Bartholomew was born at the Murder House in 1926, when his mother, Elizabeth, sought the help of Dr. Charles Montgomery to terminate her pregnancy, purportedly in the third week of gestation despite very visibly showing. Bartholomew is severely disfigured and in a perpetual state of infancy, residing in Room 33 of the Hotel Cortez, tended by Iris and his mother's minions.
Personality and Appearance
His face and head are bulbous and unformed, with a cleft palate extending well beyond the sinus cavity, filled with several sharp teeth around his maw. He is absent of any nose, and his eyes are wide and devoid of pupils, reflecting his victims' faces in pure blackness. He is extremely bloodthirsty in nature, attacking any who disturb his slumber in the darkest recesses of the hotel.
Bartholomew was born after his mother, Elizabeth, attempted to get an abortion at the Murder House. He was removed from Elizabeth during surgery and given to a nurse. The doctor told her to get rid of him but she reported that he was still alive. He then attacked her, savagely consuming her blood. The doctor, despite this shocking turn of events, was pleased with the result, and upon Elizabeth awaking, happily told her that she had a boy. He handed her her son, and she looked at him love, despite her attempted abortion.
Elizabeth visits Bartholomew, adorned in a long, white gown billowing far behind her. She looks down at a bassinet, smiling as she reaches down to pick up her son and hold him in her hands. She reports that she will be going to Paris, but tells him that when she comes back she will never have to leave him again, as she will soon possess the inheritance of Will Drake upon marrying and murdering him.
After Ramona tries to kill Bartholomew to get revenge on Elizabeth, he scratches her face. She manages to escape and runs out of the room, unintentionally forgetting to close the door behind her, thereby allowing Bartholomew to leave his confines. He arrives in Room 64, falling into John Lowe's luggage (who is packing to leave the Hotel Cortez) and eventually finds himself at John's home. John begins to unpack his suitcase but hears Scarlett crying and goes to comfort her. When he returns to his room, he finds his luggage tipped and his clothes strewn about. Upon finding Bartholomew, he is horrified and attempts to shoot him, but he ends up scaring Scarlett in doing so, who believes that her father is mentally ill and runs to her room. Bartholomew loses a small amount of blood in the process and manages to escape the house. John describes him as "a monster" to a detective who arrives at the property to question what has happened. Shortly after, Alex finds him and brings him back to Elizabeth, who has just returned from Paris, unaware of her son's escape.
After his wedding to Elizabeth, Will Drake is approached by James March, who informs him that he will be a stepfather to Elizabeth's child. Will is confused, so James decides to show Will what his wife gave birth to almost a century ago. Will is shocked and deeply disturbed upon seeing Bartholomew, stating that he doesn't look human. He wonders if it is possible that this child is The Countess', asking if this is a joke. Unbeknownst to him, Elizabeth appears behind him, insulted by his harsh words toward her child. She tells him that she would have done him the kindness of waiting to kill him in Paris during their honeymoon, but has become disgusted by his animosity toward her baby and slams him in the head with a toy train, leaving him unconscious.
- Bartholomew seems to have been inspired by the deformed child in the 1977 movie Eraserhead by David Lynch, as they both share similar features.
- It is possible that Bartholomew is a dhampir, the folkloric offspring between a human and a vampire.