In the fourth season premiere episode of The Mentalist Patrick Jane was convinced that the man he gunned down in the shopping mall was Red John because he knew details about his wife and daughter’s murders that “only Red John would know”.
The situation, however, doesn’t turn out to be as it appeared, since the incriminating evidence that the man in the shopping mall had on him was not present, so the suspicions then turn to find out who removed the evidence before the police arrived. Regardless, the man’s identity is revealed, he used the name Timothy Carter, a local respected businessman with no criminal record.
With Agent Lisbon and the rest of the team on suspension due to the problems with the investigation of Red John, they conduct their own investigation outside the official chain of CBI duties to find out who the man really is and if he actually was Red John. In the meantime, Patrick Jane sits in prison with bail set at $1 million – which he arranges using the skills that only he possesses.
Out of jail, Jane and the other suspended CBI agents discover that the mall security guard must have removed the incriminating evidence on the body of the man using the name Timothy Carter, who they discover is married and by all appearances, a model citizen. The deeper investigation and Jane’s skills bring to the the truth, however, that this so-called Timothy and his wife are actually psychotic kidnappers.
The fortunate rescue of the latest victim held by the disturbed couple helps cast Jane as innocent, and the trial for the murder ends in Jane being found innocent of all charges and released, but with still many unanswered questions as to whether or not Timothy Carter really was Red John. Jane solves this question by bringing back the young blind woman who Jane is convinced was having a relationship with Red John under the name of Roy to have her identify Tim’s body. What transpires is that she alleges to not know the man, convincing Jane once and for all that Red John is still at large and that their cat-and-mouse game continues, despite that the world believes that Red John is dead.
In light of the elimination of the man gunned down as a suspect, a new suspect has been added to our list, and that is:
The man wearing red at the food court just before the shooting…
This video raises some interesting points and presents a plausible theory to suspect that man is Red John:
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