Dexter is a forensic blood spatter expert for the Miami Metro Police Department. Based on a code given to him by his foster father, Harry, he survives ethically as a serial killer. He utilizes his expertise, often withholding evidence from the police so he can solve murders and kill the killers either before they kill again, or before they are caught by the police.
After serving in the United States Air Force, he joined the New York City Police Department. His career ...
Angel Juan Marcos Batista is a Detective in Miami Metro Police Department's Homicide Division. Batista works closely with Dexter during cases, often teaming up with him for his expert advice on serial killers. Batista, while unable to share Dexter's fascination with blood, appreciates the art of murder. In the novel series, Batista is not a detective, but a forensic officer who works alongside Dexter. He is also referred by himself and others as "Angel no-relation" in reference to former Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista.
Batista is basically good-natured, with a dry sense of humor. He is also totally honest, at the request of his beloved father on his deathbed. This later lands him in trouble, as it drives him to expose Doakes' killer instincts to the DA and, after having an affair with another woman, confesses his actions to his wife; she immediately ends their relationship, although it takes months for the painful separation to conclude. After three months of being on his own, Batista turns to spiritual enlightenment to alleviate his pain. Batista claims to be Dexter's best friend, much to Dexter's confusion, as he has never given Batista any reason to think so. Dexter eventually admits that Batista is the closest thing he has to a friend, period. Dexter has also admitted that if he was "normal", he would want to be a man like Batista.
In Season 3, Batista is promoted to Sergeant and made the department's new lead case investigator to replace the now-deceased Doakes. However it appears as his life as a divorced father is beginning to take its toll on Angel, risking his career to get a hooker who turned out to be a cop. After being set up to pick up another prostitute and acting the gentleman, Angel begins a relationship with the other officer; Barbara Gianna. He is obviously paranoid and overconscientious of the relationship, leaving her a long-winded message begging forgiveness for having to cancel dinner to work. However, Barbara finds this hysterically funny, brings him a take-out dinner, and their relationship appears strong. One indication as to the strength of their relationship is that after she is assaulted, it is suggested that he would have tried to kill the assailant (or at the very least violently beaten him), had Dexter not intervened and subtly calmed Angel down. He attends Dexter's wedding with Barbara as his date.
By the start of season 4, it appears that Angel is no longer dating Barbara but has a romantic involvement with LaGuerta, although this is kept hidden from those they work with. He also shows he doesn't wish for their relationship to become public, in fear that it will spin out of control after it becomes known. He looks to Dexter for advice, who then becomes an involuntary counselor between the two. As of "Hello, Dexter Morgan", they secretly get married with Dexter as witness.
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