|“||Did you cut yourself because you truly wanted to die or did you just want some attention? Tonight, you'll show me.||”|
— Jigsaw tells Paul why he's tested[src]
Paul Leahy was an average middle-class man and a former patient at the Homeward Bound Recovery Clinic for drug addicts ran by Jill Tuck. He, along with Donnie Greco, was one of her last patients at the night when Jill lost her unborn son, Gideon, during her seventh month of pregnancy. For unknown reasons, Paul attempted to commit suicide at the age of 46 by cutting his wrists with a straight razor, but somehow managed to survive. Due to this attempted suicide, he was targeted by John Kramer, better known to the public as the Jigsaw Killer, who was actually Jill's ex-husband. (Saw, IV)
One night during the month after his failed suicide attempt, Paul sat in his car. While he was drunk, he tried to commit suicide again by cutting his wrists with a glass shard from his broken liquor bottle, but was interrupted when someone bumped the rear of his car. When he got out to see what happened, he was suddenly attacked by John Kramer and his accomplice, Detective Mark Hoffman, who covered their faces with pig masks. Paul tried to fight them off and nearly managed to do so by almost strangling Hoffman, but was ultimately sedated by John Kramer with a syringe. After he lost consciousness, John and Hoffman took him to a basement, where they had prepared a test for him to see if he truly wanted to die. (Saw V)
When Paul woke up again, he found himself almost entirely naked in a fenced area within the basement. An audio tape left by Jigsaw told him that he was there because of his failed suicide attempt the month ago and offered him a choice: If he wanted to die, he only had to stay where he was. However, if he wanted to live, he had to find a way to the door on the other side of the room within the next two hours. Unfortunately, the area was filled with countless tightened skeins of razor wire. Ridden by fear and desperate to save his life, Paul tried to find a way through the area, but failed as the wire cut open his flesh, eventually resulting in his death due to the massive loss of blood, mainly from his femoral artery. (Saw)
After his death, John, who had been watching the game with Hoffman through a peephole from the next room, cut a jigsaw piece from his skin as a sign for Paul's lack of will to survive. His corpse was found approximately three weeks later. The crime scene was visited by Detective Allison Kerry, Detective Steven Sing and the leading investigator in the Jigsaw Case, Detective David Tapp. After their examination of the basement, Paul was taken to the morgue, where Dr. Adam Heffner performed the autopsy on his body. (Saw, VI)
Paul Leahy appeared in the animated comic Saw: Rebirth, which served as a prequel to the first three films. He had a wife and children and worked at a toy factory with John Kramer. When the latter went to the hospital to learn that he suffered from terminal cancer, he went around the hospital and was surprised to find Paul, who had been brought there after a failed suicide attempt. When John became Jigsaw and started his series of murders, he observed the patients he had met at the hospital, including Paul, who therefore became his first victim.
Paul and the circumstances of his death were also mentioned in several case files and audio tapes recorded by Detective Tapp.
Paul's death was mentioned in the documentary Full Disclosure Report, hosted by TV moderator Rich Skidmore. However, his name was changed to "Paul Stallberg". The documentary focused on the early crimes of Jigsaw. Paul was said to be the first victim of the killer. When he was found about three weeks after his death, Action News 4 reporter Victoria Harvey was at the crime scene with her camera team, which filmed the removal of Paul's corpse. During the documentary, Deputy Jason Johnston told the audience about Paul's life and the details of his demise. According to him, Paul worked as an accountant for the same firm for 28 years, had a couple of children and no known enemies.
Paul Leahy's actions, especially his repeated attempts at suicide, suggest that he was unhappy with his personal life and therefore suffered from severe depression. However, when he eventually ended up in one of the Jigsaw Killer's deadly games, he desperately fought for his survival, indicating that Jigsaw was right with his assumption that Paul had merely tried to kill himself for the sake of attention.
- In one of David Tapp's documents in Saw II: Flesh & Blood, he mentions that Paul's corpse was found after the corpse of Mark Wilson, another victim. However, this contradicts the events seen in Saw and Saw V.
- In a flashback scene in Saw IV, where Paul leaves Jill's clinic, many fans confused him with Trevor, a different character appearing in the same film.
Appearances and References
|Saw||Saw II||Saw III||Saw IV||Saw V||Saw VI||Saw 3D||Jigsaw|
|Flashback, Pictured, & Corpse||Absent||Archive||Flashback||Flashback, Pictured, & Mentioned||Archive||Absent||Absent|
|Full Disclosure Report||The Scott Tibbs Documentary||Saw: The Video Game||Saw II: Flesh & Blood|
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