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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier Twin Peaks
The Final Dossier

Written by Mark Frost

(Page numbers come from the hardcover 1st printing, October 2017)


Agent Preston submits her follow-up report of the Cooper investigation and the events in Twin Peaks 25 years after Cooper's disappearance.


Didja Know?


The book's author is Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost.


The book is mostly divided into sections based on Agent Preston's file folders of citizens of Twin Peaks, with some divergent folders on linked topics. I have chosen to divide this study into like sections.


Characters appearing in this novel


FBI Field Agent Tamara Preston

FBI Deputy Director Gordon Cole

The Archivist/Major Briggs (deceased)

Leo Johnson (deceased)

Albert Rosenfield

Windom Earle (missing, presumed deceased)

Shelly McCauley/Johnson/Briggs

Jean Renault (deceased)

Jacques Renault (deceased)

Bernard Renault (deceased)

Harry S. Truman (former sheriff of Twin Peaks)

Mr. McCauley (Shelly's father, divorced, whereabouts/status unknown)

Mrs. McCauley (Shelly's mother, divorced, deceased)

Bobby Briggs

Laura Palmer (deceased or missing)

Becky Briggs

Dr. Will Hayward

Pete Martell (deceased)

Andrew Packard (deceased)

Dell Mibbler (deceased)

Ben Horne

Audrey Horne

Agent Dale Cooper

Jerry Horne

Sheriff Frank Truman

Richard Horne (deceased)

Eileen Hayward (deceased)

Donna Hayward

Lana Budding Milford

Harriet Hayward

Gersten Hayward

Steven Burnett

Norma Jennings

Chad Broxford

Sylvia Horne

Johnny Horne


Warden Dwight Murphy (deceased)

Lawrence Jacoby

Jasmin Caspari

Marty Lindstrom (deceased)

Ilsa Lindstrom (deceased)

Vivian Niles

Roland Blackburn (deceased)

Annie Blackburn

Nadine Hurley

Mrs. Gertz (Nadine's mother)

Ernie Niles (deceased)

Hank Jennings (deceased)

Josie Packard (deceased)

Agent Denise Bryson

Jean Renault (deceased)

Simon Halliwell

Douglas Milford (deceased)

Caroline Earle (deceased)

Samuel Dash (deceased)

Richard Nixon (deceased)

Diane Evans

Diane Evans tulpa (deceased)

Dwayne Milford (deceased)

Robert Jacoby (deceased)

Dr. Jost Poepjes

Ralph Nader

Big Ed

James Hurley

Leland Palmer (deceased)

Deputy Andy Brennan

Deputy Chief Hawk

Cooper doppelganger (aka Mr. C.; deceased)

William Hastings (deceased)

Ruth Davenport (deceased)

Phyllis Hastings (deceased)

Ray Monroe (deceased)

Phillip Jeffries


Duncan Todd (deceased)

Ronette Pulaski

Sarah Palmer

Mr. Novack (Sarah Palmer-nee-Novack's father) 



Didja Notice?




The half-dust-jacket fold-over on the hardcover edition of the book has a photo of the Great Northern similar to the one on the cover of The Secret History of Twin Peaks, but is a more recent photo taken from a slightly different perspective. White Tail Falls is flowing much less strongly than on the earlier cover. The flow of the real world falls (Snoqualmie Falls) varies throughout the year.


The front and back flaps of the half-dust-jacket book cover on the hardcover edition feature an abbreviated version of FBI Field Agent Tamara Preston's interoffice memorandum to Deputy Director Gordon Cole found more fully on pages 1-2 of the book.


The inside of the half-dust-jacket features a panoramic shot of what appear to be stars in space, with some kind of gas or mist or something spread across them.


   The front cover itself features an emblem of what seems to be the proverbial "scales of justice", with seven stars, two laurel wreaths, and a shield symbol. The emblem is also seen on FBI documents inside the book. I've not been able to track down this exact emblem as belonging to the FBI (or find it anywhere else). In The Secret History of Twin Peaks, the correct, real-world FBI emblem is seen on documents. I don't know why Frost went from using the correct FBI emblem in the earlier book to a seemingly-fictitious one here; reportedly, depiction of the FBI seal in commercial media or products without permission is illegal, so Frost may have had to make a compromise for this book. (The FBI files provided to Cole by Preston also have this seal at the bottom of the last page of each, encircled by the words "Certified by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Justice Information Services Division"; this is an actual division of the FBI.)
   The cover also has a small tetractys of the decad (a mystic symbol used in the form of worship called Pythagoreanism) on it. The tetractys is also a part of the triangle motif on the back cover of the half-dust-jacket.
   Hard to see in the scan, but the top right corner of the book cover has two small rectangles impressed in, labeled "INITIAL" and "DATE", as if it were the cover of a file folder or some other official document cover.
   The spine of the book shows a string of three diamonds, each halved into equilateral triangles (as well as the "scales of justice" seal).
Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier book spine
Front cover Symbol on book spine


Another tetractys is found on page iii of the book. The three reddish-brown triangles in the middle of it forms something similar to the emblem for signs indicating a fallout shelter in the United States. A similarly-shaped tattoo was found behind Major Briggs' ear in Episode 20: "Checkmate".
tetractys fallout shelter sign Briggs-tattoo
Tetractys Fallout shelter sign (by Ericmetro, from Wikipedia) Triangular marks behind Major Briggs'
ear in Episode 20: "Checkmate"


Page xi, the "title page" of the book, has an image of a blue rose (presumably blue; the photo is black and white). The same photo appears at the end of the book.


On page 1, the interoffice memorandum to Gordon Cole from Tamara Preston is dated September 6, 2017. This is more than a year after the assignment date of Agent Preston's examination into the Archivist's dossier detailed in The Secret History of Twin Peaks. It seems that Season Three takes place after Preston's work in The Secret History of Twin Peaks and then she compiles the Twin Peaks dossier we read in this book, but there is confusion about the years in which all these take place (the "25 years later" scenario would seem to place everything in 2014, but Season Three never quite confirms that and then we have these two books dated as occurring in 2016 and 2017).


At the end of the memorandum, Preston signs it as Tamara Preston, Field Agent, Blue Rose Task Force. She was inducted into the task force in Part 12 of Season Three. 


Leo Johnson


The logo of Calhoun Memorial Hospital seen on Leo's autopsy report has also changed from that seen in The Secret History of Twin Peaks. In the earlier book, the logo features a version of the Vitruvian Man by Leonardo Da Vinci. Here, the logo is closer to the one seen on the Calhoun hospital sign in the original series.
Calhoun logo (Final Dossier) Calhoun sign Calhoun logo (TSHOTP)
Calhoun logo in The Final Dossier Calhoun Memorial Hospital sign Calhoun logo in The Secret History of Twin Peaks


On page 4, Leo Johnson's autopsy report reveals that his middle name is Abel.


Leo's autopsy was conducted by Albert Rosenfield on April 1, 1989.


Albert remarks that when Cro-Magnon and Neanderthal went their separate ways, Leo's forebears took the path less traveled. Neanderthals, of course, are an extinct species (or possibly subspecies) of humans who co-existed with Cro-Magnon humans for 10-15,000 years during the Stone Age of humanity and are believed to have been driven extinct by Cro-Magnons through competition or adaptability. The "path less traveled" is an idiom paraphrased from the 1916 poem by Robert Frost, "The Road Not Taken".


    As Albert points out in the autopsy report, tarantulas are only mildly venomous and their bite is not fatal to humans, so could not have caused Leo's death. He suggests that Windom Earle's use of them against Leo is due to spent too much time watching Vincent Price movies and not enough studying arachnids. Vincent Price (1911-1993) was an actor famously known for his horror film roles.

    Albert finds that it was five gunshots to the left side of his chest that did Leo in. The murderer is unknown; Albert assumes it was Windom Earle (he does note that scuff marks near the cabin's door suggest the killer set his feet bureau style), but if Episode 29:_"Beyond Life and Death" is any indication, there was no time for Earle to have returned to his cabin to kill Leo. Leo is seen still alive after Earle enters the Black Lodge and his soul is "taken" by BOB. So, who killed Leo? If it was a bureau man, maybe it was Gordon, seeking to free the beauteous Shelly from her abusive husband?! Possibly, Major Briggs could have led him (or others) to Earle's commandeered cabin.

   Albert notes that Leo had traces of birthday cake in his hair. Not sure why this would be (his birthday wasn't until April 25th according to the Twin Peaks card set), unless he had not been thoroughly bathed since his head fell into his welcome home cake way back in Episode 13:_"Demons".


Albert finds that the cartilage of Leo's sinus cavities were 80 percent "scorched or burned away", noting "things go better with crystal meth." He is referring to the illegal recreational drug methamphetamine hydrochloride (street name, crystal meth), which is often inhaled through the nose like cocaine, causing damage to nasal cartilage over time. His use of "things go better with" is a reference to the commercial slogan "Things go better with Coke" used by the Coca-Cola company in the 1960s-70s.


On page 6, Albert mentions Boise and Bishop, cities in Idaho and California.


Albert notes another bullet lodged near Leo's lower lumbar spine from an injury a few weeks earlier. This would have been from the gunshot fired by Shelly in Episode 5: "Cooper's Dreams".


On page 6, Albert refers to Twin Peaks as East Rubesville. "Rubesville" is a term used disparagingly to describe a small town of unsophisticated hicks. His adding "East" to it makes it worse, as it's not even the main district of the town.


Also on page 6, Albert says Leo's truck and house were repossessed shortly after his death.


Page 6 reveals that Shelly's maiden name is McCauley.


Albert also refers to Shelly as Gordon's "girl I'd most like to take to the prom". Gordon was seen to be quite smitten with Shelly when he met her in Episode 25: "On the Wings of Love".


Despite the usual rave reviews for the RR Diner (not including Vivian's review), Albert gives it only a quarter-star.


On pages 6-7, Albert quotes William Claude Dukenfield as saying "I'd rather be in Philadelphia." William Claude Dukenfield was better known as W. C. Fields (1880-1946), an American comedian and actor of both stage and screen. He once wrote a mock epitaph for himself, "I Would Rather Be Living in Philadelphia."


On page 7, Albert writes that Gordon is undoubtedly luxuriating in his silk smoking jacket enjoying a fruity French Bordeaux with one of his imported "nieces". In Season Three, Gordon appears in a very similar scene. Since Albert's note here was written in 1989, we must assume that Cole has a long-established habit of womanizing!


    Also on page 7, Albert writes a warning reference to Twin Peaks that the Turk is coming and the world is changing. "The Turk" is presumably a reference to the Turkish Ottoman Empire which rose to encompass significant portions of the Middle East, Europe, and Africa from 1299-1566.

   Albert also refers to the citizens of Twin Peaks as "country volk". Volk is German for "simple people".


On page 7, Albert refers to Gordon as a "cosmopolitan swell". "Swell" is an English term for (approximately) an elegant person.


In the P.S. to Albert's autopsy report on Leo, he remarks on the recent spate of criminal deaths in Twin Peaks: "Jean Renault, Jacques Renault, Leo Johnson, and some other dirtbag drug dealer in the woods whose melodious name escapes me." This is presumably a reference to Bernard Renault, killed by Leo and whose covered body is shown to Ben Horne by Leo in the woods in Episode 4: "The One-Armed Man".


Shelly Johnson


Shelly's maiden name was McCauley. She was the only child of a marriage ending in divorce, "exacerbated by alcoholism and repeated incidents of spousal abuse." Her father left Twin Peaks, never to be seen again, and Shelly lived with her mother. She was a bright student, but dropped out at the end of her junior year when she met Leo.


Shelly and Bobby had known each other since elementary school. They were dating even before Bobby started seeing Laura Palmer.


Shelly and Bobby were seen in public together a few weeks after Leo's death. They married in Reno almost a year after Leo's death.


About Shelly and Bobby's marriage, Preston remarks, "Marry in haste, repent in leisure." This is a popular paraphrasing of a line that originally appeared in William Congreve's 1693 comedic play The Old Batchelour. Agent Cooper said this same thing about Dougie Milford's nearly seasonal weddings in Episode 18: "Masked Ball".


Seven months after their wedding, Shelly and Bobby had their daughter, Rebecca (Becky).


Hornes and Haywards


The explosion at the Twin Peaks Savings and Loan mentioned here occurred in Episode 29:_"Beyond Life and Death".


Some additional detail into Ben Horne's circumstances and condition at the time of his head injury in Episode 29:_"Beyond Life and Death" is given here.


Page 20 says that after "Cooper" (really the doppelganger, henceforth referred to as "Mr. C." in this study as he is by his criminal cohorts in Season Three) smashed his head against the bathroom mirror in his room at the Great Northern, Dr. Hayward and Harry took him to Calhoun Memorial Hospital. Mr. C. checked himself out of the hospital the next morning and disappeared from Twin Peaks entirely within two days.


Page 21 states that Dr. Hayward spotted Mr. C. exiting Audrey's hospital room and it was nine months later that Audrey gave birth to Richard.


Major Briggs was declared dead after a fire at Listening Post Alpha, identified only by a few loose teeth found in the ashes. It is implied here that the teeth were found in the ashes of the listening post. But, later in the book, it is stated that Briggs' car was found at the bottom of a canyon with a charred, unidentified corpse inside, plus a few of Briggs' teeth. So which location was it? In Part 14: "We Are Like the Dreamer", Albert mentions Briggs' death in a fire at his facility (though by then, Briggs's recently-deceased body had been found just days before in Buckhorn, SD).


    A few months after the events of Episode 29:_"Beyond Life and Death", Dr. Hayward closed his practice in Twin Peaks and moved to Middlebury, Vermont, leaving his family behind. Shortly after this, Hayward and his wife filed for a mutually-agreed divorce after 26 years of marriage. It would seem that the revelation of Ben Horne's fathering of Donna in that episode caused a break in the marriage (though it seemed in the episode as if Doc already knew about it and was long reconciled with it, so why the sudden break-up?).

    After the divorce, it appears that Ben Horne arranged for $7500 a month to be wired from the Cayman Islands to Eileen's account. The Cayman Islands are a British territory in the Pacific Ocean near Cuba and known as a major offshore financial center recognized as one of the top tax havens in the world.

    Eileen died of pneumonia in 2009. 


After graduating from high school that year (1989), Donna moved to New York City and became a model.


Harriet Hayward graduated from high school, then attended University of Washington (same as her father, as told in the 1991 Twin Peaks card set and The Secret History of Twin Peaks). She became a pediatrician in Bellevue, WA.


Donna Hayward


Page 25 states that Donna arrived in New York in 1992. But page 21 just previously said that she left Twin Peaks right after graduating from high school (in 1989). So where was she for about three years before arriving in New York?


    Donna attended Hunter College, supporting herself as a model and eventually signing with the Ford Modeling Agency. Agent Preston states that Donna was in demand as a model as an example of the fresh-faced all-American look that was popular in the 1990s, epitomized by Kathy Ireland. Kathy Ireland is a real world model, actress, and businesswoman.

    Donna ceased all contact with her mother and father, speaking occasionally only to her sisters. A few years later, she exchanged two letters with Audrey Horne, contents unknown; since it seems that Audrey was her half-sister, the communications may have had something to do with that.


Donna's modeling took her around the world, including such locales as Paris, Milan, and Monaco. In her late twenties, she married a rich New York venture capitalist with homes in athe Sutton Place and Southampton neighborhoods of New York.


Donna bumped into Lana Budding Milford again at a New York charity event, a photo of them appearing in the society page of the New York Post. Agent Preston's description of the photo is that Lana appears to beam, but "something around the edges of Donna's expression appears fraught with tension and dismay." Possibly this is meant to suggest that Donna is distraught at the thought that she may have become just like Lana, a gold-digger.


    Donna had stays at rehab for drug and alcohol addiction, including an involuntary stay at McLean psychiatric hospital in Massachusetts after going missing and found in a Lower East Side crack house, possibly triggered by the death of her estranged mother. The Lower East Side is a borough of Manhattan.

    After this, her husband divorced her and she moved to New Haven, Connecticut before finally reconciling with her father, Dr. Hayward, and joining him in Middlebury as an assistant in his medical practice and studying for a degree as a nurse practitioner.


Gersten Hayward tested as having an above genius level IQ and was a musical prodigy and talented mathematician, entering Stanford University at 16 years of age. But she suffered a nervous/emotional breakdown in her second semester at the university and returned to Twin Peaks to live with her mother. She was prescribed anti-depressants, but soon turned to illicit drugs. After her mother's death in 2009, she entered into reckless relationships with both men and women, including Steven Burnett, the husband of Becky Briggs.


Becky Briggs works at Norma's bakery in Twin Peaks. The Secret History of Twin Peaks states that Norma owns a bakery next door to the RR Diner. The bakery is not named, but possibly it is Wagon Wheel Bakery, said to be the source of the donuts eaten at the Sheriff's station in Twin Peaks: An Access Guide to the Town.


Gersten Hayward and Steven Burnett are both missing at this time. They were last seen in Season Three: Part 15.


Ben and Audrey Horne


Page 31 states that Ben and Sylvia Horne had already been living essentially separate lives for the past decade before divorcing about two years after the Haywards.


Johnny Horne has a severe case of autism.


Audrey spent three and a half weeks in a coma after the savings and loan explosion in Episode 29:_"Beyond Life and Death", retaining no memory of the event. Audrey has not reconciled with her father, the relationship strained by his decision to sell the family's 350-acre parcel of the Ghostwood Forest to a group that built a privately owned and operated state prison on the site (the Ghostwood Correctional Facility, finally opened in 2001). The concept of a prison being built in the Twin Peaks area was first seen in Twin Peaks: An Access Guide to the Town.


Finding out she was pregnant, Audrey refused financial help from her parents, raising the child herself by her own means. She did not graduate from high school, but did obtain her GED (General Equivalency Development, a test to determine that one has the equivalent of a U.S. high school education). She then attended the local community college, obtaining a degree in economics and business administration, after which she opened a successful beauty salon in Twin Peaks. It's not revealed what kind of work she did while she was completing her education; did she have savings that saw her through?


Audrey never spoke of who was the father of her son. She kept a framed photo of Agent Cooper in her office at the salon.


    Shortly after her son Richard's tenth birthday, Audrey married her accountant, with seemingly no love involved. She was rumored to have been engaged in extramarital affairs and heavy drinking, as well as being verbally abusive to her husband. Agent Preston states that Audrey closed her salon without warning "four years ago", vanishing into either agoraphobic seclusion or, according to some rumors, to a private mental health care facility. These are essentially the two possible scenarios of Audrey's current life presented in Season Three.

   Is the accountant Audrey married the diminutive called Charlie seen in Season Three? 


Jerry Horne resides within a private wing of the Horne mansion.


Agent Preston seems of the opinion that the Ghostwood Prison has brought on a sharp rise in medical and criminal issues for the Twin Peaks community. Even Ben has gone to call the prison, built on the land he sold, as "a blight on our land".


Dwight Murphy was the warden of Ghostwood Correctional Facility before he was warden at Yankton Federal Prison in Season Three.


Ghostwood Correctional Facility is built in the foothills of Blue Pine Mountain. It is ranked in the lowest 10% of private prisons, ignoring employee complaints.


Jerry Horne


Jerry is adept in four languages.


Jerry's legal marijuana operation may become the Horne Corporation's most profitable venture. As stated here, Washington voters made recreational marijuana use, cultivation, and sales legal in the state in 2012.


Jerry graduated from Gonzaga University in 1968. His attendance there was also mentioned in Twin Peaks: An Access Guide to the Town.


Jerry attended Woodstock in his own customized Airstream trailer. "Woodstock" is a reference to the historic Woodstock Music & Art Fair, held near the town of Woodstock, New York in 1969. Agent Preston also states that Jerry briefly appeared in the Oscar-winning documentary about the event; the film was the 1970 Woodstock.


Jerry was a member of Ken Kesey's entourage of followers known as the Merry Pranksters. Ken Kesey (1935-2001) was a writer and counterculture icon best known as the author of the novels One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1960) and Sometimes a Great Notion (1964). The Merry Pranksters were followers of Kesey who, for athe most part, lived communally with him at his California and Oregon homes.


Agent Preston states that Jerry has developed a number of Frankenstein strains and hybrids of marijuana of alarming potency, including three called "Whose Hands are These?", "Collateral Damage", and "The Center Will Not Hold". There is a real world strain of marijuana referred to as Frankenstein, so possibly Jerry's hybrids are derived from the Frankenstein hybrid. Jerry's strain called "Whose Hands are These?" may be the same as, or an offshoot of, what he had partaken when he was lost in the woods and thought his feet were not his own in Season Three: Part 9.


Apparently in anticipation of widespread marijuana legalization in the U.S., Jerry has plans to open stores and has reserved the internet domain names "", "", and "". The domain name "EightMilesHigh" probably refers to the 1966 song by The Byrds "Eight Miles High", partially about drug use. The domain name "UpUpandAway" is a reference to the phrase used by Superman in the 1940s radio serial to indicate to listeners that he was taking off from the ground, into the sky; "" is currently already owned by Hot Air Expeditions, a hot air balloon tour available in the Phoenix, AZ area. Of course, all three domain names also refer to "getting high".


Agent Preston jokes that Jerry must have by now stockpiled high enough levels of THC in his system to preserve a wooly mammoth. THC is tetrahydrocannabinol, a psychotropic chemical found in cannabis.


Jerry never married, having dalliances here and there, but being a loner by nature. His most recent paramour was Jasmin Caspari, a Jungian tantric Rolfer from Switzerland, now returned to her home in Lake Geneva. Rolfing, named for its developer Ida Rolf (1896-1979) is a hands-on physical manipulation of the body by a practitioner meant to align the energies of the human body with those of the Earth, bringing about healing benefits to the recipient (though the effectiveness of this practice is disputed by most scientific medical researchers/practitioners). Jungian psychology (also known as analytical psychology) is psychological therapy that emphasizes the individual and that individual's search for their own authenticity or conscious self, originated by Swiss psychologist Carl Jung (1875-1961). Tantrism is part of Hindu spiritualism and meditation, sometimes augmented with the use of mind-altering substances.


Jerry enjoys wandering the forest for long stretches; this may partly explain his being "lost" in the woods while high in Season Three: Parts 7-16.


Jerry's best friend outside of his brother Ben seems to be Lawrence Jacoby, they both having an interest in weed.


Jerry's hobbies are butterfly-collecting, bird watching, baking, and collecting vinyl records.


Jerry is rumored to have collaborated with Neil Young on turning two mountain cabins on the shore of a local lake into a giant sound system. He is said to enjoy cranking the volume up to eleven. Neil Young is a rock and roll singer/songwriter. The term "up to eleven" originated in the 1984 mockumentary film This is Spinal Tap, where rock guitarist Nigel Tufnel shows off his amps with volume controls that are labeled from 0 to 11 instead of the standard 0 to 10.


On his pirate radio show, Jacoby told of a time that Jerry blasted the Miles Davis album Bitches Brew over his cabin speakers and caused a small avalanche. Miles Davis (1926-1991) was a jazz trumpeter; Bitches Brew was his best-selling 1970 album.


The Double R


No gravestone for Norma's father, Marty Lindstrom, can be found in any of Twin Peaks' three largest cemeteries. (This is the first indication that Twin Peaks has more than one cemetery.)


Marty worked for the Union Pacific Railroad before opening the RR Diner and earned a lifetime rail pass on it as a retirement perk. Such perks were fairly standard in the railroad business at the time. Marty used his to travel solo numerous times a year, away from the wife and daughter (Norma), to the Yakima area, having an affair with Vivian Smith, manager of the Weary Traveler motel he purchased on Highway 24. The Weary Traveler appears to be a fictitious motel. Highway 24 refers to Washington State Route 24, running from Yakima to Othello.


Marty died in 1985.


Agent Preston's research states that Annie, the daughter of Marty and Vivian, was born in 1973. This would make her only 16 in 1989 when Agent Cooper met and fell in love with her! She is obviously older than that in the series, in her early to mid-twenties it would seem. The 1973 date must be a mistake on Preston's part, as even she acknowledges Annie graduating from high school (which usually occurs when one is 18 or close to) prior to 1989.


Ilsa Lindstrom died in 1984.


Vivian changed her last name from Smith to Smythe (more upscale sounding) before marrying Marty.


    After Marty's death, Vivian married Roland Blackburn, with Annie taking his last name as well. The couple shipped young Annie off to a Catholic boarding school in Kennewick, WA. During her senior year, three years later, on a visit home for Christmas, there was an alleged sexual assault by Roland, interrupted by Vivian. The drunken Roland stormed out of the house and drove away, crashing his Cadillac DeVille into the Yakima River off a bridge. Roland was declared dead on the scene. The next night, Annie attempted suicide by taking a bottle of tranquilizers and slitting her wrists.

   Annie was rushed to a hospital and saved, but was borderline catatonic. Vivian had her sent to a psychiatric hospital in the western part of the state. Agent Preston states it was the same facility where Nadine Butler (later Hurley) and Nadine's mother had been treated years earlier (as stated in The Secret History of Twin Peaks). After finally being released from there, she finished her senior year at the boarding school and then became a postulant at the adjacent convent for a few years.


On page 49, Agent Preston describes the romantic machinations between Vivian and Ernie Niles as a pas de deux. A pas de deux is a duet dance, usually between a man and woman, in a ballet.


Annie moved in with Norma when she came to Twin Peaks and became a waitress at her sister's diner.


Pages 50-51 largely describe the events of the M.T. Wentz/Ernie Niles/Cooper-suspension storylines of the second season of the TV series.


Preston says that after Norma told her stepmother to get lost after the negative restaurant review, the two never spoke again.


After the drug buy/hostage situation with Jean Renault at Dead Dog Farm concluded, Ernie was free to go due to his cooperation in the sting. He returned to his and Vivian's home in Seattle, where she promptly served him divorce papers. His life went downhill from there and he died penniless and homeless in the waiting room of a Pierce County hospital in 2005. His ashes were scattered in Puget Sound by a prison charity organization. (Puget Sound is a harbor between Seattle and Tacoma.)


Vivian married one last man after Ernie, Simon Halliwell, a well-off insurance agent. Halliwell choked on a piece of steak and died on a cruise in between Athens and Positano, leaving Vivian rich for the rest of her life. She died of a brief illness in 2013.


Annie Blackburn


Agent Preston comments that Agent Cooper had a tendency to try to rescue any damsel in distress, indicating his attraction to Annie was partly a result of this "white knight syndrome" of his. She believes this may be related to his relationship with his mother, who herself struggled with degrees of mental and physical suffering and a "turbulent marriage". The Autobiography of F.B.I. Special Agent Dale Cooper describes Mrs. Cooper's various ailments and hospital stays (even suggesting that she may have some cognition of the "other world" Dale would encounter later in his life), but I don't recall her marriage being particularly turbulent beyond the stress caused by these ills.


Windom Earle


Earle was a chess grandmaster at the age of 14. He was admitted to the University of Pennsylvania at 16 and graduated at 18. He then obtained his masters in criminal justice at Penn State.


Earle was inspired to a criminal justice career after he saw the 1951 film I Was a Communist for the FBI. This is a real film, popular at the time of its release during McCarthyism and the Red Scare.


Earle became a liaison between the FBI and the Air Force's Project Blue Book, meeting Douglas Milford during this time. He was also a founding member of the Blue Rose task force.


Earle was an FBI investigator for the Watergate hearing, during which time he met Caroline Wickam, a law student working for the chief prosecutor, Samuel Dash. Windom and Caroline were married in Washington, D.C. on August 10, 1974. Watergate was a scandal in 1972, in which the administration of U.S. President Richard Nixon attempted to cover up its involvement in a break-in at the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C. Samuel Dash (1925-2004) was actually chief counsel to the Watergate committee rather than the chief prosecutor. President Richard Nixon resigned from office on August 9, 1974.


Windom and Caroline lived in Pittsburgh during the early 1980s while Windom commuted to work at the Bureau's Philadelphia office.


Caroline was committed to her law career, prohibiting she and her husband from having children, which he wanted.


After a review of Agent Cooper's tapes and the transcripts written by Diane, Agent Preston concludes that they have been heavily redacted and modified, implying that Diane had already been replaced by a tulpa at the time. This may explain some of the inconsistencies in The Autobiography of F.B.I. Special Agent Dale Cooper and "Diane..." The Twin Peaks Tapes of Agent Cooper from what we know in the televised episodes and Fire Walk With Me.


A young Agent Cooper was brought in to work with Earle on a potential serial killer investigation in the early '80s. But The Autobiography of F.B.I. Special Agent Dale Cooper has him first meeting Earle in 1974 at a jobs fair in Philadelphia and that they maintained an association when Cooper joined the bureau.


Earle seemingly manipulated Cooper and Caroline into having an affair when he realized there was an attraction between them in order to justify the violent response he was planning against them.


Earle spent 10 years in solitary lockdown at a maximum security detention facility before breaking out and vanishing. He first hid out at the abandoned Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia (shortly after which he turned up in Twin Peaks, first seen in Episode 21: "Double Play"). Eastern State Penitentiary was an actual prison from 1829-1971. It was essentially an abandoned facility from its closing until 1994 when it became a public historic site open for tours.


Back in Twin Peaks


Earle had been in Twin Peaks for more than a month when Annie decided to enter the Miss Twin Peaks contest. If this is true, then Earle was in Twin Peaks before Laura Palmer's murder and the arrival of Cooper to investigate it! Did Earle know something was about to happen that would bring Cooper there? Or was he only there to find the entry to the Black Lodge? (Also note that Albert's dialog to Cooper in Episode 9: "Coma" implies that Earle escaped after Cooper was already in Twin Peaks.)


Agent Preston remarks on Earle's kidnapping of Annie from the Miss Twin Peaks stage, taking her to an undiscovered location in Ghostwood National Forest (in Episode 28: "Miss Twin Peaks" and Episode 29:_"Beyond Life and Death"). She is not inclined to credit the hints of a supernatural angle to the incident, but does remark that her and Cole's subsequent experiences in the Cooper case may justify revisiting that opinion; Preston and Cole's supernatural experiences in the Cooper case occur in Season Three.


Pages 68-69 feature a photo of the gigantic tree stump called Jack Rabbit Palace, seen in Season Three.


Earle is considered "missing" after kidnapping Annie. "Cooper" (really the doppelganger) disappeared a few days after the incident.


Annie spent one day in the hospital where she appeared to be fine beyond having no memory of the kidnapping until the next day when she suddenly fell into a catatonic state for ten days, eyes open but unseeing, unresponsive to any external stimuli. Then she was able to, with assistance, sit up, get out of bed, and walk around, but never spoke or acknowledged anyone's presence. Norma cared for her at her house until, exactly one year after being found in the woods, Annie slit her wrists again and was taken to the hospital. The next morning she said, "I'm fine," (probably an answer to Cooper's question in Episode 29:_"Beyond Life and Death", "How's Annie?"). After this, Annie was transferred to a psychiatric hospital near Spokane. Since then, every year on the anniversary of the day she was found in the woods, Annie says, "I'm fine."


Preston remarks that Annie's eyes seem alive, as if "filled by a vivid and mysterious internal life".


Miss Twin Peaks


Lana Budding Milford was the runner-up in the Miss Twin Peaks contest and became the new Miss Twin Peaks 60 days after Annie's descent into a twilight state.


After Douglas Milford's death in his honeymoon bed at the Great Northern, a Rolex watch and a jade green ring was found on the bedside table. (The ring must be the Owl Cave ring, though it was see later seen on Annie's hand in Missing Pieces; it's possible that there is more than one ring of similar design.) The ring was supposedly returned to his widow, Lana.


Agent Preston mentions that Lana briefly dated "a notorious resident of a certain eponymous tower on Fifth Avenue" in New York. This is certainly another reference to Donald Trump, whom Lana is implied to have dated ("a bizarrely coiffed real estate mogul") in The Secret History of Twin Peaks. This man may also have been wearing the Owl Cave ring in a photograph on the society page ("an unusual green ring on his left ring finger").


Lana eventually married a business mogul and they remained together until his death in Antigua in 2008. Antigua is an island (part of the independent nation of Antigua and Barbuda) in the West Indies. After the mogul's death, Lana is said to have drifted to the south of France.


In closing her file on Lana, Agent Preston remarks, "As my mother used to say, trash is trash even if it's in a Tiffany bag." She is referring to Tiffany & Co., a U.S. luxury retailer, specializing in diamond jewelry.


Dr. Lawrence Jacoby


Agent Preston refers to Dr. Jacoby as a "free-stylin' New Age psychiatrist". New Age is a form of spirituality that embraces both Western and Eastern philosophies, metaphysics, and science.


Dr. Jacoby has a home in the Hanalei Bay area of Hawaii, as implied in The Secret History of Twin Peaks. On page 82, Preston remarks that Hanalei Bay was also the home of Puff the Magic Dragon and she implies that Jacoby's friendship with Jerry Horne is based on their mutual interest in smoking marijuana; "Puff the Magic Dragon" is a 1963 song by Peter, Paul and Mary, long interpreted as a reference to pot smoking (though the song writers deny it). In the song, Puff is said to live in the land of Honalee.


After losing his license to practice psychiatry, Jacoby began field studies with Hawaiian shamans on alternative medicines, with a focus on the ways of the menehune, the folkloric "little people" of native South Sea Islanders, depicted as mischievous nature spirits. Jacoby claims in his online writings to have even made contact with the menehune, who told him they are not from Earth and they are here to help steer human beings away the genetic propensity for violence and self-destruction. The Menehune are an actual part of Hawaiian folklore.


Jacoby also mentions UFOs and "the grays". Among UFO enthusiasts, the grays are said to be aliens from Zeta Reticuli, a binary star system about 39 light-years from Earth. The grays were mentioned by Jack Parsons in The Secret History of Twin Peaks.


Agent Preston makes reference to "keep on truckin'". This refers to the "Keep on Truckin'" one page comic by Robert Crumb included in his first issue of Zap Comics in 1968. The phrase has become an iconic touchpoint of counter-culture.


Jacoby spent most of 1994-95 on the road with the Grateful Dead until the death of Jerry Garcia. The Grateful Dead was an American rock band from 1965-1995, often associated with hippy culture. Jerry Garcia (1942-1995) was the band's frontman.


Albert Rosenfield is a vinyl enthusiast with a huge jazz collection.


Agent Preston speculates that Jacoby may have been with the Dead as a "Banzai Pipeline to all manner of psychotropic travelling." The Banzai Pipeline is a reef break used by surfers at Ehukai Beach Park on Oahu.


Agent Preston speculates that Jacoby's fondness for loud and colorful neckties may be due to his relationship with Jerry Garcia. Garcia was also a painter and produced a line of neckties based on his colorful, abstract art.


Jacoby became a member of a progressive think tank in Amsterdam call the Zonderkop Institute, founded in 1981 by Dr. Jost Poepjes (which translates as Dr. Little Poops). Preston states that Zonderkop translates as "born without a head". Zonder kop very roughly could be interpreted as "born without a head" in Dutch; I have been unable to confirm the translation of jost poepjes.


On page 83, Preston comments on coming across a theory that purports to possibly explain the weird last names among the Dutch as being a native response to the census instituted by their French conqueror Napoleon. Possibly the theory she refers to is the one posited in this article on Expatica from 2011: "Funny Dutch Names and the Story Behind Them".


Dr. Poepjes apparently believed in the apocalypse that was alleged to occur after the Y2K crisis, retiring to a secure and unspecified biosphere in northern Sweden. Y2K refers to the Year 2000 problem, in which numerous computer systems programmed in the 20th Century would not recognize the year 2000 when the rollover occurred, seeing the two-digit year 00 as 1900 instead, which was predicted to cause large-scale troubles; in fact, very little trouble occurred.


Jacoby offered counsel to distraught Ralph Nader supporters in 2000. In the 2000 presidential election, progressive political activist Ralph Nader ran for president of the United States and, after the election, some of his supporters came to believe that their votes had taken away from Democratic candidate Al Gore, allowing conservative Republican candidate George W. Bush to win. Jacoby wrote a paper terming the condition "defiant liberal denial syndrome".


Jacoby was in New York City attending an anthropological conference on shamanism at the Museum of Natural History during the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. He interpreted the attacks as karma and the "first toll of the bell striking midnight for the American Experiment". Karma is a spiritual principle in many Eastern religions which stipulates simply, "what goes around, comes around". The American Experiment is a term used to describe the idea that the United States was created as a republic in which immigrants from many places and walks of life could coexist peacefully and attempt to do things differently.


Jacoby came to believe that the U.S. (and perhaps the world) might be entering a Kali Yuga--a Hindu term for "dark age". However, in Hinduism, the Kali Yuga started long ago, about 3102 B.C. and will last for 432,000 years.


Jacoby's mobile home (as seen in Season Three) is located near the peak of White Tail Mountain.


Jacoby began his live internet broadcasts, the Dr. Amp Blast in 2006. Agent Preston refers to it as a jeremiad. A jeremiad is a work that laments the state of society and its ills.


The Dr. Amp Blast started to gain a national following in 2012 and Jacoby turned down offers from mainstream media outlets.


Jacoby donates 90 percent of his Dr. Amp profits to charitable progressive causes.


Agent Preston states that there is an air of the tarot's Magus in Jacoby. The Magus is the magician card in a tarot deck. A tarot card deck is used by practitioners for divination.


Preston goes on to compare Jacoby to Prospero, "a man who lives at one with nature...whose developed senses can now pierce the veil of existence" and, oppositely, to King Lear. Prospero and King Lear are both characters in Shakespeare's works, The Tempest and King Lear, respectively.


Preston places Jacoby's home (and thus the town of Twin Peaks) in eastern Washington. This seems to coincide with what we know of Twin Peaks from the original episodes, though some sources place it (seemingly erroneously) in the western portion of the state.


Agent Preston states that after the confession and death of Leland Palmer, James Hurley took to the road on his Harley with no plan to return. But, James did promise to eventually return to Donna in Episode 16: "Arbitrary Law". Still, Agent Preston did not know that and may simply be assuming (seemingly not a good trait in an FBI agent) that James left with no plans to return.


    James encountered Evelyn Marsh outside Portland, Oregon. Agent Preston states that James' involvement with Evelyn and her schemes was straight out of a James M. Cain noir novel. Cain (1892-1977) was known as a writer of American crime novels. The James/Evelyn storyline in the second season of Twin Peaks was inspired by noir crime fiction.

    Preston tells Cole she won't bore him with the details of the James/Evelyn affair. This may be an acknowledgement by Frost that this particular subplot of the original TV series did not meet viewers expectations of the series.


James came under a skillful attack by Evelyn's defense attorney and James fled to Mexico before completing his testimony in court, making him a wanted man. James told Donna he was to testify in Episode 23: "The Condemned Woman".


Under his assumed identity in Baja California, Mexico, after repairing a Lamborghini Diablo engine that had been shot up by a Schmeisser AR-15, James came under the influence of a Sinaloa Cartel capo from Jalisco. The Sinaloa Cartel is an organized crime syndicate in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. Capo is Spanish for "boss". Jalisco is a state in Mexico.


James naively accepted work at the capo's Jalisco estate and was caught up, six months later, in an attack on the estate by a rival cartel. James hid in the trunk of a Rolls and survived the shootout.


James was cleared of all charges by the Mexican federales thanks to the intervention of Sheriff Harry Truman and FBI Deputy Director Gordon Cole.


On page 88, Preston erroneously refers to Evelyn and "his" brother. Evelyn is, of course, a woman.


Nadine opened a drapery store which has been a modest success in town. The store is seen in Season Three, named Run Silent, Run Drapes. Nadine was perfecting her idea for silent drape runners in early episodes of Season One.


James returned to Twin Peaks on a Trailways bus in 2006, having totaled his Harley in an accident in West Virginia. The accident ended James' Kerouac romance with the road. Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) was an American poet and writer, often known for his travel dialogs.


James works both as a mechanic at Big Ed's Gas Farm and as a security guard at the Great Northern Hotel. He drives a Ford Focus, practically the antithesis of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.


On page 89, Preston mentions Quantico. Quantico, Virginia is the home of the FBI's training academy.


The lumber industry has died in the Twin Peaks area and the Packard Mill is shut down.


Norma briefly dated her franchise representative for the Norma's diner chain. This was Walter Lawford, as seen in Season Three.


Page 89 mentions Dr. Amp's golden shovels. These were seen in Season Three.


Preston describes Dr. Amp as part Amway, part Anthony Robbins by way of Timothy Leary, and part Grateful Dead. Timothy Leary (1920-1996) was an American psychologist who was known for advocating the use of psychedelic drugs in therapy.


Rumors are that Jacoby may now be dating Nadine Hurley.


Page 90 states that Nadine freed her husband Ed from his matrimonial bonds a little less than two weeks after Jacoby noticed the golden shovel in the window of Run Silent, Run Drapes. Ed proposed to Norma that same day. These events occurred in episodes of Season Three, though it does not seem that as much as two weeks have passed between those episodes.


Preston paraphrases Vince Lombardi as saying "timing isn't everything, it's the only thing." Lombardi (1913-1970) was an NFL football player and coach; he is known for his quote, "Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing."


Ed and Norma were married by the Big Log near the old train station. The log must be the one seen in the opening credits of episodes of the original TV series, actually located in Snoqualmie, WA.


Margaret Coulson


The Log Lady died of lung cancer. Her funeral was widely attended and took place on the shores of Pearl Lake. Her ashes were scattered in the Ghostwood Forest according to her wishes.


At Margaret's funeral, Hawk reads from a page given to him by her the day before she passed. Some quotes pertinent to Twin Peaks follow:
  • "The answers to all our questions are in the wind and the trees."
  • "There are forces of darkness--and beings of darkness--and they are real and have always been around us. They're part of the dance, just as you and I are; they're just listening to different music."


Margaret's log was left to Hawk. He now keeps it on his mantel and keeps an ear open in case it should speak to him.


Sheriff Harry Truman


Agent Preston refers to Josie as a sociopath.


Harry never gave up on the search for Cooper after his friend's disappearance.


Harry learned he was seriously ill with cancer six months before Cole's return to Twin Peaks in Season Three.


An experienced lawman, Frank Truman agreed to fill in for Harry in Twin Peaks for two years to help stabilize the department with the intention of stepping down to hand the reins to Hawk. It seems to me that Hawk is sturdy enough to step into the role right away. Is there a reason Hawk was not ready?


Preston implies that Harry has a high personal regard for Cole.


Major Briggs


The Mayday protocols initiated by Major Briggs at the end of The Secret History of Twin Peaks required him to secure or destroy all of the data and technology at Listening Post Alpha. A few days later, Briggs' car was found at the bottom of a canyon with a charred, unidentified corpse inside, plus a few of Briggs' teeth. It's possible that Briggs staged his own death.


Testimony on Mr. C. was gathered from William Hastings of Buckhorn, South Dakota. This was seen in episodes of Season Three. Buckhorn is a fictitious town.


Hastings and his mistress Ruth Davenport had a website about their speculative esoteric/occult research called The Search for the Zone. The website actually exists, a metacontextual promotional site for Season Three: The Search for the Zone.


The events involving Hastings, Davenport, and the Major described on pages 105-106 were seen or imparted in Season Three.


On page 106, Agent Preston speculates that Major Briggs was hiding for the past 25 years through a portal near Twin Peaks. This is presumably the portal near Jack Rabbit Palace seen in Season Three. On page 107, she further speculates that the portal(s) leads to "other space-time dimensions".


Preston recommends the Blue Rose Task Force begin referring to the "zone" discovered by the Major and Hastings as the Black Lodge, following the Native American legends related by Deputy Hawk, although she also half-jokingly refers to it as the Hotel California, in that "you can check in, but you can never leave", at least not for 25 years. "Hotel California" is a 1977 song by the Eagles which includes the lyrics "You can check out any time you like, But you can never leave."


On page 108, Preston mentions digital manipulation in the Photoshop era. Photoshop is an extremely popular digital image editing application made by Adobe.


Also on page 108, Preston mentions an appearance by Cooper in the "glass box" in a Manhattan building. Cooper's appearance there was seen in Season Three.


Agent Preston concludes that Mr. C established an international criminal syndicate catering to nearly every known vice of humanity: gambling, drugs, cybercrime, human trafficking, prostitution, murder for hire, illegal banking, stock manipulation, extortion, blackmail, insurance fraud through the use of shell companies and LLCs (Limited Liability Company), and cooperation with corrupt regimes. She estimates it will take many years to unravel it all and that he, as the man at the top, earned billions from the operation. He had businesses and residences all over the world.


Preston believes Mr. C amassed his wealth and resources in order to find something he was looking for (possibly Judy?).


    Preston's research indicates that a tulpa is a Tibetan mystical term for an entity created or summoned by a dark magician, not necessarily a double (although the Diane double is referred to as a tulpa, as is the Dougie Jones Cooper-double in Season Three). In modern mysticism, tulpas are not necessarily summoned by only "dark" magicians, and a tulpa can even be a good "imaginary" friend who is somehow "real".

    Preston says that occultist Madame Blavatsky referred to the sects that made use of tulpas as the Brothers of the Shadow. Blavatsky was a self-professed magician and spiritualist of the late 19th Century, and she did apply the term "Brothers of the Shadow" to black magicians usually devoid of physical bodies, and she also referred to them as Dugpas! A more "down-to-earth" description of the Brothers of the Shadow found in The Occult Glossary, a 1933 compendium of Oriental and Theosophical terms by Gottfried de Purucker, is that they are followers of the left-hand path (LHP), previously discussed in The Devil's Guard and The Secret History of Twin Peaks, LHP being based on the breaking of taboos and desire for individual freedom.


Preston wonders if all these people-doubles are being cranked out by an alternate-reality Kinko's with some kind of Lovercraftian 3-D printer. Kinko's was a printing and copying service from 1970-2008, now known as FedEx Office. Lovercraftian horror (named for its preeminent pioneer, writer H.P. Lovecraft, b. 1890, d. 1937) are tales of cosmic horror where humanity's material world is just a thin veil over an abstract and alien reality that would drive the typical person mad with the knowledge of it.


Preston's description of events with Mr. C at the sheriff's station and Cooper's disappearance into a corridor in the boiler room at the Great Northern were seen in Season Three.


Phillip Jeffries


    Jeffries disappeared from Buenos Aires, Argentina while working undercover on an extended and highly classified Blue Rose assignment. Agent Preston implies he had been missing for 6 months when he unexpectedly made a brief and bizarre appearance at the FBI's field office in Philadelphia on February 16, 1989. This scene occurred in Fire Walk With Me, but took place in 1988, not '89; possibly this is just a typo by Preston.

   Another seeming error is the 6 month disappearance of Jeffries; in Fire Walk With Me, Cole states Jeffries has been missing for "damn near two years".


Cole wrote in Jeffries file, "This world wasn't enough for him." Cole confirms to Preston that Jeffries was deeply interested in esoteric and occult subjects "including things that one could have ripped from the ripest pages of pulp science fiction." Preston concludes that in Buenos Aires, Jeffries stopped investigating these things and started living them.


Preston believes that Jeffries was in Buenos Aires since 1986, investigating an international criminal enterprise and identified the person who was in charge of the entire operation: Judy.




Agent Preston's research finds that Joudy is the name of an ancient Sumerian mythological entity dating back to at least 3000 BC, a wandering demon generically known as an utukku. The utukku are an actual part of Sumerian mythology, but Joudy is fictitious as far as I have been able to tell. In the book Conversations With Mark Frost by David Bushman, Frost says that while he was trying to find a way to incorporate the Judy reference in Fire Walk With Me (which Lynch had put in the movie as something that just came to him, he had no idea what it meant) into the overarching TP narrative, he had been going through a list of Sumerian or Babylonian deities and demons and came across the name Joudy.


    Preston seems to imply that Ba'al was the male form of an utukku (Joudy being the female form) in Sumerian mythology. However, Ba'al is a Semitic term, not scholastically considered Sumerian. In Semitic languages, Ba'al meant "lord" or even "God". Later Christian and Islamic doctrines began to use the term for a demon or the Devil, in their usual castigation of the gods of older religions into false gods or demons. The name Ba'al also became synonymous with Beelzebub, another name used in Christian doctrines for the Devil (previously used as the name of a Canaanite god).

    In the Twin Peaks mythology, it may be that Joudy is Judy and Ba'al (Beelzebub) is BOB. Agent Preston's research into ancient texts states that if Joudy and Ba'al, both extremely dangerous on their own, were to unite while on Earth, the marriage would result in the end of the world as we know it. This may be what Mr. C, housing BOB's essence, was searching for...Judy. The union of Joudy-Ba'al/Judy-BOB would bring about a world cataclysm.


Ray Monroe


Ray Monroe was reportedly working undercover in Mr. C's organization for the Blue Rose Task Force. It's not clear who he reported to there, but Preston speculated it was Phillip Jeffries, even though Jeffries disappeared in the 1980s. Mr. C may have sprung Monroe from prison (in Season Three) because he wanted Monroe to lead him to Jeffries.


Preston remarks that Monroe used a burner found at the Montana site where his body was found to make a phone call to someone. A burner is a prepaid cell phone designed to be used for only a brief time and then discarded in order for the user to maintain anonymity and prevent tracking.


Eyewitnesses place Jeffries back at his Buenos Aires hotel essentially immediately after he disappeared from the Philadelphia office at 10:15 a.m. in 1989, shortly after which he vanished altogether. His appearance and disappearance in Philadelphia was seen in Fire Walk With Me and his reappearance in Buenos Aires in Missing Pieces.


    A matchbook from the Dutchman's Lodge motel in Montana was found in Monroe's pocket when his body was recovered. The address on the matchbook leads to a vacant lot, but records show that a motel by that name was built on that location in the early 1930s by Horace "the Dutchman" Vandersant and demolished in 1967. This is a fictitious motel and seems to be the motel where Mr. C met with the Phillip Jeffries "machine" near the end of Season Three. The shooting location for the Dutchman's Lodge was the Mt. Si Motel in North Bend, WA, the same location used for the Red Diamond City Motel in Fire Walk With Me and Missing Pieces.

    Preston states that the site of the motel is between Missoula, MT and Twin Peaks. This would tend to suggest that the Dutchman's Lodge is/was located along Interstate 90.

    Preston states that rumor has it that John Dillinger once spent a week at the motel while on the lam. Dillinger was an infamous gangster and bank robber during the Depression.




Agent Preston mentions the "oddball Cockney kid with the green glove". This is Freddie Sykes, seen in Season Three.


Preston states that after Cooper walked into the strange corridor in the boiler room of the Great Northern, Cole was left standing there with the Horne brothers. But, in the Season Three episode (Part 17), the Hornes were not present at all. Preston's description of what happened to Diane during this event is also different from what was aired. It's possible Frost wrote it in the book the way it was in the original episode script, but Lynch altered it during filming of the series.


As Preston completed her final research into the incidents in Twin Peaks, she found many inconsistencies with the original Laura Palmer investigation and even with her own memory and the memory of the townsfolk, seeming to reveal that Laura was not found murdered back in 1989...she simply disappeared and the case remained unsolved! Also, Leland Palmer committed suicide on the one-year anniversary of his daughter's disappearance.


    In the altered timeline of Laura's "disappearance", Ronette Pulaski was still found wandering along the railroad trestle the day after Laura's disappearance and she said that Laura "wandered off into the woods" before she, Leo, and Jacques entered the railroad car. But in Fire Walk With Me, it is seen (and also implied in the original TV series) that Leo and Jacques had nothing to do with the railroad car in the first place...they had never been there! It was Leland as BOB who took Laura and Ronette to the railroad car (from Jacques' cabin in the woods where he and Leo had been having sex with them).

    Also, even in the altered timeline of Laura's "disappearance", Cooper took Laura away with him and then she suddenly vanished on Blue Pine Mountain, so it doesn't seem as if she was ever with the trio of Ronette, Leo, and Jacques that night.


Sarah's full name is revealed as Sarah Judith Novack Palmer. Her Novack maiden name was first revealed in The Secret History of Twin Peaks. It is interesting to note that her middle name is Judith, which is often paired with the nickname "Judy", and it is heavily implied that the Judy utukku was inside Sarah in Season Three.


Sarah was born in Bellevue, WA, but grew up outside Los Alamos, New Mexico. Her father was a Defense Department employee who played a small role in the Manhattan Project and the Trinity nuclear bomb test at White Sands on July 15, 1945. Los Alamos is an actual town in New Mexico, known as the birthplace of the atomic bomb.


Preston states that less than a month after the Trinity test, atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan to end WWII. This is true.


The double-page photo spread on pages 134-135 is of the Trinity nuclear explosion at White Sands from Part 8 of Season Three.


The night of the radio station attack on 1956 (seen in Part 8 of Season Three), people reported hearing strange "electrical or mechanical word sounds" over their radios, pets and livestock were disturbed, and a number of people listening lost consciousness, including Sarah Novack. Sarah recovered on the way to the hospital and doctors found nothing wrong with her. Those who lost consciousness later had no memory of the event.


On page 137, Preston writes that her own thoughts about the Twin Peaks events are starting to get fuzzy and indistinct.


The double-page photo spread on pages 138-139 is the exterior of radio station KPJK from Part 8 of Season Three. This appears to be a fictitious station.


Final Thoughts


On the plane out of Spokane, Agent Preston writes that the penumbra that had fallen over her hasn't left but is fading as she travels father east. This may indicate that the wiped memory effect is largely confined to the Twin Peaks/Eastern Washington area and she may be able to retain her memories of the Laura Palmer murder investigation and the events afterwards. Or maybe the penumbra will catch up to her and everyone eventually. 


Unanswered Questions


Many questions and discrepancies from The Secret History of Twin Peaks left unanswered there and in the Season Three episodes are still left unanswered here in this book. In interviews, Mark Frost has acknowledged that he put intentional errors/discrepancies in The Secret History of Twin Peaks to indicate that the documents within it were written by different people who may not have all the facts or who have their own agendas. Possibly, some of these errors are also clues as to the writer was, who may not be the writer assumed on the surface.


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