Doctor Cordell Doemling is a villain in the Thomas Harris' book Hannibal and the underling of Mason Verger. He served as the secondary antagonist in the first half of the third season of the NBC series Hannibal and is the carer and henchman of Mason Verger.

In the TV series, he was portrayed by Glenn Fleshler.

Novels synopsis

TV series synopsis

Cordell Doemling was hired by Mason Verger to become his carer in place of his sister Margot. When Mason had Hannibal Lecter kidnapped along with Will Graham as part of a revenge plot, he wanted Cordell to cut off Will's face and graft it to Mason's own, and then over a period of time feed each part of Hannibal to Mason. Cordell was all too happy to comply with the deed.

However Alana Bloom released Hannibal in order to save Will, and stopped Cordell who was just about to cut off Will's face. Cordell was killed and his face removed, and placed over that of an unconscious Mason who woke up and was horrified to discover Cordell was dead. Mason was later killed by Alana and his sister Margot.

Episode appearances

Season 3

  • "Aperitivo"
  • "Dolce"
  • "Digestivo"


  • Unlike his film counterpart who carried out the deed of murdering Mason after getting fed up with his abuse, this version is a sadist who is all too happy to comply with Mason's schemes.
  • The original Cordell from books is similiar with his TV series conterpart.