After my father took his own life due to mental illness, I vowed to aid in the mental rehabilitation of every troubled soul that needed help.
— Dr. Whitehurst talks about the reason for building the asylum[src]

Dr. Daniel Whitehurst is a fictional character from the Saw franchise. He is one of the unseen characters in the series.


Early Life

Daniel Whitehurst was a man, whose future life changed drastically after his father committed suicide due to a mental illness. Following this event, Whitehurst decided to spend his life on helping and rehabilitating people with mental diseases to protect them from suffering the same fate as his father. Therefore, he became a doctor and planned to build the Whitehurst Insane Asylum, which was supposed to be forerunner of traditional and experimental medical treatment. (Saw: The Video Game)

The Whitehurst Insane Asylum

Whitehurst's plan began to take shape and after a long time, the construction of the Whitehurst Insane Asylum was finished in 1885. It was opened only two months later on June 2, 1985. He ran the asylum for at least 12 years. However, despite his eagerness to help his patients, the work of him and his staff already suffered due to a low budget, which forced them to some cost-cutting measures such as the sparing use of antibiotics or opiates. Additionally, the building had several serious construction defects like buckling or permeable walls due to the building settling onto the foundation. All these problems negatively affected both the well-being of the patients as well as the safety of the staff. His time as the head psychiatrist of Whitehurst eventually came to an end and he was succeeded by his son, Daniel Whitehurst II. (Saw: The Video Game)


Daniel Whitehurst was an eager and determined doctor, who was willing to do everything he could in order to help his patients. This is especially obvious when reading his memos, which showed his great enthusiasm for his work and the opportunities that the asylum had to offer for the development of medical treatment. Therefore, it can be assumed that the shortcomings of his patients were caused only by the asylum's low budget rather than a lack of commitment and dedication to Whitehurst's work.

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