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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 who also portrayed Belcher in The Adventures of Pluto Nash.


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.


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Albert Lawrence Cheney | April Troost | Arthur Tunney | Dawn Sterling | Dena Carter | Diana Hawthorne | Dr. Diane Meade | Emma Kim | Frances Houston | Gayle Janaway | Jacob Lowenstein | Joyce Pollock | Julia Veloso | Katherine Waxman | Leon Vorgitch | Liann Crosby | Mark Bruner | Molly Preston | Richard Elam | Samantha Weaver | Simon Brooks | Stephanie Harker

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Alana Gonzalez | Alexa Pearson | April Troost | Amelia Chase | Billy Tripley | Christine Hartwell | Church of Wisdom and Sight | Dale Stuckey | Dana Lewis | Darryl Kern | Dr. Carl Rudnick | Dr. Nicole Keller | Edgar Noone | Elaine Frye Cavanaugh | Emily McCooper | Erik Weber | Eugene Hoff | Gloria Montero | Gordon Rickett | Heather Parcell | Heather Riggs | Henry Mesner | Holden March | Ingrid Block | Jaina Jansen | Jake O'Hara | Jiya Alexander | Johnny D. | Joseph Serumaga | Judge Hilda Marsden | K.O.B.S | Katie Cavanaugh | Kenneth Cleary | Larry Moore | Laurel Linwood | Lauren Cooper | Liam Connors | Lowell Harris | Maggie Peterson | Martin Schultz | Matthew Brodus | Merritt Rook | Miriam Penner | Missy Kurtz | Neil Alexander | Nikki Hallander | Pam Adler | Paula Foster | Peter Harrison | Peter Ridley | Phoebe Bernap | Richard White | Rob Miller | Robert Morten | Ryan Quinn | Sadie Parker | Sheila Porter | Sheldon Kerrick | Sydney Green | Terri Banes | Victor Paul Gitano | William Lewis

Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Christine Mayfield | Christine Wilkes | Danielle McCaskin | Dr. Katrina Pynchon | Elise Garrett | Ella Miyazaki | Jo Gage | John Tagman | Kathy Jarrow | Nicole Wallace | Tammy Mills

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Monica Jarrow | Valerie Roberts

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