Top 10 Most Likely Scranton Strangler Suspects on The Office

The Scranton Strangler plot from The Office has been a topic shrouded in mystery for many years, and it's still a widely debated topic even today, long after the show has ended back in 2013. While it might seem the show has concluded the mystery of the Scranton Strangler, that being George Howard Skub, that still doesn't stop the ongoing theories and debates when it comes to the *real* identity of the strangler. Many people, including myself, would much rather believe the idea that the strangler isn't actually Skub, but rather a prominent character on The Office who framed Skub for the crime. But that begs the question, what character could possibly commit such heinous crimes? Well, that's what I'm hoping to answer today!
The Top Ten
1 Toby Flenderson

On the surface, Toby Flenderson seems like the very last character to do such horrendous acts of violence and crime. Throughout the show, he's often seen as a shy, timid, soft spoken, mild-mannered sad sack that distances himself from the rest of his coworkers at Dunder Mifflin, and he generally gets along really well with everyone in The Office, including Michael, who openly hates him. However, while he may appear this way on the outside, we can only imagine the amount of blood that boils inside of him. His boss hates him, his wife divorced him, he struggles to connect with his daughter, the women he tries to make moves on are taken and in relationships with other guys, and any ounce of enjoyment and satisfaction he gets is destroyed by Michael. All of this easily culminates in the need to strangle people as a way to let out all of his pent-up frustrations that life throws his way.

Towards the end of Season 5, Toby briefly moves away to Costa Rica, most likely in an effort to ...more

2 Gabe Lewis

While I'm sold in the theory that Toby is the Scranton Strangler, I also think that Gabe is a very likely suspect as well and I think he also has some things going for him as well.
Firstly, Gabe is first introduced in Season 6 after the merge with Sabre, the very same season in which the Scranton Strangler is first mentioned. Throughout his time working with Dunder Mifflin, Gabe is usually always on the receiving end when it comes to being made fun of and ridiculed, debatably even more so than Toby, and strangling people can just as easily be his way of letting out all of his frustrations when it comes to working with his colleagues.
Gabe is also shown to have very apparent anger issues, which can clearly be seen when he confronts Andy about trying to set himself up with Erin. From this point onward, we can see that Gabe and Andy have some sort of rivalry with each other and it's clear that Gabe sees him as nothing more than his worst enemy.
Although, while Gabe certainly has ...more

3 Creed Bratton

Creed is another common suspect when it comes to being the Strangler and I certainly think it's possible, if only for the fact that Creed in of himself is this strange enigma within the office that is capable of doing anything he truly desires. A few pieces of evidence that could point to Creed's suspiciousness is his overall demeanor, and how he reacts to certain situations. During a Halloween episode, Creed "dressed up" in an outfit with blood stains of them. It's revealed that those blood stains are actually real and he simply forgot it was Halloween. Another interesting piece of information is the fact the Creed has gone on record admitting that he has multiple different identities, which also leads into a completely separate theory in of itself that Creed Bratton isn't actually his name, but rather an identity that he stole from someone he killed. Lastly, the real Creed Bratton (the actor) has gone on record claiming that Creed is the Scranton Strangler, and while he's most ...more

4 David Wallace

An underrated suspect, but I'm willing to believe that David Wallace has the potential of being the Strangler as well. Much like Toby and Gabe, the timing weirdly fits into place when it comes to David. David was fired near the end of Season 5, and Sabre wasn't introduced until the beginning of Season 6, which again, is the very same season that the Scranton Strangler is first mentioned. In a later episode, we also get to see a little inside David's post-Dunder Mifflin life, come to find out that his wife had divorced him, leaving him all on his lonesome as his life slowly falls apart. All of this makes it very probable that David saw strangling people as a coping mechanism to deal with his recent hardships in life. On top of that, even David Wallace's actor believe he is certainly capable of being the Strangler, further given it credibility.



While I certainly do think it's possible, the Scranton Strangler is still commonly brought up in Season 9, despite the fact that ...more

5 Mose Schrute
6 Roy Anderson
7 Jan Levinson
8 Ryan Howard
9 Robert California
10 Kevin Malone
The Contenders
11 Dwight Schrute
12 George Howard Skub
13 Phyllis Vance
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