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Windom Earle was a former FBI agent, paired up with Agent Dale Cooper, later declared insane following the murder of his wife, Caroline.


Twin Peaks (1990-1991)Edit

Season 2Edit

Episode 21Edit

Inside a small cabin in the woods of Twin Peaks, Windom welcomes a man named Leo.

Episode 22Edit

Earle plays a sort of flute as Leo wakes the following morning. He reads Leo's criminal history to him and knocks him down when he gets up. Windom pins him to the floor and commands him to be a sort of pawn to him, placing a shock collar on him.

He later dons a disguise as Leo writes with his assistance and he shows him photos of Donna Hayward, Shelly Johnson, and Audrey Horne, asking which one will be his "queen."

Earle goes to the Great Northern Hotel, where he passes Cooper and goes to the front desk, delivering the note for Audrey.

Episode 23Edit

Earle sits at the Double R Diner, where he leaves a note for Shelly Johnson before leaving.

Back at his cabin, he checks on Leo's progress with arrow-making for him.

In the evening, he goes to the Roadhouse, where he has requested the presence of Donna, Shelly, and Audrey with his notes. He watches them as they try to decipher his message.

Episode 24Edit

Leo brings Earle a pair of slippers and a pipe, followed by the newspaper, in which he finds the next chess move from Cooper, which Windom sees as a trick, angrily discovering that Cooper is receiving help.

Disguised as Dr. Gerald Craig, an old colleague of Dr. Will Hayward, Earle visits the Hayward home. Donna answers and he delivers his cover story. She invites him in and he gives her a gift for her father, then leaves.

In a different disguise, he goes to the diner and encourages Shelly to enter the Miss Twin Peaks Contest. He then observes Cooper from across the room.

Episode 25Edit

Earle listens in on Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole's visit to the sheriff's station, where a bugged bonsai plant sits on the sheriff's desk. They discuss the possibility of Earle faking his illness after the doctors discover that he was injecting himself with haloperidol. They also discuss that he was loaned out for two years to the Air Force in 1965 as part of Project Blue Book although it is top secret for national security. However, he stops listening when Cole yells directly into the bonsai plant. He then has Leo pick three cards from a deck: three queens, with Donna, Audrey, and Shelly's faces on them. He picks on more card: a king with Cooper's face on it. He then finds the queen of hearts and places it on a poster for the Miss Twin Peaks contest, declaring that the winner will die.

He goes to the library, disguised as poetry teacher Edward Perkins, where he runs into Audrey, who is researching civil disobedience. She shows him the poem he had sent her and he has her read it for him. Earle comments that looking at her and hearing her recite it makes her look like a queen.

Earle travels to Owl Cave, where the Twin Peaks Sheriff's Department has uncovered a petroglyph. He inverts the symbol found at the site, causing a sort of physical effect in the cave.

Episode 26Edit

Earle tells Leo and Rusty Tomasky about the White Lodge, a good place, and its evil opposite, the Black Lodge. The latter he says he intends to find. Rusty becomes restless, as Windom promised him beer and a party. He tells the youth "in good time" and plays his flute.

He builds a large chess pawn around Rusty and has Leo give him a beer. He paints it, then gets out a crossbow. Earle has a reluctant Leo bring him an arrow, which he then fires into Rusty, killing him.

Later, Earle observes Cooper spending a romantic time with Annie Blackburn, and he smirks.

Episode 27Edit

Again listening through the bonsai plant, Earle finds that Cooper and the other lawmen have caught onto his search for the Black Lodge, and wishes to ask questions to Major Garland Briggs, who previously worked with him on Project Blue Book.

He tells Leo about the Dugpas, saying that he would have appreciated them. Leo then sees the card with Shelly's face on it and says her name. Earle asks him if he would mourn her death, but doubts it, believing he would even help him kill her if she wins Miss Twin Peaks. Leo denies this and points the shock collar remote at him, and Windom feigns fear until Leo ends up shocking himself.

With Leo and himself in a horse costume, Earle approaches Briggs in the woods and he fires a dart into him, causing him to fall. Laughing, Earle reveals his identity to Briggs.

Back at the cabin, Earle interrogates Briggs about Owl Cave, but the Major stays silent, so he injects him with a truth serum, and Briggs says he first saw the petroglyph at Owl Cave in a dream. He says that the symbols mean that "there's a time if Jupiter and Saturn meet, they will receive you."

Earle deciphers the meaning of this statement and discovers that the petroglyph is a map to the Black Lodge.

Episode 28Edit

Earle comes to the cabin in the morning with corpse-like skin tone and black teeth and finds that Major Briggs has escaped with Leo's help. He does not punish Leo but grins whilst waving a bag in front of his face.

He listens in to the sheriff's station, where Cooper and Truman discuss Earle's motives and the death of Josie Packard, believing she was killed by fear, and that after she died, he saw an entity called "BOB" from the Black Lodge, who seemed to be feeding off of Josie's fear. Earle has an epiphany, knowing all he needs to know to access the Black Lodge. He packs his bags to prepare for the Miss Twin Peaks Contest, leaving a nest of tarantulas dangling above Leo's head, ready to fall if he lets go of a rope between his teeth.

He goes to the Miss Twin Peaks contest, disguised as the Log Lady. When Bobby Briggs approaches him, he knocks him out with a log. He goes up to the lighting catwalk as Annie Blackburn delivers her speech.

After Annie is announced as the winner, Windom shuts off the lights and turns on strobes as he begins to set off smoke bombs, one going off directly in front of Cooper. He then pulls Annie off of the stage with a chloroform rag.

Episode 29Edit

Earle takes Annie to Glastonbury Grove, commenting that he likes the fear she is expressing. He takes her to the circle of Sycamore trees, where she becomes hypnotized and he leads her into the Black Lodge.

He speaks to Major Briggs through Sarah Palmer: "“I’m in the Black Lodge with Dale Cooper. I’m waiting for you.”[1]


In the Lodge, he appears to Cooper. Annie appears and disappears. Windom then laughs, saying she will live if Dale gives up his soul. He says he will and Earle stabs him. This is quickly reversed and BOB appears, saying he cannot ask for Cooper's soul, then takes Earle's.

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with MeEdit

While Windom makes no appearance in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, nor is he mentioned, there are a few signs of his existence in the movie which are of note. Firstly, Annie Blackburn appearing in the vision of Laura Palmer is dressed like Caroline Earle and secondly, Dale Cooper acting very differently than what we see in the series may be interpreted as a sign of psychological trauma received by him in the encounter with Earle.

Modus OperandiEdit

Windom Earle is a meticulous and proficient serial killer, who leaves little to no clues, including a full absence of fingerprints and poses victims in rather eccentric ways, making tableaus, signifying some meaning. While his killing spree was originally stylized as a chess game with Dale Cooper with each victim being a lost figure of Cooper's in a play, it was later revealed to mostly being a façade for his real actions regarding the Black Lodge.

Windom Earle usually stabs his victims in aorta but could kill people in a variety of ways, including crossbows and complicated traps.


  • Caroline Earle - single stab wound, one inch beneath the sternum, severing the aorta.
  • Erik Powell ("The Dead Man"/"John Doe") - single stab wound, one inch beneath the sternum, severing the aorta.
  • Unknown Man - taped to the bottom of the table at the power station.
  • Rusty Tomasky ("Heavy Metal Youth"/"Young Man") - shot with a crossbow while being in a large papier-mâché figure of a chess pawn.
  • Leo Johnson - implied to be killed by tarantulas in a trap.




Windom Earle is a master of disguise, who can easily hide in plain sight, undetected even by people who had seen him. He casually changes his appearance with incredible ease, utilizing both elaborate make-up and costumes and a full change of mannerisms.

It should be noted that an old photo of Earle as an FBI agent depicts him mustached - he may have shaven it to be less recognizable and versatile for make-up appliance.


  • Despite only appearing in 10 episodes (one of which only as a voice), Kenneth Welsh is still considered a member of the main cast of Season 2.
  • "Windom Earle" is an anagram for "Owl In Dream", it is unknown if done on purpose.

References Edit

  1. "Voice of Windom Earle" according to closed captions from TV sets

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