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Animals don't lie about what they want. Not like you whores, who tell you they want you - as long as you pay.
~ Winger's misogynistic rant.

Graham Winger is the main antagonist of the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Hunting Ground". He is a misogynistic serial killer who hunts women like wild game before killing them.

He was portrayed by Fred Arsenault.

Biography

Overview

Winger is a misogynistic psychopath who believes he is entitled to sex and romance, and is filled with rage that it eludes him. He is also an expert hunter, and develops a fantasy about hunting women like wild animals and killing them. He uses his job as the caretaker of a remote cabin in Upstate New York to fulfill this fantasy; he kidnaps prostitutes, rapes them, and then flies them out to the cabin and hunts them down with his dog, Orion. Upon finding the women, he forces them to hang themselves, saying it is the only way to end "the game".

By the time of the episode, he has kidnapped, raped, and murdered at least fifteen women. He buries their bodies in shallow graves on a beach in Long Island.

"Hunting Ground"

Winger calls an escort service and arranges a "date" with teenage prostitute Haley Cole, and talks her into getting his car; he then knocks her out and kidnaps her. After raping her, he flies her out to his cabin, and forces her to call her mother and confess to being a "dirty whore".

After they find Winger's dumping ground, Special Victims Unit detectives Olivia Benson and Nick Amaro interview one of Winger's surviving victims, and from her story realize that he is hunting his victims like wild game. They then find out that Winger is the gamekeeper of a cabin not far from the mass grave. They burst into his apartment, and while they have missed Winger himself, they find the extensive logs he keeps of each kill.

Finally, the SVU team, led by Benson, track Winger down to the cabin, finding Haley, traumatized but alive. Winger surprises Benson and holds her at gunpoint while he rants about his hatred of women. He prepares to execute her, but Amaro shoots him dead, saving Benson's life.

Trivia

  • Winger is loosely based upon two real-life serial killers, those being the late Robert Hansen (who hunted prostitutes like wild game before killing them) and the unidentified Long Island Serial Killer (who buried his victims on a beach in Long Island, New York).

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