The Alienist. Review and Discussion Space. Episode Nine

The Alienist is based on a 1994 book by historian Caleb Carr. It takes place during the Gilded Age of American Society in New York City, and features historical figures from the era. TNT has produced a ten episode miniseries based on the book, starring Daniel Brühl (Inglorious Basterds and Captain America: Civil War) as Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, Dakota Fanning (War of the Worlds and Man on Fire) as Sara Howard, and Luke Evans (Beauty and the Beast and The Hobbit) as John Moore.

Title: “Requiem”

Directed by: Jamie Payne


Synopsis: Mary is laid to rest. Roosevelt conforts Kreisler as Kreisler once did for Roosevelt’s first wife. Out of grief, Kreisler leaves the investigation.

The Issacsons interrogate MacManus, who fabricates a story about Mary’s murder. Roosevelt confronts Byrnes. Sara and John agree to continue the investigation and set up new headquarters. Stevie and Cyrus discuss revenge.

The team determines that the Feast of St. Barnabas is the next day the killer will strike. The team go to the Census Bureau to look for John Beecman. They discover that Beecham worked for the census, fitting their profile of someone who was familiar with the rooftops of New York. The head of the Bureau, Charles H. Murray, said that he had to fire Beecham because he became too close to a young girl he met on the rounds. He was fired around Christmas, and the murders started soon after. They also locate his address.

John comes to call on Kreisler, who has shut himself within his house. The team head to Beecham’s last known address. The landlady said that Beecham left the room after he lost his job. In his room they find the corpse of one of the landlady’s many cats.

Connor threatens Sara. John seeks out Joseph to protect him. Cyrus stalks Connor at his house, but doesn’t kill him, because his son is present. The Issacsons interview the girl from the complaint, who claims he never hurt or molested her. The team canvases the neighborhood looking for anyone who has seen Beecham. They find a bookie who employs Beecham and a bartender points them in the direction of his new address.

They find charred remains at Beecham’s address. They find his father’s pictures of native massacres and his mother’s heart. Also a jar full of eyeballs.

At the bathhouse, Beecham strikes again. This time Joseph witness the murder and hides in a locker, but Beecham finds him.

Historical characters

  • Charles H. Murray Superintendent for the United States Bureau of Census

Changes from the book: The process to find Beecham is much more extensive. Cyrus never tries to kill Connor. Joseph is not a witness to a murder, but he is killed as a warning to John