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|“||Society's not ready for me. I can look at women and know how beautiful and powerful they can be, like you two. You think you're special? You're boring. But you could be so much more.||„|
|~ Brightman rationalizing his crimes to Olivia Benson and Amanda Rollins|
Harold "Hal" Brightman is a the main antagonist of the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Strange Beauty". He is a psychiatrist who kidnapped, mutilated and killed a woman named Nina Raedo.
He is portrayed by David Eigenberg.
When he was Hal was thirteen and his brother Gene was nine, his mother had a car crash that made her lose her leg, this made Hal interested in leg removals and when he grew up and became a psychiatrist, he started having girls come to his storage room to cut their legs for money, starting with a drug addict and prostitute named Lisa Everly. He also started working with a woman named Jess Hardwicke who was 15 at that point, who he helped get a job with his brother Gene, who was a dentist at that point, it's also been told multiple times that he was sexually obsessed with Jess when he started working with her.
After cutting the legs of 4 other women, Hal decided to stalk another named Nina Raedo, who he decided to kidnap to cut off her leg, however, she ended up dying due to her bad reaction to anesthesia, and decided to leave her body in an abandoned car. After this, the SVU started investigating his case, and Detectives Olivia Benson and Amanda Rollins convinced him that they were in fact investigating his brother in order to get him to talk. After accidentally revealing then told them that he cut off the legs of six women in total, and even appeared to take pride in what he did, saying that he made his victims "so much more". Benson and Rollins then arrest him.
Hal originally seemed like a kind man who wanted to help people due to his tragic past of losing his mother when he was thirteen. However, it's later revealed that he wanted to cut off the legs of as many victims as he could and tried to incriminate his brother by stealing some of his anesthesia tanks under his name so he could be arrested instead of him.
He is proven to be delusional as well, claiming that Nina would have wanted to cut off her leg if she lived longer, and that his actions should be legal. He is also shown to be somewhat sexually perverted, as it is said multiple times that he was sexually attracted to Jess when she was a teenager.