|“||Saucy boy, I already knew I must eat him.||”|
|— Beecham (letter's excerpt)[src]|
John Beecham (born Japheth Dury) was a former Corporal sent to St. Elizabeth's Hospital for unstable and violent behavior. Following his discharge, he started working for the Census Bureau ending up with finding a way to approach and kill his young victims due to his mental instability.
He's a guest starring character portrayed by Bill Heck.
Japheth Dury was born in a hostile family environment in New Paltz, New York, second son of Victor Dury, a preacher. According to his brother Adam, they were raised by a stonehearted mother who claimed that Japheth was the "the bastard child of the Red Injun," implying he was born of a rape perpetrated by a Native American man. Growing up constantly harassed by his mother and without friends, Japheth developed a fragile but violent personality that was physically reflected in a nervous tic, constantly twitching his face whenever uncomfortable or angry. His father, Reverend Dury, worsened his mental instability by showing him photographs of people mutilated in the Minnesota Massacre of 1862. As a result of poor and harsh upbringing, Japheth developed a morbid interest in torturing animals, unknowingly helped by his brother who taught him how to hunt and skin animals. During his teenage years, Japheth developed an interest in climbing the local Shawangunks mountains and befriended an older peer, a farmhand named George Beecham who raped him. Following the assault, Japhet returned home in shock and bleeding. He was barely able to reveal what happened to his brother.
Around 1880, Japheth butchered both of his parents and around the same timeframe, he killed his rapist, George cutting his throat from ear to ear and tearing his eyes before throwing him off a cliff on the Shawangunk mountains. The police and the local press imputed the murder of Reverend Dury and his wife to a group of Native Americans. Since Japheth disappeared, it was widely believed that the Indians had kidnapped him. 
In the first half of the 1880s, Japheth assumed the identity of John Beecham and enlisted as a soldier. Described by Captain Miller as "disciplined, attentive to detail, efficient," Beecham attracted negative attention to himself during the Haymarket riots. On May 4, 1886, at Haymarket Square in Chicago, his platoon was called in to "keep the peace, but the violence got ugly. A bomb thrown amongst police, rioters shot and killed." During the retaliation, Captain Miller came across him sitting astride a dead striker, stabbing at the body with a knife, over and over. To make matters worse, Beecham was completely naked, covered in blood and sexually aroused as he defaced the corpse. He was sent to the St. Elizabeth's Hospital, formally known as Government Hospital for the Insane after being found unfit for service by the Regimental Surgeon. 
John Beecham was released from St. Elizabeth's Hospital in the summer of 1890, and then moved to New York City renting a room at 23 Bank Street, where he lived for six years. In the spring of 1890, Mr. Charles Murray hired Beecham as an enumerator, the men who did the counting and the interviewing for the Census Bureau. Mr. Murray fired him after a complaint from the Leshka, a Jewish family that claimed Beecham had been visiting their twelve years old daughter, Ellie, on several occasions when he wasn't scheduled for an interview. After having been fired at the Census Bureau, Beecham was hired as a charity worker but was again fired on Christmas Eve and left his rented room. He was later hired by a loan shark to collect money from the indebted, and it was in this way that he came into contact with the families of Giorgio Santorelli and Ali ibn-Ghazi, as the respective fathers owned gambling debts. 
In 1893 , Beecham befriended Benjamin Zweig, a child who wanted to wear dresses like those of his twin sister, Sofia. Shortly after, Beecham killed both twins and threw their bodies into a water tank on a roof. While Beecham only severed Sofia's throat, he cut Benjamin from the breastbone to the pubis and removed most of his organs. 
On January 1st, 1896, the Feast of the Circumcision of Jesus Christ, Beecham massacred an unidentified African-American young prostitute, whose murder was recorded by the police as "Unknown Negro Boy Murder." Beecham left the mutilated body on display. 
Appearance and Personality Edit
John Beecham is a tall man in his thirties, with broad shoulders, a strong muscular build, and light brown hair.  His physical appearance as a strong and handsome young man stands in stark contrast with his mental history of violence and madness. Beecham is a rape survivor as well as a victim of both physical and psychological abuse perpetrated by his own parents. Strongly traumatized by photographs of mutilated bodies shown to him by his father during childhood, Beecham has a history of deep scars that led him to believe the macabre, violence and abuse as normal. Since childhood, his traumas have caused a psychosomatic reaction manifesting itself through severe facial spasms. Such tic was alleviated only during climbing mountains, or murders. In addition, Beecham experienced sexual gratification in the mutilation of male bodies.  According to Ellie Leshka, one of the potential victims who escaped death thanks to the sudden intervention of her parents, he only craved a deep friendship with a kindred soul, and was not a dangerous or perverse man. 
John Beecham used his past torments and demons to establish close contact with his victims. Since he was familiar with unfortunate and poor situations, Beecham was able to gain the trust of the children who lived in the tenements. Sharing these traumas with them, it became easy for him to attract them to their untimely death.  Once isolated, Beecham gave free rein to his wild and violent nature. The murders were ritualistic and methodical, and followed the Catholic calendar. Every death or, in some cases, the sighting of the potential victim, took place in holy days.  The murders were also connected to both heights and water — in some cases, just the sight of it — as part of his ritual taking place on rooftops where it was possible to find or see water. 
After having tied his victims, Beecham proceeded to torture their bodies. After he removed the boys' genitalia, Beecham used to severe the right hand above the wrist. Both the ulna and radius cleanly cut by using a hunting knife known as Arkansas toothpick  Massive damage to the thorax with lateral lacerations to the abdomen were also common. Generally, he cut out the eyes of his victim, but removed only one eye from Rosie — possibly, because he was disturbed by approaching people in the area. To compensate that and escalating in his thirst for blood, he took Rosie's heart and removed a section of scalp covering the parietal bone. 
In some if not all murders, Beecham has cannibalized parts of his victims, based on misunderstandings and false belief to follow an indigenous ritual.  This belief had been indoctrinated by his late abusive father. 
Beecham's modus operandi was precise and morbid, as well as horrifying and degrading to the victims, who, however, he claimed he had never raped.  He had practised from an early age with the torture of small animals like cats, pursuing the killing of cats even in adulthood; probably, to keep his instincts against human beings at bay for days that did not fit into his murder scheme. 
Beecham's letter to Mrs. Santorelli
"My dear Mrs. Santorelli,
I don't know as it is you what is the source of the vile LIES I read in the newspapers or if the police are behind it and the reporters are part of their scheme.
But I figger it might be you, and I take this occashun to straten you out.
In some parts of this world, such as where dirty immigrants like yourself come from, it is often that human flesh is eaten regular as other food is so scarce and people would starve without it.
Of course it is usuly children what is eaten as they are tenderest and best tasting, especially the ass of a small child. And then these people that eat it come here to America, dirtier than a Red Injun.
On February 19th, I seen your boy parading himself outside the church with dirt and paint on his face. I decided to wait and saw him several times before one night I took him away from THAT PLACE. Saucy boy, I already knew I must eat him.
So we went straight to the bridge, and I trussed him and did him quick. I collected his eyes and took his ass, and it fed me for a week, roasted with onions and carrots.
But I never had him, though I could have. And he would have liked me to. He died unspoiled by me, and the papers ought to say so."
- Beecham: "Come closer, child."
- Dr. Kreizler: "He had nothing to do with what your mother did to you! [GASPS] He's as innocent as you once were. Killing him won't rid you of her!"
- Beecham "You think that's why?"
- Beecham remained hidden for most of the series, appearing sporadically in brief scenes where his hands were shown, or his heavy sighs were heard.
- In the novel by Caleb Carr, he was conceived in a night when his drunk father, Victor Dury raped his wife.
- The letter sent to Mrs. Santorelli by Beecham is based on the letter that serial killer Albert Fish sent to his victim's mother. Fish was a child rapist and cannibal active in New York and neighbouring states between 1890 and 1930.