Gordon Rickett
Gordon Rickett
Name Gordon Rickett
Occupation Disposal worker
Former bartender
Pathology Serial killer
Serial rapist
Serial kidnapper
Serial statutory rapist
Serial harasser
Family Unnamed father
Unnamed mother
Unnamed half-sister
Two unnamed aunts (both deceased)
Vanessa Serafino (ex-fiancee)
Status Imprisoned for life
Actor Matthew Modine
First Appearance "Rage"

Gordon Rickett is a serial killer, serial rapist, and serial kidnapper of young girls. He was the prime suspect in four murders, two in New York City, one in Nevada, and one in Arizona.


Gordon's father abandoned him when he was a child and left him in the care of his abusive mother. As a result, Gordon felt cheated by life, and blamed his many failures on the world refusing to give him his due. He took his rage out on children, resenting them for having the hope, trust and potential that he never would. He also had a long history of domestic violence, and a tendency to degrade his adult sexual partners by making them wear pigtails so they would resemble little girls.

In 1991, Detective Elliot Stabler investigated Gordon's first murder. During the resulting interrogation, Stabler threw Gordon through a plate glass window. The victim, Dana MacNamara, lived in the apartment above Gordon's bar. However, at the time, there was not enough evidence to prove Gordon's guilt, and the jury acquitted him. While he was set free, his reputation was damaged by the publicity from the trial, and his family disowned him; he blamed Stabler and held a grudge against him for years. Gordon later moved around the United States to continue his murder spree.

In 2005, Gordon settled in California, but was evicted from his apartment and the state after he assaulted his girlfriend's daughter. He then returned to New York City, where he murdered Kerry Lynn Palmer. He was later arrested by SVU on suspicion of the murder. Stabler, Olivia Benson, and Fin Tutuola interrogated him for 24 hours, but were forced to let him go when he didn't reveal anything. Before leaving the station house, he taunted Stabler by insinuating that the two of them were just alike, and that it was only a matter of time before Stabler lost control and killed someone.

After finding more evidence linking Gordon to Palmer's murder, Stabler and Benson raided his home and found him assaulting another girl. Stabler was about to kill him in cold blood, but Benson stopped him by wounding Gordon in the arm. Gordon was arrested and sent to prison for life for kidnapping and Palmer's murder. (SVU: "Rage")

Known Victims

  • December 4, 1991, New York City, New York: Dana MacNamara
  • July 19, 1994, Carson City, Nevada: Chloe Lynch (her body was never found)
  • Unspecified date, Tempe, Arizona: Anna Morrison (her body was never found)
  • 2005:
    • Unspecified dates:
      • California: Sandra Brophy's unnamed daughter (assaulted)
      • New York City, New York: Kerry Lynn Palmer
    • February 24, New York City, New York: Unnamed girl (assaulted)
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