I know who you are.
— The anonymous stalker note[src]

Hoffman's Stalker Notes are important items in the Saw franchise, appearing in Saw V and 3D.




Hoffman finds the letter

Detective Mark Hoffman was a homicide detective working for the Metropolitan Police Department. At one point, he got in the case of a serial killer known as Jigsaw. Early on during this series of murders, Seth Baxter, the ex-boyfriend and murderer of Hoffman's sister, Angelina Acomb, was released from prison after five years due to a technicality, as he was originally sentenced to life in prison. Therefore, Hoffman planned his revenge on him and decided to kill him by imitating the Jigsaw Killer's modus operandi in order to make the murder seem like another one of the killer's crimes. Unknown to him, John Kramer, the real Jigsaw Killer was watching him. After Seth's death in a gruesome trap, Hoffman's colleagues soon found his humiliated corpse and informed Hoffman. Shortly afterwards, Hoffman found an envelope with his name on it on his desk. This envelope contained only a single message: "I know who you are." Alerted by this, Hoffman left the station. When he arrived at home, he was attacked and abducted by John Kramer, who had found out about the murder of Seth and had therefore written the letter. During Hoffman's brief captivity, John convinced him to become his apprentice. (Saw V)

Déjà Vu


Gordon writes the letter

The two of them continued their brutal and vicious games and ultimately, John died at the hands of Jeff Denlon, one of his victims. Unknown to Hoffman, John secretly had another accomplice, Dr. Lawrence Gordon, who had once been one of their test subjects himself. Shortly after the announcement that the Jigsaw murders were over, Gordon wrote a letter to Hoffman with exactly the same message as John. When Hoffman returned from a memorial where he and his deceased colleagues were honored for their work on the case, he found the letter on his desk and immediately remembered the first time he had received such a message. However, he initially thought that it had been written by Special Agent Peter Strahm, who suspected him as another accomplice of Jigsaw, and therefore prepared a complex plan to throw suspicion on Strahm while protecting his own identity. (Saw V, 3D)


  • When Lawrence Gordon writes the note in Saw 3D, the handwriting looks different than the one in Saw V.

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