FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Reliving The Salem Stalker on 'DAYS'

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It was one of the biggest storylines in Days of Our Lives history. To this day, the story is one that still defines the show and the soap opera genre as a whole. It was also one of the longest, drawn out serial killer storylines in soap opera history. You’ve probably guessed by now that we are referring to The Salem Stalker! For our Flashback Friday, we are remembering the Salem Stalker storyline. And, we hope you’ll sit back, relax, and remember it with us.

HOW LONG DID THE STORY LAST? 2003-2004

KILLER(s): Andre DiMera who brainwashed Marlena into killing half of Salem’s finest.

THOUGHT TO HAVE BEEN MURDERED: Abe, Jack, Maggie, Caroline, Cassie, Roman, Doug, and Alice Horton.

REALLY MURDERED: The Informer, Jane Doe, Tina

ATTACKED: Marlena (fake attack), Kate, Sami, Bonnie, Mimi, Belle, Celeste, and a Circus Worker

WEAPONS USED: Knife, Gun, Doughnut, Tiger, Bottle of Alcohol, Brick

INFORMATION ON THE STORY:
In 2003, a masked serial killer known as the Salem Stalker brought Salem nothing but pain and sadness. The Salem Stalker’s reign of terror began when the masked killer shot Abe Carver, then killed Jack by hitting him over the head with a brick. The Salem Stalker then poisoned Caroline Brady, stabbed Cassie, and even slashed Roman Brady’s throat! It was around this time that Rex and Cassie were revealed to be offspring of Kate and Roman, not Marlena. Viewers were shocked to learn that the Salem Stalker was in fact a brainwashed Marlena! Marlena next stabbed Doug Williams and choked Alice Horton to death with one of her famous doughnuts. When Belle found out the truth and covered for her mother, Shawn and Belle called it quits.

When Marlena was caught, she was arrested and sent to prison. However, Marlena, now out of her mind-controlled state, decided to escape from prison. On a prison rooftop, a swat team shot Marlena and killed her. A funeral was held and Marlena was put to rest. However, she woke up alive in her casket! Marlena’s casket ended up being a magic casket. Marlena was then transported to a mysterious island by the name of Melaswen. On the island, Marlena had saw every victim of the Salem Stalker alive and well!

The whole thing turned out to be an evil plot constructed by Tony/Andre. When Salem’s finest started to put the pieces together, Tony/Andre triggered a volcano and tidal wave on the island. Marlena, Roman, Jack, Cassie, Victor, and Caroline were all presumed dead. The other people on the island made their way back to Salem. Back in Salem, Maggie learned Mickey remarried. Abe suffered headaches and went blind for a time. Later, it was revealed that those who had been presumed dead from the volcano and tidal wave were being held hostage in a European castle by Tony/Andre. When they were rescued, they all made their way back to Salem.

SO, DO YOU REMEMBER THE SALEM STALKER PLOT? WAS IT ONE OF YOUR FAVORITES? WERE YOU SHOCKED BY THE STORY? TELL US ALL YOUR THOUGHTS IN THE COMMENT SECTION BELOW!

ARTICLE BY: CASEY HUTCHISON
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