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Victor Paul Gitano

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Victor Paul Gitano
Victor Paul Gitano
Name Victor Paul Gitano
Affiliation United States Air Force
Occupation Ex-pilot
Pathology Spree Killer
Status Deceased
Actor Lou Diamond Philips
First Appearance "Fault"

Victor Paul Gitano was a rapist, kidnapper, and spree killer, and a registered sex offender.


A pathological liar and registered sex offender, Gitano kidnapped two children after murdering the rest of their family. He had previously encountered one of the children at her elementary school, where he flashed her and other girls. Gitano escaped an attempt by police to apprehend him at a bus station, during which he injured Detective Olivia Benson and then murdered one of the children, traumatizing Detective Elliot Stabler.

He was tracked down to an old U.S. Air Force warehouse, where he held Stabler hostage with a shotgun. A standoff ensued between him and Benson, to whom he issued threats that he would shoot Stabler if she didn't drop her gun. Benson relented to shoot Gitano under Stabler's urging, but refused to lower her gun. In the end, Gitano was shot and killed by a police sniper, and the surviving child was safely rescued.


  • Victor Paul Gitano is based on real-life serial killer Joseph E. Duncan III. Duncan kidnapped two children after killing the rest of their family, after skipping bail for a prior sex crime and disappearing. Prior to that, he served his sentence for sodomizing a young boy and claimed to have raped dozens of younger boys.

Known VictimsEdit

  • 1987, Pennsylvania: Unnamed boy (raped, burned with cigarettes, cut with a hunting knife, and sodomized; survived)
  • 2006:
    • Pennsylvania: Unnamed nine-year-old girl (molested)
    • New York City, New York:
      • The Clifford family:
        • The home invasion:
          • Simon Clifford (stepfather; slashed his throat)
          • Lyla Clifford (mother; slashed her throat)
          • Amy Clifford (eldest daughter; tried to rape, then choked to death)
        • Ryan Clifford (son; kidnapped from his home and later slashed his throat)
        • Rebecca Clifford (youngest daughter; kidnapped from her home; was rescued)
      • Olivia Benson (attempted, but survived; superficially cut her neck)
      • Elliot Stabler (held at gunpoint with a shotgun and threatened to murder)

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