This site has a review of the characters in the Thomas Harris novel Red Dragon. Since the first season of the TV series Hannibal is set four years before Red Dragon, this blog may contain SPOILERS for that show.

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Mr. Spurgen

"Spurgen was high priest on the range."

Mr. Spurgen is the chief SWAT instructor at Quantico. He has a "wiry, compact body and his baseball cap tipped back on his head, he looked like an infielder" and he is "short and bandy-legged".

When the FBI decides to trap the "Fairy Tooth" killer by trying to provoke him into attacking Will Graham, Spurgen explains the precautions that the FBI have taken to ensure Graham will not be hurt, they have snipers placed at strategic locations, and they have reduced the wattage on the streetlights to make it harder if the "Fairy Tooth" killer tries to shoot Will from a distance. He advises Will on how to defend himself and asks Will to go to the firing range with him.

He trains Will on the range for two hours, and insists on checking the cylinder crane and cylinder latch screws on Graham's .44  after they've finished firing. "He was relieved to see that Graham did not carry the regulation .38, but he worried about the flash from the ported barrel."

"HANNIBAL" (Four years before)
It is unknown if Mr. Spurgen will appear before Season 4.

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