Charles Lee Ray, also known as the Lakeshore Strangler, was Chucky's original human form.

Child's Play (1988)

Charles is seen running away from the police, but is shot and fatally wounded by Detective Mike Norris. Before he dies, he remembers what he was taught by his voodoo instructor John. He uses his amulet, the Heart of Damballa, to transfer his soul into a Good Guy doll.

Bride of Chucky (1998)

With the fingerprints of Charles found on a cigarette lighter at a recent murder scene, the police plan to excavate his corpse to find out what is going on. Before the police go through with and open his coffin, Chucky arrives with Jade to retrieve the Heart of Damballa from around his neck.

Curse of Chucky (2013)

Before the events of the first film, Charles had a double life as a serial killer and a regular civilian. At one point, a mutual friend of his introduced him to a woman named Sarah. Charles becomes increasingly obsessed with Sarah, and about taking her husband's place.

Soon, intending not to let Sarah go, kills her husband, and after his funeral, kidnaps her. He ties her up inside his safe house, while his accomplice Eddie waits in their van outside. However, much to Charles' surprise, the police are quick to have his safe house surrounded, because Sarah had managed to call the cops. Feeling betrayed, Charles stabs her in the stomach, hitting the baby inside. Right after, Charles escapes the house, intending to reach Eddie, but instead Eddie drives away before Charles can reach him. He is then pursued by detective Norris.

Known Victims

  1. Vivian Van Pelt: Strangulation. Off-screen.
  2. Daniel Pierce: Drowned. Off-screen.


  • His name is derived from the names of three notorious killers: Charles Manson, Lee Harvey Oswald, and James Earl Ray.
  • According to Mike Norris, Charles lived at 730 Stoney Island on the Southside.
  • In the Child's Play 2 novel, it is revealed that he was born to a Irish-American mother, who came from a wealthy family but also worked as a bartender and dancer. His father was an Austrian immigrant and an alcoholic, and would frequently abuse Charles and his mother.
  • The story of Charles Lee Ray becoming the killer doll has become a legend in the Child's Play universe, as a movie about him had been made in Hollywood in Seed of Chucky, called "Chucky Goes Psycho".


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