Could The Office's Creed Bratton Be the Scranton Strangler? The Actor Weighs In

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No character from The Office is more mysterious than Creed Bratton. Much of what he says is either unsettling or downright disturbing, even going so far as to describe violent crimes he claims to have committed in the past. This is probably why fans of the workplace sitcom have theorized for years that Creed is actually the Scranton Strangler, an unseen serial criminal who terrorizes the residents of Scranton for several seasons. While some fans believe that Toby Flenderson is actually the killer, Creed Bratton, who portrays the fictionalized version of himself on The Office, spoke with Rolling Stone and shared his personal thoughts.

When asked if he thought his character was the Scranton Strangler, Bratton didn't pull any punches, explaining:

"If I was there right now, I’d probably strangle you for asking me that question. [Laughs] I don’t know. He obviously had a body in the trunk of his car after Michael said 'There’s been a murder here' and he ran out. He’d obviously killed somebody. He came in once with blood all over him. He’d obviously killed somebody, but he had blood all over him. A strangler doesn’t get blood all over him. They just take the life out. He had been slicing up somebody with a knife. Maybe he’s not. People say it’s Toby, but I just can’t imagine that. Can you imagine him grabbing someone and strangling them? I can’t. Me? Yes. You can see me doing it. Of course."

You heard it here first, folks! Creed Bratton doesn't think Toby had it in him to be the Scranton Strangler. Although a man named George Howard Skub goes to prison after being convicted, it seems the mystery of the Scranton Strangler is one that is destined to go unsolved.

[h/t Rolling Stone]