York City. Newly appointed police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt (Geraghty) calls upon criminal psychologist (aka alienist) Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Brühl) and newspaper illustrator John Moore (Evans) to conduct the investigation in secret. They are joined by Sara Howard (Fanning), a headstrong secretary determined to become the city's first female police detective. Using the emerging disciplines of psychology and early forensic investigation techniques, this band of social outsiders set out to find and apprehend one of New York City's first serial killers.
Madness Lies Within
Did You Know?
To put the show setting into context, the consolidation of New York--that is, inclusion of the four outer boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Staten Island into Manhattan--did not take place until 1898, two years after the established series date of 1896. See more