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The whole family was strange. You didn't meet her father's eyes. Not ever... that's how spooky he was.
~ Stella Horan about Carrie's father, Ralph White.

Ralph White is the posthumous overarching antagonist in the classic 1974 horror novel Carrie by Stephen King. This enigmatic man who was killed in the February of 1963, is the father of Carrie White and was married to Margaret White. He was not involved in raising Carrie, although all versions of the story strongly suggest that Carrie might have inherited her psychokinetic powers from his blood and not from that her own late maternal great-grandmother Sadie Cochran.

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Carrie (novel)

Ralph White came into contact with Margaret Brigham in 1960 and married her two years later. He was also a fundamentalist Christian and believed, as did his wife, that all forms of intercourse, even in marriage, were sinful as opposed to many other Christians who normally believe martial sex is something to be nurtured and enjoyed. After one night of raucous drinking with men, Ralph came home and heated by the alcohol, raped Margaret, resulting in the forthcoming pregnancy of their only child.

After her daughter Carrie White was conceived, Ralph died in a grisly construction accident.

Carrie (film versions)

The 1976 film version of Ralph was only mentioned by name during the movie. Carrie revealed at one point that "he ran away". Mrs. White tried to convince her child that her husband was tempted by The Devil and taken away. Carrie, on the other hand, saw The Devil as another woman, whom Ralph ran away with.

Twenty-three years later, Ralph was mentioned again by a woman named Barbara Lang, mother of her daughter named Rachel, the main protagonist of The Rage: Carrie 2. Barbara said that Ralph was the father of Rachel. Rachel herself possessed similar powers to Carrie, and was also considered an outsider, although Rachel was more independent and outspoken than Carrie. Meanwhile, a grown Sue Snell, the only survivor of the Bates High School Senior Prom disaster, tried to inform Rachel that she and Carrie were somehow related, since Ralph was father to both.

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