Jennifer Carroll was born during the early history of the Silent Hill era. She was one of the founding members of the Order in the 17th century and was accused of witchcraft and thus became a victim of persecution. As a result, she was burned at the stake by the puritanical Christian citizens of the town in 1692, around the time of the Salem witch trials in Massachusetts.
For an unknown reason, Jennifer's name and the "Victim of persecution by the Christians" part of the monument is scratched off, possibly to cover up the blame of Christians.
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|“||The backstory of Silent Hill was not only the story of Alessa but a much older story about the first burning of the Arch Witch, Jennifer Carroll. That burning has defined Silent Hill as the ground for the primeval battle between the perception of good and the perception of evil.||”|
In the Silent Hill film continuity, Jennifer was burned alive by the ancestors of the cultists. Christabella's group and the Order were supposed to be rival sects (which was retconned in Silent Hill: Revelation).
A painting of her being burned, titled The First Burning, hangs in the Grand Hotel. This is confirmed to be Jennifer by director's statements and the original script. In the original script, Anna claims Jennifer was a powerful, wicked witch possessed by a demon and that after her burning, the town's river rose and drowned the town. She also claims Jennifer was burned before the town of Silent Hill, West Virginia, had a name.
A similar painting is also seen in the Brethren's church, but it is unknown if this woman is also Jennifer Carroll because the painting has no name. The woman in this painting was painted to look as if she could be an ancestor of Christabella's, Dahlia Gillespie's, or Alessa's, possibly suggesting that a history of unnatural powers runs within the Gillespie family. This could also suggest Jennifer Carroll being an ancestor of the Gillespies.
- Carroll Street, where Brookhaven Hospital is located, could be named after Jennifer Carroll.
- Considering the supernatural elements of the series, it is possible that Jennifer actually did possess supernatural powers, possibly similar to Alessa Gillespie and Claudia Wolf.
- Her surname could be a nod to Lewis Carroll, penname of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, references from which can be found throughout the games.
- The full text on the monument in the Rosewater Park:
Victim of persecution by the Christians. Jennifer Carroll lived with pride and honor. What happened here shall never be forgotten.
|Rose Da Silva - Christopher Da Silva - Cybil Bennett - Dahlia Gillespie - Thomas Gucci - Anna - Christabella - Sharon Da Silva - Alessa Gillespie - Dark Alessa|
|Sister Margaret - Eleanor - Colin - Lisa Garland - Jennifer Carroll|
|Armless Man - Colin - Creeper - Dark Nurse - Grey Child - Red Pyramid|
|Brahms - Brookhaven Hospital - Church - Da Silva House - Gans County - Grand Hotel - Midwich Elementary School - Nathan Drugs - Pete's Bowl-O-Rama - Sacrificial Chamber - Silent Hill, West Virginia - Smitty's - Toluca County Archives - Toluca County Mining Museum - Toluca County Orphanage - Toluca Lake|
|The Brethren - Monster - Flashlight - Manifestation - Otherworld - Fog World - Real World - Siren - Great Knife - Welcome Sign - Brethren Symbol|