His brother, Brian Moser, used similar kill tools and dismembered his victims like Dexter (although Brian drained their blood, neatly wrapped up the parts, and left them out in plain sight).
Dexter typically stabs his victims in the heart, but he also uses other methods, such as sawing through a neck, beheading, or slashing / stabbing a carotid artery.
The most common, and some of the uncommon, methods that Dexter has killed his victims are listed below.
- Kill knife (Mary, Juan Ryness, Alex Timmons, Robert Milson, Matt Chambers, Ethan Turner, Lila West, Julio Benes, Roger Hicks, Valerie Castillo, Clemson Galt, Benito Gomez, Zoey Kruger, Boyd Fowler, Stan Liddy, Cole Harmon, Clint McKay, Travis Marshall, Oleg Mickic, Ron Galuzzo)
- Boning knife (Hector Estrada).
- Chef’s knives (large & small)
- Bone saws (large & small)
- Fillet knife
- Poultry shears
- Serrated Bread knife
- Cleaver (Jamie Jaworski, Ken Olson, Jonathan Farrow, Cal Rooney)
- Ice pick
- Chainsaw (Cindy Landon, Santos Jimenez)
- Circular saw (Peter Thornton).
- Reciprocating saw (Mike Donovan, Emmett Meridian, Jorge Castillo, Jose Garza, Stan Beaudry)
- Hacksaw (Max Lindquist, Coleman Lindquist)
- Pitchfork (Norm)
- Anchor (Rankin)
- Harpoon (Alberto)
- Machete (Little Chino)
- Bayonet Oscar Prado, Fred Bowman)
- Switchblade (Andrew Briggs)
- Wooden shovel handle (Ray Speltzer)
- Hammer (Arthur Mitchell, Joe Walker)
- Fire extinguisher (Viktor Baskov)
- Flashlight & Car (Gene Marshall)
- Curtain rod (A.J. Yates)
- Pen (Oliver Saxon)
- Pillow (Walter Kenney)
- Kitchen knife (Steve Dorsey)
- Table knife (Brian Moser)
- Hand Gun (Teo Famosa)
- Defibrillator (Ben, Roger)
- Shoreline seawater (Nick)
- His hands, to snap necks (Esteban Famosa, George King, Dan Mendell)
- M99 tranquilizer & syringes
- Lock pick set
- Duct tape
- Kill attire
- Black gym bag
- Blood spatter kit
- Smelling salts
- Microscope slides
- Plastic sheeting / shrink wrap
- Black heavy-duty trash bags
- Candles (at times)
- Rocks (used for Underwater Graveyard)
Dexter plans to dump his kill tools along with his blood slide box into the ocean so there would be no trace of his secret life should he become a suspect for the murder of Valerie Castillo. After he throws his kill tools overboard, he reminisces about his kills as he goes through the blood slides. He notices a smile on Valerie's blood slide (the work of his "new friend (The Ice Truck Killer) and he decides to keep his trophies.
Dexter tricks James Doakes into drinking water with a sedative in it, causing him to pass out. Dexter seizes this opportunity to put Doakes' fingerprints on his kill tools, in order to frame him for the murders.
The tools are found by a Scuba Diving class, giving the police and the FBI further evidence of Doakes' guilt.
Dexter abandons his kill tools when he captures his adversary. Because of his longing to be with Hannah, Dexter decides not to go ahead with the kill. He leaves the kill tools behind as evidence against Saxon when he is arrested. This plan fails, however, as Saxon is freed by US Marshal Max Clayton and ends up killing Clayton (with one of Dexter's knives) and shooting Debra, whom Dexter had called to arrest Saxon.
Novels / Comics
In the comics, Dexter's kill tools are depicted for the first time in Dexter: Issue 3.
Dexter: The GameIn the game, Dexter stores his tools in a wooden box with multiple compartments. The tools depicted include, but are not limited to:
- Bone saw
- Kill Room
- Kill Ritual
- Dexter Morgan
- Dexter's Kill List
- Locations of Dexter's Kills
- Dexter's modus operandi
- Dexter used a Northstar 1050 HD Diamond Ripstop Series Duffle Bag to carry his knife bag and other gear.