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  • Will Graham is a former FBI agent who recently retired to Florida with his wife Molly and their young son. Graham was a 'profiler'; one who profiles criminal's behavior and tries to put his mind into the minds of criminals to examine their thoughts while visiting crime scenes. Will is called out of his self-imposed retirement at the request of his former boss Jack Crawford to help the FBI catch an elusive serial killer, known to the press as the 'Tooth Fairy', who randomly kills whole families in their houses during nights of the full moon and leaves bite marks on his victims. To try to search for clues to get into the mind of the killer, Will has occasional meetings with Dr. Hannibal Lecktor, a charismatic but very dangerous imprisoned serial killer that Will captured years earlier which nearly drove him insane from the horrific encounter that nearly cost Will's life. With some help and hindrance, Will races against the clock before the next full moon when the 'Tooth Fairy' will strike again. Elsewhere, a local photographer named Francis Dollarhyde, the killer that Will is looking for, struggles to stay undetected while seeing a hope of redemption when be begins a relationship with a blind woman who is not aware of his double life.

    - Written by matt-282
  • In Florida, the retired FBI agent Will Graham is visited by his former chief and friend Jack Crawford. Graham lives with his wife Molly and their son Kevin in a seaside house and was retired after capturing the notorious Dr. Hannibal Lecktor that affected him and left Graham disturbed. Jack needs Graham to help him to trace the profile of the Tooth Fairy serial-killer that attacks in the full moon and has killed Mmes. Jacobi in Birmingham and Valerie Leeds in Atlanta and their families. Graham discusses with Molly and accepts the assignment, and he immediately visits the crime scenes and the dangerous Dr. Lecktor in prison to seek help to find the motives. Then Graham asks Jack to send his efficient agent Jimmy Price to Atlanta to seek fingerprints in the bodies of the members of the Leeds family. Soon they learn that the Tooth Fairy has contacted Dr. Lecktor that gave Graham's address to the serial-killer. Will Graham succeed in stopping the killer before the next full moon?

    - Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Former FBI profiler Will Graham returns to service to pursue a deranged serial murderer named "the Tooth Fairy" by the media.

    - Written by David


Will Graham (William Petersen) is a former FBI criminal profiler who has retired because of a breakdown after being attacked by a cannibalistic serial killer...

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