|The Bay Harbor Butcher|
For the character behind the serial killer, visit Dexter Morgan.
It is the name given by the press to the unknown perpetrator of murders in the vicinity of Miami, FL. The moniker derived from Dexter Morgan's method of discarding his victims, in which they were dismembered and disposed of in an area known as Bay Harbor. Both Dexter and Special Agent Frank Lundy expressed disdain for the name.
From an early age, Dexter Morgan showed signs of psychopathic tendencies (killing and dismembering animals) and his adoptive father, Harry, (a homicide detective) realized that Dexter was a potential serial killer. After attempts to curb Dexter's violent behavior failed, Harry concluded that Dexter's need to kill could not be suppressed--only focused. Making the best out of a bad situation, Harry decided to train Dexter as a vigilante (with guidance from Dr. Evelyn Vogel), to solely hunt and kill other murderers (arguably making society safer). To avoid arrest, Dexter follows a set of guidelines, The Code of Harry.
For easier disposal, Dexter generally dismembers his victims, packs them into trash bags, and drops them off his fishing boat into deep water. During Season Two, scuba divers discover some of the bodies, and they are labeled the Bay Harbor Butcher 18.
When it's learned that The Butcher seemingly only kills other killers, much of the public express support for the unknown figure (including Rita's own mother, who believed that he should be left alone). This leads to the creation of the Dark Defender, a comic book antihero concept based on the Bay Harbor Butcher.
By the end of the series, Dexter is known to have killed over 130 people.
When a renowned serial-killer-hunter, FBI Special Agent Frank Lundy, arrives in Miami to help with the investigation, Dexter takes steps to deflect suspicion away from himself. These actions include deleting video footage from his marina; moving his boat to a different location; changing his dumping site to the powerful Gulf Stream; sending an anonymous, confusing manifesto to the press; sabotaging the air conditioning unit for the field morgue; and planting evidence to frame Sergeant James Doakes.
Meanwhile, Doakes is growing ever more suspicious of Dexter. After the FBI finds a Blood Slide Box (that Doakes had stolen from Dexter's apartment) in Doakes' car, Dexter is ordered to analyze its 46 slides. He matches 18 of the blood slides to the 18 recovered Bay Harbor bodies. The other 28 slides are matched to missing persons and presumed to be dead. Further events seem to confirm that Doakes is 'The Butcher’ and the case is closed.
Dexter Morgan was able to successfully frame James Doakes for the murders (after an initial aim to avoid links to his kills). However, Doakes' former partner, Maria LaGuerta, cannot accept that Doakes is The Bay Harbor Butcher.
Upon noticing the similarities between the way that Travis was wrapped in plastic and the way she herself was wrapped by The Ice Truck Killer (who was only imitating Dexter), she searches Dexter's apartment. Debra finds his blood slides and kill tools and confronts him. To her horror, he admits to being The Bay Harbor Butcher. Rather than arrest Dexter, she chooses to prevent him from killing. After that fails, she simply lets him go his own way, reluctantly helping him at times .
Unfortunately, Captain Maria LaGuerta finds a blood slide with the blood of Travis on it, which is exactly like the kind of slides taken by the Bay Harbor Butcher. She begins to investigate the case again independently by looking into potential suspects (e.g. members of Miami Metro who own boats).
Upon learning that Dexter moved his boat to a different Marina during The Bay Harbor Butcher Investigation, LaGuerta suspects him of being the true killer. She continues looking into him and even arrests him at one point - but he is soon set free. (Dexter had planted evidence to make it look as if she was framing him.)
With Dexter feeling that he had no other choice, LaGuerta is captured by him and readied to be killed. Unexpectedly, Debra shows up on the scene and, after arguing with Dexter, LaGuerta is shot and killed by her, instead of Dexter. Debra then breaks down crying.
Victims Known to Police
- Bay Harbor Butcher 18
- Ken Olson (Dismembered body found in a train car)
- Jose Garza (Dismembered body found at the Cabin in the Everglades)
- Missing people that matched DNA in the First Blood Slide Box. The Bay Harbor Butcher 18 matched 18 of the 46 blood slides, leaving 28 others presumed dead.
Victims Unknown to Police
- Dexter's many victims that are not covered in the two previous categories. (see Dexter's Kill List)
- Dexter Morgan
- Kill Tools
- Kill Ritual
- Kill Room
- Slice of Life
- Dexter's Kill List
- Blood Slide Boxes
- Bay Harbor Butcher 18
- Dexter's modus operandi
- The Shipping Yard Massacre
- The Bay Harbor Butcher Investigation
- Frank Lundy
- Maria LaGuerta
- James Doakes
- Cabin in the Everglades
- Railroad Car