Laura Moser
Laura Moser
Character Profile
Portrayed By
Katherine Kirkpatrick
First Appearance
Seeing Red
Last Appearance
Do You Take Dexter Morgan?
Full Name
Laura Lynn Moser

Manner of Death
Killed by Santos Jimenez under orders from Hector Estrada
27 (at death)
Light Brown
Personal Status
Marital Status
Immediate Relatives
Dexter Morgan (son)
Brian Moser (son; deceased)
Harrison Morgan (grandson)
Dean Moser (father)
Emily Moser (mother)
Professional Status
Police Informant
Blood spat
This Character is also a Dark Passenger

Laura Lynn Moser is a character on Showtime's series DEXTER. She was Dexter Morgan and Brian Moser's biological mother. She was brutally murdered in front of them when they were very young.


Little is known about Laura due to her limited screen time, but from what was shown, she cared deeply for both Brian and Dexter. Her habit of painting each of her fingernails a different color became a factor in the Ice Truck Killer Investigation thirty years later.

Early LifeEdit

Laura Lynn Moser was born on 20 June 1946 in Bannon, North Carolina to Dean Moser and Emily Moser. She graduated Sherman Valley High School in 1964 at the age of eighteen. Some time later, she met a man named Joe Driscoll and moved to Miami, Florida. With Driscoll, she had two sons -- Brian and Dexter.

Police Informant Edit

At some point, Laura began to use drugs. An arrest led to her working as a confidential informant for the Miami Metro Police Department. During this time, she formed a secret romantic relationship with Officer Harry Morgan.

Harry's goal was to collect evidence against a drug lord, named Hector Estrada. While helping Harry, Laura became fearful for herself and her boys, but Harry insisted that she continue her job for him and obtain drugs from the cartel. Harry promised to protect her.

When the drug dealers found out that Laura was a police informant and had a personal relationship with a police officer, Estrada targeted her to be murdered.

Shipping Yard Massacre Edit

On Wednesday, 3 October 1973, Laura Moser, her two young sons (Dexter and Brian), as well as three other drug users, were forced into the shipping container CBAN 348 9 by Estrada's henchmen: Santos Jimenez, Lipsey, and Welsh. Santos wielded a chainsaw, while the other two prevented anyone from escaping.

As Dexter and Brian witnessed the brutal dismemberment of their mother, they became permanently damaged. The boys were subsequently left in the shipping container for two days until police found them, sitting in blood. The trauma of seeing their mother butchered caused them to develop murderous urges. Because he was so young, Dexter did not remember what happened until three decades later. However, Brian, who was a little older, never forgot the experience.

Season OneEdit

Laura was first seen in the episode, "Seeing Red." Dexter had a flashback of her when he returned to the Marina View Hotel, and entered the room where the Ice Truck Killer had spilled his victims' blood. Dexter remembered her telling him to close his eyes and that she loved him. He also remembered himself crying as she was murdered by chainsaw. Laura was next seen in the episode, "Born Free." Dexter had another flashback when he went to her old house during his search for Debra, and remembered Laura playing hide and seek with both him and Biney (Brian) when they were young children.

Season TwoEdit

Laura was seen in Dexter's dream, where he saved her from Santos Jimenez and his accomplices as the Dark Defender, in the episode, "The Dark Defender." Following Lila West's advice, Dexter confronted his past and discovered that Laura was a police informant. In the episode, "Dex, Lies, and Videotape," Dexter listened to a recorded conversation between Laura and Harry. He learned that Harry had asked Laura to get some drugs as evidence from drug dealers, which eventually led to her being killed. Dexter also became aware that Laura and Harry had a personal relationship. (After Dexter learned of Harry's affair with Laura, he sometimes saw an illusion of the two of them together. Laura was the third person that Dexter envisioned, with the most prominent being Harry, and the second being his brother, Brian."

Season ThreeEdit

Main pages : Laura Moser (Passenger)

Laura made an appearance as an illusion, alongside Harry, in the episode, "Turning Biminese." Later, her police files show up for the first time in the episode, "Do You Take Dexter Morgan?" In this same episode, she was seen as an illusion, with Harry again, at Dexter and Rita's wedding.

Trivia Edit

  • Laura Moser was alluded to in Season Eight. The storm that blew through Miami in the final episode was called "Hurricane Laura".
  • Laura Moser's brutal murder was seen as the entire reason why Dexter felt a need to kill. This suggests that Hector Estrada can be held as (indirectly) responsible for the deaths of Dexter's victims.

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