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Looks like our friend Jigsaw likes to book himself front row seats to his own sick little games.
— Kerry discovers a peephole at Mark Wilson's crime scene[src]

Detective Allison Kerry is a fictional character from the Saw franchise as well as a supporting protagonist of Saw, Saw II, and Saw III.

She was portrayed by Dina Meyer.

Biography

The Jigsaw Case

Allison Kerry was a homicide detective who worked for the Metropolitan Police Department. As a classic workaholic, she developed an obsession with her work, which was one of the reasons why she had no contact with her family anymore. At some point in her career, Kerry got involved in the investigation of a serial killer case. The first victim was a drug addict named Cecil Adams, who died of blood loss after falling into a cage filled with razor wire. He had eight parallel cuts on his face, and a jigsaw piece had been cut from his shoulder, leading to the killer being nicknamed "Jigsaw." Due to Cecil's unusual way of death, Kerry was assigned to a task force along with Detective David Tapp, Detective Steven Sing, Detective Mark Hoffman, and Detective Fisk. Unbeknownst to her colleagues, Kerry was in touch with the FBI and provided the special agents Peter Strahm and Lindsey Perez with information about the progress of the investigation. (Saw, Saw II, Saw IV, Saw V)

Seth Baxter's Death

Sometime later, another victim of Jigsaw was found in a deadly trap. A man named Seth Baxter had been cut in half by a large pendulum-shaped blade. Additionally, both of his hands were crushed by two mechanical vises. It turned out that the man used to be the boyfriend of Detective Hoffman's sister, Angelina Acomb. During a domestic dispute five years earlier, Seth killed her and was, therefore, sentenced to life in prison. However, he was released one month before his death due to a technicality. Due to Hoffman's personal connection to Seth, Kerry undertook the investigation. (Saw V)

Paul Leahy's Death

The next victim that was found was a 46-years-old drug addict named Paul Leahy. Jigsaw had chosen him to participate in one of his gruesome games because Paul had sliced his wrists earlier, not because of depression but rather to attract attention. Therefore, Jigsaw had taken him to a cellar. The back part of the basement area was fenced-in and, thereby, basically turned into a cage. This cage was almost entirely filled with razor wire. Upon examining the crime scene, the investigators found an audiotape, which Jigsaw had left for Paul. According to the tape, Paul was supposed to crawl through the razor wire to reach the exit door and save his life. However, the wounds he received in the process were so severe that he ultimately died of blood loss. When Tapp and Sing arrived, Kerry presented them with the recording. Furthermore, she found a peephole in the door to the adjacent room, indicating that Jigsaw had been present during Paul's game and watched his demise. (Saw, Saw IV, Saw V)

Mark Wilson's Death

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Kerry at Mark Wilson's crime scene

Shortly afterward, the detectives were called to another crime scene. The victim, a man named Mark Wilson, had been trapped in a pitch-dark room by Jigsaw. From an audiotape left by the killer, Mark learned that he was poisoned and could only survive by obtaining the antidote from a safe in the same room. To do so, he had to find the right combination among hundreds of numbers written all over the walls. Additionally, he was completely naked, and his body was slathered with a flammable substance. The only source of light was a small candle, which Mark had to use to see the numbers. However, upon trying to do so, Mark accidentally ignited the substance on his skin and burned to death as his body caught fire.

While investigating the crime scene, Kerry noticed another peephole in one of the walls and informed Tapp and Sing that she had already found a similar one at the place of Paul's death. Furthermore, the detectives found a penlight and immediately sent it to the forensic lab. Shortly afterward, the results came in, and the fingerprints were identified as those of Dr. Lawrence Gordon, a renowned oncologist. (Saw)

Amanda Young's Survival

Soon after Mark's body had been found, a woman named Amanda Young, who was also a drug addict, came to the police station after escaping one of Jigsaw's games. After a doctor examined her wounds, she was interrogated by Detective Tapp. Amanda told him how she had woken up at an unknown location and found herself strapped to a chair. While she was unconscious, Jigsaw had put a mechanical device on her head, which was hooked into Amanda's upper and lower jaw. According to Amanda, she received her instructions from a mechanical ventriloquist puppet, which spoke to her via a video recording. The doll described the device on her head as a "reverse beartrap," which would rip her mouth open if she didn't manage to free herself within 60 seconds. Therefore, she had to cut the key to the device from the stomach of her supposedly dead cellmate, Donnie Greco. When the tape ended, Amanda was able to free herself from the chair and ultimately obtained the key by disemboweling her fellow prisoner, who was, in fact, still alive at that point.

Detective Tapp and Detective Sing immediately went to the hospital where Lawrence Gordon was working and took him to the police station for interrogation. Upon their arrival, they requested Amanda Young to repeat her testimony in Gordon's presence as they wanted to see his reaction. The doctor was visibly shocked as Amanda described her traumatic experience. Furthermore, he was able to present them an alibi for the time of Mark Wilson's death. During that night, Gordon had met up with one of his medical trainees, Carla. When Carla confirmed his alibi, Gordon was allowed to leave. (Saw)

Steven Sing's Death

Sometime later, Detective Tapp seemingly achieved a breakthrough in the investigation. By further examining the video found at the location of Amanda Young's game, he spotted a graffito on a wall behind Jigsaw's puppet. This graffito was associated with K2K, a small gang from 118th street. Besides that, Tapp heard a fire alarm in the background and, therefore, checked the recent fire reports for the area. With Sing's assistance, he ultimately found out about a fire in a rear house that was close to an abandoned mannequin factory. Although they didn't expect to get a warrant, the detectives left the police station and went to the factory.

Minutes later, Tapp and Sing arrived and entered the building. Upon examining the location, they found the K2K graffito and recognized it as the same one from the video. When they searched the hideout, they suddenly heard a noise and, thereby, found a man named Jeff Ridenhour. Jeff had been strapped to another one of Jigsaw's traps. However, when the detectives wanted to free him, they heard the elevator. The two of them went into hiding, moments before Jigsaw arrived, disguised with a black cloak.

When he approached Jeff, the detectives came out of their hiding spot and held Jigsaw at gunpoint. However, the latter activated Jeff's trap, which caused two drills to approach his head, giving the detectives merely 20 seconds to save him. While Tapp took care of the killer and held him at gunpoint, he demanded him to tell Sing how to stop the trap and was told that a key would unlock the metal neck brace, which held Jeff's head in place. When Sing found a set of keys in a box, he desperately tried to find the right one among the dozens of keys. Having only a few seconds left, Sing decided to shoot the drills, saving Jeff's life in the process. However, this distracted Tapp, giving Jigsaw the chance to slash his throat with a hidden blade. When he ran away, Sing immediately pursued him. Thereby, he accidentally triggered a booby trap and was fatally shot, while Jigsaw was able to escape. (Saw)

Tapp, who survived his injury, was saved later on, along with Jeff Ridenhour. However, he suffered a mental breakdown due to his role in Sing's death. Furthermore, he was discharged from the police force for invading Jigsaw's hideout without a warrant. After that, Kerry became the new leading investigator in the case. (Saw, Saw II)

Michael Marks' Death

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Kerry and Eric at the crime scene

Several months later, Kerry was called to the murder scene of another Jigsaw victim, Michael Marks, whose corpse had been found in a basement during asbestos disposal. Michael had been forced to wear a metallic mask filled with nails and had 60 seconds to cut out the key, which had been surgically implanted behind his right eye. However, he didn't accomplish his task in time and was killed when the mask closed in on his head. When Kerry arrived, she found a message written at the ceiling, which said, "Look closer, Detective Matthews," referring to Detective Eric Matthews, her former partner with whom she had an affair in the past. Their relationship had ultimately resulted in Eric's alienation from his son, Daniel, and his wife, who subsequently filed for divorce. The first officer who arrived at the crime scene told her that Michael was one of Eric's informants. However, as he wasn't entirely sure about this, Kerry decided to call Eric for help. Although the latter wasn't happy to see her, he agreed to take a look at the corpse. Due to a tattoo on his leg, Eric was able to identify Michael as his informant. However, when he saw a jigsaw piece cut from Michael's skin and read the message Jigsaw left for him, he refused to help Kerry as he didn't want to have anything to do with the case nor with her.

Back at the police station, the events at the crime scene resulted in an argument between them. While Kerry was examining a video found at Michael's crime scene, Eric interrupted her and compared her to Jigsaw, claiming they had much in common as they both liked to play with other people. When Kerry apologized for her behavior at the crime scene and tried to convince Eric to help her, he reminded her that this was her case, and they were no partners anymore. Angered by this, she asked Eric when he stopped to be a cop, before leaving the office. (Saw II)

Eric Matthews' Test

However, when Eric deduced the true meaning behind Jigsaw's message, he was able to locate the killer's hideout at the Wilson Steel Plant due to an engraving on the trap. The next day, Kerry, accompanied by Eric and a SWAT team led by Sergeant Daniel Rigg, went to the building and sent Rigg in with three of his men, including a SWAT officer named Pete Baker. Unfortunately, the team accidentally activated a booby trap, resulting in the death of two officers and Officer Baker's legs being broken. Called in for reinforcements by Rigg, Kerry entered the building with Eric and the remaining SWAT team. Moments later, they finally found the Jigsaw Killer, who turned out to be a civil engineer and cancer patient named John Kramer.

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Kerry and Eric find the monitors

Sergeant Rigg ordered his men to arrest him. However, they refused to do so when John told Eric it'd be best if he stayed where he was until Eric took care of his "problem" and told him to watch at the surveillance monitors in the next room. Kerry, Rigg, and Eric entered the room. Upon looking at the monitors, they saw what appeared to be another one of Jigsaw's games. Eight people were trapped in a room, one of whom Eric recognized as his son, Daniel. When he saw the footage, Eric immediately attempted to attack John and angrily yelled at him, but was held back by Sergeant Rigg. John then explained the rules of his test to him. Eric's colleagues had to leave the room while Eric merely had to sit down and talk to John for two hours until a timer went off. If he would do that, he'd eventually see his son again.

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Kerry calls for the tech team

Kerry tried to calm Eric down. However, this attempt remained unsuccessful as Eric got more and more nervous, especially when the first victim, Gus Colyard, was killed by a booby trap only a few minutes after the game began. On Rigg's advice, Kerry called for a tech team to trace back the video broadcast. After another brief talk with John Kramer, Eric told his colleagues about his ultimatum: To save his son, he just had to sit down and talk to John until the end of the game. Kerry got in an argument with Rigg, who suggested to grill John about the victims' whereabouts by using violence. She told him this wouldn't work, stating that John fit a specific psychological profile. Eventually, she convinced Eric to agree to John's challenge and talk to him while she kept an eye on the progress of the game. As he took a seat at John's table, Eric placed a walkie-talkie beneath his chair, so his colleagues were able to listen to their conversation.

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Kerry learns about the people framed by Eric

When the second victim in the house, Obi Tate, died in another trap, Rigg repeated his suggestion to make John tell them about the house by violation as they were just wasting time. Kerry, however, still insisted on keeping the situation calm as long as possible. Meanwhile, Eric became more and more distressed as the game went on, and the tech team was running late. Therefore, Kerry formulated a new plan: As she thought John was proud of his work and that it meant everything to him, she told Eric to threaten John to destroy all of his construction plans and notes in the hideout. Eric did so but was, in turn, only provoked by John. The killer was rarely impressed by Eric's outburst of rage, which came to an end when the tech team finally arrived and received their instructions from Kerry. As Eric refused to play the game and talk to John any longer, the latter told him and his colleagues to look in the drawer of a desk located in the same room as the monitors. As Kerry did so, she found a bunch of old case files. Those were the files of the seven other prisoners in the house - Gus Colyard, Obi Tate, Jonas Singer, Laura Hunter, Xavier Chavez, and Amanda Young, the first known survivor of Jigsaw's games. All those people were unjustly incriminated by Eric for crimes they didn't commit after he had faked the evidence in several cases.

When the game in the house got out of control as one of the victims, Xavier, started to kill the other prisoners and pursued Daniel and Amanda, Eric brutally beat John up to make him reveal Daniel's whereabouts. Kerry tried to stop him but was held back by Rigg. When Eric threatened John with his gun, the latter offered to take him to the house but demanded to go there with Eric alone. Eric agreed and left the building with John in a hidden elevator. As they left the building, Kerry sent the SWAT team after them while she stayed with SWAT Officer Joe and the tech team, which traced the video feed back to an address at 237 North Hyde Crescent shortly afterward. However, when Rigg and his team arrived there, they realized the game had taken place in a different house and was already over long before they even arrested Jigsaw. Upon learning that the video feed was merely a recording, Kerry told the team to come back. As the timer eventually went off, a safe in John's hideout suddenly opened and revealed Daniel Matthews, who had been locked up in the safe all the time. (Saw II)

Compunction

When Eric didn't return, his colleagues eventually concluded that he had become a victim of Jigsaw as well. Shortly after the game, Kerry found out, probably due to Daniel's testimony, that Amanda Young was, in fact, Jigsaw's accomplice and had merely pretended to be a victim in the game. Desperate to find Eric, Kerry began to feel guilty for his disappearance as she thought it likely wouldn't have happened if she didn't push him to help her. These feelings of guilt caused her to have nightmares in which she saw him, which worsened her emotional state even more. (Saw II, Saw III)

Troy's Death

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Kerry at Troy's crime scene

Six months later, Kerry was called to an elementary school by Rigg, who had found the crime scene of another game, which the victim, Troy, didn't survive. When she arrived, she immediately asked if the victim was Eric, but Detective Mark Hoffman, who was investigating the crime scene, told her it wasn't him. He also informed her that the victim had been held in place by eleven chains piercing his body and was eventually killed by a nail bomb. However, she got suspicious when she learned that the SWAT team had to cut the door open as it had been welded shut, giving Troy no chance to escape even if he would've passed his test. This detail led her to the conclusion that someone else was responsible for the game. Seconds later, a member of the forensic team told her that the videotape containing the instructions for Troy's game was still intact, despite the explosion. (Saw III)

Abduction

Eager to find Eric and finally put an end to Jigsaw's games, Kerry took the video from Troy's crime scene and a bunch of photos and files with her to continue her research at home. While she watched the video over and over again, she suddenly saw herself on the TV screen. Realizing that she was filmed from inside her closet, Kerry shot right through its door. When she searched the closet, she found the camera and removed it, but was then subdued by an invader with a pig mask, who had sneaked up on her. Amanda Young and Detective Hoffman, who was an accomplice of Jigsaw as well, abducted her and placed her in one of Jigsaw's traps. (Saw III)

Death

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Kerry in the trap

When Kerry woke up again, she immediately realized what had happened to her and started to panic. Moments later, a TV turned on in front of her. Jigsaw's ventriloquist puppet appeared on-screen and revealed to Kerry that she was abducted because of her obsession with her work. It told her to grab the key to her trap from an acid-filled beaker hanging in front of her. Otherwise, the trap would kill her after 60 seconds by tearing her rib cage apart. When the tape ended, and the TV turned off, Kerry further panicked and tried to tip the acid out of the beaker. However, this wasn't possible as it was held in place by two chains. After some initial hesitation, she finally tried to get the key but pulled her hand back due to the massive amount of pain. Nonetheless, she could bring herself to try it once again and eventually got the key from the glass, which she used to open the lock of her device. Unfortunately, the lock was without function, destroying her remaining hope to survive. Mere seconds before the timer expired, Amanda entered the room. Kerry recognized her and realized it was her who had manipulated Troy's trap as well as her own. Moments later, the timer went off, causing the trap to tear her rib cage apart. (Saw III)

Post-Mortem

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Kerry's corpse

Four days later, Detective Hoffman, accompanied by a SWAT team led by Rigg and Officer Lamanna, found her corpse. Despite Hoffman telling him to stand back, Rigg panicked and ran straight to her as he hoped she was still alive. However, his hopes were in vain. Shortly afterward, the crime scene was investigated by a forensic team joined by Detective Fisk, when the FBI agents Peter Strahm and Lindsey Perez arrived. They told Hoffman about a key and a message supposedly sent to them by Kerry, thereby revealing that she had been their contact person. Upon examining the corpse, Fisk found a bullet shell clamped between the device and the body, which Hoffman ordered to be checked for fingerprints. When Agent Perez found the open lock of the trap, she quickly concluded that this wasn't a real Jigsaw trap. However, when Hoffman said it was probably a trap built by Amanda Young, Agent Strahm negated this as Kerry weighed approximately 130 pounds. Amanda Young, on the other hand, weighed only 107 pounds according to her arrest report. Therefore, she couldn't have placed Kerry in the trap on her own, leading to the conclusion that a third, yet unknown, person assisted her and John Kramer. Kerry's corpse was then taken to the morgue, where Dr. Adam Heffner performed the autopsy on her body. (Saw IV, Saw VI)

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Kerry's picture at the memorial

After John Kramer's and Amanda Young's deaths at the hands of Jeff Denlon, another one of their victims, Kerry and her deceased colleagues - Daniel Rigg, Eric Matthews, David Tapp, and Steven Sing - were given a memorial. A picture of her stood next to those of her colleagues. On this occasion, Detective Hoffman and the Chief of Police each delivered a speech to honor them and their efforts. (Saw III, Saw V)

Personality

Kerry was a hard-working detective who dedicated most of her life to her work. Therefore, she neglected any interpersonal relationships and eventually lost contact with her family. As she spent so much time at crime scenes and in other situations related to death, Kerry got to a point were she preferred the presence of a cold body instead of a living human being, causing her to become emotionally numb to a certain extent. She was also kind of selfish as she had an affair with her former partner, Eric Matthews, even though she probably knew he was married.

She was eager to solve the Jigsaw Case and was always anxious to be in control of the investigation. However, she was also capable of stronger feelings for other people. For six months, she blamed herself for Eric's abduction by Jigsaw as she was the one who pushed him to help her. These feelings of guilt got worse over time, causing her to have nightmares in which she saw Eric. While she initially had a rather dominant personality, this changed after Eric's disappearance, indicating that she suffered from depression.

Trivia

  • In Jigsaw, a newspaper article about the raid on Wilson Steel can be seen in the hidden closet in Eleanor Bonneville's studio. It includes a picture of Kerry and the SWAT, moments before entering the building.
  • Saw III was criticized by many fans for not giving Kerry a larger role as she was supposed to be a lead character throughout the franchise.
  • Detective Allison Kerry was the first main character to die in an inescapable trap i.e. The Angel Trap that was made for her execution.

Appearances and References

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