Jan. 21, 2013
60 min.
FOX TV Network

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The Following

THE FBI estimates there are currently over 300 active serial killers in the United States. What would happen if these killers had a way of communicating and connecting with each other? What if they were able to work together and form alliances across the country? What if one brilliant psychotic serial killer was able to bring them all together and activate a following?

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James Purefoy was born and brought up in Somerset. After leaving school at the age of sixteen he took ...

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Joe Carroll ~ "Don't blame yourself for my actions. Those victims were mine!"

Born and raised in London, he moved to the United States where he studied and became a professor of literature.

He had a relationship with Claire Matthews, another professor at Winslow, whom he married and fathered a son, Joey. Claire told Joe she was pregnant in 2002.

As a serial killer, Carroll targeted female students that attended the university where he taught. He would gain control of them with his looks and charm or simply take them by suprise. He would then restrain them and torture them in a number of ways (the most common method was stabbing them in numerous non-fatal locations on the body), he then killed them by savagely eviscerating (mutilating) them. His signature for both the FBI and police was cutting out his victim's eyes, as a reference to his favorite Poe stories "The Black Cat" and "The Tell-Tale Heart", in which the eyes are a prominent part of the imagery within the stories.

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02x11 - Freedom
Season 2, Episode 11
02x03 - Trust Me
Season 2, Episode 03
02x12 - Betrayal
Season 2, Episode 12
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