- For the character whose identity he stole, see Richard Gladwell.
Richard Gladwell was the pseudonym of a highly skilled hitman who worked for the highest bidder.
Stealing an identity
Working for the Dons
The man masquerading as Gladwell also took up a position in Human Resources under his cover identity, which is where Detectives Gordon and Bullock tracked him down. He used a telescopic device to kill Councilman Ron Jenkins and his aide. Then he burned Councilman Zeller alive in the grounds of Arkham Asylum to leave a clear message on the orders of his client Carmine Falcone. He managed to give the two detectives the slip, however, and sought to complete a contract on the life of the Mayor, Aubrey James, a hit put out by Sal Maroni. The killer was gunned down by Bullock and Gordon in the Mayor's own residence.
Gladwell, as he was known, prided himself on his professionalism and detachment, and went to the lengths of explaining his actions to his victims on a number of occasions. He was highly methodical, and very cool under pressure.