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Blood Slide Trophy

Blood Slide Boxes are objects in DEXTER and the Dexter Book Series. They served as Trophy Cases that housed the blood slides that Dexter Morgan collected from many of his victims.

  • Box One was used prior to the end of Season Two. It contained forty-six blood slides when it was stolen.

Collection of Slides

During a planned kill, Dexter usually collected a blood slide as a trophy. To do this, he would slice a victim’s cheek with a surgical scalpel and place a drop of blood between two microscope slides. Dexter enjoyed reminiscing over his collection of blood trophies. He would open the box and run his fingers gently across the top of the slides as the glass slightly clattered. At times, he referred to the slides as “friends."

Dexter didn't always collect slides as trophies. Rather, he spent his early years simply killing. The first of his blood slides was taken from Alex Timmons, a sniper. Thereafter, he continued to collect them whenever possible. In Season Two, the FBI recovered Dexter's blood box as evidence in The Bay Harbor Butcher Investigation. He then started a second box. However, in Season Seven, Dexter deliberately destroyed his second box while he cremated a victim. At this time, Dexter stopped collecting blood slides.

Storage of Slides

The blood slide box was kept hidden within a compartment inside Dexter's thru-the-wall air conditioner. When someone went near the air conditioner, Dexter became apprehensive. The unit was fully functional, so there was little reason for visitors to tamper with it.

Each box had storage for 50 slides, however, Dexter never managed to fill either one. Made with a polished oak finish, the boxes had white plastic holders for each slide, and were numbered down the sides. It's unknown if Dexter kept any identifying information elsewhere in the boxes to discern one victim from another.

First Blood Slide Box

First Box

First Blood Slide Box

Season 1

The viewers were first shown this box in the opening episode, when Dexter inserted Mike Donovan's blood slide into it next to his previous victims.

The existence of this box was known to Brian Moser, Dexter's older, biological brother. As part of a game, Brian took the slide that belonged to Valerie Castillo and scraped a "smiley face" in its blood droplet.

Following Dexter's murder of Jorge and Valerie Castillo, her body resurfaced as part of Brian's game. In fear that he could be identified by a child witness, Dexter nearly dumped his box overboard, in order to get rid of evidence against him. But as Dexter looked through his slides one last time remembering his kills, including those of Alex Timmons, Cindy Landon, and Gene Marshall, he noticed the smile on Valerie's slide. Feeling that this was a friendly message, Dexter decided to keep the box, and later added more slides to it. However, he did not add his brother, saying at the time of the kill that he was "not a trophy."

Season 2

Sergeant James Doakes became increasingly suspicious of Dexter and stepped up his investigation of him. When he broke into Dexter's apartment in search of evidence linking him to the Ice Truck Killer, he discovered the blood slide box. Doakes was unsure of what the box exactly meant, but was determined to find out. He stole the box, locked it in the trunk of his car, flew to Haiti, and asked an old friend to have the slides analyzed. However, while Doakes was out of the country, the box was found by the FBI after Special Agent Frank Lundy named Doakes as a suspect in the Bay Harbor Butcher.

When Dexter arrived home, he realized that the blood slide box was missing and panicked. Feeling that the FBI was closing in, his fears heightened when they knocked on his door and ordered him to to go along with them. Believing that he was finally exposed as a serial killer, Dexter quietly accompanied the FBI to the Miami Metro Police Department. As he was brought before Frank Lundy and Captain Tom Matthews, Dexter noticed his blood slide box sitting prominently on a desk. Dexter was told to sit down and put on gloves. Then Matthews blatantly (and somewhat coldly) asked him to explain the box of slides. In one word, Dexter said, "Trophies." Lundy agreed and revealed that the box was found in James Doakes' car and that he was their primary suspect. Dexter tried not to show his relief. Lundy, knowing that Doakes had previously attacked Dexter, assigned a protective detail to Dexter.

To Dexter's surprise, Matthews instructed Dexter to analyze and match the slides. To run the tests, Dexter took the box to his lab where he placed blood scrapings from the slides into multiple tubes. As he did this, he carefully returned each slide to the box. Then he thoroughly wiped the box to remove his own fingerprints. After the tests were completed, the box was closed and returned to evidence. Later, it was shipped off to FBI archives outside of Miami Metro Homicide's jurisdiction. Several years pass before first the box was seen again.

Second Blood Slide Box

Second Box

Second Blood Slide Box, before cremation

Season 3

Dexter bought the second box in the finale of Season Two. In "Our Father," while Dexter was at a dentist appointment, flashbacks showed him killing Cal Rooney and adding his slide to four others already in the new box (victims that he had killed between seasons). Dexter remarked in monologue that he had met "new people." This new box was stored in the same location as the previous one - inside his air conditioner.

Season 4

Dexter moved his kill tools and blood slide box into a shed located behind his house with wife, Rita. As in his apartment, the blood slide box was hidden in a compartment inside its air conditioner. It was in this location that Dexter broke Jonathan Farrow's slide after he realized that he had killed the wrong person.

Season 5

During "My Bad," Dexter decided to disappear and torched the inside of the shipping container where he then kept his kill tools, blood slide box, and files on potential victims. However, he took the blood slide box with him, not yet ready to part with it

Cole Harmon's blood slide was given to Lumen Pierce by Dexter after she witnessed the kill. Although Dexter collected a blood slide from Alex Tilden, he did not keep it since Lumen committed the kill.

Season 6

In "Smokey and the Bandit," Dexter managed to kill Walter Kenney, a serial killer that he once admired. As he inserted Walter's blood slide into the box, it teetered and crashed to the floor. This caused the slides to fall out and one to break. Dismayed, Dexter said that he had lost order.

Season 7

The box is shown with the slides placed neatly back inside it. Last season, Dexter had collected a blood slide from Travis Marshall, but he lost it at the crime scene. During the investigation, Captain Maria LaGuerta found the blood slide and it immediately stirred her curiosity. She remembered that during the Bay Harbor Butcher Investigation, she believed that Doakes wasn't responsible. After some detective work of her own, she gained authorization to obtain (off the books) the original blood slide box. As she endeavored to clear Doakes' name, she found a new suspect - Dexter Morgan.

Now, following increased pressure from Debra and the fact that Maria LaGuerta had found the blood slide, Dexter determined that he couldn't hold onto the box any longer and decided to destroy it.

Saying Goodbye

Dexter says goodbye to his "friends."

After Dexter claimed the life of Ray Speltzer in a crematory, he took one last look at the box and ran his fingers across the slides. Then he placed the box on Speltzer's chest, said that it was time to "move on," and pressed a nearby button. This forced Speltzer (and the box) to slide into the flames. Dexter bid farewell to his "friends" as the box burned to ashes along with Speltzer's body.

Box One - Unknown Placing

Box Two - Unknown Placing

These victims fit in somewhere between seasons.

On-Screen Trophies

Blood Trophy

A blood trophy is collected from Mike Donovan.

Victims that are shown on-screen or in flashbacks having, or implied to be having, their blood collected for a blood slide.

SEASON ONE - Trophies

SEASON TWO - Trophies

SEASON THREE - Trophies

SEASON FOUR - Trophies

SEASON FIVE - Trophies

SEASON SIX - Trophies

SEASON SEVEN - No Trophies

  • Dexter quit taking blood when he killed Ray Speltzer and destroyed his slide box, making this the first season where none of his victims had their blood taken. ("Run")

SEASON EIGHT - No Trophies

  • No blood slides were taken, nor were any seen.

No Blood Taken

PRIOR TO BLOOD SLIDES - No Blood Taken

SEASON ONE - No Blood Taken

SEASON TWO - No Blood Taken

SEASON THREE - No Blood Taken

SEASON FIVE - No Blood Taken

SEASON SIX - No Blood Taken

SEASON SEVEN - No Blood Taken

SEASON EIGHT - No Blood Taken

  • (Unknown Victims in six-month period between seasons)

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Trivia

  • When he was ten-years-old, Dexter went to a crime scene with Harry and took away a bloody piece of glass - a harbinger of his blood slides.
  • Dexter didn't collect blood trophies from at least 39 of his kills.