Dexter skinning people in his sleep

In the first book, Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Dexter wonders if he might be killing people as the Ice Truck Killer in his sleep. One possibility is that the writers decided to run with this and since Dexter experienced the thrill of a new, outside of the code, kill he's been skinning people in his sleep.


Also, remember what Dexter said at the end of season 2, about the "need to explore new rituals." So far in season 3, he's followed the same basic manner of killing/dismembering people. The skinning would be his first real step into a new ritual.


This would also be something new to the story as the only current suspects are cops and Deb's love interests, which would be predicable and pretty uncreative since the first two seasons went there already.

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Nov 9, 2008 11:17PM EST

Good idea! I never thought of that.

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Nov 9, 2008 11:35PM EST

Good theory. I think Ill look back over the episodes to see is there any clues.

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Nov 9, 2008 11:43PM EST

One very slight, possible hint at it, stephensjoe: When Dexter sees Wendel at the station and asks himself whether Wendel would remember him. Dexter resolves "you can never be too careful." Another person who could identify Dexter is Freebo's girlfriend, another victim of the skinner.

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Nov 10, 2008 12:04AM EST

It is a bad theory. Why? You may ask! What about the Freebo's Girlfriend's Pimp. You know the guy that Deb goes to get information on Teegan. Dexter Never meets the guys, so he cant be the skinner.

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Nov 10, 2008 12:31AM EST

It's only an idea, wolverine. It very well could be someone else. BTW, thanks for the post on stopping the posts to spyware-laden, pay-to-see false links.
As for my idea, I was wondering about Tegan's pimp as well. He doesn't necessarily implicate Dexter like Tegan and Wendel.
However, how would someone know that Deb talked to Tegan's pimp, let alone that she was on the case and so to follow her. If someone was drafting off of her case, they'd need to have access to either Deb or police files. Dexter has both. And if memory serves, this was when the police force was acting irritatingly efficient, according to Dexter, and he was racing to find Freebo first.
Who do you think did it?

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Nov 10, 2008 4:06AM EST

It can't be Dex for the simple and plain reason that if he was the skinner, the fans wouldn't like him anymore. Dexter only kills "bad guys" and is actually saving lives by doing so. That's why we don't mind him killing and we like him. He's the protagonist, the hero, he can't be the skinner (killing innocent kids etc.). I'd personally be very disappointed if he happens to be the skinner, wouldn't you?Thanks for sharing this story though, it was interesting.

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