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Peter Kane
036 - The Crucible
Biographical information
Full Name: Peter Kane
Occupation: Prospector
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: American
Hair color: Gray
Eye color: Blue
Born: unknown
Died: presumably of thirst
Romances/Domestic Partners:
Appeared on:
First Episode: The Crucible
Last Episode: The Crucible
Portrayed by: Lee Marvin

Peter Kane is a prospector Adam meets after he has been robbed and left to die in the desert.

At first, Kane seems to be a pleasant man who offers Adam both food and drink. In exchange for helping him, Kane asks Adam to do some work in his claim for three days. In return for his services Kane promises to lend Adam his mule.

However, Kane is a cunning madman who is interested in psychological torture, hoping to drive a seemingly rational man, like Adam, to murder. Therefore, he reduces food and water, humiliates Adam, and doesn't allow him to get any rest during his hard work.

In the end, he places a rifle between him and Adam to give Adam a fair chance to kill or be killed. Both fight on the ground and Adam destroys the rifle after nearly strangling Kane to death, but then he realizes what he is doing. He releases Kane and begins to escape, but his conscience demands him to take Kane with him in order to get some help for the cruel, dying man. Kane dies under the burning sun, presumably out of thirst and heat stroke.