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|“||Is it worse than you thought?||„|
|~ Stanley's catchphrase.|
|“||It is worse than I thought.||„|
|~ Stanley, before killing himself.|
Dr. Stanley "Stan" Howard is a major antagonist of the crime-drama TV series Criminal Minds. He is a psychiatrist, serial killer, and the main antagonist of the Season 3 episode "Scared to Death."
As an adult, he is portrayed by Michael O'Keefe. As a child he is portrayed by Brandon Killham.
As a child, Stanley was often locked in a closet by his abusive mother. This caused him to develop a severe case of nyctophobia: a fear of the dark. Because of the lengthy exposure to the dark, Stanley would never be able to get over his fears. As an adult, he became a psychiatrist and got married to a woman named Jane, adopting a daughter with her. In 2007, his anxiety worsened and his self-confidence began to deteriorate. For some reason, Stanley came under the delusion that killing his patients, using their fears, would help him overcome his own. He set up a fake business in an abandoned building that his wife's family owned and placed flyers advertising his services. Because of his meticulous planning, his murders go unnoticed, until his dump site is eventually discovered after claiming 13 victims.
Scared to Death
- Howard is uncanny to the villain of the slasher Phobia!, Dr. Peter Ross. Ross is a psychologist who was abused in youth to get over his fears. Ross grew into a psychologist to help people e cured of their own phobias, then started killing them when he seemed to fail in his practice.
- Howard is also similar to the Batman and DC Comics villain, Scarecrow