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Laszlo Kreizler

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Laszlo Kreizler
The Alienist character
Created byCaleb Carr
Significant otherMary Palmer (deceased)
RelativesA father, a mother, and a sister

Laszlo Kreizler, also known as Dr. Kreizler, is a fictional character from the book The Alienist written by Caleb Carr. In the series produced by TNT he is portrayed by Daniel Brühl. He is an alienist and has opened the Kreizler Institute, an approved school for wayward and abandoned children.[1] From what he says and does it seems that Kreizler does not agree with the homophobia and transphobia typical for his timeperiod (19th century). He lives in New York with three people he saved in different ways. Mary Palmer, Cyrus Montrose, and Stevie "Stevepipe" Taggert. Mary works as Kreizler's housemaid, Cyrus is his valet and bodyguard, and Stevie works as his groom and carriage driver.[2]

Author Paul Levine compares Kreizler to Sherlock Holmes and Sigmund Freud.[3]


Kreizler was born in 1855 in Europe. In 1866 he and his family fled persecution following the failed German Revolution of 1848–49 and came to America.[4] Kreizler's father was abusive and when he was nine years old he fractured Kreizler's arm so severely that it never fully recovered.[5] Kreizler is conceals the horrors of his childhood by lying and telling people that his arm was afflicted with a congenital defect and that it never fully formed as it should have.[6]

In real life[edit]

Calab carr has hinted that Kreizler is based on himself.[7]


  1. Hossein Amini (writer) & Jakob Verbruggen (director); (January 22, 2018); "The Boy on the Bridge". Episode 1. The Alienist. TNT
  2. The Alienist, first edition, Caleb Carr, 1994
  3. Levine, Paul (April 17, 1994). "Psychology Yesterday - A Period Mystery Introduces Modern Sleuthing to 1896". Chicago Tribune. p. 4.
  4. The Alienist, first edition, Caleb Carr, 1994
  5. Cary Fukunaga, John Sayles & Chase Palmer (writer) & Jamie Payne (director); (March 26, 2018); "Castle in the Sky". Episode 10.The Alienist. TNT
  6. E. Max Frye (writer) & Paco Cabezas (director); (February 26, 2018); "Ascension". Episode 6.The Alienist. TNT
  7. Capuzzo, Mike (August 25, 1994). "Author feeds his romantic, sinister iamge". Philadelphia Inquirer. LexisNexis.

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