Dexter Drill
The Kill Tools are Dexter's "tools of the trade," which he uses when he kills someone. His brother, Brian Moser, used similar kill tools and left his victims in pieces like Dexter (although he first drained their blood, neatly wrapped up the parts, and left them in plain-sight). Later on in the series, Dexter takes on an apprentice, Zach Hamilton, who likewise acquires his own set of kill tools, but he is murdered by another killer before he has the chance to use them. Dexter typically stabs his victims in the heart, but he also kills in other ways that include sawing out a neck, decapitation with a cleaver, and slashing or stabbing a carotid artery.
Kill Kit

Dexter's Kill Kit

Kill Tools aka Kill Kit

The Kill Tools are carried in a pocket Knife roll.

Power Tools

Supplemental Items

Plastic Sheeting

Plastic sheeting

  • M99 tranquilizer & syringes.
  • Lock pick set.
  • Luminol.
  • Duct tape.
  • Kill attire.
  • Black gym bag.
  • Blood spatter kit.
  • Bleach.
  • Flashlight.
  • Cotton.
  • Smelling salts.
  • Microscope slides.
  • Plastic sheeting / shrink wrap.
  • Black heavy-duty trash bags.
  • Rocks.

Other Kill Methods

TV Series

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Dexter decides to keep his slides, after seeing the smile.

In Return to Sender, Dexter plans to dump his kill tools along with his blood slide box into the bay, in order to leave behind no trace of his secret life should he becomes a suspect for the murder of Valerie Castillo. After he throws his kill tools overboard, he reminisces about his previous kills as he goes through the slides. He eventually notices a smile on the blood slide of Valerie (the work of his "new friend," the Ice Truck Killer). Realizing that his friend isn't angry, but is just testing him, he decides to keep his blood slide box.

Later on in the series, numerous bodies are discovered in Bay Harbor and the FBI arrive in Miami to oversee the work of the police in their efforts to identify and apprehend the Bay Harbor Butcher. In Resistance Is Futile, Sergeant James Doakes is informed by FBI Special Agent Frank Lundy that one of the Butcher victims, Anthony Rodrigo, got off the hook because of bad blood work. Having sensed something off about Dexter for years, Doakes is convinced that he may be behind the killings and may have purposely fudged the blood work to save Rodrigo for himself. Upon vetting Dexter and going through his apartment, Doakes finds his blood slide box and steals it to take for analysis in an overseas lab. However, he leaves the box in his car's trunk for the moment until he can confirm arrangements with his friend Leonis to have them analyzed in Nicaragua. This turns out to be a disastrous mistake. When Doakes departed from the country immediately after he walked out of his interview with Lundy, it made him a suspect in the case and allowed Lundy to get a warrant on his apartment and car, where the FBI find the blood slides. Doakes returns to Miami, but hides himself from the police until he can get convincing evidence that Dexter is the real culprit. His attempt to arrest Dexter fails, as Dexter manages to subdue him and lock him inside a cabin. In There's Something About Harry, Dexter gets Doakes to drink water with a sedative mixed inside, causing him to pass out. Dexter seizes this opportunity to put Doakes' fingerprints on his kill tools, in order to frame him for the murders. The tools are found by a Scuba Diving class, giving the police and the FBI further evidence of Doakes' guilt (Left Turn Ahead).

Dexter's newest kill tools are abandoned at the end of Monkey In a Box, when he captures his main adversary in the season (Oliver Saxon). Because of his longing to be with Hannah, Dexter decides not to go ahead with the kill. He leaves the tools behind as evidence against Saxon when he gets arrested. This plan fails, however, as Saxon gets freed by US Marshal Max Clayton and ends up killing Clayton (with one of Dexter's knives) and shooting Dexter's sister, Debra Morgan, whom Dexter had called to arrest Saxon.


Dexter kill tools
In the comics that follow the continuity of the novels, Dexter's kill tools are depicted for the first time on Issue #3.

Video Games

Dexter: The Game

Kill tools game
In the game, Dexter stores his tools in a wooden box with multiple compartments.

The tools depicted include but are not limited to:

  • Bone saw
  • Blade


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