Bob the Demon is a demonic entity dressed in blue jeans featured on the bizarre ABC fantasy drama TWIN PEAKS (1990-91).
Also known as Killer Bob (played by Frank Silva), this savage serial killing spirit roamed the Pacific Northwest town of Twin Peaks, Washington.
Bob comes from the Black Lodge, a realm of pure evil which exists on an alternate plane of reality. He is a spiritual parasite who feeds off the pain, fear and suffering of humans, known as “garmonbozia,” which physically manifests as creamed corn.
Killer Bob entered the body of Leland Palmer (Ray Wise) as a child at his grandfather’s house and years later forced him to rape and kill both his daughter Laura (Sheryl Lee), a young homecoming queen, as well as Madeleine Ferguson, Laura’s look-alike cousin.
In the book “The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer” written by Jennifer Lynch (Pocket Books, 1990), we are given insights to who or what BOB was and why Laura was killed. We discovered that BOB:
- Had been coming to Laura since her 12th birthday (July 22, 1984)
- That she considered him as “Satan”
- That she feared she would become “bad” like BOB and lose her specialness of being “Laura, good and true and pure”
- And that the letters in Bob’s name were a warning in itself “Beware Of Bob.”
In Laura’s 12/14/86 diary entry she wrote “BOB, I forbid you to come to me again…I hate you.” Without permission on 11/13/87, BOB wrote “your life is worthless…You owe me everything…See you in the dark…Laura Palmer.”
The last two entries in her diary were undated but they told of the fear and her impending doom. She wrote “BOB was getting close” and “I know who he is. I know exactly what BOB is, and I have to tell everyone…I’m so afraid of death”
Laura’s was found dead soon after writing this in her diary. (On the TV series, her last diary entry read: “Feb. 23, 1990. Asparagus for dinner again, I hate asparagus.”)
In the final scene of the 1991 finale, FBI Agent Cooper (Kyle Maclachlan) who had come to Twin Peaks to investigate the death of Laura Palmer, ventures into the Black Lodge to apprehend his former partner, rogue FBI Agent Windom Earle, who is attempting to harness the evil power of the Lodge for himself.
Earle threatens to kill Annie, Cooper’s lover unless he agrees to sell him his soul. But alas, the Black Lodge is the domain of Bob the Demon. For trying to usurp his powers, Bob kills Earle, takes his soul, and then traps Agent Cooper inside the Black lodge, while Bob assumes a doppelgänger image of Cooper.
“For there’s another place, its opposite (of the White Lodge): A place of almost unimaginable power, chock full of dark forces and vicious secrets. No prayers dare enter this frightful maw. The spirits there care not for good deeds or priestly invocations, they’re as likely to rip the flesh from your bone as greet you with a happy “good day.” – The Black Lodge described
Bob, in the guise of Cooper, looks into a bathroom mirror (that contains the reflection of BOB the Demon) and violently smashes his head into the glass. With blood dripping down his face Agent Cooper begins to laugh maniacally, and say repeatedly, “How’s Annie?…How’s Annie?…How’s Annie?”
Earlier in the series, FBI Agent Dale Cooper learns of BOB’s existence in a vision, in which he encounters another entity named “Mike” who tells Cooper that “Bob” was a serial killer in life who raped and murdered young women.
Mike was Bob’s accomplice (“familiar”) in the crimes, but he repented and removed his left arm in order to be rid of the tattoo that he shared with BOB.
Mike is an inhabiting spirit who lives inside Philip Gerard (Al Strobel). When asked about Bob, Mike replies, “He is Bob. Eager for fun. He wears a smile. Everybody run.”
NOTE: Frank Silva who played Bob the Demon died of a heart attack in 1996.
For those interested in the storyline building up to the TV series, see the motion picture prequel “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” (1992). Just before she is killed, a half-drunk Laura Palmer sits in a seedy bar, and says, “I am the Muffin.”
Bob the Demon
c/o The Black Lodge
Twin Peaks, Washington
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