|“||You put me in a corner, Tapp. I just did what I had to do.||”|
— Jennings tries to justify his crimes[src]
Hit and Run
Jennings Foster was a crime scene investigator working for the Metropolitan Police Department. One day he hit a homeless man with his car while intoxicated. However, instead of helping him, Jennings fled the scene. When one of his colleagues, Detective David Tapp, learned about the accident, he insisted on investigating the case despite Jennings' protests. Afraid that Tapp might find out the truth, Jennings eventually manipulated the evidence and framed an innocent man, who was therefore sent to prison. (Saw: The Video Game)
As his role in the accident remained a secret, Jennings continued to work for the police. Thereby, he eventually got involved in the investigation of a serial killer case. After the dead body of a drug addict, Cecil Adams, had been found after bleeding to death in a trap, the Chief of Police, Henry Jacobs, founded a task force to identify and apprehend the killer, who was nicknamed "Jigsaw" due to a jigsaw piece, which he had cut from Cecil's body.
As the murders continued, Jennings visited the numerous crime scenes. At one of them, he and his colleagues investigated the death of Mark Wilson, a man who had been burned alive as his body had been covered in a flammable substance. Upon an examination of the charred corpse, Jennings found out that the substance was probably self-made napalm, which therefore couldn't be traced back to its source.
Some time later, as the investigation went on, Tapp was finally able to locate Jigsaw's hideout in an abandoned mannequin factory. He immediately went there with Sing the same night, even though they had no warrant. During their raid on the factory, they were briefly able to hold Jigsaw at gunpoint. The latter, however, eventually managed to escape and thereby slashed Tapp's throat. In his attempt to apprehend the killer, Sing pursued him, but was thereby killed by one of Jigsaw's booby traps. Tapp was found alive and taken to a hospital shortly afterwards. As his injuries had made him a victim on his own, Chief Jacobs took him off the Jigsaw Case and ordered his colleagues not to talk to him about any further details on the investigation. Tapp however was filled with thoughts of revenge for Sing's death and therefore tried to put Jennings under pressure to get more information until they we're interrupted by Kerry, who had become the leading detective on the case and angrily told Tapp to let go of the case. (Saw II: Flesh & Blood)
Eventually, Jennings himself was targeted by Jigsaw. Therefore, he was abducted and taken to the abandoned Whitehurst Insane Asylum. When he woke up again, he found himself strapped to a large metal table. Afraid of the situation, he immediately started to panic and screamed for help, when he was suddenly interrupted by Jigsaw. To his surprise, Jigsaw knew the truth about the hit and run accident he had been responsible for and confronted him with his crimes. Jennings however showed no remorse and, despite his fear, angrily insulted his abductor.
Some time later, Tapp, who had been abducted as well and had to face a series of tests at the asylum, reached the room where Jennings was trapped. Moments later, a TV turned on in front of them. Jigsaw's mechanical ventriloquist puppet appeared on the screen and once more confronted Jennings with his previous crimes. Thereby, he also told him that only Detective Tapp could save him from his trap.
When the tape ended and the TV turned off again, a giant pendulum blade suspended above Jennings started to swing back and forth. While Jennings further panicked and yelled at Tapp to hurry up, Tapp tried to connect the gears on the three panels around the table. Eventually, he was able to do so in time and the pendulum abruptly came to a standstill. Seconds later, the blade suddenly broke away from its holding mechanism and fell down right between Jennings' legs, thereby barely missing him. Afterwards, Jennings was released from his shackles and stood up from the table. While Tapp tried to calm him down, Jennings angrily yelled at him and insulted him as he was only abducted by Jigsaw because of Tapp's obsession with catching him. This resulted in a brief argument between them, during which Tapp confronted him with the accident years ago, which Jennings once again tried to play down. Afterwards, he went away to find a way out on his own and thereby left Tapp behind. (Saw: The Video Game)
Later that night, Jennings was released from the asylum after Tapp had chosen to let go of his pursuit of Jigsaw in exchange for the freedom of all the victims trapped at Whitehurst. Following these traumatic events, he temporarily was on sick leave for a short time. Despite his anger during their last conversation, Jennings was grateful for his salvation and eventually reconciled with Tapp and occasionally visited him in his run-down apartment, where he lived since his discharge from the police, to see how he was doing. As he saw what had become of Tapp due to his obsession with Jigsaw, Jennings wrote a letter to him, in which he thanked him for his salvation from Whitehurst and promised him to find and kill Jigsaw for what he had done to them, stating that he already had a plan how he wanted to do it. Eventually, he asked Tapp to burn the letter, as anyone could be Jigsaw. (Saw: The Video Game, Saw II: Flesh & Blood)
David Tapp's Death
However, Tapp still couldn't let go of his obsession with Jigsaw, he eventually committed suicide by shooting himself to the head in his apartment. After learning about this, Jennings went there to investigate the scene along with Chief Jacobs and Detective Joseph Poltzer. There, he briefly talked to Tapp's son, Michael, and promised him that if there was anything to find in the apartment, he'd do so. (Saw II: Flesh & Blood)
According to a file written by Tapp, Jennings was a quite popular young man as he had a loving family as well as a lot of friends outside the police force. Nonetheless, Jennings was a reckless and egoistic human being, as seen when he didn't show any remorse for killing a homeless man and framing an innocent person for the sake of protecting himself. The events at Whitehurst however seemed to have changed his personality in a significant way, as he showed big respect and gratefulness for Tapp after the latter had saved him and was determined to hunt Jigsaw down to bring Tapp peace.
- The fact that Jennings continued to work for the police after the incident at the asylum suggests that his colleagues didn't find out the truth behind the hit and run accident.
- As he was the only person in Tapp's apartment in Saw II: Flesh & Blood, who wasn't abducted afterwards, it is possible that Jennings himself abducted the others under the disguise of Pighead II. Another indication for this theory is the fact that Pighead never shows any hostility towards Michael throughout the game, besides his initial abduction. However, the time it would take to change clothes and knock out Michael before he left the apartment after talking to Sarah Blalok makes this theory unlikely to be true.
Appearances and References
|Saw||Saw II||Saw III||Saw IV||Saw V||Saw VI||Saw 3D||Jigsaw|
|Full Disclosure Report||The Scott Tibbs Documentary||Saw: The Video Game||Saw II: Flesh & Blood|