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Jason Harkness
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Jason Harkness
Series: Bones
Gender: Male
Notability: Antagonist
Occupation: Cannibal
Location: Washington, D.C.
Status: Deceased
Died: 2007
First: "The Widow's Son in the Windshield"
Final: "The Widow's Son in the Windshield"
Actor: Andrew James Allen

Jason Harkness is a fictional cannibal and would-be serial killer featured in the FOX Network television series Bones. Played by actor Andrew James Allen, he appeared in the premiere episode of season three, "The Widow's Son in the Windshield".


Jason Harkness was a young man who lived in the Washington, D.C. area. He was a self-confessed cannibal and a protogé of the ritualistic serial killer known as the Gormogon. Jason was implicated in the murder of a concert violinist named Gavin Nichols. The FBI, working in cooperation with the forensics team of the Jeffersonian Institute, discovered Nichols' remains inside of a vault purportedly owned by the Gormogon. Having already recovered Nichols' skull from a previous incident, they discovered marks upon the cranium which could only have been made by a diamond-tipped incisor that Harkness possessed.

Special Agent Seeley Booth arrested Harkness and interrogated him at length. At first, Harkness remained close-lipped about his involvement in Nichols' death, but then confessed to being a cannibal, going into detail about the different taste values between body parts of humans of varying ages. According to Harkness, human flesh tastes like beef, except for babies, which tastes like fish.

While Harkness was in jail, his master managed to inveigle his way into the cell block and ritualistically murder him by stabbing him in the chest with a dagger. Harkness' body was bound to the bars of the cell in a symbolic gesture with his arms raised towards the sky - the same position that Booth and his colleague Doctor Temperance Brennan found Gavin Nichols in when they discovered him in the Gormogon's vault.

Notes & Trivia[]

  • Jason Harkness is the first on-screen apprentice of the Gormogon.
  • Another cannibal serial killer of note is Eugene Victor Tooms from "Squeeze" episode of The X-Files. Tooms harvested human livers from his victims, feeding off of them and gaining nutrients that retarded the aging process and extended his natural lifespan.

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