Harold Earl is a criminal from Derry and a minor character in the horror novel, It. An off-road, alcoholic hermit, he resided in a rundown hut out in the forested region of route seven. He occasionally hunted deer’s and other creatures around the district.
In late May of 1984, he was arrested on suspicion of the murder of John Feury. A fifth grader who reportedly went missing earlier in the month, Feury’s mangled corpse was discovered at Neibolt street, a local neighborhood that was located only a few blocks from Earl’s residence. At the time of his apprehension, he was covered in what appeared to be blood. He was eventually proven not to be held accountable for the young boy’s murder, as reports from the Derry officials revealed that the blood stains embedded on his clothes had come from a few deer’s he had hunted and slain on the day of his arrest.
Earl was eventually confined to the Bangor Mental Health (Derry’s central asylum for the mentally ill). There, he desperately attempted to commit suicide by consuming an entire pitch of paint thinner. The asylum’s medical staff diagnosed severe long-term damages and abrasions inflicted to his liver.
It is briefly suggested in the novel that Earl was a former soldier, having participated in the Vietnam war in the late 1960’s.