|Minor Character: Las Vegas|
|Name||Nathan "Nate" Haskell (born Warner Thorpe)|
|Family|| Arvin Thorpe (father, deceased)|
Sylvia (Lois?) Thorpe (mother, deceased)
Willoughby J. Willoughby (great-grandfather, deceased)
|Portrayed By|| Bill Irwin|
Mason Steel Davis (aged 16)
Niko Baur (aged 8)
|First Appearance||19 Down|
Nathan "Nate" Haskell (born Warner Thorpe), a.k.a. "The Dick & Jane Killer" (sometimes acronymed "DJK"), was a prolific serial killer who appeared in seasons 9, 10 and 11 of CSI:Crime Scene Investigation. He is best known for being the arch nemesis of CSI Raymond Langston.
Haskell was born Warner Thorpe. During Langston's lecture in 19 Down, Haskell claimed to have been physically abused by his alcoholic father, Arvin, every day when he was a child. He only had vague memories of his mother, Sylvia, who was killed by Arvin when Haskell was eight years old. It was revealed in Targets of Obsession that Nate carried the MAO-A gene, a gene which, according to some studies, causes a predisposition towards violence. Exactly how long he knew about it is unknown to everyone except himself. His first animal kill was a cat, which he killed when he was nine years old, whilst listening to Arvin beating his mother, and subsequently went through numerous other animals before his first human murder victim, whom he killed when he was 16, was a travelling salesman named Douglas Nathan Haskell, whom he butchered in a home-made torture chamber in his house and whose identity he partially adopted as his own. In the mid-1990s, he became a serial killer. He became known as "The Dick & Jane Killer" because he targeted couples. None of the female victims, all of whom were buried in a cabin where he tortured and killed them, were ever found and Haskell later refused to discuss them. He killed a total of at least 16 people in Nevada, Arizona and California (the first couple, Joel Steiner and Tiffany Cohen, weren't found until 19 Down). Even though he never held down a single job or filed a tax return during this time (likely because he was living under an assumed name), he could still afford the occasional restaurant visit, earning money by donating blood and semen or taking part in psychological studies. During a visit to an Italian restaurant, Venetti's, he had a chance encounter with future serial killer Charlie DiMasa.
One day in Reno, he stopped at a sobreity checkpoint. That stroke of luck allowed the authorities to charge him; inside the car, they found blood belonging to a victim; under his fingernails they found DNA from another; a potential murder weapon was found and a witness was able to place him with another one of the victims. When the case went to trial, Haskell initially denied any guilt, but changed his mind and confessed when his defense was about to claim the murders could only have been committed by multiple people working together. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole and incarcerated in Ely, Nevada. While there, he gained a kind of cult following (he claims to have "students" everywhere) and was even proposed to a couple of times, though he turned them all down because he wasn't allowed conjugal visits. At some point prior to Leave Out All the Rest, Haskell met Thomas Donover, a student at West Las Vegas University and one of his "students".
Haskell finds out about a special lecture given to by West Las Vegas University Professor Raymond Langston, in which a famous serial killer is allowed to speak directly to his class via computer at prison, and decides to participate when no other murderer accepted the offer. At the same time, the body of Gerald Tolliver (who was killed by Thomas), an accomplice of Haskell's, is discovered in a trash bag amongst the belongings of Joel Steiner and Ian Wallace. Hoping to gain some information after finding out that Ian Wallace was killed by a DJK copycat killer, Grissom comes to Langston's lecture and watches as Haskell discloses the disturbing details of how his mind works and stating (to Thomas) how he gave his female victims some hope of survival before killing them in order to make them compliant. Grissom interrogates Haskell, disguising his questions as innocently as possible, but he eventually goes a bit too far accidentally and Haskell announces to Langston and the class that a member of the Las Vegas CSI team is present. Joel Steiner's mother then suddenly arrives and Haskell taunts her, forcing Langston to order the connection to them and Haskell canceled.
Later, when Langston returns to his office at the WLVU, he receives a call from Haskell, who tricks him into staring at the parking lot before revealing the location of Joel Steiner's skeleton. There, the CSIs find the skeleton, as well as the fresh corpse of another man.
One to Go
The CSIs identifiy the fresh body as one Jeffery Masters, and they realize that his wife Maureen is missing, being held captive by Thomas, who took Haskell's advice about controlling the women at hand. However, the CSIs eventually manage to find Thomas and Maureen and kill the former. Haskell's reaction to these events isn't known, as he was only mentioned in the episode.
While visiting a prison, Ray is approached by an inmate who tells him that "Nate Haskell says hello".
After finding out of the CSIs' investigation of "Dr. Jekyll", Haskell finds the case details similar to his encounter with Charlie DiMasa and decides to call Langston at the end of the episode, telling him he knows Dr. Jekyll's identity before hanging up on him.
Haskell's transportation to the Las Vegas crime lab stirs a quarrel between Langston, Catherine, and Brass. However, they eventually agree that if Haskell is just toying with them, they will merely throw him back in prison without a word. Surprisingly, though, it is revealed that Haskell is telling the truth after he informs that contained in the evidence Reno police gathered from his house is a piece of pasta in the shape of a bow, identical to how Dr. Jekyll tied the intestines of Joseph Bigelow. He then tells Langston of his experience in Venetti's. As the investigation progresses, they are forced to use a stripper to help extract information from Haskell in her own way.
As the CSIs go out to investigate, Haskell taunts the guard assigned to watch him in his cell, eventually forcing him into activating a shock belt that was wrapped around him throughout the episode. This causes Haskell to fall over and break his glasses.
After the case is concluded and Charlie is shot dead, Langston visits Haskell to tell him that they caught Dr. Jekyll. However, just as he prepares to leave, Haskell stabs him in the back repeatedly with a shiv made out of his broken glasses.
When guards hear Langston's stabbing, Haskell is shocked by his electric restraints and beaten. After a brief stay in a hospital, in which Langston hallucinates him escaping and poisoning his IV tube, Haskell is taken back to Ely, but not before he taunts Brass about Langston's stabbing.
Targets of Obsession
Haskell is taken to court to be charged with attempting to kill Langston, and several of his female "fans" are present. At first, the jury seems to lean onto Haskell's defense that he is predisposed to violence because he carries the MAO-A gene, which is said to have that effect, and was abused by an alcoholic father. With no other alternative, Langston reveals that he also was abused by an alcoholic father and carries the MAO-A gene. Haskell is genuinely baffled by the revelation. After the trial, which leads to Haskell being found guilty of attempted murder, Langston talks to Haskell outside his cell. He tells Langston that he feels even closer to him than before and claims to have known that he was an MAO-A carrier for a long time, though he refuses to elaborate on how he could have known it before official studies were carried out. Later, he switches his inmate badge for that of a minimum security inmate and gets into a transport van in his place. On the road, it is sabotaged by two of his female fans, who kill the guards. After one of the women kills the other, she drives away with Haskell, but not before stopping to take in the sight of the dead officers.
Father of the Bride
He reappeared in Father of the Bride, when he kept sending messages to the father of one of his female fans, threatening to kill her. It turned out that the video recordings were all made the day after Haskell escaped, but he and his accomplices sent it weeks afterwards. The CSIs arrive and see that the female fan is dead.
The episode ends at a concert in Los Angeles where the main attraction is Gloria Parkes-Langston playing the cello. Nate Haskell and his current bride Tina Vincent befriend Gloria and her current husband Phil.
Cello and Goodbye
In Cello and Goodbye, Ray went rogue to track down Haskell, who abducts Ray's ex-wife, Gloria, after killing Phil in Los Angeles. It is revealed in the episode from a school yearbook that his birth name is Warner Thorpe. It also turned out that Haskell never got plastic surgery, even though two surgeons were killed by him and his accomplices, presumably as a ruse to throw the CSIs off his trail. The trail leads Ray and Nick to a pier, where their pursuit of him is interrupted by the police there. When Ray follows the trail to a carousel, Haskell appears and shoots a police officer. He reveals that Gloria is still alive and leaves a trail before dissappering Langston eventually finds Gloria and a dying Arvin at Haskell's old house, only to be confronted by Haskell himself.
In a Dark, Dark House
Langston immediately takes Haskell down while he is distracted, beating him, to Haskell's delight and puts flex cuffs around his wrists, but when he learns that Haskell raped Gloria, Langston cuts off the cuffs and pushes Haskell over a railing to his death. At the crime scene, Brass sees the ligature marks on Haskell's unshackled wrists and puts a pair of handcuffs on them. When he finds the used flex cuffs, he discreetly takes them with him in his pocket without telling anyone. The season ends in a cliffhanger as Ray is asked by IA whether him killing Haskell was self-defense or murder. In the next episode, it is mentioned that Ray was let go.
"You have to give them hope. If you bring a human being to the brink of death, and then you offer a chance, no matter how small a chance, to survive, they'll grab it. And they'll thank you for it. And then, you can do whatever you want. And believe me, I did."
Haskell targeted couples, the wives/girlfriends of which were usually blonde. He would kill the males by strangling them with his bare hands, drugging them beforehand to incapacitate them, usually with THC (marijuana) spiked with sage extract, take the female victims to an isolated cabin in which he would hold them captive and torture them for long periods of time before inevitably killing them (he later claimed to have held one of his victims captive for three days). At one point during these periods, he would pretend to offer them a chance to come out of it alive in exchange for obeying him as a way to gain control over them and keep them from fighting back. The details of the torture aren't given on screen, but apparently involved cutting and mutilation with various sharp instruments and electrocution. He also mentions attacking one victim with a baseball bat and cutting off the breast of another. Given that his final female victim, Gloria Parkes, was raped, it's possible that Haskell did the same to some of his prior female victims as well (though it was spoken of as though it was more of an irregularity).
While the male bodies were disposed of like trash in various remote locations (except for Joel Steiner, whose body was buried for some reason), the female victims were buried under the floor in the torture chamber with their arms crossed over the chests. Haskell's signature was to stab the male victims' bodies post-mortem, once for each couple of victims; once in the first, twice in the second, three times in the third, and so forth. Haskell's accomplices took various belongings of the male victims as souvenirs, such as glasses, other possessions or even parts of their clothing. His copycats, Thomas Donover and Curtis Keesey, continued the cycle, stabbing their first male victim nine times post-mortem and Donover's final male victim ten times. Haskell's next murder victim, Phil Parkes, was stabbed 12 times post-mortem as part of the cycle; according to Ray, this was because Haskell considered him to be his eleventh male victim, even though he survived.
"Fun is taking something away from somebody. Like... a nice Jewish girl, for example. Taking off her for a little vacation, just three days and three nights of heaven on Earth. And then just heaven."
Haskell appears to be a sadistic psychopath, incapable of feeling remorse or guilt. He defines the greatest fun as being taking something away from someone, which can be seen in the way he kills; he separates the men and women from each other, kills the man to take him from the woman and pretends to give her a chance to live only to take it away shortly afterwards.
- Unspecified date in 1976, Nessus, Nevada: Douglas Nathan Haskell (first human kill; aged 16 at the time; stole his identity)
- June 14, 1997, Las Vegas, Nevada: Joel Steiner and Tiffany Cohen (the first couple)
- Unspecified dates in 1997-1998 or 1999: Seven couples abducted from all over Nevada, California, and Arizona and killed in Nevada. Named victims are:
- January 1998: Peter Ifll and his unnamed girlfriend or wife (the sixth couple)
- March 1998: Scott Pherell and his unnamed girlfriend or wife (the seventh couple)
- 2010, Las Vegas, Nevada: Raymond Langston (attempted; was stabbed with a shiv)
- The 2011 killings:
- Los Angeles, California:
- Tina Vincent (one of his Brides; shot in the leg and the head)
- Phil and Gloria Parkes:
- Phil Parkes (drugged, bashed on the head with a bottle, presumably strangled, and stabbed 12 times after being killed)
- Gloria Parkes-Langston (abducted, raped and non-fatally stabbed and cut; was rescued)
- Nessus, Nevada: Alvin Thorpe (his father; tortured by beating and stabbing, then shot in the head)
- Los Angeles, California:
Victims by Proxy
People killed by Haskell's followers and/or copycats
- 2008, Las Vegas, Nevada:
- Gerald Tolliver (fatally strangled by Thomas Donover, who was aided by Curtis Keesey)
- Ian Wallace and Justine Stefani (killed by Thomas Donover and Curtis Keesey in a botched DJK copycat murder):
- Ian Wallace (strangled and stabbed nine times post-mortem)
- Justine Stefani (presumably tortured, then run down with her car and burned)
- Curtis Keesey (killed by Thomas Donover for scalping Ian and Justine's concert tickets)
- 2008-2009, Las Vegas, Nevada: Jeffrey and Maureen Masters (attacked by Thomas Donover):
- Jeffery Masters (fatally strangled and stabbed 10 times post-mortem)
- Maureen Masters (abducted; was rescued)
- Las Vegas, Nevada: The following were killed during Haskell's aided prison escape:
- Numerous unnamed policemen (killed by Vivian Tinsdale and Robin)
- An unnamed prison van driver and an unnamed prison guard (shot by Vivian Tinsdale and Robin)
- Robin (a "bride"; shot by Vivian Tinsdale)
- Los Angeles, California:
- Dr. Graham Kole and his nurse Teagun Murphy (shot by Tina Vincent and Vivian Tinsdale)
- Calvin Frost (also shot by Tina Vincent and Vivian Tinsdale)
- Vivian Tinsdale (killed by Tina Vincent)
- Las Vegas, Nevada: The following were killed during Haskell's aided prison escape:
- Thomas Donover (copycat killer and accomplice of Haskell; deceased)
- Curtis Keesey (copycat killer and accomplice of Donover; deceased)
- Gerald Tolliver (accomplice of Haskell; deceased)
- His "brides"
- Garth Harris (a drug dealer who supplied Donover with the drugs he used to sedate his victims; deceased)
- Haskell is the most prolific serial killer in the CSI franchise. He is also the serial killer who has made the most appearances.
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