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|“||In those S&M scenes, they were rehearsing what happened to them.||„|
|~ Chandler about his victims.|
Edward "Eddie" Chandler is the primary antagonist of the Law & Order episode "Castoff". He is a charismatic gigolo and serial killer who preys on wealthy men and women; he insinuates himself into their lives and sponges off their wealth until they tire of him, at which point he tortures and murders them. He is loosely based on real-life serial killer Andrew Cunanan.
He is portrayed by Mitchell Lichtenstein.
ADA Jamie Ross describes Chandler as "pathologically charming" - he has an innate need to flirt with, flatter, and seduce virtually everyone he meets, male or female. He has refined, expensive tastes and aspires to an upper-class lifestyle, but does not want to work for it himself; he prefers to be "kept" by rich partners in return for sex. His sexuality is ambiguous, as he is more attracted to money and possessions than people, and will sleep with anyone of either sex who can keep him in the lifestyle to which he has become accustomed.
Chandler describes his ideal life as filled with the kind of glamour, sophistication, and excitement he watched in movies and TV when he was a child. He later blames his crimes on the media he consumes, claiming that it "poisoned his mind".
Throughout his career as a gigolo, Chandler came to know several upper-class people, and had sadomasochistic sex with them in return for their financing his expensive tastes. As he grew older, however, he began losing his looks, and was no longer the sought-after sexual plaything he had been as a young man. Embittered at being "cast aside", Chandler began torturing and murdering his lovers, mutilating their genitals post-mortem.
Chandler was arrested for the murders of Jennifer Gaylin and Stu Steiner by Detectives Lennie Briscoe and Rey Curtis, who were able to intercept him through his lover, Charles Thatcher. Chandler was put on trial, represented by attorney Neil Pressman. Chandler attempted to defend himself by claiming his murderous impulses were due to his recurring exposure to television violence. Despite this, Chandler was eventually convicted of one count of second-degree murder in relation to the death of Gaylin, and one count of first-degree murder in relation to the death of Steiner, and sentenced to life imprisonment.