True Detective centers around just that, detective work. This page is dedicated to cataloging any case clues as they are revealed.
The victim's body is found posed in a kneeling, worshipful position, facing a tree:
A spiral was painted on the victim's back with basic blue acrylic paint using a thick glove finger:
A makeshift crown was placed on the victim's head. The crown consists of rose thorns, berry cane, and switch grass wrapped around a bent branch and attached to a set of deer antlers:
Cajun bird trapsEdit
Twig latticework, like a Cajun bird traps, were found with her body:
- Washed clean, no prints
- Ligature marks on wrists and ankles
- Bound by half inch rope for 10-20 hours
- Evidence of vaginal intercourse
- Bound upright
- Hadn't eaten in a day or more
- Toxicology report showed lysergic acid (LSD) and methamphetamine
Conclusion: Victim was drugged, bound, tortured with a knife, strangled, and then posed.
Cohle and Hart come across an old burned out church in their search for the church mentioned on the flyer found in Dora's diary. Inside, Cohle discovers a crude but chilling image of a nude woman with antlers painted on one of the walls that is still standing. The figure portrayed is eerily similar to that of victim Dora Lange's posed body:
Seen on the kitchen wall at the Hart home is a spiral drawn by one of Martin's daughters. Normally, this could simply be the random scribblings of a child, but it seems too specific in this case given the recurring spiral pattern in the storyline.