The Bay Harbor Butcher Investigation was a police investigation into a series of killings of known killers that the justice system failed to prosecute or were let off easy. The case in itself was the second major case in the series and the biggest case in Florida's history at the time (over-doing the preceding case - Ice Truck Killer Investigation). The next major case after this one was the Skinner Case.


Brian Moser - Initially suspected of being more of his victims based on the fact that the bodies were dismembered. Eventually ruled out after it is discovered that the dismemberment doesn't match Brian's M.O and the victims were mostly male not female.

Ken Olson - He was the copycat killer of the real Bay Harbor Butcher. He attempted to kill the man responsible for the assault of his mother after he broke into her house. He was originally suspected of being the real butcher, but, because Olson was sloppy, he was cleared for those murders and was later suspected of copycating the real killer's M.O. and managed to evade the police. He was later killed by Dexter (the real killer) to discourage anymore vigilante attacks.

James Doakes - He was a Sergeant in the Miami Metro Homicide division. Doakes had a weird feeling about Dexter being the actual Bay Harbor Butcher, so Doakes followed him and attempted to find evidence pointing to Dexter as the real killer. However, he unintentionally set himself up as the killer and, when Doakes died in a blaze, his body and the dismembered body of an infamous criminal are found near eachother. The police viewed this as conclusive evidence pointing to Doakes as the Bay Harbor Butcher. In reality, Dexter had killed the notorious criminal using his own M.O. and left his corpse near Doakes's so that, when found, the police would think that Doakes is guilty.

Dexter Morgan (the true killer) - In the early stages of the investigation, Lundy suspected him, but he later suspected Doakes, not knowing that Dexter was a killer who needs to kill because of his Dark Passenger. Dexter is extremely skilled in hand-to-hand combat and used M99 to incapacitate his victims. Dexter has managed to kill well over a hundred people, all while evading the police. The only reason he managed to evade the police is because he was, in fact, a forensic investigator. In Season Seven, LaGuerta targeted Dexter as the main suspect in the Bay Harbor Butcher case. However, Dexter set her up as well, making it look like she framed him, which made her co-workers become suspicious of her and try to convince her to refrain from doing something she might regret. However, LaGuerta was eventually killed in her quest to clear Doakes's name. By the end of Season 8, Dexter escapes the justice system after killing Oliver Saxon and leaving his home-town to start a new life as a Lumberjack and giving up his reign.

Unsuspected KillersEdit

Lila West - While initially suspected that Doakes killed himself rather than getting caught, the police were unaware Lila actually killed him. Lila arrived at the cabin, turned on the gas, lit the stove, and locked Doakes in.

History of KillerEdit

Dexter was born to a single mother named Laura Moser and had an older brother named Brian Moser. When he was three, he witnessed his mother chopped up into pieces which formed his urge to kill. He was rescued from the blood filled container by a detective by the name of Harry Morgan. He spent the next remaining years of his adolescence being trained by Harry to control and release the urges to kill and how to avoid being caught. He channeled his urges by killing other killers. He eventually came to the decision of burying all his victims out at sea in Bay Harbor.

Detectives on CaseEdit

  • FBI Special Agent Frank Lundy - Worked on the case from the beginning of the case coordinating the Miami Metro officers and his fellow FBI agents.
  • Officer (then) Debra Morgan - Assigned to the Task Force from the beginning of the case using her experience with Brian Moser to help determine this killer's motives.
  • Detective (then) Angel Batista - Assigned to the Task Force from the beginning of the case. Acted as the supervisor of the Miami Metro officers part of the Task Force.
  • Lieutenant Esmee Pascal - Initially ran the Miami Metro personnel until she was fired from her position.
  • Captain (then) Thomas "Tom" Matthews - Appeared in the beginning of the case to help set up Lundy's Task Force and use the case to bolster his campaign for Deputy Chief.
  • Deputy Director Max Adams - Took over the investigation from Lundy after he let James Doakes to leave when he was a potential suspect.

Other operatives involved in the case.

  • Forensics Specialist Vince Masuka - He was brought in to cover the bodies since there was no blood.
  • Forensic Blood Spatter Analyst Dexter Morgan - Temporarily assigned to collect bone marrow samples. Later works the Train Yard Crime Scene after Lundy gets disturbed by Masuka.
  • Sergeant-Detective James Doakes (investigates Dexter himself, but is not part of the task force) -
  • Detective - Lieutenant - Captain Maria LaGuerta - Unofficially started investigating when Doakes is named the prime suspect to try and establish Doakes is innocent by alibiing him for some of the murders, but rendered moot when Doakes dies.
    • Later unofficially reopens the case when she finds a blood slide at the site of Travis Marshall's death. She investigates the disappearances of other criminals and comes to the conclusion that Dexter is the real Butcher.


The Bay Harbor Butcher 18Edit

Known NumbersEdit

  1. Unknown
  2. Unknown
  3. Unknown
  4. Unknown
  5. Unknown
  6. Oscar Sota
  7. Shannon Reynolds
  8. Chad Carpenter
  9. Joseph Cepeda
  10. Renzo Sandoval
  11. Jeff Linder
  12. Dylan Maddock
  13. Carlos Gutierrez
  14. Robert Thatcher
  15. Rick Jensen
  16. Unknown
  17. Unknown
  18. Marcus White

Unknown NumbersEdit

Other VictimsEdit

John Henry - Initially suspected of being an attempted victim of the Butcher. Later investigation reveals it was the work of a copycat killer named Ken Olson.

Ken Olson - Decapitated by the real Bay Harbor Butcher and left his body parts in Olson's original kill site as a message that he won't tolerate copycats.

Jose Garza & James Doakes - Police found the bodies after the cabin exploded. Was eventually ruled that Doakes killed Garza and then killed himself by setting the cabin to blow up in a gas explosion to avoid being caught. In reality, Dexter killed Garza to frame Garza and Lila killed Doakes after discovering Dexter is the Bay Harbor Butcher to protect Dexter.

Unofficial Investigation VictimsEdit

Fallout from CaseEdit

James Doakes' reputation as an officer of the law is ruined after he is labeled the Bay Harbor Butcher, after being framed by Dexter and (unknown to everyone, save Dexter) killed by Lila West. When LaGuerta reopens the case she is framed for planting evidence by Dexter and later killed by Debra to protect Dexter.

Closure of CaseEdit

The case is officially closed and James Doakes is labeled the Bay Harbor Butcher. Dexter Morgan, the real killer continues to kill more killers. After LaGuerta finds a blood slide near the scene of Travis Marshall's supposedly suicide five years later, she tries to reopen the case however she was killed by Debra Morgan after LaGuerta found out who Dexter was and thus, Dexter escaped justice again.

Fate of Killer(s)Edit

Dexter Morgan escaped justice and successfully frames James Doakes for the murders. Lila is eventually tracked down and killed by Dexter.

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