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Janet McCardle is a character appearing in Loch Henry. She is portrayed by Monica Dolan.


Janet and her husband, Kenneth, at some point prior to summer 1997, began kidnapping, torturing, and murdering people as a duo. Their crimes went largely undetected, as disappearances were attributed to other causes, until they kidnapped Dawn and Simon Challis, a newlywed couple on their honeymoon. They had recruited Iain Adair and he participated in their torture and murders. When Iain got drunk and made comments about Dawn at The Lochside Inn, Kenneth went to the Adair house under the guise of checking on Iain to make sure he didn't make good on his promise to come back and shoot the place up. Kenneth reported that while was there, Iain shot him in the shoulder, then fatally shot both his parents before shooting himself. However, what actually happened was that Kenneth shot all three Adairs and then shot himself to cover up his role in the crimes. This backfired when Kenneth contracted MRSA during his subsequent hospital stay and ultimately died of the infection.

Years later, when their son, Davis, was an adult, he came back to Loch Henry with his girlfriend, Pia Koresh, to make a documentary about a man who protected the eggs of endangered species from theft. However, when Pia learned about the disappearance of Dawn and Simon Challis, she persuaded Davis to make their documentary about that instead.

When Janet learned what they were doing, she said that everyone should know what happened to Kenneth and pledged that if Iain Adair were alive, she'd kill him herself, as he'd ruined everything for them. She then went on camera with them and allowed Davis to ask questions about that case.

After Pia, Davis, and their friend, Stuart, were in a car accident, Janet came to visit Davis at the hospital, as Davis had to stay overnight. She then returned home with Pia and Stuart. Janet made shepherd's pie while Pia worked on the documentary. Through this work, Pia learned the truth about Janet and Kenneth's involvement in the murders. Pia made an excuse to go out for a walk after they ate, but Janet followed her when she saw that Pia had been looking at their old VHS tapes and realized that Pia knew.

Janet became frustrated when Pia wouldn't get in her car and instead ran away. She tried looking for Pia, but couldn't find her and had to return home. Once she was there, she stacked up all the evidence of their crimes on the table and left a note for Davis. Then she put on her mask and hanged herself.


She was married to Kenneth McCardle until his death. They had a son, Davis, who was unaware of their crimes until after they had both died.

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  • She and Kenneth taped all their crimes after episodes of the show Bergerac.


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