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William "Bill" Hastings is the principal at a high school in Buckhorn, South Dakota.


Hastings had been having an affair with the school's librarian, Ruth Davenport.[1]

Bill was arrested by Detective Dave Macklay and was questioned about Ruth Davenport as well as his activities. His story lined up until there was a 45 to 50-minute gap that he could not account for, but eventually said he was taking his assistant, Betty, home after a meeting that had concluded. Hastings was then told that Ruth Davenport was found murdered, and Bill's fingerprints were found in the apartment. He was then escorted to a jail cell.[2]

While Bill waited nervously in his cell for his lawyer, George Bautzer, his wife came to see him, who said that he could not be released on bail, according to George. Bill insisted that while he was never in Ruth's apartment, he dreamt that he was there. Phyllis then stated that she knew he was having an affair with Ruth, and Bill countered with the knowledge that she was having an affair with George and possibly someone else. After she taunted him with "life in prison," Detective Macklay came to dismiss her.[1]

Trivia Edit

On his South Dakota Operator License, the following information can be seen:[2]

  • License number: H62499810
  • Class of vehicle: 1
  • Issue date: 08/15/2012
  • Expire date: 08/15/2017
  • Height: 6 feet 3 inches
  • Weight: 215 pounds
  • Eyes color: Blue
  • Sex: Male
  • Restrictions: O
  • Endorsements: none
  • Name: Hastings, William
  • Residence address: 439 Elm Street Buckhorn, SD

Interestingly, this information would make him share his birthdate with Dale Cooper, according to the latter's fingerprint card.


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