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American Gothic Character Descriptions
"American Gothic" Characters
Lucas Buck is Sheriff of Trinity. He controls all goings on in Trinity as
well as the majority of his towns people. Very little people dare to cross Lucas
and those who do end up dead, or in a world of trouble.
Lucas raped, impregnated and killed Caleb Temples mother, Judith Temple. He decided to claim Caleb
on his 10th birthday, killing Caleb's sister and blaming and convincing
Judith's husband (who thought he was Caleb's father) to commit suicide in the
Lucas took a shine to Caleb's cousin, Gail, when she arrived in
Trinity, he is strangely drawn to her and has dedicated his time to trying
to win over Caleb and trying to seduce Gail.
Gail was the daughter of Peter and Christine Emory, the editor and head
reporter of the Trinity Guardian Newspaper. Gail left Trinity when she was
eight years old after her parents were trapped in the Guardian building
and set alight.
Gail went from foster home to foster home and gradually
ended up in Charleston were she became a very successful criminal reporter,
and came to Trinity after she heard about Caleb Temple on the news.
is trying to be there for Caleb and trying to find out the truth behind her
parents deaths, which she ultimately blames Lucas for. Gail is unnaturally
drawn to Lucas and finds it extremely hard to resist.
Cousin of Gail Emory and son of Lucas Buck. On his 10th birthday Lucas
murdered his sister and arrested Caleb's then-father Gage Temple for the
crime, Gage, an alcoholic, believed he did the crime and was convinced to
commit suicide by Lucas.
Caleb, after a visit by his dead sisters ghost,
found out Lucas was his real father and he runs away, burning his home in
the process to keep Lucas away from him. At his sisters funeral Caleb,
lurking in the bushes sees his cousin Gail and later flags her car down on
Gail and Doctor Crower, Caleb's new found friend, go up against
Lucas Buck for custody of Caleb but neither gets it, custody goes to Loris
Holt and Caleb moves into the Trinity Boarding House.
Doctor Matt Crower
Matt meets Caleb when he is brought into the hospital to be checked out on
his birthday after his sisters death. Matt teams up with Gail to help find
Caleb when he runs away from Lucas, and ends up moving in to the Boarding
House with Caleb.
Matt and Gail become close friends and team up to beat
Selena is Caleb's school teacher by day, Lucas' mistress/seductress by
Selena uses her sexuality to manipulate men into doing what Lucas
pleases, she loves Lucas and gets extremely jealous when he begins to show
interest in Gail Emory and discards her.
Selena and Gail clash throughout
the series because of Selena's jealousy which later becomes fatal for Gail.
A loyal deputy to Lucas Buck.
Ben Witnessed the murder of Merlyn Temple
but is too loyal/scared to tell anyone. Ben has always been Lucas' right
hand man since Lucas was the bailed him out of a jam and was best man at
Bens conscience develops throughout the series and makes him
stronger, making him question Lucas to his face.
Ever since Merlyn witnessed Lucas Buck rape her mother when she was 5 she
became distressed, and only repeated the sentence "Someone's at the door".
When she is killed she comes back as a ghost to guide Caleb and try to
Doctor Billy Peele, an epidemiologist from Atlanta, is called to Trinity
to help fight against a deadly plague that has swept Trinity in The Plague Sower.
Billy took a sudden dislike to Lucas, threatening him with a syringe to
the neck. Billy quickly becomes wrapped up in the weirdness of Trinity, and
has a steamy affair with Selena who he later falls in love with.
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