Name: Dan Mangan
Dark hair, sideburns and dark eyes.
Dan is an orphan, whose father, Tim, died in a car accident when he was
young, and his mother died when Dan was in his mid-teens. He fell in with
a bad gang in New York City called "The Cowhands" and his uncle Bill
Regan, whom he had
never met, was contacted by the juvenile courts and given the option of offering
Dan a home or letting him go to a juvenile home.
It was arranged that Dan would stay with Mr
Maypenny, the gamekeeper, and assist him in patrolling the game preserve.
Dan had a shaky start and Trixie suspected the worst of him, but he saved the
life of her and her brother, Bobby and quickly became a member of the
Dan learnt to ride soon after coming to Sleepyside
and was given a horse owned by the Wheeler's, Spartan, to ride.
Dan is a quiet member of the Bob-Whites and often
misses group vacations because he has to work with underprivileged children or
catch up on his studies. Therefore, he doesn't usually get to play a large
role in the mysteries but when he does, he is incredibly useful.
Although cautious, like Jim and Brian, Dan is not
so quick to dismiss Trixie's theories and often supports her when the other boys
don't. Dan's ambition is to become a policeman in New York and maybe this
is why he is more supportive of Trixie than the others. His knowledge of
New York City saved Trixie's life when he led the police to her and rescued her
from three gangsters.
Dan has a romantic interest in Hallie Belden,
Trixie's younger cousin, although his age (according to Trixie lore) is 17 -
four years older than Hallie. But Hallie appears mature for her age and
very attractive with similar colouring to Dan. They share some moments in
The Uninvited Guest, but they aren't given a chance to develop this
Dan is quiet and sensitive, a hard worker who
doesn't mind manual labour. He is extremely loyal and sensitive to the
feelings of others.