Maryanne Zipporah Harper
DOB: July 25th, 1954
DOD: August 29th, 1990
BIO: Maryanne was born to priest Jack and housewife Lauren Hillard of Sewickley, Pennsylvania in the summer of 1954. From a young age, she showed an intense interest in the written word, and always enjoyed making up fantastical stories, usually with themes of freedom and choice - a byproduct of her sheltered, religious upbringing.
After a lifetime of home school, Maryanne had to fight hard to attend a nonsectarian college. However, with her mother's help, did just that, eventually finding her place at Adelphi University in New York. By this time, she'd developed a keen sense of truth-seeking, which she combined with her knack for writing to form the basis for her career in journalism. It was during her time at Adelphi when she met and fell in love with a young, aspiring detective named Reggie Harper.
Not long after college, Maryanne began working for CBS news in New York City. Once she and Reggie's careers were on track, they finally married, later having a child named Elizabeth. The three of them lived happily until Maryanne's murder in August of 1990.
Maryanne Harper (Night Terror)
DOB: August 29th, 1990
BIO: The ghoulish, bullet hole-riddled specter of Maryanne Harper is merely a figment of Reggie Harper's imagination. From the night Maryanne was murdered on, she has 'haunted' him every single night, either in his dreams or as a hallucination brought on by a combination of his brain damage, sleep paralysis, and night terrors.
In his dreams, the two will have full conversations - sometimes mirroring ones they had while she was alive, and often called to mind by whatever is happening in his life at that moment in time. But these conversations will pick at Reggie's rational mind, leaving him feeling a sense of empty panic, no matter how much he would rather that not be the case. In these dreams, the couple are often depicted living their life the way they always did. However, the dreams always take a dark, horrific turn that often jolts Reggie from his sleep and leaves him freshly heartbroken all over again.
The sleep paralysis hallucination is quite different. This version of Maryanne still appears as the same ghastly mess, but she usually stays stationary. Staring him down (always from his right side), humming or outright singing to him the song that was playing when he found her on their bedroom floor all those years ago.