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Minor Character: Las Vegas
Terry Lee Wicker
Name Terry Lee Wicker
Gender Male
Family Unnamed father (status unknown)
Unnamed mother (status unknown)
Unnamed brother (deceased, killed by him)
Sylvia Wicker (sister)
Gina Farentino (ex-wife, deceased)
Kobe Farentino (son)
CityLas Vegas
Occupation Railroad maintenance worker (former)
Serial killer
Serial rapist
Status Deceased
Portrayed By John Hawkes
First Appearance Who and What
Terry Lee Wicker was a prolific serial killer and rapist who appeared in Who and What and its Without a Trace follow-up Where and Why.

Background

Terry grew up in a good family with his parents, brother, and sister. In spite of this, he suffered from an extreme proneness to violent outbursts of anger and an inability to handle conflicts. He, his father, and his brother would sometimes go to a quarry with metal detectors and look for hidden treasures. Terry often envied his brother, who would get to keep the best findings. One day, when they found a lion-shaped belt buckle, Terry became unable to control his anger and murdered his brother with a rock, taking the belt buckle for himself. His brother's death was attributed to having been caused by an accidental fall. Terry's short fuse stuck with him into adulthood. He eventually married one Gina Farentino, with whom he had a son, Kobe. During this time, Terry experienced inner peace, maybe for the first time in his life. At some point, Terry spent four years in Sing Sing for burglary. His marriage began deteriorating when his anger management problems returned. Afraid that he would hurt her or Kobe, Gina left with Kobe, telling him, as he was too young to remember the truth, that his father had died. After a brief stint as a railroad maintenance worker, Terry began riding the railroads, occasionally breaking into homes situated alongside them, raping and killing the residents, and stealing cash and valuables. He would sometimes stay with his sister in New York, who later had to reject him because her boyfriend and his children had moved in with her.

Who & What

Eventually, Terry showed up in Las Vegas, where he committed a double murder that drew the attention of Jack Malone of the FBI. He stole and the jewerly and cash from the house, pawned the jewels, and spent his winnings at the casinos. After he was done, he noticed a poster with his ex-wife's picture on it and tried to get her information through a payphone but was unsuccessful. Terry then committed another double murder and stole the couple's money and handgun before arriving at Gina's workplace. He wins big and runs into Gina, and the two have a huge fight over Kobe. When Gina shows Terry pictures of Kobe, he becomes very happy. He later kills Gina and later picks up Kobe, who recognized him and followed him onto the road. Later, Terry is pulled over by a police officer, whom he kills. He and Kobe then board an bus while he sends the cops on a false trail leading to a train.

Where & Why

After he hears reports of him and his son, Terry gets off the bus with Kobe, steals a car, and heads to Tuscon, Arizona. He visis the grave he made for Jason Taylor, a previous victim, and takes a medallion he buried, giving it to Kobe before ditching the car and buying two round-trip tickets to New York. Terry goes to the house he used to live in, kills the current resident, and watches a home video of him with Kobe. Kobe starts crying because of what Terry was doing and Terry calls in a call-girl to calm him down. Terry then formulates a plan to kill her, but Kobe tells Terry that he wants to watch the tape again. He gathers Kobe and prepares to leave when a painter interferes, causing Terry to (non-fatally) slash his arm. However, Kobe ends up escaping with Terry on his trail. Terry catches up to him, but then, he decides to let him go upon realizing what he is doing and decides to kill himself after getting a call from the FBI and talking with Jack Malone.

Modus Operandi

Terry found his victims by riding the railroads. After getting off of the train he rides in, he would seek out a house, burglarize it, and kill the men. He would also bludgeon the women to incapacitate them, usually rape them, and then finish them off with more beatings. During the latter part of his killings, Terry often covered the bodies of the victims as a sign of remorse. He usually used some blunt object from the house, like a baseball bat or a hammer, and sometimes took the murder weapon with him to use it in his next murder. Terry later stole a .45 automatic handgun, which he used in some of his murders. After killing the house residents, he would take cash from their wallets and leave the emptied wallets on a table with all its cards stacked on top of them.

Known Victims

  • His unnamed brother (was fatally hit on the head with a rock; the death was written up as an accident)
  • Unknown date and location in New York:
    • Jason's unnamed babysitter (bludgeoned with a baseball bat)
    • Jason Taylor (abducted and later killed in some unknown way)
  • Unknown date and location in Wyoming: Gaby Lawson
  • Unknown date and location in New Mexico: Emily Temper
  • Unknown date, Tuscon, Arizona: Tamara Fox
  • March 29, 2005, unknown location in Wyoming: Jean Peters
  • December 22, 2006, Boise, Idaho: Frances Charles (raped and bludgeoned with a fireplace poker)
  • At least eight unnamed women:
    • One unnamed woman in Colorado
    • Two unnamed women in Arizona
    • Two unnamed women in Texas
    • One unnamed woman in Ohio
    • One unnamed woman in Virginia
    • One unnamed woman in North Carolina
  • The 2007 killings:
    • Nevada:
      • The Davis home invasion:
        • Evan Michaels (apparently pushed against a table edge)
        • Carmen Davis (raped and bludgeoned with a hammer)
      • Christina and Julian Gardella (bludgeoned with the same hammer used to kill Carmen Davis; wife was presumably raped)
      • Gina Farentino (his ex-wife; fatally strangled)
      • Kobe Farentino (his son; held hostage; let go; was rescued in New York)
      • Officer Robinson (shot)
    • New York:
      • Ed Weiss (bludgeoned with a small statue)
      • Roxi (intended)
      • Thomas Michna (attempted, but survived; arm was non-fatally slashed)

Trivia

  • Terry was probably based on Ángel Maturino Reséndiz, also known as "the Railroad Killer", a Hispanic serial killer who would also hitch rides with trains, burglarize homes near the railways and kill the residents.

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