Tailor is a pale man with black hair that goes down to about the middle of his neck. In his television appearance, he wears a suit and tie. In the video game, he is less pale.
L places Tailor as a decoy on television. The network states that the broadcast is worldwide and that Tailor's statements (made in English) are being translated into Japanese by Yoshio Anderson.
The broadcast of Tailor is suddenly cut, and L's signature letter 'L' appears. Using a voice synthesizer, the real L announces that Lind L. Tailor was a decoy and a criminal on death row. He explains that Tailor's information was never made available to the public, so there was no way Kira could have killed him until now, before boldly challenges Kira to try to kill him. After several seconds, L learns that Kira needs the person's real name and face to kill the victim, otherwise Kira would have already killed him. L announces that the video was aired only in the Kanto region of Japan as a ploy to determine the location of Kira. L, originally planning to air the video in other areas in Japan at different times, states that it's no longer necessary to continue broadcasting Tailor's footage.
The main difference between Tailor in the film is his back story. Tailor is a Caucasian man native to New Jersey. Tailor was convicted in 1999 in Texas as a suspect in a sexual assault and murder, and in 2005 he was pronounced guilty and faced a death sentence.
- Though not unveiled in the anime or manga, Tailor's crimes are revealed in the live-action films.