James Earl Cash
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Game: Manhunt
Name: James Earl Cash
Nationality: American
Location(s): Darkwoods PenitentiarySan Andreas
Business(es): J.E.C. & Sons construction
Weapon(s): Nailgunmetal batsawn-off shotgunblackjackknife
Allies: JournalistTrampCash Family
Enemies: Lionel StarkweatherRamirezCerberus leaderWhite RabbitPiggsyGary Schaffer
Status: Alive
Voiced by: Stephen Wilfong

James Earl Cash is the violent protagonist and main playable character of Manhunt. James is an escaped inmate from Darkwoods Penitentiary where he was put on death row for the last three years. On the night of the execution, he wakes up to find he was only sedated and he must earn his freedom by starring in a snuff film. The "Director" gives James instructions through an earpiece, as he kills members of multiple gangs throughout urban Carcer City.


Sometime before 1992, James became wanted by the San Andreas Police Department for unknown reasons. In the year 2000, he was caught and imprisoned at Darkwoods Penitentiary in Carcer City with a death sentence.

Events of ManhuntEdit

In 2003, the execution took place and everyone believed him to be dead. However, due to the works of Lionel Starkweather, who had bribed the Darkwoods Penitentiary staff, James wakes up in a closed down coffee and donuts store with the "Director" speaking to him through an earpiece. James is promised freedom, as long as he particpates in a snuff film, where he must kill gang members across the city who are aware of him and have been insructed to hunt him down.

James is first intoduced to a gang called the Hoods and must kill them as he makes his way through their turf, until he is ambushed by the Cerberus and thrown in the back of a van to be taken to the next location. James is dropped off at Dentons City Junkyard, where he must kill a gang of white suprimists called the Skinz, then at Carcer City Zoo, where he fights a gang of war veterans called the Wardogs, and saves his kidnapped family.

Then he is dropped off at Carcer City Mall in search of a video tape, the Director made for him, while having an intense shootout with a hispanic gang of satanists and pedophiles named the Innocentz. The tape is revealed to be footage of his family being massacred. James is then told to escort a tramp through Innocentz turf and then clear out the Carcer Chem Factory.

After this, James is taken back to Darkwoods Penitentiary to discover his former fellow inmates have broken free and killed all the guards. They have formed a gang called the Smileys and James is instructed to kill them all. James then encounters the White Rabbit, a man in a rabbit costume who James is told to follow. The rabbit leads him into multiple traps, where he nearly dies unitl one point where Starkweather informs Cash that this is the point in the film where he must die, but James fights back. He kills the White Rabbit and escapes.

It isn't long before he runs into Ramirez, who works for Starkweather. Ramirez decides to toy with him by setting him lose in a closed off area for his Wardogs to hunt him down. This backfires as James kill them all, including Ramirez.

James is now picked up by a female Journalist, who explains she has been gathering evidence to bring down Starkweather. James escorts her to her apartment, while the cops, who have been paid off by Starkweather, attempt to kill them. James kills many cops and makes it to Stockyard, and abandoned train yard where he is taken hostage by the Cerberus.

Brought back to Starkweather's estate, James soon gets loose and kills his way through the mansion, killing the Cerberus leader in the process. On his way up to the office, he gets ambushed by Piggsy, who must be killed to reach Starkweather. Once Piggsy is dead, James confronts Starkweather and kills him, leading the cops to his snuff film ring, however Cash is long gone by the time they get there.

Characters in Manhunt
James Earl Cash
Major Characters
Lionel StarkweatherRamirezCerberus leaderJournalist
Supporting Characters
PiggsyWhite RabbitTrampCash familyGary Schaffer