Amanda, you were with Cecil the night Jill lost Gideon.
— Hoffman confronts Amanda with his knowledge[src]

Amanda's Letter was an important item throughout the Saw franchise, primarily appearing in Saw III, IV and VI.


Amanda Young's Test

Amanda, you were with Cecil the night Jill lost Gideon. You killed their child. You know it and I know it, so do exactly as I say: Kill Lynn Denlon or I will tell John what you did.
— Amanda Young's letter[src]
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Hoffman, moments after preparing the letter

As John Kramer, better known as the Jigsaw Killer, came closer and closer to his death due to his cancer, he began to plan his final games. However, he also gained knowledge that his apprentice, Amanda Young, had started to doubt his methods and therefore manipulated her games, giving her test subjects no chance to survive. As he wanted her to become his successor after his death, John decided to test her as well and incorporated her in the games of Jeff and Dr. Lynn Denlon without her knowledge. Knowing this, Detective Mark Hoffman, John's other apprentice who had some sort of rivalry with Amanda, decided to manipulate her test to get rid of her. Only minutes before the games began in John and Amanda's hideout at the abandoned Gideon Meatpacking Plant, Hoffman wrote a letter to Amanda and placed it in the drawer of her desk. This letter was in fact a blackmailing letter. By unknown means, he had found out that she and her former boyfriend, Cecil Adams, were responsible for a robbery on a recovery clinic during which John's ex-wife, Jill Tuck, lost their unborn son, Gideon. To prevent him from telling John the truth, she had to kill Lynn Denlon. Unlike Amanda, Hoffman knew that Lynn and Jeff Denlon were husband and wife and therefore anticipated that Jeff would kill Amanda if she killed Lynn. (Saw III, VI)

Minutes later, Amanda returned to the hideout along with Lynn Denlon, who was quickly introduced to her test. She had to keep John alive until another victim finished his game, not knowing that this other victim was actually her husband. As Amanda watched the surveillance monitors, she occasionally returned to John to tell him about Jeff's progress. While Lynn prepared herself to perform a surgery on John in order to decompress his brain, Amanda went to him and sat at his bed. She told him that Jeff had just finished his first test in a freezer room where he had unsuccessfully tried to save another victim, Danica Scott. When she told John that Lynn was ready to perform the surgery on him he encouraged Amanda to stay strong and told her about the letter for her in her desk. (Saw III)


Amanda reads Hoffman's letter

As the game went on, Amanda's mental state worsened both due to the knowledge of John's impending death and her jealousy of the attention John gave to Lynn. While the game slowly came closer to its end, Amanda went to her makeshift surveillance room and read the letter. Realizing that Hoffman knew about her role in Gideon Kramer's death, she became even more distressed and bursted into tears. To take revenge on Hoffman she went to a room somewhere in the building in which Corbett Denlon, the daughter of Lynn and Jeff Denlon, had been held hostage and told her that she mustn't trust the one who would save her. As she already knew that Hoffman would be the one to free Corbett once the game was over, Amanda hoped that the girl would tell the cops about her warning and therefore give them a clue about Hoffman's identity as Jigsaw's apprentice. However, eventually Hoffman's plan worked out, ultimately resulting in the deaths of John and Amanda at the hands of Jeff Denlon. (Saw III, VI)

Police Raid

Shortly afterwards, the Metropolitan Police Department arrived at the plant. As they secured and searched the entire building, they discovered the many corpses of John Kramer's victims. All of them, as well as the bodies of John himself and Amanda Young, were sent to the morgue for their obduction by Dr. Adam Heffner, while the traps and other evidence, including Amanda's blackmailing letter, were taken to the police department's evidence room. (Saw IV, VI, 3D)

Pamela Jenkins

By unknown means, investigative journalist Pamela Jenkins got her hands on a copy of the letter. Therefore, she was eager to get an interview with Jill Tuck. To achieve her goal, she decided to ask Detective Hoffman for help. Shortly afterwards, she learned that another survivor of one of Jigsaw's games was at a local hospital. Anticipating that Hoffman would be there as well to interrogate the victim, Pamela went there as well and arrived shortly before the detective. During their discussion, Hoffman confronted her with her lurid twisting of facts for the sake of a better story, calling her irresponsible for it. Pamela, who claimed to report only facts to the public, claimed to know more about John Kramer than he might have thought and revealed to him that she had been at the probate court where she had learned about a black box left to Jill Tuck after the death of John. Seemingly annoyed by her obtrusive attitude, Hoffman acted unimpressed by her knowledge and asked her what she wanted. Pamela asked him to arrange an interview with Jill Tuck and in return promised to dial down her sensationalism. To fob her off, Hoffman told her that he'd see what he could do before he entered Simone's room and closed the door before Pamela.


Pamela shows the letter to Jill

To her surprise, Pamela actually received a letter shortly afterwards with Jill's address at 545 4th Street. Shortly afterwards, she arrived at the apartment of Jill, who wasn't happy to see her. Pamela showed her the blackmailing letter which Hoffman had anonymously written to Amanda, and asked Jill if she understood the meaning of this message. Jill denied this and told her to go. Unsatisfied with her visit, Pamela slid the letter under the door, telling her to call her back if she changed her opinion. Afterwards, she left and entered the elevator. However, by unknown means Hoffman had blocked the control panel and thereby deactivated the elevator. When she went back through the hallway, Hoffman attacked her from behind while covering his face with a pig mask and injected her with an anaesthetic. After she lost consciousness, he took her to the abandoned Rowan Zoological Institute, where he locked her up inside an animal enclosure. (Saw VI)

Mark Hoffman's Test

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Jill places the letter in front of the monitors

Meanwhile, Jill was shocked and furious by the revelation of Amanda's involvement in Gideon's death and the fact that Hoffman hadn't told her about the truth. Unknown to Hoffman, Jill's black box contained the instructions and means necessary to carry out John's final request, which was the test of Mark Hoffman. Therefore, she went to the Rowan Insitute where Hoffman had set up a game for William Easton, Pamela Jenkins' brother and manager of the Umbrella Health insurance company. She went to Hoffman's surveillance room and put a bag with a metallic device, a Reverse Beartrap, inside a locker. After that she placed the letter in front of the monitors before she went into hiding. When Hoffman arrived and sat down on his chair he was both surprised and shocked when he read the letter. Moments later Jill reentered the room and incapacitated him with an electric shock. While he was unconscious, she strapped him onto the chair and put the trap on his head.

When he woke up shortly afterwards, he was immediately frightened by the situation. Jill then approached him and showed him a photo of himself, revealing that the black box left to her by John had contained a sixth envelope, as John's final request for Jill was to test Hoffman. However as Jill was angered by the letter, she refused to give Hoffman any chance to survive and therefore had no key for him to escape the trap.

When the timer of the trap started to count down, Jill eventually left the room with the words "Game Over". Hoffman immediately panicked and furiously smashed his left hand with the frontal part of the trap in order to free himself from his restraints. He then tried to open the trap with a screwdriver. When this attempt remained unsuccessful and only a few seconds were left, Hoffman pushed the trap's frontal part between two metal bars on the door window to prevent it from bursting open completely. Eventually he managed to pull his head out of the trap but was heavily injured in the process as the trap had torn his right cheek apart. (Saw VI)


  • It is currently unknown if Hoffman found out about Amanda's role in Gideon's death in order to sabotage her game or if John already knew the truth about her and instructed Hoffman to write the letter.

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