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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01x06 - The Fall
Season 1, Episode 06
03x03 - Exposed
Season 3, Episode 03
02x09 - Unmasked
Season 2, Episode 09
01x13 - Havenport
Season 1, Episode 13
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Joe Carroll Quotes

02x14 - Silence Season 2 / Episode 14: - Silence

Joe Carroll: Kingston, I am gonna offer you a choice. You can either pray to your God to save your son, or you can bow and pray to me. Which of us do you think has more power to save Preston's life?
Kingston Tanner: Please don't kill my son.
Joe Carroll: No, I'm gonna have to hear you say "God does not exist," and then throw in a "Praise Joe" for good measure.
02x11 - Freedom Season 2 / Episode 11: - Freedom

Joe Carroll: My big mistake last year was thinking way too small. No, Poe is never going to be the answer. No, more people are being killed in the name of religion than any other cause on Earth. Religion hides that violence in the language of peace. So... We are going to show the world the truth. Religion is not about love or charity - it is about blood, and sacrifice.
Joe Carroll: Here. [grabs a bible and reads to Emma] Matthew 10:34. "Jesus said, 'Do not think I came to bring peace on Earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I came to set a man against his father and a daughter and some other'" [looks authoratively at Emma] If the good preacher wants a holy war, then... well, we'll give him one. And the whole world shall bear witness.
Emma Hill: Okay then.
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