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Trinity, North Carolina - The occult drama AMERICAN GOTHIC/CBS/1995-96 starred Gary Cole as Lucas Buck, a demonic sheriff who lived in the town of Trinity, South Carolina.

Gary Cole as Sheriff Lucas Buck - AMERICAN GOTHIC
Sheriff Lucas Buck

Is Lucas the devil in disguise or just a fallen angel? No one knows for sure, but they do know that he hates to lose control and will always collect his pound of flesh for any favors he may perform for the citizenry. His psychic abilities gives him the edge on those thinking to oppose him and he's likely to appear out of nowhere when you least expect it.

Lucas has a ten year old son named Caleb (Lucas Black) whom he fathered by raping the boy's mother. Caleb's sister Merlyn (Sarah Paulson) had witnessed the rape. Five years later Merlyn's father Gage (who went crazy after the death of his wife) took a shovel to his daughter and nearly killed her.

When Lucas arrived, he found Merlyn still alive, but decided to snap her neck and put her out of her misery. Lucas then arrested Gage and placed him in jail where Lucas convinced him to commit suicide. With Gage and Merlyn gone, Caleb was placed in the custody of boarding house owner, Loris Holt (Tina Lifford).

Caleb only discovered that Lucas was his father on his tenth birthday. The revelation was as shocking as when Luke Skywalker leaned his dad was Darth Vader.

To offset Lucas's evil influence, the spirit of Merlyn as a glowing angel appears to Caleb and offers advice to keep her little brother on the straight and narrow and away from the seductive charms of his evil father.

Lucas Buck, Gail Emory & Caleb - Cast of AMERICAN GOTHIC
Lucas Buck, Gail Emory and Caleb

When Caleb's reporter cousin, Gail Emory (Paige Turco) returned to town, she begins to investigate Lucas whom she suspects was responsible for burning down the town newspaper the day after he was elected sheriff. Gail's editor parents were killed in the blaze.

Helping Lucas was Selina Coombs (Brenda Bakke), his girlfriend and Caleb's teacher; and the well-meaning but weak-willed deputy sheriff Ben Healy (Nick Searcy). He saw Lucas kill Caleb's sister, Merlyn, but has never told anyone.

Dr. Matt Crower (Jake Weber) the town doctor knew Lucas was evil, but when he attempted to kill him, Lucas had him committed to the Juniper House psychiatric facility for safe keeping.

The only threat to Lucas' power base is a newcomer named Dr. Billy Peele (John Mese), a Louisiana-born CDC doctor who comes to Trinity to investigate a mysterious illness. He's not intimidated by Lucas and if need be, he is ready to take Lucas on to get the job done.


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