"If I can get it, I want it. And if I want it, I get it." - Jason McGuire
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Strangled by Barnabas Collins
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Jason McGuire (1918-1967) was a seafaring man who came to Collinsport in the mid 1940's, he was a friend of Paul Stoddard and later friend of Willie Loomis, After he returned to Collinwood he had a plan to blackmail the mistress of Collinwood, Elizabeth Collins Stoddard for her money in 1967.
Biography [edit | edit source]
Early Life[edit | edit source]
Jason McGuire was born in 1918, and was either raised in Ireland or was of Irish descendents, considering his accent (196).
In the early 1930s, Jason was a con artist, who was wanted in several countries, for smuggling, extortion, and much more, but often left the country before they could get sufficient evidence on him (269). during that time, he became best friend's with Paul Stoddard (200, 202, 271).
Visit to Collinsport[edit | edit source]
He came to Collinsport in the mid 1940s, sometime while the mistress of Collinwood, Elizabeth Collins Stoddard married Paul Stoddard. When he first heard of their marriage he was surprised that Paul Stoddard married because he thought he wasn't a man for marriage (202), it's implied that Elizabeth, and Jason were once very close, and he mentioned that one time they had a picnic, beneath a peach tree, but Elizabeth, denies all evidence of it (242).
Leaving Collinsport[edit | edit source]
In 1949, Paul Stoddard attempted to leave with his buddy Jason McGuire, but his wife Elizabeth who was feed up with him with his nonsense, hit him over the head; a blow which she thought was fatal. When Jason arrived looking for Paul, he found Elizabeth distressed and she begging him for help. When Jason checked in Paul's body, it turned out he was very much alive, and the two quickly hashed out a scheme for their escape. He faked burying Paul's body in the basement of Collinwood, and told Elizabeth never to let anyone into that room (272).
Jason later fled with Paul Stoddard, though he lost contact with him, in Hong Kong, In the years that followed, he continued his various schemes around the globe. He eventually met a young boy named Willie Loomis and they ran scams in every port they landed in, including, Singapore and Jamica, but there luck turned bad after Jamica ( "Echoes of Insanity" ).
Return to Collinsport[edit | edit source]
Low on funds, in 1967 he returned to Collinsport, and stayed in Collinsport Inn, for a short period of time, once hearing about Elizabeth Stoddard, in the Collinsport Inn restaurant, and how she hasn't left Collinwood for eighteen years he decided to pay her a vist (196).
He came to Collinwood, to blackmail Elizabeth. This allowed him to move into Collinwood, threatening that he would go to the authorities about Paul's "disappearance" unless she allowed him to stay (196). Willie Loomis, who was aware of the blackmail (but not the reasons behind it) (199), started causing issues for Jason , even going as far as to invite himself over to stay at Collinwood (202). Though very much against it, Jason eventually begrudgingly agreed.
Seeing a prime opportunity to further his manipulation of Elizabeth when Carolyn asks him about her father, he sings his praises and even tells her that the two of them are very much alike (202).
Jason continued to blackmail Elizabeth and extorted vast sums of money from her. He also forced her to give him a position in the family business (228) and selling him Collins-owned property. By this point the rest of the Collins family knew that Jason had some kind of hold over Elizabeth, but she refused to entertain the notion He knew she was willing to do whatever he wanted, so long as he never revealed her grave secret. To seal the deal, he proposed marriage (243) which horrified everyone involved including Barnabas Collins who is new in town.
Carolyn in an attempt to figure out what exactly Jason held over her mother, searches through his room. He catches her and tells her in no uncertain terms that once he's married her mother, she will no longer be allowed to stay at Collinwood. This being the last straw, Carolyn decides the best course of action is to kill him during the ceremony.
On the day of their sham of a wedding, instead of saying I do Elizabeth finally declares that she killed Paul and Jason helped her do it (270). Jason, realizing he can't smooth talk his way out of this one, runs for it. Only to be brought back to the house by the police (271). Jason then revealed that she never actually killed Paul, he was just unconscious. He showed them the trunk in the basement that allegedly contained Paul’s remains. only for it to be completely empty.
Final Fate[edit | edit source]
With the truth now out in the open, the sheriff ordered him to leave the area within 24 hours—but Jason wasn’t going to leave empty-handed. As dusk began to fall, he broke into the Old House, hoping to find some Collins family jewels like the ones he knew Barnabas was in possession of. He went into the Old House cellar and discovered the coffin of Barnabas Collins. Willie tried to give Jason more jewels, but it wasn't enough to satisfy him. He warned Jason that Barnabas wasn't "alive" and that he would kill him for intruding, but Jason still refused to listen to him. He opened the coffin, still believing that there were jewels hidden there—only to find Barnabas who woke up and strangled him to death (275). Barnabas later had Willie transfer Jason’s remains to the secret room in the Collins family mausoleum (276).
Jason McGuire's murder was never discovered—as far as everyone else was concerned, Jason had fled town to avoid charges over Paul Stoddard's "death" and the resulting blackmail attempt. Oddly—given the manner of his death—Jason's ghost does not seem to have manifested.
Memorable Quotes[edit | edit source]
Jason McGuire: "Now you made one beautiful blunder by getting involved in that fight."
Jason McGuire: "One more blunder like that and you'll blow the whole deal and none of us are gonna get anything out of it."
Appearances[edit | edit source]
193, 195, 196, 197, 198, 199, 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 211, 213, 215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 224, 228, 232, 233, 237, 242, 243, 244, 246, 249, 254, 257, 259, 264, 266, 269, 270, 271, 272, 273, 274, 275, 276