|“|| What happened - that was an accident. I didn't mean to hurt nobody. I didn't murder nobody. Murder's a mortal sin; you go to Hell for murder.
At some point of his career as a tour guide, he was responsible for an accident involving one of the attractions which caused the death of eight children. His job consisted of driving the mine's underground train which transported passengers from Devil's Pit to Hillside as well as telling the history of the Devil's Pit, and was a favorite attraction among the children.
Murphy Pendleton can find the details about the accident in an article, which can be found by venturing through the underground mines. This article outlines Sater's tragic past. While driving the mine train one day, he was heavily intoxicated, and due to his negligence, the train derailed resulting in the deaths of the eight children aboard. After the tragic accident, Sater attempted to clear his name, but faced heavy judgement from other civilians, and lost his job. He felt pressured, and that he was living inside of a lie publicized by the media. He was so traumatized by the event that it continued to haunt him, which eventually drove him to suicide in Murphy's presence.
Despite having long lost his job as tour guide, JP seems to still hold great enthusiasm for it, as he is quite eager to insert trivia about Devil's Pit into his conversation with Murphy when given even the slightest opportunity, such as explaining how deep the cavern is while hanging from the other side of the railing. When Murphy shows no interest in this, JP is quite gruff and blunt, claiming he has better things to do than show him the way out of the mines. He is unhelpful and cryptic towards Murphy, but somehow knows a good deal about him, knowing his name without being told and making scathing comments that imply he knows Murphy's sins.
Murphy's comments in the character gallery suggest that JP may have pitied him at the end, possibly because of the similarities of their crimes and the guilt they both suffered, or because JP recognized Murphy's denial as exactly what he had been doing all along. Both men blamed their fates on circumstances, JP claiming that his crime was an accident while Murphy claimed that his was necessary.
Silent Hill: Downpour
Given his demeanor, it can be assumed that Sater was contemplating suicide for some time. He is quite blunt with Murphy and is virtually no help when questioned. Sater, like Bobby Ricks, has been trapped in Silent Hill for a long time.
Before exiting Devil's Pit, Sater is standing in an overlook contemplating suicide, since the guilt of the accident was too much for him to bear. He assures himself it was an accident, trying to avoid the truth that he was the only person responsible for the death of the children. The player is then given the choice to either taunt or console him. Regardless of the choice, Sater jumps into the chasm below. The choice made results in either negative or positive points and will later affect the game's ending.
- "Pretty impressive, ain't it?"'
- "You might not guess by looking at it, but this place used to be filled with all kinds of visitors. Moms and dads and little kids and... Yeah. It was a really nice place.
- "Name's JP and that, sir, is the Devil's Pit."
- "First time visitor, huh?"
- "A way out? What good would that do?!"
- "Sorry, someplace I gotta be."
- "You know, they say that if you were to put the Empire State Building in here, wouldn't even reach half-way to the top of this place."
- "And how 'bout you, Murphy? Someone know all your dirty little secrets?"
- "Listen to us talk, as if anybody out there gives a damn... when we're the ones to decide if we can live with what we've done."
- "Be seeing ya around, Murphy."
- "Nothin' easy about bein' a coward, Murphy. You outta know that. Enjoy your stay."
- Murphy's comment on JP Sater; "I can't get out of my head what he told me just before he jumped. It sounded like an apology and an accusation at the same time, but just a little bit underneath I wonder... did he even pity me?"
- JP knows Murphy's name upon their first time meeting, albeit he had never met Murphy previously.
- There are several bottles of pills on a table in JP Sater's office, one of them open and spilled. It suggests that JP may be abusing drugs in addition to alcohol, though it is not known whether this started before or after the accident.
- Outside of JP Sater's office, a plaque with the words "John Sater Tour Guide" can be seen, though JP's name is crossed out.
- Murphy can find several bottles at the accident scene, reflecting the belief that JP was drunk at the time of the accident.
- In-game dialogue suggests that JP is religious, although his suicide further reflects his embracing of selfish moral negligence over what he believes to be right.