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Beth Hoefler is an inmate in Litchfield Maximum Security Penitentiary who appeared in Season Six. She was incarcerated for murdering her children. She is portrayed by Finnerty Steeves.

Beth Info[]

Hoefler initially comes off as a hardworking and remorseful inmate. She attempts to befriend Piper and shows an interest in her life. Beth often seems to be tired. She murdered her children, according to CO Hellman. In the events of Season Six, it is revealed that she has murderous compulsions, which may be the reason behind why she killed her children. She stated she was 'called' to drown Maria. Though, she most likely had postpartum depression, which was triggered by Maria crying.

Despite her filicides, Hoefler is seen to have grown, welcoming any inmate despite their status, being kind but still fights back against people like Badison. 

Physical Appearance[]

Thin and tall with long dark hair


Before Litchfield[]

It is revealed Beth killed all three of her children, leading to being incarcerated at Litchfield Max. It is also heavily implied that she drowned two of her older kids and put her baby in the washing machine, and that she did it during a postpartum episode.

At Litchfield[]

In her first week at Litchfield, Beth was stabbed in the rib, most likely for the nature of her crime.

Season Four

Beth is alluded to when Nicky references her experiences at Max when attempting to come on to Alex, saying "I just spent 94 days in Max in an eight-bed cell with, among others, two random shriekers and a woman who put her baby through a dryer cycle" ("Friends in Low Places").

Season Six[]

Beth arrives as Piper Chapman's AdSeg roommate. Beth tries to make conversation asking Piper if she has any children. Beth reveals she had children, and reveals how tiring it is being a mother, acting as if her children are still alive. She compares Piper to herself when she first arrived in Max, saying she was weak like her and telling her she had to learn to stand up for herself, even though it resulting in additional time.

Later, Beth sorts Piper's hair out before CO Hellman bangs on the door and tells her to keep her hands off or else she will be sent to solitary. Hellman reveals Beth killed her children, disturbing Piper. Beth returns to doing Piper's hair ("Shitstorm Coming").

Beth and the rest of Badison's crew decide to defecate on the opposing dorm's uniform in revenge ("State of the Uterus").

Beth is supportive of Piper's kickball idea, and later joins the kickball team. Piper

Piper &BethHoefler

Beth and Piper at service

and her go to mass in order to try to recruit more inmates. Hoefler states she loves being in a place where she isn't judged. Later, Piper's kickball list is completely full and Hoefler and Piper celebrate. Hoefler warns that she is not a graceful loser. ("Break the String")

She later offers Gloria Mendoza and Blanca Flores a seat at her table, but is annoyed when Nicole Eckelcamp and Zirconia don't let them sit. ("Chocolate Chip Nookie")

Beth attends the same prayer group as Maria Ruiz, during which she reveals that it was her who attempted to drown Ruiz in the toilet, resulting in her short stay at psych. She apologizes and doesn't seem to understand why this upsets Ruiz. Hoefler shows her lack of ambition by saying she hasn't a present nor future ("Double Trouble")

Memorable Quotes[]

"I'm gonna die in this place. Either you lie down, it kills you quick because you're weak, or you stand up and defend yourself and it kills you the other way. With time. And more time."
— Beth Hoefler to Piper Chapman ("Shitstorm Coming")
"You lock a dog in a cage all day, then you let it out and it bites you, do you blame the dog?"
— Beth Hoefler to Piper Chapman ("Shitstorm Coming")




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Metropolitan Detention Center Corrine Hill  •  Joyce  •  Felicia  •  Araceli  •  Darius McRae  •  Mazall
Unknown prison Michelle Carreras  •  Brandy Epps  •  Jennifer Digori  •  Stephanie Hapakuka  •  Rhea Boyle  •  Shelly Ginsberg  •  Lea Guerrera  •  Randolita  •  Reema Pell  •  Jeanie Babson  •  Jayne Cooke  •  Emily Germann  •  Ramona Contreras  •  Irene Rosario   •  White Cindy   •  Voth   •  Annette   •  Danita   •  Madison Murphy
Last seen in Minimum Security Irma Lerman  •  Annie Valdez  •  Loretta Fisher
Released inmates Piper Chapman  •  Stella Carlin  •  Mercy Valduto  •  Sara Rice  •  Linda Ferguson  •  Sophia Burset  •  Jane Ingalls  •  Jimmy Cavanaugh  •  Judy King  •  George Mendez  •  Cesar Velazquez  •  Cindy Hayes  •  Gloria Mendoza  •  Blanca Flores
Deceased inmates Poussey Washington  •  Yvonne Parker  •  Tricia Miller  •  Maureen Kukudio  •  Carol Denning  •  Barbara Denning  •  Rosa Cisneros  •  Dominga Duarte  •  Tiffany Doggett
Deported inmates Maritza Ramos  •  Karla Córdova  •  Shani Abboud  •  Swapna Majumdar  •  Dario Zuniga
ICE inmates Santos Chaj  •  Mei Chang  •  Efua Onagbeboma