"Judge Renault. Long time, no see. You could've shown me some mercy giving me life in prison. But you wanted me put to death."
—Jackson to Judge Renault.[src]

Jackson Ward was a mortal serial killer executed at Alcatraz Island in 1963, leaving his spirit trapped on the island while his ashes were buried in Palo Alto. His unfinished business was that he desired revenge against the people that trialed and convicted him.


To escape from Alcatraz, a soul collector aided him by explaining that Jackson needed to find a body that he could possess. Her reason for helping Jackson was so that he would help her obtain the soul of a witch. Jackson decided to take possession over a tour guide after the collector killed him, though he was spotted by Phoebe Halliwell, who was touring the prison with her friend, Marianne.

The sisters at Ward's tomb.

Jackson successfully escaped the island and sought his revenge on the people responsible for sentencing him. When Jackson murdered the prosecutor's son and the presiding judge, he unknowingly left an ectoplasmic finger print on the murder weapons. Jackson tried to go after the rest, but Prue and Phoebe intervened with a spell that lured him to the manor. There, Prue drank a potion to stop her heart, allowing her spirit to vanquish Jackson with a spell. Charon then took his soul as replacement as a consolation prize since she failed to collect a witch's.

Powers and Abilities

Active Powers
  • Possession: The ability to enter the bodies of other beings and take control of them.
  • Corporealization: The ability to become tangible enough to touch objects in the physical world.
Other Powers
  • Invisibility: The ability to become unseen by the naked eye. As a spirit, Jackson was naturally invisible to mortals.
  • Intangibility: The ability to phase through solid objects. As a spirit, Jackson could do so naturally.


To Vanquish a Ghost

  • This spell can only be cast by another spirit.
Ashes to ashes,
Spirit to spirit.
Take his soul,
Banish this evil.


Notes and Trivia


Jackson Ward appeared in a total of 1 episode throughout the course of the series.

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