Clay Dobson

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Minor Character: New York
Name Clay Dobson
Gender Male
Birth Date December 26, 1978
Family Unnamed father
CityNew York
Occupation Architect
Pathology Serial Killer
Budding Spree Killer
Modus Operandi Varied, preceded by eyelid removal
No. of Victims 3 killed
1 attempted
1 assaulted
Status Deceased
Portrayed By Joey Lawrence
First Appearance Past Imperfect

"You were right. What you said about the eyes. I wanted them to look. Know that my face was the last thing they were ever gonna see."

Clay Dobson was a serial killer and budding spree killer in season three of CSI: NY. Clay was portrayed by Joey Lawrence.


Prior to killing his first victim, Clay Dobson had priors for trespassing, possession of burglary tools and burglary. He was also charged with grand theft auto and robbery but the charges were dismissed due to the victim being non-cooperative and lack of evidence, respectively.

Season ThreeEdit

In June 2005, Clay had murdered Lily Hartley and Lauren Henning (though he was never convicted of the former's murder, since he never confessed to killing her and her body was never found) and was convicted based solely on the confession he made to the investigator, Detective Dean Truby, but his conviction was overturned when Truby landed in jail. As a result he resumes killing, starting with Emma Pierce. He was later apprehended by Mac while trying to abduct and murder Katie Lawrence.

Once Clay is apprehended on a rooftop and after being handcuffed, Clay intentionally falls off the roof in an attempt to frame Mac for murder. When he crashes onto the roof of a squad car, Flack and other officers look up to see Mac looking down, horrified. It was originally thought that Mac had thrown him off the roof, but he was later cleared. Before this Lily Hartley's father charges at Mac and reveals that Clay also killed his daughter.

Modus OperandiEdit

Clay targeted brunette petite Caucasian women. He would abduct them and keep them restrained in the basement of The Weddington apartment building. Though his methods of killing varied, Clay would usually cut off the eyelids of his victims with a modeling knife before torturing and killing them. His second and third victims also had their heads wrapped with packing tape after being killed.

Known VictimsEdit

  • 2002:
    • Unspecified date: Lily Hartley (her body was never found)
    • June 5-26: Lauren Henning
  • 2007:
    • April 5: Katie Lawrence (abducted, held captive, and attempted to kill; was rescued)
    • April 24: Emma Pierce
    • April 25: Mac Taylor (struggled with and assaulted trying to escape)


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 #
Season 3 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - X X X - N/A 3
Total 3

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