The Seven Headed Serpent by Dave Lebow

The Seven Headed Serpent is a crime scene in DEXTER. The Seven Headed Serpent is the second of the Doomsday Tableaus and the first one displaying a victim. At the scene, the body of Omar Rivera is found sitting on the beach as it washed up to shore, mimicking a line from the Book of Revelation.

This crime scene is one of few that have a direct relation to another, The Scales of Justice. The direct relation between the two is the number 1237 (where there is a number found at every scene) but nowhere on Omar Rivera's body.

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The snakes emerging from Omar's body

The Crime

Body dump. Omar Rivera's body is dumped at this location, with seven baby snakes sewn into his body with the shape of an Alpha-Omega sign.


The killer dragged the victim's body from the first crime scene and took it to a secondary location. The killer then cut the Alpha-Omega symbol into Omar's chest and proceeded to place seven baby snakes into his stomach. He then sewed him back up and dragged the body out to sea. Then the killer dumped the body out at sea in a location where it would eventually wash to shore.


Omar Rivera was chosen for unknown reasons as Travis Marshall's first Doomsday Victim. It is however likely that due to his past record as a criminal involved in a drug operation that Travis felt he "sinned enough" to be the right victim. In the captivity of Nathan Roberts, Travis consistently demanded that he repent for his life, which suggests that both of the first two victims were chosen because of their pasts.

What is clear however is the message Travis is trying to convey the quote from the Book of Revelation, "I stood upon the sand of the sea, and I saw a serpent rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and upon his heads  the name of blasphemy." Thus foreshadowing his greater plan: the End of Days. This was discovered by Detective Mike Anderson, one of the leading investigators into this case who was brought in after the third tableau.

Clues and Evidence

At the scene, the clear evidence is the Body washed up at shore. Further investigation reveals that it is the body of the fruit vendor Omar Rivera.

Dexter Morgan makes note that the victim died of a stab wound and was put into the water post-mortem. Upon lifting up the victim's shirt reveals a symbol which Detective Joseph Quinn identifies as the Alpha-Omega. After noticing something moving in his stomach they cut him open to reveal seven baby snakes crawl out of his body.

Further analysis of the snakes done at the crime lab by Forensic Intern Ryan Chambers reveals that the snakes all came from the same mother and were living in hazardous waste site near or around the Everglades.

Victim(s) and Suspect(s)

The victim in this crime was named Omar Rivera, a 34 year-old Hispanic man who happened to be a Fruit Vendor. Omar is an ex-convict that was originally a part of a drug cartel and was associated with a man known as Brother Sam. He left the drugs behind and worked strictly with his Fruit, only to become the unfortunate victim in a horrible death.

The suspects in this crime are still unclear, none are named until Omar is identified at the crime scene. The actual killer however is Travis Marshall, a 33 year old Caucasian man who works at the Miami Museum of Art. Omar becomes the first victim in the Doomsday Tableaus, though his body is involved in two.

Detectives, Forensics and Other Agents on Scene

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 first crime scene to feature a single forensic student, who is named Peter.