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In the next room are the tools to his salvation. His life is in your hands, but in the end, only he can save himself.
— Jigsaw guides Rigg to his second test[src]

The Alexander Motel is a fictional location from the Saw franchise as well as a minor location in Saw IV.

Layout and Structure

The Alexander Motel was a run-down, dilapidated one-storied motel. Located on the ground floor was a small reception area. A stairway led up to the second floor, which housed the bedrooms. Each one of these rooms had a door to the hallway as well as doors which led to the adjacent rooms. (Saw IV)

History

Art Blank's Test

The Alexander Motel was owned by Ivan Landsness, who was in fact a sadistic and brutal rapist who raped at least three women throughout his life. One day, his lawyer, Art Blank, who had succesfully defended him and thereby got him acquitted of rape all three times, rented the room 261 in the motel. Unknown to Ivan, Art had become a victim of John Kramer, better known as the Jigsaw Killer, and was forced to obey his orders. Otherwise, he would be killed by a device attached to his back which would cut his spine. Throughout his stay at the motel, Art smuggled several components into the room one by one and used them to set up another trap for Ivan. (Saw IV)

Daniel Rigg's Test

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Rigg is introduced to his test

One night, six days later, Officer Daniel Rigg, another test subject of the killer, came to his motel. Upon entering, he was yelled at by a drunk vagrant who had been sleeping in the doorway, whereas Ivan, tried to be friendly and asked if he could help him. However, Rigg ignored both of them and went up the stairs to Room 261. Before he could follow him, Ivan was held back when the drunk vagrant wanted to go up to see what Rigg was doing. Armed with his weapon, Rigg hesitantly opened the door to the room and went in. When he entered the room, he immediately saw a large box sitting on the bed. As he stepped closer, he noticed that a photo of his wife, Tracy was lying on top of it with the words "She needed you" written on its backside. Due to some long, black hair sticking out of the box, Rigg initially thought that Tracy's severed head might be in the box, and hesitated to open it. However, when he ultimately lifted the lid, he was relieved to see that the hair belonged to one of Jigsaw's pig masks. Aside from the mask, the box contained a mugshot of Ivan, as well as an audio tape for Rigg, which gave him his further instructions. To continue his series of tests, he had to force Ivan to play a game on his own, which was waiting for him in the next room, behind a door with the words "Feel What I Feel" written on it in red letters. The tape told him that he had to put on the pig mask, so the cameras in the room wouldn't recognize him. However, Rigg decided to use the mask differently. While Ivan was busy getting rid of the vagrant, Rigg attracted the attention of his dog, Chance, and lured her upstairs to the bedrooms. After dealing with the vagrant, Ivan noticed that Chance had disappeared and therefore called for her. While looking for his pet, he eventually went up the stairs to the sleeping rooms and eventually found Chance, who had found the pig mask lying on the floor right before the door of Room 261. When Ivan approached and picked it up, Rigg stepped out and aimed his gun at Ivan, forcing him into the room.

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Rigg discovers the photos of Ivan's victims

Ivan, who was afraid of him, asked Rigg why he was doing this. When Rigg showed him a mugshot of himself, he admitted to have made a mistake years ago and claimed that he had payed for it. As he begged Rigg to let him go, the latter asked him what was behind the door to the next room and handed Ivan a key. While Rigg held him at gunpoint, Ivan unlocked the door. However, after taking a look into the room, he tried to flee but was held back by Rigg, who forced him through the door. Upon entering, he discovered numerous photos of brutally violated women hanging from the ceiling and on the walls. Furthermore, the bed in the middle of the room had been turned into a vicious trap by Art Blank. It was surrounded by four large metal posts, one at each corner, with metallic chains and shackles attached to each one of them. On the upper end of the bed was a vise with a timer on it, and attached to either side of it were two miniature scythes. Initially worried by his discovery, Rigg stepped further into the room, where he saw Eric and Hoffman on the screen of a TV. Ivan desperately tried to flee through the next door and screamed for help, but was ruggedly pulled back and brought to the ground by Rigg, who asked him if he knew Eric, which he denied. After that, Rigg found a piece of paper with his name on it, as well as another audio tape standing on a small table. The tape told him that Ivan was in fact a brutal criminal, who needed to be tested, and that Rigg was the one who had to force him into his trap. (Saw IV)

Ivan Landsness' Test

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Ivan sacrifices his eye

When the tape ended, the TV switched to a video of a blindfolded woman strapped to a bed. Upon seeing how Ivan raped the woman, Rigg became incredibly angry and forced the man to shackle himself onto the bed. Ivan initially refused, but ultimately gave up when Rigg threatened him with his gun. Despite his begging to let him go, Rigg forced him to continue and eventually placed his head in the vice. Soon after, Rigg found another note, which told him to hand Ivan the tools to save his life. He took two triggers from the table and gave them to the rapist. The last thing left on the table was an audio tape for Ivan. When Rigg grabbed it, the drawer of the table opened and revealed another box. The box contained the next message, which told Rigg to "become the teacher and save a life" and to "go back to where it all began." After that, he started Ivan's tape and tossed it onto his body. While Ivan was struggling to press the triggers, which would cause the scythes to gouge his eyes out, but were also his only way to escape. Eventually, Ivan pressed the first trigger, causing the first scythe to pierce his right eye. After that, he attempted to press the second button as well. However, before he could bring himself to do so, the timer went off and Ivan's limbs were torn apart.

Meanwhile, Rigg had left the room and had listened to Ivan's death. When the game was over, he thought about the last message by Jigsaw, and realized that the place where it all began was an elementary school, where he had clashed with Rex, an abusive father and teacher, years ago. Therefore, Rigg left the motel and headed right to his next destination. (Saw IV)

Crime Scene Investigation

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Strahm and Perez at the motel

Ivan's corpse was found shortly afterwards. The motel was then secured by a SWAT team led by Officer Lamanna. When the special agents Lindsey Perez and Peter Strahm arrived only minutes later, Ivan had already been identified. As the agents already knew about Rigg's game, they immediately knew that Ivan was connected to it. While investigating the scene, Officer Lamanna came in and informed them that the room had been rented by a lawyer named Art Blank, who had been who had been reported missing two weeks earlier. Therefore, Strahm ordered him to find out his address. While discussing the new situation with Perez, he stated that Ivan was already the second person seen on several photos in Rigg's apartment who had been killed over the course of the night. Furthermore, he pointed to a message written on the door which said "Feel as I feel" and reminded Perez of a similar message written on the wall of Rigg's apartment which said "See as I see". Thereby, he concluded that John Kramer tried to teach his lessons to Rigg and suspected that Rigg had been recruited by him. Moments later, Lamanna reentered the room and told them that Art Blank owned several proerties, the last known address being only to blocks away. After the agents left, Ivan's corpse was taken to the morgue for his autopsy by Dr. Adam Heffner. (Saw IV, IV)

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