The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse by Dave Lebow

The Four Horsemen is a crime scene in DEXTER. The Four Horsemen is the third of the Doomsday Tableaus. At the scene, the body parts of Nathan Roberts are found on top of four horses with manequins riding them symbolizing the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.


The Four Horsemen on being discovered by Miami Metro

The CrimeEdit

Murder. Nathan Roberts is killed and dismembered at the Santa Maria de Laredo. His body parts are put onto mannequins riding four horses down the street wearing the Alpha-Omega sign on their heads.


The killer pretended to be hurt to get the victim's attention and then knocked him over the head with a rock, knocking him unconscious. He abducted the victim and took him to the church and made him beg for forgiveness for his sins against God. Once Travis is convinced that Nathan Roberts has truly repented he kills him by stabbing him with the Sword of John the Revelator. After taking a moment to breathe, the killer used a bone saw to dismember the body and attach each of the body parts onto four mannequins on top of four horses with the Alpha-Omega Sign on their heads. He then sets the horses off into the streets of Miami for all the people to see.


Nathan Roberts was chosen for unknown reasons as Travis Marshall's second Doomsday Victim, it is however likely that he has committed a sin against God as Travis felt he "sinned enough" to be the right victim. In his captivity of Nathan Roberts he consistently demanded that he repent for his life, which suggests that he was chosen because of his past.

What is clear however is the message, Travis is trying to convey the Judgement of Humanity with the scale and thus foreshadows his greater plan: the End of Days. This assumption on the scales is created by a theory from Detective Mike Anderson, one of the leading investigators into this case who was brought in later on in the investigation.

Clues and EvidenceEdit

At the scene, the clear evidence are the body parts attached to the mannequins on top of the horses. Further investigation reveals that they are in fact from one person, later revealed to belong to the Nathan Roberts.

Dexter Morgan makes note that this murder is reminiscent of the way in which his brother killed and displayed the bodies of his victims. Mike Anderson makes the suggestion that the killer is portraying the end of the world based on the fact that the four horses are pale, red, black, and white. The colors of the The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Upon further investigation after Dexter discovers a number within the eyelid of the victim Nathan Roberts (revealed to be 1242), then searches the body of Omar Rivera (which they recover from another crime scene) to no avail. A thought occurs to him to check the intestines and sure enough, lodged within them is a second number 1237.

It was later discovered that the murder weapon was a centuries old sword that once belonged to John the Revelator and that a Professor James Gellar was suspected of stealing it.

The numbers themselves are reference to 1260, counting down as each of these victims is killed in sequence. When the date of 1260 occurs, the End of Days is said to occur.

Victim(s) and Suspect(s)Edit

The victim in this crime was named Nathan Roberts, a 34 year-old Caucasian man who happened to be out for a jog only to become the unfortunate victim in a horrible death.

The suspects in this crime are various religious zealots and the primary suspect is Professor James Gellar once it becomes clear that the killer is obsessed with the end of the world. The actual killer however is Travis Marshall, a 33 year old Caucasian man who works at the Miami Museum of Art. Nathan becomes the second victim in the Doomsday Tableaus.

Detectives, Forensics and Other Agents on SceneEdit

The following law enforcement officials are present on scene, along with forensics:

Following, several more law enforcement officials become involved in the overall connected cases:


  • This is the only crime scene (so far) not to feature a forensic student.


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