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Albert Lawrence Cheney is the antagonist of the Law & Order episode "Vengeance". He was a serial killer who tortured and murdered women and left their bodies in degrading poses. He was loosely based on the late Albert DeSalvo, the "Boston Strangler".
He was portrayed by the late James Rebhorn.
Cheney killed his first victims while working as an electrician. Police eventually connected him to one of the victims, and he was imprisoned for five years for manslaughter.
Upon his release, he married a woman who corresponded with him in a prison pen pal program, and started a new career as a bookkeeper, working mostly for doctors in his area. He had kept his electrician's badge and the elevator keys to his old building, which allowed him to claim more victims.
Detectives Mike Logan and Phil Cerreta come to suspect Cheney after discovering that his latest victims had all gone to the same doctor, who had employed Cheney. They question him for 12 hours, but he does not confess. They learn that he has a storage locker, where they find gruesome Polaroids of his victims. Cheney's lawyer argues that the search was illegal, and his wife gives him an alibi for the time of the murders.
When Assistant District Attorney Ben Stone shows her the Polaroids, however, she admits she lied to protect him. Cheney is found guilty of several murders, and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.