|First appearance||Red John's Friends (mentioned)|
|Last appearance|| Red Sky in the Morning |
|Profession||Unknown, maybe farmer|
|Family||Dumar Tanner/Sheriff Ted Hardy (son; deceased)|
However no one believed him. He was sentenced and sent to Lompoc Prison where he shared the cell with Jared Renfrew . During his stint in jail, Tanner likely spilled the beans about Red John's identity as well as his M.O to his cellmate Jared Renfrew, which includes the exact depiction of the murder of Jane's family which never went public. As a result, Renfrew used the info as a leverage for Jane to help him to prove his innocence for a murder he was framed. It should be noted that Tanner was jailed in late 90's and Jane's family was murdered sometimes in 2003. This implies somehow Red John stayed in contact with Tanner. At some point before going to jail, Tanner had a son, Dumar, who later started going by the alias "Ted Hardy" and started working as a sheriff. Dumar wrote to his father every week until he died and was apparently also closely associated with Red John.
- ↑ In the DVD subtitles, it's spelled "Orval Tanner"