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Gail Peterson was the wife of [[Abraham Peterson]] and mother to [[Elijah Peterson|Elijah]] and [[Magda Peterson]]. Prior to moving to Mason City, Iowa Gail was severely injured in a car wreck, which was caused by her daughter's burgeoning psychic abilities. Believing the Devil to be inside Magda, the Peterson's moved from the city to the outskirts of Mason City, believing that God told her to live
of life of simplicity after her accident. The Peterson's would fake Magda's death and keep her locked away in the basement, where Gail would attempt to exorcise the evil from her daughter as she self-flagellated.
Later that night Sam returns to the Peterson home and spies Gail speaking in tongues in the basement while Magda whips herself repeatedly. When Sam is eventually caught, he is brought to the Peterson's dining room and where the family is preparing to have a dinner. Scoffing as Gail serves a stew, she explains that the family has been dealing with Magda's abilities for years, explaining that Magda was the cause of the car accident and tells Sam that by keeping her in hiding, they are protecting everyone else. But Sam's protests of Magda's treatment fall on deaf ears as the family bows their heads in prayer. When Abraham takes the first bite and soon dies, Gail explains that it is the only way they will stay together, ordering [[Elijah Peterson|Elijah]] to eat. But before he can, Magda causes the spoon to fall from his hands before using her telekinesis to clear the table of the plates. Gail picks up a knife and comes at Magda, inadvertently stabbing Elijah who jumped in the path to protect his sister. As Gail and Magda struggle with the knife, and as Magda turns the knife towards Gail, Sam pleads with her to stop, telling her she can control. The knife soon stops at Gail's chest and drops to the ground.
The next morning Gail is taken away by the police in handcuffs, telling everyone that her daughter is the Devil, before being placed in a police car.