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|“||This cop, he was harassing me, making me relive it again and again! He wouldn't leave me alone!||”|
— Jeff blames David Tapp for his suicide attempt[src]
He was voiced by Dex Manley.
Jeff Ridenhour was a severely depressed man who struggled to deal with the challenges of everyday life. His desperation worsened to the point where he tried to kill himself. However, Jeff survived somehow. Due to his attempted suicide, he was eventually targeted by John Kramer, better known as the Jigsaw Killer. (Saw: The Video Game, Saw II: Flesh & Blood)
Sometime later, John abducted Jeff, took him to his lair in an abandoned industrial building at 213 Stygian Street, and strapped him to a mechanical chair before leaving his hideout again. (Saw: The Video Game, Saw II: Flesh & Blood)
Shortly afterward, Detective David Tapp and Detective Steven Sing, two homicide detectives who worked for the Metropolitan Police Department, managed to find and break into the building. When they searched the hideout, they suddenly caught a sound and discovered Jeff, still strapped to the mechanical chair. However, when they heard a nearby elevator, they went into hiding and observed Jigsaw as he approached Jeff and told him that he wanted to use him to test a bigger project. At this moment, the detectives left their hiding spot and aimed their weapons at Jigsaw. Jigsaw reacted quickly and activated the mechanical chair by stepping on a pressure button on the floor. Thereby, two drills started to approach Jeff's head from both sides. While Sing desperately tried to deactivate the contraption, Tapp held Jigsaw at gunpoint. Even though Jigsaw told them that the key to the trap was in a box next to Jeff, Sing couldn't find the right one in time as there were dozens of keys attached to the key ring. In the last nick of time, Sing saved Jeff nonetheless by shooting the drills. However, the shots distracted Tapp and allowed Jigsaw to slash his throat with a hidden blade and run away. Sing pursued him and shot him in a hallway, causing him to collapse. Thinking that he was dead, Sing approached his body and thereby stepped on a tripwire. This carelessness proved to be fatal as the wire triggered another trap, which caused Sing to be killed by four shotguns attached to the ceiling beam. Afterward, Jigsaw, who wore some kind of bulletproof body armor under his cloak, left the factory without any significant injuries. (Saw: The Video Game, Saw II: Flesh & Blood)
Tapp, who survived his injury, was saved later on, along with Jeff Ridenhour, after Jigsaw called an ambulance. However, he suffered a mental breakdown due to his role in Sing's death. As they had entered Jigsaw's hideout without a warrant, Tapp was put on probation by Chief Henry Jacobs. Jeff felt guilty because a good cop had died to save him, even though he had previously tried to throw away his life. Therefore, Jeff expressed his remorse and grief over Sing's death by writing a confession.
Likewise, Tapp felt guilty for Sing's death and wasn't willing to accept Jacobs' decision. Hoping to receive any information about the killer, Tapp repeatedly contacted Jeff. However, the latter couldn't answer his questions and eventually tried to commit suicide again when the former detective didn't stop harassing him. (Saw: The Video Game, Saw II: Flesh & Blood)
David Tapp's Test
Due to this second attempt to kill himself, he was eventually abducted by Jigsaw again. He took him to the abandoned Whitehurst Insane Asylum and strapped him to a metal platform in the asylum's theater in a standing position. Behind the platform was a machine with several long, thin, pointy metal spikes that could impale his body.
Upon waking up, Jeff immediately panicked when he saw Jigsaw. When asking him if he hadn't suffered enough already, Jigsaw confronted him with his attempted suicide, promising that he would know the value of life the closer he came to losing it. Jeff told him that Tapp had kept harassing him after the escape from Jigsaw's hideout to get information about the killer. This frequent harassment was also the reason for his second attempted suicide as Jeff saw no other way to escape his situation. Jigsaw, however, told him that he'd learn soon that there was no escape. He asked Jeff if he genuinely wanted to die, which the latter negated. Therefore, Jigsaw confronted him once more with his second attempted suicide after escaping his first trap. To defend himself, Jeff blamed Tapp for having caused him to make this decision. After that, Jigsaw disappeared.
Shortly afterward, Tapp, who was also trapped in the asylum, reached the theater. As he approached Jeff, a TV turned on in front of them. A mechanical ventriloquist puppet appeared on-screen and once more confronted Jeff with his repeated attempts of suicide. Thereby, it also told him that Tapp was now the only one who could save him and gave the latter his instructions. Finally, several symbols briefly appeared on 16 TV screens in front of them, before disappearing again.
When the tape ended, and the TV turned off again, Tapp tried to find the corresponding symbols just as Jigsaw had told him. For every mistake, one of the metal spikes behind Jeff would rush forward and pierce his body. After too many errors, the final spike would impale his head, killing him in the process. Eventually, Tapp managed to accomplish his task, resulting in Jeff being released from the trap. He fell to his knees and was only able to stand up under great pain. As Jeff recognized Tapp, he was distraught to see him, and despite the latter's attempts to calm him down, he angrily yelled at him. When Tapp assured him that they could beat Jigsaw together, Jeff merely insulted him and left Tapp, stating that he was now on his own. (Saw: The Video Game)
Later that night, Jeff was released from the asylum after Tapp had chosen to let go of his pursuit of Jigsaw in exchange for the freedom of all the victims trapped at Whitehurst. However, his briefly regained will to live didn't last long, and he was haunted by his traumatic experience. Therefore, Jeff finally committed suicide by shooting himself in the head two days after his escape. (Saw: The Video Game, Saw II: Flesh & Blood)
Jeff Ridenhour was a man who suffered from severe depressions due to his inability to handle the usual stress of everyday life. Jeff's depressive state of mind worsened over time and ultimately caused Jeff to repeatedly try to kill himself. However, when he ended up in the Jigsaw Killer's deadly traps twice, he desperately begged for his survival, showing that he had at least some remaining will to live. However, in the end, he fell back into old patterns and ultimately ended his own life.
One particular factor that worsened his mental condition even more was the continuous harassment by David Tapp after Jeff's first escape from Jigsaw. Therefore, Jeff developed a strong, personal grudge against the detective. During their final conversation at Whitehurst, he openly expressed his anger and hatred for Tapp and left him behind immediately after being freed from Jigsaw's trap. This behavior indicated that Jeff was barely interested in Jigsaw being arrested, as he only wanted to be left alone by everyone around him. Nonetheless, Jeff wasn't incapable of feeling empathy for others, as shown by his hand-written confession. Following his salvation by Steven Sing, Jeff felt sorry for the detective's death and deemed it unfair that an innocent young man had to die for him to be saved.
- Jeff was named "Jeff Thomas" in a newspaper article written by Oswald McGillicutty.
Appearances and References
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