|“||When you were a child, your father used to cut you with knives as a sadistic gesture of intimacy. Rather than break the cycle of violence, you've escalated to carving up strangers who do no more than greet you.||”|
— Jigsaw confronts Patrick with his crimes.[src]
When Patrick was a child, he was frequently abused by his father, who cut him with knives either due to pure sadism or as some kind of sexual redirection activity. Because of his traumatic childhood, Patrick himself became mentally unstable. As he grew up, he adopted his father's torture methods and started to carve up other people he didn't even know. He was later arrested by Detective David Tapp. When the latter testified against him in court, he stated that he believed Patrick to be incurable. After serving his sentence, he was released from jail. (Saw II: Flesh & Blood)
Due to his crimes, he was eventually targeted by John Kramer, better known as the Jigsaw Killer. After his abduction, Patrick was taken to the abandoned Holmes Hotel. While he was unconscious, a cage-like device with spikes inside and outside was locked onto his head. Additionally, his hands were tied up behind his back. (Saw II: Flesh & Blood)
When he woke up again, Patrick realized that he had been kidnapped. A recorded message left on an answering machine confronted him with his traumatic childhood and his crimes. It also informed him about the contraption on his head, which would carve deeper and deeper into his skull every time he made a sudden movement, thereby forcing him to endure the pain he inflicted on others. (Saw II: Flesh & Blood)
Eventually, Michael Tapp, the son of Detective Tapp, made his way to the area where Patrick was held captive while facing one of Jigsaw's games on his own. As Michael progressed through an adjacent room, he saw Patrick through a hole in a decayed wall. Upon noticing his presence, Patrick ran forward and broke through the wall, which separated them. Despite the pain caused by the device he was wearing, Patrick rushed towards Michael and tried to kill him. While evading his attacks, Michael saw the words "X marks the spot" written on the floor in front of another decayed wall. Therefore, he made Patrick run against it. After the third time, Patrick suddenly broke through the wall and fell into a bottomless, dark pit, screaming in fear as he fell to death. (Saw II: Flesh & Blood)
Following his childhood and the physical and emotional pain his father inflicted on him, Patrick was severely traumatized and suffered from mental instability. As a result of the abuse, he developed similar sadistic tendencies when growing up. Eventually, Patrick got out of control and started attacking strangers who never harmed him in any way. While doing so, he showed no signs of remorse for his actions.
It could be assumed that he felt an emotional urge to hurt others like his father did, as he didn't hesitate to frequently attack Michael Tapp, despite the immense amount of pain he had to suffer on his own in the process. However, it's equally possible that he was driven by vengeance as Michael's father had previously arrested him.
Appearances and References
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