Freddy is introduced as 'Fred Krueger' in A Nightmare on Elm Street, a child killer from a fictitious Ohio town, Springwood, who kills his victims with a bladed leather glove he crafted in a boiler room where he used to take his victims. He is eventually captured, but is let off due to a technicality (the search warrant wasn't signed in the right place). He is hunted down by a mob of angry parents who lived on his street (Elm Street) and cornered in the boiler room. The mob douses the building with gasoline and sets it on fire, burning Krueger alive. While his body dies, his spirit lives on in the dreams of a group of teenagers and pre-adolescents living on Elm Street, whom he preys on by entering their dreams and killing them, and is fuelled by the town's residents' memories and fear of him. He is apparently destroyed at the end of the film by protagonist Nancy Thompson, but the last scene reveals that he has survived. He goes on to antagonize the teenage protagonists of the next five films in the series.