The Bay Harbor Butcher
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Character Profile
Portrayed By
Michael C. Hall
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
First Appearance
Appears in
96 Episodes
Full Name
Dexter Morgan (né Moser)
The BHB (Vince Masuka)
The Bay Harbor Bogeyman (Angel Batista)
The Dark Defender

35 (2006)
41 (2012)
1 February 1971
Personal Status
Marital Status
Rita Morgan (deceased)
Immediate Relatives
Harry Morgan (adoptive-father)
Doris Morgan (adoptive-mother)
Laura Moser (bio-mother)
Joe Driscoll (bio-father)
Brian Moser (bio-brother)
Debra Morgan (adoptive-sister)
Astor Bennett (step-daughter)
Cody Bennett (step-son)
Harrison Morgan (son)
Dean Moser (grandfather)
Emily Moser (grandmother)
8420 Palm Terrace #108
Miami FL, 33142
Professional Status
Blood-spatter analyst for Miami Metro Police, Homicide division
Serial killer
Killer Profile
"The Bay Harbor Butcher"
Number of Victims
134 (directly)
At least 14 (indirectly)
Modus Operandi
Large knife
Etorphine (M99)
Garrotting Wire
Surgical Tools
Hunting Knife
Killing Method
Sedates With M99
Ties Down With Shrink Wrap
Typically Stab To Heart
Method of Disposal
Bodies are sliced into pieces then in a bio-degradable bag dumped in the Gulf Stream.
Dexter (along with his brother Brian) witnessed the brutal murder of their mother in a cargo container at a very early age. After seeing Laura Moser chainsawed to pieces, they were then left in the cargo container for three days.

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The Bay Harbor Butcher was the name given by the press to the perpetrator of Dexter Morgan's mass murder of numerous killers in Miami. The name derived from Dexter's method of discarding his victims, in which they were sliced into pieces and sunk to the bottom of the ocean in garbage bags. Both Dexter and Special Agent Frank Lundy expressed disdain for the name.


When it became public that the Butcher only killed other killers, much of the public began expressing affection for the figure (including Rita's own mother, who believed that he should be left alone). This led to the creation of the Dark Defender, a comic book antihero concept based on the Bay Harbor Butcher.

Dexter was ultimately able to frame James Doakes for being the Bay Harbor Butcher, although his initial aim was to constantly avoid any links to the murders until the investigation would hopefully come to a halt. His former partner, Maria LaGuerta, never believed him to have been a killer, however.

Five years later, Debra Morgan witnesses Dexter murder Travis Marshall, aka the Doomsday Killer, and upon noticing the similarities between the way Travis was wrapped up in plastic and the way she herself was wrapped up by The Ice Truck Killer (who was himself actually imitating Dexter), she begins to search Dexter's apartment, only to find his blood-slides and kill tools, which leads her to conclude that Dexter is the real Bay Harbor Butcher. Rather than take him in, she chooses to try and help him get better and after that fails, she simply lets him go his own way, often helping him deal with his problems. At the same time, Captain Maria LaGuerta finds a bloodslide with the blood of Travis on it, which is exactly like the kind taken by the Bay Harbor Butcher. After this, she investigates the case independently by looking into potential suspects (i.e. members of Miami Metro who own boats) and upon learning that Dexter moved his boat to a different Marina during the Bay Harbor Butcher investigation in 2007, she suspects him of being the killer. She continues looking into him, but at the end of Season 7, she is shot and killed by Debra Morgan after learning the truth that Dexter Morgan is in fact, the real Bay Harbor Butcher. In the Series Finale, Debra Morgan's tragic demise forces Dexter to fake his death and self exiles himself to live a new life all alone, thus ending his reign as The Bay Harbor Butcher.

Known Victims

Assumed Victims

Victims Unknown to Police

  • All of Dexter's victims that are not covered in the two previous categories.


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