The following is a transcript of the interrogation taking place by Captain Smackdown of known pimp, pusher and murderer, William Holstein – aka. Billy Bob. Revengers Panacea and Judgement on hand to assist. All transcriptions have been edited for content but appear otherwise unaltered. The following material is of a highly sensitive nature and is not a matter of public record. Any sharing of this material will result in immediate expulsion from the Revenger League.
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Smackdown: Billy? Are you awake? I need you to be awake, Billy…
Smackdown: Ah, good. I was beginning to wonder. You took quite the nasty spill back there, I worried you might be out for days.
Holstein: Wha- where am I?
Smackdown: You’re safe, Billy, for the moment. However, I’m going to ask you some questions, and depending upon the quality of your answers, that might change.
Holstein: Who the **** are you people?
Smackdown: You don’t remember? We’re the people who witnessed you shoot Father Michael. We’re also the people who disarmed you, broke your arm and your nose, and then healed you so we could have this little chat with you… Well, technically, he broke your nose and your arm.
Smackdown: Calm down, Billy. Fear makes him look a lot scarier. If you want him to stay on an even keel, I suggest you cooperate.
Holstein: …Or what?
Judgement: Didn’t he just explain that to you?
Smackdown: Easy now… The “or what” of it is, Billy, if you don’t cooperate, I’m going to reintroduce you to our friend, Judgement here. Right now, myself and this lovely lady are the only ones standing between you and him. She’s the reason you’re even conscious right now. She managed to put you back together after he broke you. And once he’s done with you a second time, I’ll have her do it again. Then I’ll let him go at you again a third time, and a fourth, and as many times as it takes for you to start talking. After awhile, the psychological trauma of having your bones broken over and over and over again will start to get to you…
Holstein: You… you can’t do this!
Smackdown: Oh yes we can, Billy. And we will do it, as many times as are necessary for you to tell us everything about your operation. And I mean everything – the pimping, the pushing, the prostitution, the drugs you’ve got under development, and your ongoing relationship with Gus Darby.
Holstein: What the hell’s that supposed to mean? You calling me some kind of ***? I aint got nothing going on with Darby!
Panacea: Captain, do I have to heal him again? He kind of sounds like he could use beating.
Holstein: Man, **** you *****! Yeah, I seen hoes like you all over town! You think I’m scared of you? (spits)
Judgement: You son of *****!
Smackdown: Judgement, no-
(Thrashing. Thuds. Crunching noise.)
Smackdown: That’s… great. That’s just great. Now we gotta go through all this again! That’s just great!
Judgement: You warned him.
Smackdown: I know! Somehow, I thought he’d be smarter than that.
Panacea: One second, I’ve got it.
(Time elapse, 1 hour 15 minutes, 3 seconds)
Smackdown: Okay! You’re awake again, shall we try this again? Billy, stay with me here! (smacking noise) Billy! Don’t go out on me again or you’ll wake up in a much worse position.
Holstein: Wha… wha… (Screams)
Smackdown: (multiple smacking noise) That’s good, you remember our friend here. Now I suggest you show some more respect to Panacea, because right now she’s the only friend you got. I stopped liking you the moment you started ******* around with us! And trust me when I tell you, she could rip you in half, she just chooses not to.
Smackdown: That’s a good boy… Now, do you remember what I asked about before?
Holstein: (sobbing) no…
Smackdown: We want to know everything about your business. We want locations of brothels, drop points, contact names, we want the location of your drug dens, we want all the dirt you’ve got on Darby. We want to know where your men are and how many you got. And to top it all off, we want you to get the hell out of dodge and never lay a hand on a young woman again. Do you understand?
Holstein: I… I can’t…
Judgement: Bone-breaking time!
Panacea: At ease, big guy. I think he wants to cooperate, he’s just saying he can’t. Is that right?
Holstein: They’ll kill me…
Holstein: Who do you think? The Brotherhood… they’re the guys that tell me where to find the girls. They moved awhile back, said they were taking a piece of everything in the city. I had no choice! But I just turn them out, use them to work in their clubs and as runners. They said they wanted my girls to sell the stuff…
Smackdown: You mean that drug you’re developing?
Holstein: Not me! It’s not my stuff, they just set me up with one of their cook operations. I was supposed to use my girls to distribute. Cops always go easier on tricked out girls, but they never talk! They NEVER talk! They know what the Brotherhood will do to them!
Panacea: And you
Holstein: No, I swear! I just keep em in line. Pick em up when they’re on the street, give them a trade-
Judgement: You call selling their bodies for smack A TRADE!
Holstein: The lot of them would be dead if it weren’t for me!
Smackdown: The lot of them die because of you, Billy. Sooner or later, they do something to displease you and end up in the gutter, we’ve all seen it? Would you like to review some of your more colorful victims? (photos landing on the table) Take a look! Take a look at what lividity and exposure do. Take a look at how the eyes turn all milky and grey. (more photos) And here’s what they look like when they’ve been disposed of off the beaten path.
Judgement: Look at them! LOOK AT YOUR HANDY WORK!
Holstein: (Screams) I swear! I never meant to hurt them! But some of them… they started sneaking samples for themselves… without permission! The Brotherhood said they had to go… No hos can be allowed to steal, they said! I only did what they told me to do!
Panacea: You’re a disgusting man, Billy. A weak, disgusting man. But you’re also telling the truth, aren’t you? You killed these girls on their orders, and you did it because your a coward. You really and truly are afraid of what they’ll do to you if you don’t.
Judgement: What about the Father? What was his crime?
Holstein: Man, I didn’t do nothing! Those guys that were with me, they aren’t even my men! The Brotherhood sends them to me, says they are supposed to protect me. But I know what they’re there for! They make sure I don’t step out of line! And they’re ******* crazy man, you saw that! They see the Father making for me, and they shoot him right there.
Panacea: I hate to say it, Captain. But he seems to be telling the truth about that too.
Judgement: How do you know? Since when did your dossier include telepathy?
Panacea: Never, Judgement. But I do happen to have something that lets me know when people are being honest and when they are being disingenuous. It’s called empathy, you should look it up sometime.
Smackdown: Not now, you two. We still got a job to do… Billy! Look at me! You give us what we want, and we can talk about protection for you. And I’m not talking about police or witness protection. I’m talking about us.
Smackdown: I don’t see a way around this. As it stands, you’re partner, Mr. Darby, is already being investigated. Those men of yours, the Brotherhood men, they were arrested on charges of attempted murder. Word on the street is they spilled on you. They told the police you shot the Father, that you and Darby have a relationship, that you’re responsible for the better part of drugs and prostitution in the city.
Holstein: Wha- No way! They’re Brotherhood men, they never talk!
Smackdown: Well, my guess is that the Brotherhood is looking to cut its losses with you after the shooting in the Cathedral. You want to live, you better help us get to the root of them. You let us know everything you know about their operations, we shut em down, and then you can leave and go about making a new life for yourself, sans the smut, of course!
Judgement: (aside) Or we could just let him go, let the Brotherhood do what they want to him and work our way up to the next scumbag on the food chain.
Judgement: Bleeding heart!
Smackdown: Not so fast! We’re not letting him go until he gives us something we can use.
Judgement: And then?
Smackdown: Then we’ll discuss the possibility of using him as bait.
Panacea: Uh, Captain…
Smackdown: Safely, of course. We only want to use him if we can to lure bigger scum into the spotlight, not to have them kill each other off. That would be wrong…
Panacea: (uncertainly) Thank you…
Smackdown: So Billy! What’s it going to be? I think its fair to say we just became friends again. And we’re really the only ones you got right now. You can stick with us, and maybe live to see the New Year. Or, we can let you go and you can try to convince the Brotherhood that nothing happened here tonight, and you didn’t tell us that they were the ones doing all the pimping and the pushing in this city. Your choice…
Holstein: Oh God…
Judgement: Little lat to pray, shooter boy…
Smackdown: What’ll it be?
Holstein: Fine… just don’t let them kill me, please!
Smackdown: We won’t, Billy. You can count on us. We might have to take guys like you down from time to time. But we’ll never let you down, not once you’ve put your trust in us.
Panacea: That’s a promise, Billy. Consider yourself lucky you know us…
Judgement: I think I’m gonna be sick… We’re seriously bringing this ******* under our protection?
Smackdown: Hey, don’t worry about it. You guys got off to a rought start. By the end of the week, I imagine you two will be… good friends!
Smackdown: That’s the spirit!