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Rinaldo Pazzi was a corrupt detective and minor antagonist in the novel, movie and adapted TV show, Hannibal.
Rinaldo Pazzi, the descendant of the Pazzi family, was once a reputed detective among his fellows. One day, he was assigned to the "Il Monstro" case (a serial killer who murdered 16 people). However, Pazzi fell from grace when it was revealed that the man he arrested for his crimes was actually innocent.
In 1990, Pazzi discovered that the Library Curator was actually Hannibal Lecter, an American serial killer who had escaped custody seven years before, and whose surviving victim Mason Verger had offered a $3 million bounty for his capture. Pazzi worked alongside Verger and tried to catch Lecter and bring him back to Verger.
Lecter was aware of Pazzi’s plan, and after giving a lecture on Dante, Lecter overpowered the detective. Tying him to a trolly, with a noose around his neck, Lecter interrogated Pazzi, then disemboweled him and threw him over the balcony.
A collected and wise investigator, Rinaldo Pazzi was once reputed to be a hardworking and exceptionally intelligent detective, able to find many clues and resolve many enigmatic cases. This, however, did not last long as Rinaldo Pazzi quickly became corrupted and downright greedy when he fell from grace due to his own mistake, which led him to work along with horrible criminals such as Verger and Cordell Doemling. Even though, he remained a calm and thoughtful individual; despite this, he clearly underestimated Lecter's strength due to his arrogance, which led to his ironic death.
- Pazzi is one of the few of Hannibal's victims whom he does not cannibalize; instead, he guts Pazzi alive and hangs him from a balcony.