Daniel in 1962
Daniel in 2008
|Portrayed by|| Keith Coulouris (1962) |
Ronny Cox (2008)
Daniel Patterson was a state Poet Laureate and a professor emeritus of literature at Powell University until he was arrested in 2008 for murdering his wife Nancy back in 1962 out of jealousy. He was renowned for writing Empty Rooms, a poetry book that has been in fact written by Nancy.
He married Nancy in 1961, a young secretary in her mid twenties, becoming a stepfather to her daughter Rachel. However, things began to take a turn for the worse. In spite of his PhD he was only ever able to turn out "mediocrity," wheras Nancy was turning out "Genius". He became consumed with jealousy towards Nancy, and deluded himself into believing that she had stolen his work. As a result, he formed a plan with the housekeeper Annette, to try and trick Nancy into thinking that she was going mad. Nancy, however, uncovered the deception when Rachel showed her one of her manuscripts and said it was in Daniel's desk. She confronted him, and he murdered her; partially out of rage and partially to keep her from revealing the deception. He made it look like Nancy hanged herself and then shipped Rachel off to a boarding school. Afterwards he published Nancy's poems and made them out to be his own.
The police reopened the case when a mysterious note was found. Daniel was able to convince most of the team that it had been a suicide, except for Scotty Valens. Scotty persisted and eventually learned about the drawing that Rachel had shown her mother. Scotty and Vera met with Daniel and accused him of stealing her work, showing him the page from Nancy's manuscript as proof (he claimed to never use a typewriter, whereas the manuscript was typewritten). Scotty and Vera proceeded to call him out on his manipulation of Annette, and the fact that he had allowed Rachel to spend 45 years believing that she might go crazy, as well as believing that she had pushed her mother over the edge. Daniel tried to justify his actions, but neither Scotty nor Vera were terribly impressed with Daniel's self serving logic. After he confessed they arrested him.