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Dylan Noakes
Portrayed by Nicholas Downs (1994)
Kirk Acevedo (2007)
Episode Thrill Kill
Status Alive

Dylan Noakes was the prime suspect in "Thrill Kill". In 1994, he was a troubled 17-year-old boy considered an outcast at school. Dylan bonded with another outcast named Teddy Nimmo over their respective miserable home lives (Dylan had been shuttled through the foster care system since the age of five while Teddy lived alone with a crack addict mother Myrna and no father). They also bullied George Russo, Sean Costley and Jack Raymes.

One day, Dylan was spray painting in the pool when he stumbled across George, Sean, and Jack's corpses. He picked up Jack's stuffed dog out of morbid curiosity, but dropped it and fled after a homeless man, Job, saw him. Job's anonymous tip, Dylan and Teddy's negative reputation as freaks and loners, a forced confession from Teddy, and an indifferent lawyer ensured that Teddy and Dylan were falsely convicted of the crime. They were beaten by a mob as they were taken out of the courthouse.

13 years later, Teddy committed suicide, and his mother found a letter that the real killer had sent to Teddy. Detective Lilly Rush humored her and agreed to reopen the case. After her first interview with Dylan, she and the rest of the team discovered evidence that cast doubt on the boys' committing the murder. This prompted Lilly's second interview with Dylan, during which they struck up a rapport.

Unfortunately, the detectives tracked down Job and came to believe that Dylan had killed the boys alone. Lilly interviewed Dylan a third time, trying to both extract a confession and learn why he had taped the victims' eyes shut. Dylan shouted out that he had thought he knew what true darkness had been, but was wrong. This cryptic comment caused Lilly to calm down and agree to hear him out. Dylan told her about how he had discovered the bodies, noting that Jack's stuffed dog had been placed in his arms with loving care. The details of his story convinced Lilly, and Dylan's observation about the position Jack's toy was found in led her back to his father, Henry Raymes.

Ultimately, Lilly was able to get Henry's wife Tanya to confess that she had found one of her husband's flashlights covered in blood, as well as Henry's evasive and erratic behavior when he saw her holding it. Using this information and Henry's own fear of the dark, John Stillman and Scotty Valens were able to trap Henry into confessing to Jack, George, and Sean's murders. Henry was arrested, and Dylan was released shortly afterwards. He met Myrna outside the prison, where they "saw" Teddy's ghost.