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This was sent here, addressed to Jill. Hoffman knows her location.
— Palmer informs Gibson about Hoffman's video[src]

Officer Palmer is a fictional character from the Saw franchise as well as one of the secondary protagonists of Saw 3D. She was portrayed by Kim Schraner.


The Jigsaw Case

Palmer was an officer working for the Internal Affairs Division of the Metropolitan Police Department. At one point in his career, she got involved in the case of serial killer John Kramer, better known as the Jigsaw Killer, when he was already dead. Shortly after the victims of a new deadly game, set up by Jigsaw's successor, had been found at the abandoned Rowan Zoological Institute, Jigsaw's ex-wife, Jill Tuck, went to the police station and revealed the identity of John's successor, Detective Mark Hoffman, to Officer Matt Gibson in exchange for his protection and immunity.

Palmer tells Gibson about the disk

A few weeks later, Jill was taken into protective custody and taken to a safe house for key witnesses. Hoffman however quickly found out about her location and sent a disc addressed to Jill. Therefore, Palmer immediately informed Gibson about this. He then received a call from his partner, Officer Rogers, who informed him about an explosion at Pete's Auto Body, a junkyard at 58th Street, where Hoffman had previously set up another one of his game. Seconds later, Gibson heard another detonation in the background. Therefore, he told him to let the bomb squad search the junkyard before they went on with their investigation. Afterwards, he ordered Palmer to play the disc. The disc contained a video message recorded by Hoffman. In this message, he told Gibson to give Jill to him. In return, he promised to end the next game. If Gibson refused to take the offer, Hoffman threatened him that everyone would die. As Hoffman knew Jill's location, Gibson ordered Palmer to take Jill to one of the detention cells on the basement of the police station.

Palmer shows the surveillance recording to her colleagues

Shortly afterwards, he returned to the station himself and showed the video to Rogers after he arrived there as well. Thereby, he noticed a statue of an angel behind Hoffman, which looked somehow familiar to him. However, before he could further think about it, Palmer informed him that someone had sent her a video from a security camera in the downtown area. The video showed the abduction of Bobby Dagen, a supposed Jigsaw survivor, by Hoffman, who had covered his face with a pig mask. Bobby's wife, Joyce Dagen, and his crew had been reported missing as well, leading the officers to the conclusion that they were the victims of the new game Hoffman had talked about. After receiving these news, Gibson showed a photo of Bobby to Jill and asked her if she knew about him, which she denied. She also couldn't tell him if John knew about him. Therefore, Gibson and Rogers returned to the office room, where Palmer had received an e-mail with another video from Hoffman. He told Gibson to "look beyond the crossroads to the clear dawn", thereby hinting at an incident at the abandoned Crossroads Manufactory years ago which was the reason why Gibson had reported Hoffman to the Internal Affairs Department. Understanding the true meaning of this clue, Gibson went to the manufactory, accompanied by Rogers, while Palmer tried to get a trace on the e-mail. (Saw 3D)


Palmer calls Gibson

Eventually, Palmer was successfully able to trace the mail to the junkyard, where the victims of the latest game had been found earlier that night and immediately called Gibson. Shortly afterwards, her panicked colleague called her back after he had arrived at the scene and ordered her to call all officers back to the station immediately. However, before he could tell her the reason for his panic, their conversation was interrupted by several gunshots. As Gibson didn't respond, Palmer desperately asked what had happened.

Hoffman kills Palmer

Unknown to her, Gibson had found out that Hoffman had infiltrated the morgue in the body bag of Dan, one of the victims from the junkyard. Not knowing that Gibson had been killed by a trap set up by Hoffman, Palmer repeatedly tried to call him back. Thereby, she didn't notice how Hoffman calmly approached her from behind. Before she could react, Hoffman grabbed her from behind. Palmer immediately panicked and tried to fight him off until Hoffman broke her neck, killing her in the process. (Saw 3D)


When she was dead, he went to the heavy metal door leading to the cells and looked through the eyehole. Behind the door was another guard who observed Jill through a one-way-mirror. Therefore, Hoffman dragged Palmer's corpse to the door, placed her body in front of the eyehole and knocked the door to attract the guard. When he saw Palmer through the eyehole, thinking she was still alive, he opened the door. Hoffman embraced his chance and threw the corpse away. When the guard unlocked the door, Hoffman dragged him back into the room and stabbed his throat.

Palmer's corpse as well as the bodies of Jill Tuck, Rogers and numerous other police officers murdered by Hoffman, were found shortly afterwards. The events surrounding the massacre at the police station were reported to the public by the news channels the same night. Thereby, everyone with information about the whereabouts of Mark Hoffman was requested to go to the police immediately. (Saw 3D)


Palmer was a highly responsible police officer, eager to bring justice to criminals. As she had some skills when it came to IT techniques, she was a valuable member of the internal affairs department. Furthermore, she had a respectful and trustful relationship with her colleagues.

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