Blair Witch
Cade Merrill's Signature

Cade Merrill's signature.

Cade Merrill (b. circa 1983) was an American male and the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Merrill. He was the cousin of Heather and James Donahue. He was the "writer" of The Blair Witch Files website, as well as the book series of the same name. He was only eleven years old when Heather disappeared.


*Description from the back of the books.

"Seventeen-year-old Cade Merrill is determined to find out the truth. His website is a clearinghouse for the hundreds of encounters with the unexplained evil that lives in the Blair Woods."



Cade is derived from an Old English nickname for something or someone lumpy or rotund. It might also be from the Late Middle English cade (a young animal abandoned by its mother and raised by hand). Alternatively, Cade is derived from the Middle English cade (cask, barrel) and might have been either a nickname for someone with the physique of a barrel or an occupational name for a barrel maker.

Behind the scenes[]

  • In real life, the books written by Cade Merill were in fact written by various authors, one of them being Marc Cerasini.

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