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
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St. Elizabeths Hospital was the site of a Federal Mental Asylum frequented by members of the armed services who were deemed unfit for duty. In the early twenty-first century, it is slated for redevelopment as the Headquarters of the Department of Homeland Security. See more