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You're my kind of woman.
~ Bob Rusk's come-on line used to lure his victims.

Robert "Bob" Rusk is the main antagonist of the 1966 novel Goodbye Picadilly, Farewell Leicester Square and its 1972 film adaptation Frenzy, directed by the late Alfred Hitchcock.

He was portrayed by the late Barry Foster.

Biography

Beneath his charming, "ladies man" exterior, Rusk is a misogynistic psychopath and serial killer who rapes dozens of young women and strangles them with neckties. He patronizes a matrimony service run by his friend Richard Blaney's ex-wife Brenda, but she blacklists him after he beats and abuses a woman she had matched him up with. Rusk becomes obsessed with Brenda herself, so he breaks into her office and propositions her. When she turns him down, he attempts to rape her; when he cannot perform, he flies into a rage strangles her. Suspicion falls on Blaney, who had been seen having an emotional argument with her days earlier.

Rusk also murders Blaney's girlfriend Barbara and disposes of her body in a lorry filled with potatoes. When he discovers that Barbara grabbed his tie pin while fighting for her life, Rusk hops onto the moving lorry and breaks her fingers, which have gone stiff with rigor mortis, so he can get it back. He then hops off the lorry unnoticed.

When the police start looking for Blaney, Rusk offers to hide him in his flat and then calls the police. Blaney figures out that Rusk is the murderer, but it is too late, as he is found guilty of Rusk's crimes and sentenced to life in prison. Believing himself to be untouchable, Rusk celebrates his freedom by killing another woman. He goes out to get a crate to dispose of the body, but returns to find that Blaney, who has escaped prison and come after him with a crowbar, and Inspector Oxford, the chief investigator on the case, are both in his flat. Oxford dryly remarks, "Mr. Rusk, you're not wearing your tie", and Rusk resignedly drops the crate. He is presumably arrested and imprisoned for life.

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British sound films

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Hollywood

Rebecca (Mrs. Danvers)
Foreign Correspondent (Stephen Fisher, Rowley)
Shadow of a Doubt (Uncle Charlie)
Lifeboat (Willy)
Spellbound (Dr. Murchison)
Notorious (Alexander Sebastian)
The Paradine Case
Rope (Phillip Morgan, Brandon Shaw)
Under Capricorn
Stage Fright
Strangers on a Train (Bruno Antony)
I Confess (Otto Keller)
Dial M for Murder (Tony Wendice)
Rear Window (Lars Thorwald)
To Catch a Thief
The Trouble with Harry
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) (Rien)
The Wrong Man
Vertigo (Gavin Elster, Madeleine Elster, The Fugitive)
North by Northwest (Phillip Vandamm, Leonard)
Psycho (Norman Bates, Norma Bates)
The Birds (The Birds)
Torn Curtain
Topaz (Jacques Granville, Rico Parra)
Frenzy (Bob Rusk)
Family Plot (Arthur Adamson)

Television

Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Original

Carol Arlington | Mrs. Johnson | Melinda Jensen | Iris Teleton | Sylvia Leeds Kent | Judy | Susan Harper | Marie Jensen | Wanda Ferlini | Mabel Wagner | Kate Devore | Margo | Irene Sadini

The Alfred Hitchcock Hour

Helen Clarvoe

Remake

Dr. Marion McGregor | Susan Forrester