|Appearances||5 Days a Stranger, 7 Days a Skeptic, 6 Days a Sacrifice|
Birth and creation Edit
Because his mother, Belinda DeFoe, died while giving birth to him, and also because of his physical and mental deformities, John is hated and unwanted by his father, Sir Roderick DeFoe, who imprisoned him in the basement of DeFoe Manor shortly after his birth.
Matthew eventually discovered John, who would communicate to his brother by hitting the wall, and started refers to him as "The boy behind the door". As read in the diary of Matthew in 5 Days A Stranger and more explicitly in the first flash back from Trilby's Notes, Matthew befriended John to the alternating wrath or vehement denial of Sir Roderick.
On the night of July 28th, 1821, Sir Roderick snapped due a combination of feeling insulted by the man he brought over to appraise the African Idol, the day of his wife's death, Matthew having slid his painting under the door to share with John and simple drunkenness. This caused him to enter the basement late that night, dressed in a leather apron, and bringing along the African idol, which he used to beat John to the brink of death with. Matthew attempted to help him by bandaging him up, but this could not stop John from dying shortly afterwards. Cabadath, who's soul was bound to the idol, then used his powers to turn John into a wraith and bound his soul to the idol along side his own. Using his newfound powers, John managed to possess his dead body.
Wearing the leather apron spotted with his own blood, an old welder's mask beloning to the gardener of DeFoe Manor, and wielding Sir Roderick's machete, John hunted down and killed Sir Roderick and Matthew. Due to a limitation of his powers, John lost control over his old body shorty afterwards, and all of his aspects became separated and slipped into the manor. His mind went into the walls of the manor and his body went into the floor, while his soul came to rest in the idol. Slowly, as people would enter the manor for one reason or another, they would become trapped, most likely by John's influence over the house using the aspect of his mind, and end up dead to the confusion of any who would later examine the scene.
5 Days a Stranger Edit
172 years later, John's influence over his home is still felt. According to a newspaper found by the Manor's front door, the previous owners, Sir Clarence DeFoe and his bride Julia Swanson-DeFoe, were found in the inherited home hanging from a tree in the front yard and stabbed to death respectively. Investigator on the scene Jacob Barnes ruled it as a murder-suicide and closed the case, leaving the unsettled story as bait for reporters, the rumors of the manor being haunted a ripe spot for the mischief of young men or a point for interest for paranormal investigators, and it's various valuables irresistible to treasure hunters and thieves.
Over the course of a few days are five people by the names of AJ, Philip Harty, Simone Taylor, Jim and Trilby trapped within the manor. On the night Trilby arrives, John manages to possess Philip through the idol, and kills off AJ who is present because of an assignment from The Ministry of Occultism. Trilby is the next to be possessed and under John's control, he kills Philip. Jim is also possessed and nearly kills Simone and Trilby, but is stopped by a bit of quick thinking from the latter.
Trilby, determined to escape from the manor, decides that John must be destroyed. He uncovers John's bones and brings them back to life with black magic, an event that also causes Simone and Jim to be possessed by the ghosts of Sir Roderick and Matthew DeFoe, after which the possessed Simone shoots John's bones with Sir Roderick's old hunting rifle. John's remains falls into the manor's fireplace, which sets the manor ablaze, giving Trilby, Simone and Jim a chance to escape and destroying the aspect of John's body in the process.