Teresa Mary Banks[1] was a 17-year-old prostitute and cocaine addict. Her murder in Deer Meadow, Washington, 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.


Early lifeEdit

Banks was born on July 11, 1970 to Tony and Ellen Banks, who died in a car accident when Teresa was twelve, resulting in her becoming a ward of the state. She ran away from a state facility at the age of fifteen.[1]

Later life and murderEdit

By the age of seventeen, Teresa became a prostitute and would submit ads to Flesh World, a swingers magazine. It was through such an advertisement that she received a call from a man who admired her picture he saw in Flesh World. She tells him to meet her at the Red Diamond City Motel in room 123.[2] After the two met at the motel, they planned to "party" with Teresa's friends, Ronette Pulaski and Laura Palmer, but he changed his mind.[3] She went to Ronette and Laura following this, showing her ring to Laura.[2]

Suspicious of his sudden change of heart, Teresa went to a payphone and called Jacques Renault and asked about Ronette and Laura's fathers. Confirming that the man was Laura's father, Leland Palmer. She lied to Jacques saying it was someone else and thanked him. She hung up, then called Palmer.[2] However, before she could successfully blackmail Palmer, he murdered her at the Fat Trout Trailer Park, where she had lived for the previous month.[3]

Her body was found, wrapped in plastic, in Wind River. Having no next-of-kin, her body was not claimed by anyone. FBI Agents Chester Desmond and Sam Stanley examined her body and determined that she died from "repeated blows to the back of the head by a blunt obtuse-angled object," and that the murderer took her ring from her finger. Stanley also discovered a small piece of white paper imprinted with the letter 'T' beneath the nail of her left ring finger.[3]

Her former co-worker at Hap's Diner, Irene, called her death a "freak accident" and told the FBI Agents that Teresa's arm had gone numb for three days prior to her death.[3]

Just over a year after her murder, Leland Palmer confessed to killing her while being possessed by a demonic spirit called BOB.[4]

Behind the scenesEdit

In the script of Episode 2, her name is "Theresa" instead of "Teresa".



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