The sixth and final episode of the crime drama Black Bird on Apple TV+ features the culmination of James “Jimmy” Keene’s undercover mission to locate Tricia Reitler’s alleged body and bring a suspected serial killer, Larry Hall, to justice. Larry shows Jimmy a map of Indiana and Illinois with lots of red dots. Jimmy concludes that the positions of the red dots actually correspond to the bodies of Larry’s alleged victims.
Jimmy makes every effort to convince Larry to turn the card over to law enforcement for the benefit of the victims’ families. Jimmy’s quest relies heavily on Larry’s map, so we learned if it really exists and what actually happened to it. Let’s discuss what we’ve learned!
Was Larry Hall’s map accurate?
According to Jimmy Keene and Hillel Levin’s “In with the Devil: A Fallen Hero, a Serial Killer, and a Dangerous Bargain for Redemption,” the show’s source code, Larry actually had a map of Indiana and Illinois with red dots inside the borders. Larry tried to hide the card when he saw Jimmy. According to the original text, Jimmy commented: “Hey [Larry] was so protective of this card that I knew it had to represent something, but I got a good enough look at it before he rolled it up to see all the red dots on it.”
Jimmy believed the red dots represented the locations of Larry’s alleged murders of the girls. The map and six wooden falcons crafted by Larry were also discovered. According to “In with the Devil,” Larry said of the wooden hawks, “They watch over the dead.” Jimmy realized that Larry intended to send the hawks and map to his brother, Gary Hall, so that Gary could place the hawks in the designated places to “look over the dead”. After finding the map, Jimmy attempted to contact FBI Agent Butkus – possibly the real Lauren McCauley – to stop Larry from sending the map and Falcons to Gary.
However, Jimmy couldn’t stop Larry from sending Gary the map and the hawks. He was put in solitary confinement for allegedly hitting Larry by a woman who served as a model for the fictional Dr. Amelia Hackett was serving, mentally upset. The card was gone when Agent Butkus came to Springfield to rescue Jimmy. Jeffrey Steinback, Jimmy’s attorney, later confirmed that Larry wasn’t the one who discovered the card.
Robert Hall, Larry Hall’s father, did he really burn it?
The map Larry had provided to his brother Gary and the wooden hawks are burned in the TV episode by Larry’s father Robert Hall. Robert actually destroyed Larry’s card. However, according to “In with the Devil,” he did the same while Larry was being held in Marion after being arrested by Deputy Sheriff Miller, not while Larry was in Springfield. Gary informed Wabash Police Officer Ron Smith that her father Robert had been contacted by Larry to remove certain merchandise from his storage vehicles. Gary reported to Smith that Robert had returned with a large map of Indiana with more than twenty “DB” marks.
“I asked Gary, ‘What does DB stand for?'” and he said, “DB basically means ‘dead body.’ [of the map].” And then, according to “In with the Devil,” Smith, “he witnessed his father burn that card into a trash can.” It can’t be the same card since that event took place before Jimmy even met Larry. However, Larry might actually have sent Gary the map he made in Springfield and Gary or Robert might have burned it.