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Mike Donovan fear

Mike Donovan: Choirmaster, Pedophile, Serial Killer

For the book character, see Father Donovan.

Mike Donovan
Mike Donavan
Character Profile
Portrayed By
Jim Abele
Season(s)
Season One
First Appearance
Dexter
Last Appearance
Dexter
Appears in
One Episode
Character
Full Name
Michael Donovan


Status
Deceased
Manner of Death
Neck sawed out by Dexter Morgan.
Characteristics
Age
42 (at death)
Gender
Male
Eyes
Blue
Hair
Gray
Personal Status
Marital Status
Married
Spouse
Mrs. Donovan
Immediate Relatives
Two unnamed daughters
Professional Status
Profession
Choirmaster
Clergyman
Serial Killer
Killer Profile
"No Known Alias"
Inactive
Number of Victims
3 (4 in the game; 7 in novels)
Modus Operandi
Tools/Weapons
Unknown
Killing Method
Unknown
Method of Disposal
Burial
Cause
An uncontrollable desire to rape and kill young boys (he claimed that he couldn't stop himself)
""Open your eyes and look at what you did!" - Dexter, to Mike"

Mike Donovan is a character in Showtime's series DEXTER.

He was a choir conductor who was a pedophile and murdered at least three young boys (seven in the novels).

He was the first person (not chronologically) to be killed by Dexter Morgan in both the novel series and the Showtime series.

Description

Donovan was a man in his mid-40s with graying hair and a wide smile. He dressed in nice suits and drove a station wagon.

Personality

He appeared to be a friendly, upstanding citizen, while following his urges to rape and murder young boys. When confronted by Dexter with the dark truths of his behavior, Mike closed his eyes to avoid seeing the dead boys. Terrified, he begged for mercy.

History

Mike Donovan killed at least three young boys. He lived a double life as a choir conductor, and pastor, while having a wife and two daughters. He was also a pedophile, child rapist, and serial killer. His wife almost assuredly had no idea of her husband's dark secrets.

Summary

"Soon you'll be wrapped into a few... neatly wrapped Hefties and my own small corner of the world will be a neater, happier place... a better place." - Dexter to Mike Donovan

Donovan enters his car after a choir performance, not realizing that Dexter is waiting in the backseat. After Donovan starts the engine, Dexter chokes him with a garrote wire, and orders him to drive to a remote pump station, the location where Donovan had buried the bodies of three boys.

There, Dexter drags Donovan inside and forces him to look at his victims' bodies, Donovan pleads for his life and Dexter guesses that the children had also begged for their lives, which Donovan doesn't deny. He asks Dexter to understand, to which Dexter replies that he does, because he can't help himself either... but he has standards, and could never hurt a child. Then Dexter uses a syringe to sedate Donovan, and restrains him to a kill table. After taking a blood slide through a scalpel cut, Dexter kills him by cutting his neck with a reciprocating saw.

Later, Mrs. Donovan comes to the police station to ask about the investigation, and Dexter watches her from nearby. He reassures himself that he was careful in this kill, and didn't leave any traces behind. James Doakes, who despises Dexter, questions him about why he is looking at the distraught widow.

Appearances

Season One:

Season Seven:

Dexter the Game (killed)

Quotes

  • "Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is..."
  • "I couldn't help myself, I just couldn't... please you have to understand!"

Victims

Mike Donovan was responsible for the deaths of at least three young boys, The three boys' rotting bodies were dug up by Dexter, who then forced Mike to look at them.

Related Pages

Trivia

In Season Four, Dexter expressed surprise when he learned that Arthur Mitchell had a family who were unaware that he was a serial killer, and had successfully kept his secret safe for decades.

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