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The Scranton Strangler is an unseen antagonist in the NBC sitcom known as The Office. His real name is believed to be George Howard Skub.


The Strangler began his spree before Season 6. The Scranton Strangler was first mentioned in Season Six. In the same season, many remarks and comments are made about him. It is clear that he terrorizes Scranton.

In Season Seven he is eventually captured after a stand-off with police.

In the same season series supporting character, Toby is summoned to serve as a jury to try the Strangler for his crimes. He plays a role in George Skub's conviction, but Toby remarks to his co-workers, after returning to work, that he isn't so sure that he is guilty.

When Oscar admits that the numbers he handed into Toby were false and he simply did it because he wanted to frame Kevin, Toby suddenly becomes worried and admits to Oscar that when he was on the Scranton Strangler jury he was pressured to convict him despite believing he may have been innocent (The Boat).

Toby notes that it is the anniversary of the trial of the Scranton Strangler (and reveals his real name). Nellie, who has never heard of him, listens to Toby to tell his story of when he was on the jury. Toby reveals how he did his own research on fingerprinting and began to think that he was innocent (Dwight Christmas).

Toby mentions his suspicions about the strangler trial, at which Nellie expresses irritation at his lack of action. He decides to travel to the prison to confront the strangler about his belief, but when speaking to the strangler, Toby is attacked, leaving him with damaged vocal cords and a neck brace. This confirms that he was the strangler and Toby was wrong in his suspicion that he was innocent.


  • According to this interview with Paul Lieberstein, the actor who plays Toby Flenderson, he reveals at the 1:20 mark that the Scranton Strangler never actually killed anybody. He only choked them until they passed out and then left them where he attacked them.


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