The Valedictorian Murder Case is a police investigation into the murder of a high profile high school valedictorian.


Jeremy Downs - A known killer who did time in juvie for a similar murder about ten years ago. He was later apprehended by the police and arrested for the murder. Jeremy later confessed to the murder to Dexter Morgan and later committed suicide out of guilt.

History of Killers

Jeremy Downs was a troubled kid who was in juvie for the murder of another young boy for no apparent reason. What he didn't tell the police is that he killed the boy because he raped him and was simply "taking out the trash". He later got out of juvie and tried to keep his murderous instincts in check but eventually couldn't take the pressure and eventually gave in.

Detectives on Case

  • Detective-Sergeant James Doakes - Ran point on the investigation and took Dexter's theory that the killer had prior experience seriously and eventually tracked down Jeremy Downs and arrested him for the murder.
  • Detective Pullman - Worked on the case with Doakes and helped arresting Jeremy for the murder.
  • Lieutenant Maria LaGuerta - Managed the personnel on the case while dealing with the Ice Truck Killer Investigation.

Other operatives involved in the case.

  • Forensics Blood Spatter Analyst Dexter Morgan - Worked on the crime scene since there was a lot of blood at the scene. He determines that the valedictorian's murderer had prior experience based on the path of the blade and eventually comes to the silent conclusion that Jeremy is the killer.


Valedictorian - A high school student who was very well known and his parent were high profile people which is why even as the Ice Truck Killer Investigation was heating up LaGuerta told Doakes and Simms to stay on the case.

Closure of Case

The case has been officially closed because of the overwhelming evidence and eventual arrest of Jeremy Downs for the murder.

Fate of Killer(s)

Jeremy Downs was sent to lock-up pending trial for the murder. Then, in an attempt to kill someone who deserved to die, killed himself.