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Teresa Banks was a 17-year-old prostitute and cocaine addict. Her murder in Deer Meadow, Oregon, preceded that of Laura Palmer. Banks lived at the Fat Trout Trailer Park for a month, where Mrs. Chalfont and her grandson also lived until they moved away following Teresa's murder. She worked the night shift as a waitress at Hap's Diner.
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with MeEdit
Her body is found, wrapped in plastic, in Wind River. Having no next-of-kin, her body is not claimed by anyone.
FBI Agents Chester Desmond and Sam Stanley examine her body and determine that she died from "repeated blows to the back of the head by a blunt obtuse-angled object," and that the murderer took a ring from her finger. Stanley also discovers a small piece of white paper imprinted with the letter 'T' beneath the nail of her left ring finger.
Her former co-worker, Irene, calls her death a "freak accident" and tells the FBI Agents that her arm had gone numb for three days prior to her death.
In a flashback, it is revealed that Teresa would submit ads to Flesh World, a swingers magazine. It was through such an advertisement that she became acquainted with Laura's father, Leland Palmer, who mused "you look just like my Laura."
One day, Palmer arrives at a motel room having pre-arranged a rendezvous with Banks and "some of [her] girlfriends" and, to his surprise, discovers one of these to be his daughter. Palmer ducks out before Laura sees him, but Banks becomes suspicious of his sudden change of heart. Eventually, she discovers Leland's identity and attempts to blackmail him but is subsequently murdered before she can collect.
Twin Peaks: The Missing PiecesEdit
Teresa receives a call from a man who admires her picture he saw in Flesh World. She tells him to meet her at Red Diamond City Motel in room 123.
She goes to Ronette and Laura after the man chickens out of their threesome.
Teresa goes to a payphone and calls Jacques Renault and asks about Ronette and Laura's fathers. Confirming that the man was Laura's father, she lies to Jacques saying it was someone else and thanks him. She hangs up, then calls Leland Palmer.