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Paul Stoddard
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Portrayed by

Joel Fabiani
Dennis Patrick

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Biographical Information

Paul Stoddard

Also known as

Mr. Prescott


29 (1949)

50 (1970)

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Manner of death

Murdered by Jeb Hawkes.


Master of Collinwood (formerly)

Family members

Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Wife)
Carolyn Stoddard (Daughter)

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Paul Stoddard (1920-1969), was the deadbeat husband of Elizabeth Collins Stoddard and father to Carolyn Stoddard.


Early Life[]

Paul Stoddard was born in 1920 (953). At some point (possibly during the late 1930s to early 1940s), he developed close ties with a unscrupulous con artist named Jason McGuire (202).

Visit To Collinsport[]

In the early 1940s, Paul married into the wealthy Collins family, and lived at Collinwood with his wife Elizabeth Collins, and invited his friend Jason McGuire, to stay over at Collinsport, with him (271). He once commissioned Sam Evans to paint a portrait of him in the style and size of the Jeremiah painting hanging above the Collinwood mantle. The portrait was never begun, despite a few preliminary sketches by Sam (42).

He later had a daughter named Carolyn Stoddard in June 16, 1946 (267).

The Deal[]

Paul Stoddard at the Blue Whale in 1949, making a deal with Mr. Strak.

In December 4, 1949, Paul Stoddard went to the Blue Whale, to get a few drinks like usual and was shown to be very depressed there, he later met a man named Mr. Strak and made a deal with him for his most precious object in exchange for twenty years of good luck and fortune in which he agreed, but Paul Stoddard, just thought of it as a drunken conversation, nothing of importance (900).

Faking his Death[]

Elizabeth Knocking Paul Stoddard unconscious

In 1949, Paul Stoddard decided to finally pack his bags and leave Collinsport. He stole large sums of money (which included many of the family's jewels) and kept it in his suitcase which angered Elizabeth, making her attack Paul with a poker, which stunned him. Jason McGuire told her that Paul was killed and he made it look that he buried his body and belongings in a locked room in the basement of Collinwood. Paul and Jason left Collinsport to start life somewhere else, though Jason blackmailed him into keeping all the money (272).

He fled with Jason McGuire, eventually losing contact with him during their trip in Hong Kong, after that his life became successful, he created his own business and did very good in stockmarket, until losing all of his money in 1969 (900).

Return to Collinsport[]

In 1969, Paul did return to Collinwood after 20 years (888). He also learned at that time the details of a pact he had made for wealth with beings he now knew were demons. His deal with Mr. Strak was for 20 years of good luck and fortune in exchange for his most precious possession. The Leviathans were coming to collect payment for his good fortune—his daughter Carolyn

Background information and notes[]

  • Paul was first alluded to in 5, though his name wasn't revealed until 41.
  • In 244 it is stated that Paul left after Carolyn was born. Elizabeth makes references to how he ignored Carolyn.


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