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Red John

Portrayed by Xander Berkeley
Simon Baker[1]
Name Thomas McAllister (real name)
Roy Tagliaferro (principal alias)
First appearance Red Hair and Silver Tape

Red Sky in the Morning (as Red John)[2]

Status Deceased
Last appearance Red John
Profession Serial killer (1988-2013)
Visualize's farm worker (?-1988)
Napa County Sheriff (?-2013)
Leader of the Blake Association (?-2013)
Family Rosalind Harker (former lover)
"Tyger, Tyger burning bright in the forests of the night. What immortal hand or eye could frame thy fearful symmetry?"
―Red John to Patrick Jane in Red Sky in the Morning, quoting The Tyger by William Blake

Red John is the alias of the central antagonist of The Mentalist. During a conversation with Gale Bertram in the Season 5 premiere, Patrick Jane bills Red John as "California's most notorious serial killer." Red John is a criminal mastermind who murdered nine women and one man, including Patrick Jane's wife and daughter, five years before the Pilot episode. This is confirmed by Patrick Jane in the origins episode, Red Dawn. In this episode, the CBI enlisted Patrick Jane. It is believed that Red John started his killing spree sometime in 1998, with convict Orville Tanner, since deceased, the father of Dumar Tanner, but his real first murder was in 1988. When he was young, he worked in a Visualize's farm before he becomes a serial killer. In the episode His Red Right Hand, it is revealed that his third and fourth victims, Carter & Janet Peak, husband and wife, were killed in 2000. Since then, he has killed many other people and remained unscathed, alive, and still on the loose until the sixth season episode Red John (episode) Patrick Jane catches up with him and strangles Red John to death with his bare hands near the graves of his wife and daughter.

During his period of criminal activities, he has some acolytes and operatives under his orders. The Blake Association, the personal network of Red John, is the main cause why Jane failed to catch the serial killer. In Red John's Friends, Red John use his network to locate easily the location of Jared Renfrew so he can kill him before the CBI catches Renfrew first. In the episode His Red Right Hand, the Blake Association arranges to destroy the surveillance systems of CBI when Rebecca Anderson kills Sam Bosco and his agents. Red John learns also the existence of Carter Peak's body through the Blake Association. He sent also one of his operative to kill Rebecca Anderson. In the episode The Crimson Hat, Red John has a FBI operative who informs him about the trap that Jane uses to catch him but he manages to escape it. In the episode Strawberries and Cream, Patrick Jane doesn't know Red John has two operatives in the list of suspect of Todd Johnson 's killer: Gale Bertram and Craig O'Laughlin. When Red John learns about Jane's plan who tries to capture him, he want to give to Jane a good lesson and sent his accomplice, Timothy Carter, to posing himself as Red John

The man that pretends to be Red John and is truly knowledgable about the death of Jane's wife and daughter in episode Strawberries and Cream, in the following episode Little Red Book only turns out to be an accomplice named Timothy Carter. Carter (posing as Red John) was killed by Jane, however the real Red John is still alive.

At the end of season five, the final Red John suspects are Bret Stiles (Visualize leader), Gale Bertram (Director of the CBI), Ray Haffner (former supervising agent at the CBI, and Jane's boss at the start of season 4), Reede Smith (FBI agent working in California), Bob Kirkland (agent for Homeland Security and friend of FBI California Chief Alexa Shultz), Thomas McAllister (a sheriff who worked on a crime case with the CBI) and Brett Partridge (forensic investigator for the CBI that Jane refers to as "a ghoul"). In Red John, McAllister reveals himself as Red John and Jane kills him.

In the end, Red John turned out to be Thomas McAllister, the bumbling sheriff who seemed to be the least likely candidate for the serial killer. This is precisely the theme the show wished to portray, that Red John was not a perfect man who saw-all, knew-all, did-all. He was simply "the man next-door". Most of the time, this is the case in true life serial killer scenarios, as well. 

The character

From the beginning, the character Red John remained unseen, his identity unknown to the audience and his face in the shadows or masked. However, Bruno Heller said in an interview that he might have already cast Red John and he might have already appeared in the series. In the episode Red Sails In The Sunset, Red John's accomplice, Lorelei Martins unintentionally told Patrick Jane he'd shaken hands with Red John. Writers have compared RJK to Waldo, a famous character for children who appears in the background. "You've got to look at it like Waldo" as Ashley Gable once tweeted in the official Mentalist Writer twitter account.

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Red John is revealed for the first time in season 6

He is also compared to Professor James Moriarty (a.k.a "the Napoleon of Crime"), the antagonist of Sherlock Holmes, whose stories are known for using a web of followers to commit crimes. Heller describes Red John as Jane's White Whale, Moby Dick of Melville's book, the obsession that destroys Captain Ahab.

Red John first appeared in the deleted scene of the pilot episode, sitting on a lounge chair, watching news on TV holding a remote control with his right hand. Another appearance is in the episode Red is the New Black in which he sits listening to his former lover, Rosalind Harker, converse with Jane. Red John holds a cup of tea with his left hand. This might strengthen the argument that the antagonist is probably right handed, because most people hold their drinks with their weaker hand. In Red John's appearance in "Red Sky in the Morning," he is dressed in a Grim Reaper black cloak and a distorted mask. In the pilot, Dr. Linus Wagner kills two people Red John-style and is shown wearing a hooded grim reaper gown. Since Red John never leaves survivors, it makes no sense that Wagner would have the prescience or knowledge to wear what Red John wears two seasons later. One clue, undeciphered by any viewer, was dropped by Bruno Heller during an interview, where he said that the killer "likes Cold"

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Red John smile of Patrick Jane's bed

Red John appeared fleetingly as a shadowy figure escaping from the abandoned house in the first-season finale. He wears a black hooded sweatshirt or robe when he killed Janet and Carter Peak in "His Red Right Hand"

The character of Red John is referred to as "he". Many of his known-accomplices refer to him as a male (which is most statistically common for serial killers). In the final episode of the second season, Red John donned a distorted mask, black hooded robe and cowboy boots. The few parts of Red John that have been visible, e.g., the hands holding a tea cup in Red Is The New Black have been definitely masculine. 

It is noteworthy that the writers and executive producers Ashley Gable and Bruno Heller were not the only people involved in writing Red John-centric episodes. Starting from the season three, a pool of writers contributed to Red John episodes such as Tom Szentgyorgyi The Blood On His Hands and Daniel Cerone Red Queen.

The actor who played him, Xander Berkeley, said to TV Guide that he was "stunned and flattered," when he discovered that he was Red John, and that "earning this little place in pop-culture history was the last thing I ever expected. Truth be told, I thought I was a red herring".

Appearances/Physical Description/Personality

To date, the character of Red John has made two definite and four possible appearances. The killer's first appearance showed only his hands holding a teacup while he watched Jane in the season one finale, "Red John's Footsteps," and in the same episode, running from his hideout when Cho and Rigsby stormed the abandoned house where Maya Plaskett was being held captive. The second appearance was in the second-season finale, "Red Sky in the Morning," when he saved Jane from being killed by the college student copycat murderers Dylan and Ruth. His next appearance was when he paid a visit to his paramour Rosalind Harker, leaving the dead body of the morgue attendant as a sign.

Other possible Red John's appearances: When his accomplice Rebecca Anderson was walked off,
Red John Disguised 01

(S2E8-His Red Right Hand)You can see the back side of RJ. The viewer knows it's him because one frame earlier Rebecca has the brightest smile on her face -- you can see the love in her eyes. and smile.

we can see a person poisoning her in "His Red Right Hand"(2x08), but his face remains unseen. It is not known whether the poisoner was Red John himself or another accomplice. However, Rebecca did seem delighted and proud to see him, so it's very likely that it was Red John. Some believe that the "mystery man with the cap" who appeared earlier in that episode (caught in CBI HQ CCTV just before Rebecca killed Bosco) is Red John, so maybe this was a second possible appearance. Some theorize that a third possible appearance (a reflection in a computer screen) occurred when Red John was instant-messaging with Lisbon's team (using the alias "Dr. Joe N. H.") in "Red John's Friends". However, it's more likely the reflection we see is Patrick Jane's face. In the episode "Red Queen", the cyclist seen riding through the CBI car park has been discussed as a possible Red John appearance. The cyclist
Red John Disguised 02

(S2E8-His Red Right Hand)Another picture of RJ's backside -- he appears to be very lean.

had red accents in his clothing, but it has not been shown that Red John favors the color red outside of blood. It might also have been his insider, Craig O'Laughlin, who didn't appear in the episode. Another possible appearance of RJK, according to some viewers is in the final moments of the Crimson Hat episode. Jane and Lisbon reunite on a heap of sand, as an LVPD (Las Vegas Police Dept.) cruiser whizzes past
Red John killing Rebecca

(S2E8-His Red Right Hand)Red John passes by and pricked Rebecca with some sort of poison. He has short black hair and appears to be very fit.

them, siren screaming. It might imply that Red John was inside the police cruiser (pictured) since the sting operation to catch the killer involved only the CBI and to some extent the FBI (with the intervention of Darcy to stop RJK). So the LVPD was not involved at all. This might also imply that Red John was making his phone call from the police cruiser while using the late Luther Wainright as a stand-in in the limousine. Of all these cited appearances, Red John as the poisoner and as the man in the cap seem the most plausible by now.
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Possible Red John with a cap, frame by His Right Red Hand


(S2E8-His Red Right Hand): Red John silhouette

Only six episodes have focused on Red John, in spite of him being the show's (and Jane's) main antagonist. He appears to be a Caucasian male of average height. Since his killings date back to the 90s, Red John is probably at least in his late 30s or 40s. In Red Rover, Red Rover, a young girl named Haley, who had met what was probably the real Red John face to face, told Jane that he was white, wearing a baseball cap and that he had an odd voice. In Red Sky in the Morning, Red John speaks with a high-pitched voice. From the care Red John has taken to elude the authorities,the possibility cannot be ruled out that he was using a voice-altering device. He speaks with the same voice in The Crimson Hat. In the episode Red John, McAllister uses the voice again when talking to Patrick, revealing that it was just a simple change in his voice he did to mask his identity.

In The Red Tattoo, a dying Kira Tinsley told Patrick Jane that Red John has a tattoo of three dots on his left shoulder.

Patrick Jane has commented that "Red John thinks of himself as a showman; an artist. He has a strong sense of theater," which is evident in his use of the Smiley Face. Jane adds: "... the first thing that anyone sees is the face on the wall. You see the face first and you know. You know what's happened and you feel dread. Then, and only then do you see the body of the victim. Always in that order."

In an extra scene of the Pilot, Jane describe Red John and his life:
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Is Red John that watching TV, in a deleted scene of Pilot?

"He is a very ordinary looking man, mid thirties, medium height, thinning brown hair. He’s methodical and tidy, keep himself very clean. He has a small speech impediment that he’s deeply ashamed of. He works at a clerical job, and lives with his mother or a sister in a single story blue house with a citrus tree in the front yard. Lemon, I think". "He doesn't have partners, he has tools," Jane says. Red John takes great pleasure in the suffering of others, He has a fascination with Jane - As Bret Stiles points out, "It's a kind of love, Patrick." Red John is a narcissist and is angered by people acting like they know him, even more so by those who slander him, which was clearly shown when he killed Jane's wife and daughter when Jane insulted him on a talk show, and when he killed a woman who insulted him when she called him a "beast" on a talk show. What also angers him is when copycats do "cheap imitations" of his work, and he will kill them for their presumption. However, he did not apparently go after Dr. Linus Wagner, who copycatted him in the Pilot. This could be either because he may have been unaware that he was the one who had done it, he may not have had the time to plan his attack or he

Siren wailing. Lightstobe flashing and Red John passing?

didn't try because Wagner's copycat murder was very nearly perfect (except he placed the smiley face in the wrong place) or because he copycatted him to pin the crime on him and not out of some form of delusional idolization, like his two later copycats. Or it's a disconnect because the writers hadn't completely thought through the character to make his behavior consistent.

According to Rosalind Harker, Red John is "Just under 6 feet tall. Not muscular but not soft, either. Short straight hair... a gentle voice. Rough, strong hands. He smelled of pine and nail and earth... and he liked to listen to me play the piano." He especially enjoys the music of Bach.

Each one of Red John's accomplices has seen him as god-like, a messiah figure. Because of this, they are willing to do anything Red John asks them to. They see his commitment to killing as something of a liberation. From the apparent devotion of his accomplices, it could be suggested that Red John might be running a cult. Some accomplices eagerly accept death are a sacrifice to Red John. His known accomplices have mostly been closet psychopaths who appear completely normal. Jane refers to John's accomplices as "disciples".

Red John hand with his knife

Red John is extremely intelligent, a match for Jane, as seen from his ability to outwit him time and again. He has twice hacked into the CBI computers without being detected. He sets up phony companies and bank accounts to keep his identity a secret. Possibly a symptom of his narcissism, Red John also appears to pay close attention to talk shows (or subscribe to a service that picks up mentions in the media) in case he is spoken of unfavorably since he kills the people who do so (such as James Panzer and talk show host Jacqueline Sandoval) on the same night that the shows on which they denigrate him air. Finally, Red John is a master manipulator, evident in his ability to get people to trust him.

Red John may also have something of a scent fetish, since he memorized very specifically what Patrick's wife and daughter smelled like when he killed them, information he passed on to Timothy Carter so he could impersonate him.

When Bret Stiles calls Red John's preoccupation with Patrick "a kind of love," he hits the nail on the head. Red John loves attention. And no one gives Red John more than Patrick. Red John is a showman; he's performing. And he delights having such a discerning audience. The brilliant Patrick Jane, whose life is devoted to deciphering every one of his moves. His life would be diminished without Jane.
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The shadow of a Blake Association member (purportedly Red John), about to kill Kira Tinsley

While some have expressed discomfort with a thorough exploration of a psychosexual component to Red John's obsession with Jane, no analysis of the killer would be complete without it. Many Wikia readers have expressed interest in such an analysis. What follows is an evaluation of Red John from a clinical psychologist. Over the course of the series, quotes like "It's a kind of love," and "he wanted you badly," as well as actions like saving Patrick's life, then stroking his shoulder and chest lovingly and, in the Crimson Hat, releasing him alive despite Patrick having duped him (many people have been killed for less), all point to a deep attraction. Rebecca Anderson, Bosco's assistant and Lorelei, Red John's mistress have told Jane that he and Red John are very much alike. Psychotherapists theorize that "there's a desire to merge here," on Red John's part. Red John wants Patrick to be like him. And perhaps he wants to be like Patrick. Red John could have had Lorelei bail Patrick out of jail, take him for a drink and then drop the bomb about who sent her and why. The further step of having her sleep with him was, as therapists say, diagnostic. There's a strong sexual component on Red John's side of the equation. Not necessarily conscious and not necessarily anything he would act on. By proxy, through Lorelei, Red John now has the most intimate knowledge of Patrick. And the cherry on the sundae for Red John, is that he got that knowledge without Patrick's consent.

This attraction is one-sided. Jane's interest in Red John is about revenge. But Patrick is brilliant, well-read and possessed of deep insight into the human psyche. When he talks about Red John "getting his heart's desire" in recruiting him, he shows he has the psychological astuteness to understand what's going on.

Sophie Miller said on Red John, who use the fake name "Jay Roth": "Preliminary diagnostic session with Jay Roth. Mr. Roth came in complaining of a recent issue with severe acrophobia (fear of high places). He’s middle-aged, in good health, with no stated prior history of psychiatric issues. He has no living family, but many friends on whom he relies for company and emotional support. He’s well-spoken, good posture, self-possessed. In the waiting room, he sat calmly in one place, needing no distraction. Though I note, he is an excellent whistler. His self-presentation is pleasant, but there are hints in his behavior of a damaged and narcissistic personality. He says he deals with conflict and adversity easily, though. I’m not convinced he’s being truthful about this. In fact, much of what he said, though spoken convincingly, did not match what I can only call my instinctive response to his presence, though I cannot point to identifiable clinical behaviors that indicate this. I sense something deceptive and dark in his emotional makeup. However, there is every indication that his phobia issues are real whether acrophobia or some other (in actuality, Red John fears pigeons; fear of birds is named "ornithophobia") issue remains to be seen. An interesting case. I look forward to further sessions with him."

In Red John, in response to Jane's assessment of him as an "evil, sexually perverted sociopath with delusions of grandeur," Red John says he will own up to being evil, sexually perverted and a sociopath. However, since he runs the secret criminal organization The Blake Association and exercises great power through it, he disagrees with the part about "delusions of grandeur." He says: "I have no delusions. I built a secret empire. I control the lives of thousands of people. My word is life and death. And nobody knows who I am. Now if that's not grandeur, I don't know what you call it." In the same episode, Red John says Jane has been a fun and challenging opponent who has played the game well and seems disappointed that Jane is uninterested in hearing the details of his crimes. Red John also claims to really be psychic.

The Smiley Face

"And water'd heaven with their tears: / Did He smile His work to see?"
―William Blake, The Tyger

Red John draws a Smiley Face ("The crying smiley") as a signature to his killings. This smiley face is drawn with the blood of the victim, clockwise, using three fingers of his rubber-gloved right hand, according to the observation that Brett Partridge came up with. However, because the blood hasn't yet congealed when he draws it, the face looks like it's crying. Patrick Jane says in the first episode, Pilot, that "Red John thinks of himself as a showman, an artist. He has a strong sense of theater." Concerning Red John's Smiley Face signature, Jane says "... the first thing that anyone sees is the face on the wall. You see the face first, and you know. You know what's happened and you feel dread. Then, and only then, do you see the body of the victim. Always in that order."'

Modus operandi

Red John kills his victims with "a frenzy of stabbing and cutting with subsequent abuse of the viscera" according to the coroner in the pilot. His weapon of choice, which he is seen wielding in a flashback in His Red Right Hand and when killing one of his copycats in Red Sky in the Morning, appears to be a linoleum knife, which has a short, curved blade. This is the type of knife Patrick buys when fabricating the evidence against Thomas Maier in the murder of James Panzer. It was mentioned in the Pilot that he uses a taser to incapacitate his victims and binds them with plastic flex cuffs before stabbing them. In a scene depicting his early

Red John's weapon according to Jane: edged weapon with rubber haft and arched blade (4x11)

 years as a serial killer in His Red Right Hand, he is seen slashing a woman's throat and stripping her without using either. Most victims are apparently undressed before they are killed, either down to their underwear or completely. Red John has painted the toenails of the two victims red with her own blood. One of these two victims was Patrick Jane's wife. With the other, he did this with intent to lure Jane into a trap at the end of Season 1. He also changed his m.o., sometimes, using guns, fire, poison. 



Red John in one of his first visible appearances, in Red Hair and Silver Tape, in his role of Sheriff of Napa County.

Red John's victims are mostly female. However, he has killed men when it was necessary, but it's likely he derives little gratification from the act (except, probably, his first murder at barn in Elliston). The copycat incident in Red Sky in the Morning marked the first time Red John is depicted using a gun in a murder (though he may have killed Dr. Towlen Morning, who was also shot (but it's never confirmed that he and not one of his accomplices, possibly Rebecca Anderson, was the killer). It would appear Red John abides by some form of twisted code in choosing his victims, as he deliberately did not kill the innocent boy who was being threatened by the two copycats, choosing instead to shoot him with a nonlethal but incapacitating shot. Rather, he spared the boy because he had no reason to kill him, and spared Jane because he enjoys having a worthy adversary or as Bret Stiles put it, "It's a kind of love," something with a deep psycho-sexual component. For Red John, the most important part of his killings is the "show," he doesn't care much about the victims. Probably the classical victims (alone women in their houses) was a kind of training or an early phase, because, then, Red John affirm that he has a mission. Rebecca Anderson said that he has a mission of peace and illumination. Red John, more than a classic hedonistic and sadistic or ruler killer (like Ted Bundy) or a person who does it just to get attention (like "Happy face killer" Keith Hunter Jesperson), can be definited a missionary serial killer, with a fool and particular plane, and much charisma and followers (as Charles Manson, for example).


"If there's one thing I can't tolerate, it's cheap imitations of my work."
―Red John in Red Sky in the Morning

Jane compared him with Elvis Presley in terms of popularity and followers. More than disciples and accomplices he has many copycat-killers. He hates imitations of this work, except when he himself is behind them. His copycats are Ruth, Dylan and their forced accomplice Wesley Blankfein/Grady Shipp, who killed Marley Sparrow in his name as part of a snuff film, Dr. Linus Wagner, who killed two people, Allison Randoph and Gregory Tannen, to frame Red John and draw suspicion from himself, and Timothy Carter, a child kidnapper and member of his network who pretended to be him to get Patrick to kill him. After his acquittal for the murder of Timothy Carter/Red John, Jane framed the dead Thomas Maier, father of James Panzer's first victim, Molly, as the killer of Panzer in order to cover up the fact that Red John was still alive. 

Known Victims

Victims of Red John, with years, locations and other information.


Red John has killed around 36 or more victims. Including the help of his accomplices, the body count is around 50 victims.

NB: There are also some unknown victims appearing in the "Red John files," called "Jane Doe" (not included among the following names).

'The Bodies in the Barn'

  • Victims: Martin Talbot and Allen Charney
  • Date: 1988
  • Location: Elliston
  • Information: The Visualize Barn Murders (two men, both were bound by the hands and killed in an unspecified way, maybe injured by shotgun pellets and finished with knife; almost certainly killed by Red John himself)

'Red John and Orville Tanner'

  • Victim: Unnamed female
  • Date: 1998
  • Location: San Angelo County?
  • Information: Killed with Orville Tanner's help (according to the Red John files (in this case a newspaper article) this victim could've been the woman that's mother of three sons; Tanner revealed at his trial that the true killer is Red John)

'As The Smiley Face Killer'

  • Victim: Unnamed female
  • Date: 1998 or 1999
  • Location: Unknown
  • Information: RJ, in this time, is still called " The Smiley Face Killer." The articles also claimed that "the murders are connected"

'The Peaks and Red John's Mistake'

  • Victims: Janet Peak and Carter Peak

    Jane's reconstruction of Janet Peak's murder by Red John.

  • Date: 2000
  • Location: Stockton?
  • Information: The third and fourth victims, according to the classic original count of victims. Carter's death was incidental; Red John fought him, then stabbed him in the torso, slashed his throat, and buried the body in concrete; first known male victim; probably Red John left his DNA on Carter's body.

'The Body Count Rises'

  • Victims: Five unnamed females
  • Date: 2000-2003
  • Locations: Unknown
  • Information: Some unseen victims have names, visible in Red Dawn: Flusfeder, D

'The Jane Family'

  • Victims: Angela Ruskin Jane and Charlotte Anne Jane
  • Date: May 18, 2003 (night of a full moon)
  • Location: Malibu
  • Information: Tenth and eleventh victim; ninth and tenth female victim. Angela (Patrick's wife) toenails were painted with her own blood. Killed as a vendetta because Patrick Jane taunted him on TV

'Another Victim'

  • Victim: Unnamed female
  • Date: 2004-2008
  • Location: Unknown
  • Information: None

'Michael Kirkland'

  • Victim: Michael Kirkland (probable)
  • Date: 2004
  • Location: Unknown
  • Information: Accomplice of RJ; twin-brother of Bob Kirkland; his body has never been found.

'Red John's Plan for Lorelei'

  • Victim: Miranda Martins
  • Date: 2007
    Roy Miranda

    The name Roy drawing by Miranda Roman

  • Location: Unknown warehouse
  • Information: Sister of his future accomplice Lorelei Martins; abducted, raped, and left for dead; died of heat stroke; Jane attributed the murder to RJ/Roy Tagliaferro himself, in 2012; killed with help from Jason Lennon & Julia Howard.

'The Writing on the Wall'

  • Victims: Jared Renfrew and Juana Porfiria Braga
  • Date: 2009
  • Location: Tijuana, Mexico
  • Information: Jared, former cell inmate with Red John's accomplice, Orville Tanner, wrote on the motel's bathroom wall with his own blood, the words, "He is Mar" (likely to be an unfinished phrase). 

'Setting a Trap for Patrick Jane'

  • Victim: Emma Plaskett
  • Date: 2009
  • Location: San Angelo County
  • Information: Her toenails were painted with her own blood, like Jane's wife, to challenge Patrick; with Dumar Tanner's help.

'CBI Murders'

  • Victims: Dr. Towlen Morning, Marlon Hicks and Rebecca Anderson.
  • Date: 2009
  • Location: Stockton (Morning and Hicks); Sacramento (Anderson)
  • Information: Morning was Carter Peak's family doctor; shot in the head and frozen. Red John cut the throat of Hicks, when Hicks was investigating the office of Dr. Towlen Morning. Rebecca Anderson was an RJ accomplice; poisoned; almost certainly killed by Red John with the help of Reede Smith.[3]

'Another Victim'

  • Victim: Jacqueline Sandoval
  • Date: 2010
  • Location: Lake Tahoe, Nevada
  • Information: Journalist; she did interview with Kristina Frye on TV, and called him "a beast"

'The Copycat Incident'

  • Victims: Dylan and Ruth
  • Date: 2010
  • Location: Salinger Mill
  • Information: Because Red John hates cheap imitations of his work, Red John shot and killed Dylan, and shot Ruth in the abdomen, and then cut her throat.

'Covering Up the Evidence'

  • Victim: Ron Deutsch
  • Date: 2011
  • Location: Sacramento
  • Information: Accomplice of Red John. Ron Deutsch was the bald mall security guard seen pointing a gun and approaching Patrick Jane, as one of the first mall security guards on the scene after Jane shot and killed Timothy Carter. Deutsch is the one who hid Timothy Carter's gun from the crime scene and erased Timothy Carter's cell phone history. Deutsch was later found electrocuted with a hair dryer in a water-filled bathtub. Killed by Red John, Deutsch's murder attributed to RJ by Patrick Jane in 4x02 (Jane surmises: what would a bald man (Ron Deutsch) be doing with a hair dryer?)

'Red John's Favor to Patrick'

  • Victim: James Panzer
  • Date: 2011
  • Location: San Francisco
  • Information: Patrick tricks James Panzer, a serial killer, into belittling Red John on air, in order for RJ to kill Panzer.

'What's in Rosalind Harker's Closet?'

  • Victim: Baris Acar
  • Date: 2012
  • Location: Sacramento or San Angelo County
  • Information: Baris was a morgue attendant.

'Trouble with Lorelei Martins'

  • Victim: Lorelei Martins
  • Date: 2013
  • Location: Sacramento
  • Information: Lorelei Martins was a Red John accomplice, who turned against RJ after learning that he killed her sister Miranda. Lorelei fails in avenging her sister's death.

'Retaliation against Patrick Jane'

  • Victim: Eileen Turner
  • Date: 2013
  • Location: Sacramento
  • Information: In retaliation for Patrick Jane's knowledge that the two have met before; killed with the help of Miriam Gottlieb, who kidnapped Caitlyn, the daughter of Eileen.

'Brett Partridge'

  • Victim: Brett Partridge
  • Date: 2013
  • Location: Sacramento
  • Information: Forensic investigator for the CBI, that Patrick referred to as a "ghoul". Brett Partridge was an accomplice of Red John, and a member of the Blake Association. It is later revealed that Brett switched Red John's DNA results with a John Doe in a plan to stage his death and frame another member of the Association as Red John and was killed to tie up loose ends. Red John uses Brett Partridge as bait to capture and subdue Lisbon in 6x01 ('The Desert Rose').

'What's in the Oven?'

  • Victim: Sophie Miller
  • Date: 2013
  • Location: Sacramento
  • Information: Jane's therapist after the death of his wife and daughter; Red John talked with her for information on Patrick Jane; her head was put in her house oven.

'Saving Jane Again'

  • Victim: Charlie
  • Date: 2013
  • Location: Napa County
  • Information: Jane was working a case in Napa. While investigating, he is taken hostage by the killer, Charlie. While Charlie attempted to flee on the roof of the cathedral, McAllister/Red John climbs up a ladder and shoots Charlie in the chest, in order to save Jane's life. This is the second time Red John has saved Jane's life.

'Kira Tinsley'

  • Victim: Kira Tinsley
  • Date: 2013
  • Location: San Francisco
  • Information: A private detective hired to spy on the CBI team; murdered after she was caught by Jane and because she could identify her client, whom Jane knew was Red John; as she was dying, she told Jane that her attacker has a tattoo with three dots on his left shoulder, mark of the Blake Association. This is later revealed to be part of a plan for Red John to stage his own death and frame another member of the Association as Red John. 

'Bombing at Jane's House'

Survived Victims

Red John's victims who were not killed, but injured or abducted.

'A Trap for Patrick Jane'

  • Survived victim: Maya Plaskett
  • Date: 2009
  • Location: San Angelo County
  • Information: Not killed; abducted and held captive with the help of Dumar Tanner; rescued.

'The Copycat Incident'

  • Survived victim: Wesley Blankfein
  • Date: 2010
  • Location: Salinger Mill
  • Information: Copycat; shot in the leg.
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Red John Smiley Face, drawing on Lisbon face, is a bit different by his classic trademark

'Kristina Frye'
  • Survived victim: Kristina Frye
  • Date: 2010
  • Location: Sacramento
  • Information: Not killed; abducted and left in catatonic state.

'Teresa Lisbon'

  • Survived victim: Teresa Lisbon
  • Date: 2013
  • Location: Sacramento
  • Information: Used Brett Partridge as a bait. Not killed; tazed and with the smiley drawn on face.

'Bombing at Jane's House'

  • Survived victims: Patrick Jane, and two members of Blake association and Red John's suspects: Gale Bertram and Reede Smith.
  • Date: 2013
  • Location: Malibu
  • Information: Bomb explosion; survived unharmed. McAllister faked his own death to help frame Gale Bertram as Red John

Victims Killed by Red John's Accomplices


People killed by Red John's 'accomplices on his orders or in some other way caused by him.

'At the Farm'

  • Victim: Unnamed male police officer
  • Date: 2009
  • Location: San Angelo County
  • Information: Shot by Dumar Tanner while trying to escape from custody.

'Bosco's Team'

'Framing Hightower'

  • Victims: Todd Johnson
  • Date: 2010
  • Location: Sacramento
  • Information: Serial killer and friend of RJ; set on fire; killed by Craig O'Laughlin.

'Framing Hightower'

  • Victim: Manuel Montero
  • Date: 2011
  • Location: Sacramento
  • Information: Todd Johnson's accomplice; stabbed in the back; killed by O'Laughlin to frame Hightower for his and Johnson's murder, attributed to him by Patrick Jane in 3x16.

'Hightower's Cousin'

  • Victim: Max James
  • Date: 2011
  • Location: Sacramento
  • Information: Hightower's cousin; died from heart attack: tortured to death unintentionally by Anthony Gupta.

'Michael Takashima'

  • Victim: Michael Takashima
  • Date: 2011
  • Location: Sacramento
  • Information: Alan Dinkler's roommate.

'Explosion at the Gas Station'

  • Victim: Alan Dinkler
  • Date: 2011
  • Location: Sacramento
  • Information: Blown up by Anthony Gupta.

'Officer Down!'

  • Victims: Male police officers Cole and Mayers
  • Date: 2011
  • Location: Unknown
  • Information: Shot to death by Craig O'Laughlin.

'Car Chase'

  • Victim: Luther Wainwright
  • Date: 2012
  • Location: Las Vegas
  • Information: CBI chief; abducted by Lorelei Martins, and killed in gunfire with FBI.

'Lennon's victims'

  • Victims: Five unnamed females
  • Dates: Unknown
  • Location: Unknown
  • Information: All the women were residents at a women's shelter where Jason Lennon was a trustee. He had the manager, Julia Howard, pick them up and deliever them to his house. He would then bind their hands and feet with fishing line, rape them and then strangle them to death and disposed of them in an unknown manner.

'Bob Kirkland'

  • Victim: Robert Kirkland
  • Date: 2013
  • Location: Sacramento
  • Information: Shot to death by Reede Smith and covered up to look like the driver killed him while trying to escape.

'"Red John" revealed'

  • Victim: Unnamed male bartender
  • Date: 2013
  • Location: Sacramento
  • Information: Jane calls together a press conference in which he says that the serial killer known as Red John is named Gale Bertram. A bartender saw this as Bertram was having a drink in his bar and Bertram bashes him over the head and stabs him to death.

'Bertram on the Run'

  • Victim: Officer Jones
  • Date: 2013
  • Location: Sacramento
  • Information: Shot to death by Oscar Cordero after the officer recognized Bertram from the news.

'Red John's Identity Revealed!'

  • Victim: Gale Bertram
  • Date: 2013
  • Location: Sacramento
  • Information: Shot to death by Oscar Cordero after revealing Bertram is not Red John and Red John is revealed to be Sheriff Thomas McAllister.

Survived Victims

'Carter's Girl in Basement'

  • Survived victim: Debbi Lubin
  • Date: 2011
  • Location: Sacramento
  • Information: Not killed, abducted and held captive by Timothy and Sally Carter; rescued.

'Blake Association Revealed'

Uncertain Involvement

'Heart Attack or Murder?'

  • Victim: Orville Tanner (uncertain)
  • Date: 2000
  • Location: Unknown
  • Information: RJ's accomplice; officially deceased by heart attack in mental hospital.

'Suicide for Him'

Three suicide ordered by Red John to his disciples.

1) Killer at Motel

  • Victim: Isla the Assassin (uncertain)
  • Date: 2011
  • Location: Sacramento
  • Information: RJ's accomplice, probably a professional killer; she died escaping the CBI, falling from the balcony.

2) Carter's wife

  • Victim: Sally Carter
  • Date: 2011
  • Location: Sacramento
  • Information: RJ's probable accomplice, Timothy Carter (Red John's impersonator)'s wife, she committed suicide in Sacramento County Jail, slashing her wrists and throat with a spoon, made sharp, and she left a letter for her deceased husband "Red John".

3) His accomplice in Eileen's murder

  • Victim: Miriam Gottlieb
  • Date: 2013
  • Location: Sacramento
  • Information: RJ's accomplice in Eileen Turner's murder and kidnapping of her daughter; she gave the DVD with RJ's message to Jane, then she poisoned herself while an officer transported her to jail.

Other Known Aliases


Jared Renfrew draw on the wall the words "He is Mar" o "Man", referred to Red John; it's possible that means: 1) marshall (=sheriff) 2) many 3) marked (tattoo of Blake association) 4) short for McAllister (Mar o unfinished McA...)

In order to keep his cover intact, Red John has used a number of additional aliases during his career as a serial killer. Known ones include:

Dr. Joe - N. H.

An anagram for "Red John". He used the alias "Dr. Joe - N. H." ("N. H." being short for New Hampshire) in "Red John's Friends" when instant-messaging with Lisbon's team, about Jared Renfrew. The IM session provides another possible clue to Red John's identity, and may be another appearance.

Fans are divided over the identity of the reflection on the screen during the IM session. Some fans claim that you can clearly identify the reflection as Red John's because he appears to be wearing a white collar, while Jane is wearing a pale blue color. It also appears that the user is typing from a seated position rather than a leaning position, which Jane is supposed to be typing from. On the contrary, if we closely look at the face in the reflection, it has a small pimple beneath the left eye. Look at the picture named "Reflection of red john" here, you will be able to spot it (just below the dark line beneath his eye). And just after that IM session is over (red john disconnects from the network), Patrick talks to his colleagues about him. At that time, that pimple is clearly visible beneath his left eye. This means the reflection was nothing but of Patrick's face only.


The reflection appears to be Jane.

RJ Solutions, Inc.

"RJ Solutions, Inc." was the name used on an Internet order for a skywriting message in the shape of a Red John smiley in the beginning of Red John's Footsteps.

Roy Tagliaferro

While in a relationship with Rosalind Harker, Red John called himself "Roy Tagliaferro," the surname meaning "cut iron" in Italian. The name "Roy" derived by a Gaelic word that means "red".
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Jane holding Rosalind's tea cup (left), RJ has Rosalind's tea cup (right).

In Red John's Footsteps (Season 1, Episode 23) Rosalind describes Roy. "Just under 6 feet tall. Not muscular but not soft, either. Short straight hair... a gentle voice. Rough, strong hands. He smelled of pine and nail and earth... and he liked to listen to me play the piano."

In "Red Is the New Black," Red John visited Rosalind under this same alias. Interestingly, once Jane arrives, Rosalind seems to be hypnotized as she keeps playing the piano without ever acknowledging the FBI or Patrick Jane.

In Red Sails In The Sunset, it is said that Lorelei Martins's sister Miranda has been raped and then murdered by someone called Roy. Jane believes that it was Red John using this alias and is later confirmed by Jason Lennon in There Will Be Blood.

Agent Rojo (with Rebecca)

In "His Red Right Hand," Jane and Agent Kimball Cho go to investigate one of Red John's past murders. When the coroner discovers that the body is missing from the morgue, he checks the log and finds out that an "Agent Rojo" ("rojo" being Spanish for "red") had claimed the dead body. Later, it's learned that it was actually Rebecca Anderson who used the alias to claim the body. This could have been used by Red John to get inside so he could kill Rebecca afterwards, after he obtained the FBI badge by the Blake Association, through Reede Smith.

Cut Iron Properties

Cut Iron is a bogus real estate or construction firm created by Red John in order to purchase some land (Orville and Dumarr Tanner's family homestead) and build on it a house with a prison basement under a trap door in Red John's Footsteps. The name of the firm ties into Red John's Roy Tagliaferro alias, as the surname Tagliaferro means "cut iron." This connection was made by Virgil Minelli who suggested that Van Pelt search for Tagliaferro using the english translation of his name.

Agent Nemo (uncertain)

A mysterious pretended FBI agent, who blackmailed, by phone, a guard to put Lorelei Martins in a federal prison, according his friend of FBI. Its possible that Nemo was Red John himself, or Reede Smith of Blake association. Incidentally, "Nemo" is latin for "no one".

Jay Roth

A pseudonym RJ used to gain access to Sophie Miller's medical records, and attend an appointment with this alias, posing as a patient. Roth, a typical Jewish surname, comes from the german word "Rot," meaning Red.

The Jane Family


Red John's letter to Jane, on the room's door when he killed Patrick's family.

In a television talk show appearance, Patrick Jane told the hosts and audience that he was using his psychic abilities to help the police find Red John. He also made fun of Red John, calling him sad, ugly, lonely, and tormented. When Jane returned home, he found a note on the door from Red John, saying: "Dear mister Jane, I do not like to be slandered in the media, especially by a dirty money-grubbing fraud. If you were a real psychic, instead of a dishonest little worm, you wouldn't need to open the door to see what I've done to your lovely wife and child."

Five years later, at the end of the pilot episode, Jane returns home and the camera zooms in, showing Red John's Smiley Face in blood still on the wall. Since then, Red John has shown himself to be as obsessed with Jane as Jane is with him, risking capture just to observe Jane.

Red John's Footsteps

In the first-season finale, Red John's Footsteps,

Red John's "smiling face" in the sky, after Emma Plaskett's murder

we are again confronted with another Red John-centric episode. This time, the victim is a female teenager who is found murdered outdoors, and whose twin sister has gone missing. However, upon arriving at the crime scene, Jane notices something odd which puzzles him. Although he knows that Red John is behind the murder, Jane notices that the victim had either been abducted before being stabbed or was already dead before being dumped in the open field, which does not fit Red John's standard M.O. of killing all his victims indoors. In addition, while the CBI investigates the scene, a skywriting plane appears in the area and makes Red John's Smiley Face in the air. The team concludes that the missing twin is alive, but in grave danger from Red John, and later, that Red John might be working with someone else.
Red John Watching

Red John is watching you

It is obvious that Red John's aerial theatrics are for Jane.
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Is Red John, the man who run away from behind the Tanner's den?

As the episode progresses, the CBI discovers that Red John used Roy Tagliaferro as his fake name and had a relationship with a blind redheaded woman named Rosalind. When Jane and Lisbon pay a visit to Rosalind, she tells them that she has not seen Roy (Red John) in six months. During the final showdown, when Patrick Jane confronts Sheriff Hardy (who turns out to be one of Red John's accomplices), Red John is keeping an eye on him from the adjacent room (the one Patrick tried to unlock when he entered the house). We see Red John drinking from the same china cup tea set seen in Rosalind's house. The hands holding the cup appear to be male.

Red Sky in the Morning

Patrick meeting with Red John

Red John saves Patrick Jane

Red John finally appears again in the season 2 finale. For the first time since the pilot episode, the viewer is able to see the killer in the flesh, wearing a black cloak, cowboy boots, and a grotesque transparent mask that distorts his face. After he shoots to death one teenager, stabs the wounded female teenager to death (who turn out to be the copycats), and wounds a third one (who was an innocent victim of the two), Red John approaches Jane, who is bound to a chair, stroking him lovingly and reciting from William Blake's famous poem "The Tyger." As Red John prepares to leave, he tells Jane that Kristina Frye sends him her love.

Fake Death

"I think we have a connection that needs to be honored. I wanna say goodbye. I wanna apologize for any pain I might've caused you and I wanna release you from this curse you've been under."
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Timothy Carter, also known as the fake Red John.

During the season 3 finale, after Red John's accomplice Craig O'Laughlin is killed while trying to kill Hightower in her mountain cabin hideout, Jane (who is in a food court in a Sacramento mall) has Lisbon use the redial on O'Laughlin's phone and tell whomever answers that O'Laughlin is dead. An average looking gentleman (played by Bradley Whitford) sitting in the food court near Jane answers his phone. Jane, seeing this, has Lisbon tell him what the person she called said to her. It's the same thing that the man in the food court said, so Jane confronts him. The man first denies it, but moments later drops hints that he is Red John, keeping Jane at a safe distance by subtly pointing a revolver hidden inside a folded newspaper at him. "Red John" claims to have decided to "quit," retire, move away and get a new face and a new identity. Jane, however, is still skeptical, and confronts the man again as he tries to leave, only for him to reveal to Jane details of the murders of his wife and daughter, specifically, what they smelled like. This sends Jane over the edge, and he calls after the man, then guns him down with a weapon hidden in his coat pocket. Jane then sits down and calmly sips tea while waiting to be arrested, apparently satisfied that this man was indeed Red John.

It is revealed in the season 4 premiere, Scarlet Ribbons, that Ron Deutsch, the bald security guard who apprehended Jane at the mall, stole the revolver "Red John" had hidden in the newspaper as well as the cell phone that connected him to O'Laughlin. It was also revealed that the man was named Timothy Carter, a child abductor living with a fake identity. In the following episode, Jane brings Rosalind - the blind woman with whom Red John had a relationship - to the coroner's office to examine the body. She feels Timothy's face,and reveals that it was not the Red John she knew.

Always Bet on Red

RJ car

Is Red John's car, near funeral of Tom Maier? It seems a Dodge of 70s. In the circle is visible the driver's face. It seems Lorelei's enforcer. Or is Red John.

In the final moments of the episode "Always Bet on Red", just after the funeral of the father of one of Panzer's victims, a white Dodge whizzes past the mourners, including Jane and Lisbon. It's possible Red John was behind the wheel and surveying the scene and keeping an eye on Jane's scheme.

Red Is the New Black

During season four, Red John (as Roy) pays a visit to his paramour Rosalind Harker, after Susan Darcy found out from her that Timothy Carter was not Red John. While Rosalind Harker speaks with Jane, Red John is seen strolling past the camera and sits in a lounge chair holding a white teacup like before in the first season finale. It should be noted the Red John mannerisms were close to Jane's -- from how he crosses his legs to how he holds his teacup. When the authorities stormed Harker's house, RJ was
Roy Tagliaferro

Roy with Rosalind

long gone. Jane and Darcy discover blood seeping under a door, finding a dead morgue attendant, who Darcy had previously talked to and who led Agent Darcy to talk to Rosalind Harker, although there was no smiling face anywhere near the attendant.

The Crimson Hat

"As you well know, Patrick, there is no hell. When I die, I won't be punished. But if you really did have a change of heart, what if you and I were friends? Imagine the life we could lead. It's a higher path, Patrick. A nobler existence."
―Red John to Patrick
Red John makes another semi-personal appearance in The Crimson Hat. After Patrick pretends to have a meltdown after the anniversary of his wife's and daughter's deaths, he meets Lorelei Martins, a
Lorelei is captured

Lorelei Martins is captured, near Red John's limousine.

cocktail waitress, and spends the night with her. She is his first lover since his wife's death. The next morning, she reveals herself to be an associate of Red John, who offers Patrick a new life if he will join him as a friend. Lorelei tells him that Red John wants a gift to show Patrick's sincerity: Lisbon's dead body. After Lisbon's team fake her and Rigsby's deaths and go into hiding, Patrick arranges a meeting with Red John and is met by Lorelei and an enforcer. Once Patrick is inside the car, Red John appears to be sitting in the backseat. He reveals that Patrick actually had him fooled for a while, but he found out their ruse thanks to a "friend" in the FBI. Red John then offers one more time to let Patrick in as one of his disciples, but Patrick turns him down again, telling him to go to hell. Red John then tells Lorelei to cut off two of his fingers. As the enforcer holds him against the car and Lorelei holds a pair of pruning shears to his finger, the FBI, who have arrested Lisbon's team nearby, arrive. The enforcer shoots at them and tries to drive away, only to be shot dead along with the person in the back seat. Unharmed, Lorelei is arrested. When Darcy looks in the back seat, she discovers that the man Patrick thought was Red John is actually a dead Luther Wainwright, who had been gagged and duct taped in place and with a phone around his neck through which Red John spoke. 

Connection with Lorelei Martins

In Red Dawn we take a look at the early beginnings of Patrick and the CBI, in a flashback; towards the end of the episode, during a telephone conversation between Virgil Minelli and FBI Agent Alexa Shultz, a man (named Robert Kirkland, as he's named in the episode's credits) rides with Alexa and thanks her when she arranges with Minelli to get frequent updates on the Red John Case. In Red Sails In The Sunset, Jane, with the help of Bret Stiles, orchestrates an elaborate plan to break Lorelei Martins out of prison after the FBI's attempts to hide her in The Crimson Ticket. Towards the end of the episode, Lorelei states "God you're just like him (Red John), you know that? Relentless manipulation...I only wonder why the two of you didn't become lifelong friends the moment you shook hands" this indicates that the two have met but are not close.

In There Will Be Blood Red John kills Lorelei. Then, another Red John's friend, Jason Lennon, injured and comatose after Lorelei's assault, is killed by Bob Kirkland in Behind The Red Curtain. Really, Kirkland is searching revenge for his brother's death (missing and presumably killed by Red John)

The list of suspects

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Patrick consult the handbook of his list of Red John's suspects

In Black Cherry we saw a notebook detailing some of Patrick's Red John's suspects: the visible names of these pages are: Brett Partridge, Vint Molinari, Dean Harken, Ellis Mars, Jason Cooper, Linus Wagner, Walter Mashburn, Towlen Morning, Virgil Minelli, Oscar Ardiles. In The Red Barn it's revealed that Red John, in his youth, was a Visualize member, and killed two men of this cult on a farm.

Red John's Rules and the final list

"I know that you've made a list, and I know that by the time you watch this video, you'll have narrowed that list down to a few names. That's quite a feat of memory and research. Bravo. I bet you think you're pretty damn clever, but you're not. You got a lucky break. That's not clever. I'll show you clever."
―Lorelei reading Red John's letter to Patrick

In the fifth season's finale, Red John's Rules, Red John strikes again, killing someone with connections to Patrick Jane's past in the carnival, Eileen Barlow.

Jane narrows down his suspect list to seven names. His final seven suspects for Red John are revealed:

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Final Seven Suspects List: Red John's real face is here.

When the case is closed, Patrick receives a DVD from the killer, through another Red John accomplice, which contains a message read to him by Lorelei before her death months prior to the episode's events. It warns him of the murder committed in the episode, committed in order to destroy one of Jane's happy memories from his time at the carnival, and that he will begin killing again and often. It also turns out that he has figured out the names of the seven final suspects before even Patrick could. Patrick seems surprised and worried by this fact, but it's not revealed how Red John exactly knows these names.

How he was able to accomplish this remains the biggest unsolved and unexplained mystery of the Red John saga. He knew the names 2 months before Patrick did. Red John offers to share the information twice - once to appease Jane's prospective curiosity, at the Church, and once to save or extend his life, while dying in the park. Both times, Patrick rejects the offer, calling it a mere "trick." However, this actually touches deeply on a series-long debate between Patrick the skeptic and others who claim to be or believe in real psychics or psychic powers. 

Both Kristina Frye and Sean Barlow demonstrate inexplicable psychic abilities in Jane's presence. Sean Barlow also attests to Red John's psychic powers. Notably, Patrick is moved to tears by Kristina's report that his daughter never woke up during Red John's assault on her. With his dying breath, Red John himself claims to be a "real psychic." Did Patrick Jane reject Red John's offers to explain because he wanted to remain a skeptic? Was he afraid of someone who could finally prove that psychic power is real? 

Or, did Red John actually have enough resources to pull off a "trick?" Six of the Seven Final Suspects were in law enforcement, with 3 in the Blake Association. Two of them were in Visualize, a former haunting ground. Thus, McAllister had a potentially wide reach into Patrick's world, covering all seven suspects. Bob Kirkland gained access to Patrick's nearly completed research, but, was this too late in the time line for Red John to have done the same before Lorelei's murder? We do not know when Red John found out about her slip about the hand shake. The question remains: with these resources, and sufficient time, could he have duplicated Jane's list, and beat him by 2 months? Or, did Patrick finally come face to face with evidentiary proof of psychic powers, (perhaps even his own), and look the other way?

Jane investigates the suspects

The Desert Rose

Jane and Lisbon secretly continue their dangerous mission to narrow down the list of seven Red John suspects as they investigate the murder of a man who was missing for two years.

Following an anonymous tip, Lisbon pursues a lead on her own. This leads her to an abandoned house where she finds Brett Partridge, near death. He told her, like Johnson and Red John, the words "Tyger, Tyger". After turning around she sees a door that is now open, which was closed moments earlier. As the scene fades, Lisbon is seen jerked backwards by an off-screen assailant. Back at the station, Jane gets a call, presumably from Lisbon, but "Red John's voice" tells Jane that Lisbon "Can't come to the phone" The last scene is a shot of Lisbon lying down, status unknown, with Red John himself drawing his smiley face on Lisbon's face in blood. He commits a big mistake in the final scene that will cost his life, probably he delays too much his acts, because in the house there are many pigeons, that he hates strongly (Jane, in another episode, note this particularity).

Black-Winged Redbird

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Red John's message at Sophie Miller's house

Red John had previously talked with Jane's former psychiatrist, Sophie Miller, to learn more about Jane and his thoughts (hence the killing of Eileen and maybe, discovering his list). Then he killed Dr. Miller. Jane also interrupts a meeting between Bertram, Agent Reede Smith and Sheriff Thomas McAllister, telling them that he has a new clue to Red John's identity without specifying what it is.

Wedding in Red

Jane gets the team involved in a case in Napa so he can investigate Thomas McAllister, he originally believes that McAllister has a fear of heights but that is proven to be false. Later, McAllister saves his life from the top of a building but is then shown to be "scared" of pigeons which could be the fear that Red John has.
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McAllister save Patrick Jane

Red Listed

The man that Jane took captive and buried alive (Benjamin Marx) to cause him to confess to a crime in Red Rover, Red Rover is found murdered. Jane tells Lisbon that he created a fake list of suspects which were stolen from the attic in the CBI headquarters. Meanwhile, two of Jane's Red John suspects Robert Kirkland and Reede Smith meet up where Kirkland tells Smith his theory about a secret organization between the FBI, CBI and other law enforcements. Jane finds out that he is being spied on by the FBI and confirms this by visiting the ex-head of CBI Madeleine Hightower, who faked her death to keep her and her children safe from Red John. Later, Jane tells one of his suspects, Bob Kirkland, that the list of suspects stolen from him were fake. In anger, Kirkland kidnaps him and threatens to torture him to find out who the real suspects are. Jane also finds out that Kirkland wants to kill Red John as well because he most likely killed his brother. Lisbon and Hightower rescue Jane and Kirkland is arrested.

While Kirkland is being transported to jail, Reede Smith pulls over the van and pretends to let Kirkland escape and when his back is turned he shoots and kills him. The police officer and Reede agree to say that the officer shot him and they seal the deal by saying "Tyger Tyger" proving that they are part of the Tyger Tyger Conspiracy.

The Red Tattoo

While investigating a Visualize case with Ray Haffner, Jane discovers that Red John might have hired a private detective, Kira Tinsley. Red John kills her but before she dies, she reveals that "Red John" has a tattoo with three dots.

Red John's Demise

Fire and Brimstone

Patrick gathers the five remaining Red John suspects to his Malibu home in the hope to discover which one bears a tattoo with three dots on their left arm.

The five suspects at Jane's house: Bertram, Smith, Haffner, Stiles and McAllister. Frame by Fire and Brimstone, Jane at tattoo's search.

The team is meeting in Jane's loft and they are discussing ways to get the Red John suspects to show whether they have a tattoo. Jane says that they have to all be in the same place as Red John could easily find out what they were doing if they spoke to the suspects separately and disappear. Cho asks Jane how he intends to get them to agree to show if they have a tattoo and Jane says "I wasn't planning on giving them a choice."

The next scene is of a parking garage with a man hanging from a noose over the edge. Reede Smith is talking with another FBI agent whom he asks to get the man's wallet, saying "you know how I am with heights." The agent tells Smith that someone is there to see him. Jane tells Smith that he has information on Red John and asks him to meet with him on Thursday at 8pm, saying he will give him a location on that day itself.

The middle part of the episode revolves around getting the other suspects to agree to the meeting.

Lisbon speaks to Ray Haffner and convinces him to go to the meeting by saying that if he refuses to show up, Jane will assume that he is Red John and go after him.

Jane calls Sheriff McAllister and asks him if he was telling the truth when he told Patrick he was at his disposal. McAllister confirms that he is and agrees to the meet.

Grace Van Pelt goes to see Bret Stiles but did not succeed in convincing him. However, Patrick goes to see him later and gets him to agree by helping him out with his problem.


Jane's point his shotgun against the three remaining suspects.

Jane and Lisbon go to see Bertram who also agrees to the meeting, telling Jane that he wants to be there when he finishes it with Red John.

With the five suspects all ready to be in the same place at the same time, Jane and Lisbon drives to the Jane family home. On the way, they stop to watch the sunset and the two share an intimate moment and a hug, with Jane telling Lisbon how much she means to him. Jane then ditches Lisbon and drives off, having pickpocketed her cell phone, leaving her with no communications.

Arriving at the Jane family home, Jane enters the main house and walks to the bedroom where he found his family dead years ago. The Red John smiley face is faded but still visible. He then leaves and enters a smaller building on the property. This is the scene from the start of the episode, with a few extra details such as showing Jane removing the pistol from a safe in the wall.

The first suspect arrives and it is Stiles who asks if he is early, as other cars begin to pull up and shadows are seen walking around outside. With all five men in the room, Jane tells them that he knows that one of them is Red John. He is met with derision and scorn from most of them and Haffner tries to leave. Jane pulls out the shotgun and makes him sit down. McAllister tells Jane to take it easy. Smith has his hand on his weapon but Jane threatens to shoot him if he tries anything and orders all those with weapons to take them out, put them on the floor and push them towards him. Stiles opens his jacket to show he has no weapon, while the others all take out their guns and put them on the floor. Jane then explains about the tattoo and orders the men to show him their shoulders.
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Sheriff McAllister/Red John as appear in Fire and Brimstone; photo by Jane's flashback in The Great Red Dragon

All of them remove their outer layers of clothing to reveal their shoulders. It is revealed that Bret Stiles and Ray Haffner do not have the tattoo, while Gale Bertram, Reede Smith and Thomas McAllister all have a three dots in a horizontal position on their left shoulder. In the promo for The Great Red Dragon, it is revealed that those working for the Tyger Tyger Conspiracy wear this tattoo. Assuming this, Red John may be a member of this secret law enforcement conspiracy and is one of three suspects. He tells Jane "It's not what you think" with apparent fear and Jane points the shotgun at his face. However, Stiles tells Jane to look at the others.

Bertram and Smith both have the same tattoo as McAllister. Jane orders them on their feet and tells them to get up against the wall. The shot cuts to outside as we hear a voice saying "wait, NO!" and a gunshot. When Jane points the shotgun against the three suspects, a bomb, armed probably by Red John (presumably one of these suspects), explode in the place.

Lisbon arrives on the scene and rushes to the building, but is thrown back by a massive explosion

The Great Red Dragon

Following the shocking events at Jane's house, the Red John suspect list is narrowed down further to two: Gale Bertram and Reede Smith and CBI's priority is the remaining suspects. Jane investigates the Tyger Tyger conspiracy and its seeming connection with Red John.

The SWAT searching Bertram, believed Red John. McAllister is believed dead and Red John is still at large.

Jane questions the uniform accomplice and interrogates him by reading his facial expressions to Jane’s questions. Jane founds out there is indeed a secret organization (The Blake Association) of cops and other officials that hands out crimes to be committed. The password is “Tyger tyger" and the tattoo is a membership sign. The uniform was sent by the organization to kill Smith but he doesn’t know about Bertram or Red John because he’s “too low on the totem pole”.

Lisbon and Jane send Cho to look at Brett Partridge’s shoulder for the tattoo since autopsies can be falsified. When Cho uncovers the body to look at the shoulder, we don’t see the face but the shoulder has a large burn where the tattoo might have been.

Bertram gets a ride from Cordero and he goes to his storage facility where there’s racks of wine and boxes stored. He opens a box and pulls out stacks of hundreds to put in his briefcase, along with some passports.

Reed is in another alley, in a very bad condition. He calls Van Pelt and offers to turn himself in for protection. Cordero intercepts the call and Bertram tells him to get there before the Rigsby and Van Pelt do and to pretend to be a CBI agent. Cordero pulls up where Smith is and manages to reel the paranoid Smith towards his car, claiming he was sent by CBI. Cordero then pulls a gun on Smith and tells him to get in the trunk, where it is lined for his execution. Smith tries to stall and it works when Cho arrives and starts shooting at Cordero, who gets away.

In interrogation, Smith reveals that 5 years ago, he had an addiction to pain killers and accidentally killed a 12 year old girl on the job. There were witnesses and evidence but it all went away when he pledged to the secret organization. That is how they get their members: by recruiting people with things that they need to hide. Smith is not Red John and he swears to Jane he didn’t kill his wife and daughter.

Jane’s next plan of action is to reveal that Bertram is the serial killer Red John to the press, organized by Brenda Shettrick’s replacement.

Van Pelt, Rigsby and Cho are looking through Bertram’s storage facility and finds a hidden flash drive. Van Pelt decrypts it to find a single file that is full of strange symbols.

Bertram is the only patron at a bar and asks the bartender for rocks for his scotch. The bartender sees the news report on the TV behind Bertram and comments that the guy they are looking for looks a lot like him. Bertram pauses and looks at the TV and sees his face with the words SERIAL KILLER. He grabs the scotch bottle and bashes it over the bartender’s head. He gets the broken bottle and stabs the bartender repeatedly, splattering blood all over him. He makes a call to Cordero.

The death of the bartender has narrowed the area for the CBI team to where Bertram could be. They have closed off the highways. They find a house that was owned by Bertram’s aunt and figures that’s the only place he could be. The team and backup surrounds the house. A SWAT team pulls up and Cho verifies their credibility since he checked for that tattoos. However, a lot more SWAT vans pulls up, even from other districts. Jane realizes the ploy and commands everyone to stay but a SWAT member gets into a car and manages to drive off without anyone noticing in the chaos. In the car, Bertram takes off his SWAT disguise and he and Cordero makes plans to go eat.

The following morning at CBI, Cho reports that Bertram's clothes were found. They figured one of his cronies (Cordero) had a SWAT uniform waiting and that Bertram called in all the other SWAT units.

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McAllister revealed as Red John, in the eponymous episode.

Lisbon races after him and asks what they should do next, suggesting to decode the list Van Pelt found. Jane says no and that it is out of their hands. Lisbon cannot believe he is quitting and Jane says he is just letting go. As the elevator doors close on him, he gives Lisbon a sad smile and says sorry.

The last scene shows Jane entering a church and looking at the holy depictions on the stained glass. He walks towards the pewter and sits in a pew, looking as if he is waiting for something.

After Reede Smith's confession about the Blake Association and Jane deducing he is not Red John, Gale Bertram become the prime suspect and he escapes law enforcement.

Red John

"It's totally fair. Game's over and I won."

"It's not a game."

―Dialogue between Red John and Patrick Jane

Patrick Jane finally comes face-to-face with Red John, the serial killer he's tracked since the man murdered his wife and daughter. For 10 years, Jane has doggedly hunted his nemesis in his search for justice.

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Red John talks with Jane

Gale Bertram wanted to meet with Patrick. He claims that isn't Red John. Gale tells Patrick that he’s not happy with what’s going to happen, Bertram then tells the detective to shoot Patrick. Gale mentions how he’s always liked Patrick, the detective shoots Gale. The sheriff appears from behind and tells Oscar the detective to leave. The sheriff, revealing himself as Red John, says hey to Patrick, and Patrick says hi back. He faked his death with Partridge's help, with a dead body, a stun grenade, and the bomb.

The sheriff says poor Gale, and that it never occurred to him that he was the Blake organization. The Sheriff’s idea is to kill both Patrick and Gale, and then the cops to find them both dead. Red John knows Patrick has questions and many of them, he asks if he wants any
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Red John escaped and injured by Patrick Jane

answered. Patrick has no questions for the sheriff at all, The sheriff admits to creating the secret organization and he’s got a lot of power in the palm of his hands. The Sheriff brings up that there’s a reason for his wife and child being dead, the sheriff asks who Patrick is. Patrick replies with nobody, the sheriff then says that he’s smart, but very arrogant. McAllister tells Patrick, that he’s been a step ahead of him the whole time, and asks if Patrick knows how he lived the bomb in the house and knew the names on his list. Patrick knew how Red John faked his death, but admits that knowing the names on his list was smart.

Patrick asks to show Red John something, he agrees to see it. Patrick hands breadcrumbs into his hand, then lets out a pigeon which violently attacks the Sheriff’s face, Patrick takes out a hand gun from under the benches in the church and shoots the sheriff in the leg. Patrick says that he knew how everything was going to happen, The Sheriff asks for him not to kill him. Red John says that Patrick is a good man and that it’ll haunt him. Patrick isn’t hesitating, but he’s savoring the moment because he knows that he’s Red John. Patrick admits to being disappointed, a woman walks into the church; Patrick says he’s from the police and that she needs to leave, but she doesn’t believe him. Turns out the women is with Red John and tries to slice Patrick’s throat, Patrick deals with her easily and gets his handgun to chase after Red John.

The FBI are trying to find out where Patrick arranged to have a meeting with Gale, they find out the Alexandria Cemetery; they’ve found where Patrick had his meeting. The FBI are now on their way to catch Patrick, though Patrick is still after Red John in the cemetery, a woman sees Red John and screams down the police. Patrick asks which way to the women and keeps running after him. Patrick is close to getting Red John, their chase is about to end. Patrick is on his tail, Red John can’t run for long with the wound in his torso. The FBI arrive at the cemetery and begin running to find Patrick, Red John enters the backyard of a home, he then tries to run into the door. The girl closes the door, but the man runs through the glass. Patrick arrives and sees what happened, Patrick says he’s police and will call the police. Though Patrick asks for the phone, he doesn’t bother calling.


Red John killed by Jane

Red John is running past a school bus. Patrick is now sprinting hard and is about to get him, it cuts to the FBI entering the church and see Gale shot dead. Red John is now running near a creek, Patrick still behind him; Red John is clearly getting tired and feeling fatigued he hits the ground, Patrick catches up with a handgun. Red John tries to call the police, but Patrick arrives and hangs up the phone on him and kicks him. Patrick gets on top of Red John and begins to choke Red John. He tells him to blink once for no and twice for yes he asks if Red John is sorry for killing his daughter and wife, he blinks twice, then he asks him if he’s afraid to die Red John blinks twice. Patrick then strangles McAllister to death, finally fulfilling his promise to kill Red John and ending Red John's killing spree once and for all.

Theme Music


In the memory scene in which Patrick Jane walks up his stairs and sees the note on his door informing him that he is a "dirty money-grubbing fraud," there is a musical composition that Blake Neely uses as a motif throughout the series, titled "Your Worst Nightmare" and "Bloody Bed". Whenever Red John murders somebody or fools Jane, the same figure is played in the background. Interestingly enough, this figure is one of the fewer tracks on The Mentalist soundtrack to feature orchestral instruments. It makes prominent use of harp harmonics, the string section, and orchestral percussion. This music also occurred during a scene in which Bob Kirkland discusses Patrick Jane's investigation with FBI agent Alexa Shultz. Red John's favorite musical piece, as mentioned and heard in Red John's Footsteps, His Right Red Hand and Red is the New Black, is Bach's "Prelude No. 1 in C-Major". 



  • Part of the inspiration for Red John may have been Keith Hunter Jesperson, a serial killer also known as the "Happy Face Killer". He would send letters to police and prosecutors and sign them with a smiley face.
  • It's currently unknown how Red John got his nickname, but given his narcissism, it's likely that he named himself somehow. The name was revealed to the public following the trial of RJK's accomplice, Orville Tanner. The possible inspirations for his name are: John Doe (name used for an "unknown and random man"), red blood or red hair, Red Dragon by Apocalypse of St. John (illustrated by William Blake and referred also at Tyger Tyger conspiracy, in episode "The Great Red Dragon"), John the Baptizer, Gospel of John, first name of German composer Johann Sebastian Bach (his favorite musician).
  • The knife used by Red John in "Red Sky in the Morning" and the similar one purchased by Jane in "Always Bet on Red" to frame Maier for Panzer’s death is a vineyard knife which is used in the care of grape vines. Vineyards are the primary agricultural pursuit in Napa County where McAllister served as sheriff. 

  • In "Red Carpet Treatment", Craig O'Laughlin, a Red John accomplice takes Van Pelt to lunch in Napa County (Sheriff McAllister's jurisdiction).

Blake Association Members

See also


  1. Voice in 2x23, 4x24, 6x01, and probably -unconfirmed- 6x08 (dubbing Xander Berkeley) [1]
  2. Pilot (extra scene)
  3. It's unknown whether or not she was killed by Red John in person, though her way of smiling when she saw her killer might suggest that it actually was him

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