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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 and "ladies man" exterior, Rusk is a brutal 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 flies into a rage and rapes and strangles her. Suspicion falls on Blaney, whp 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. However, it is too late - 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. When he goes out to get a crate to dispose of the body, however, Blaney, who has escaped prison and come after him with the crowbar to beat him to death and Inspector Oxford, the chief investigator on the case, have arrived at his flat to find the woman's corpse sprawled out Rusk's bed. As he cannot fend off two men and Blanley is carrying a crowbar with him, Rusk is then arrested and imprisoned for life. Furthermore, if Oxford hadn't come, Rusk would be killed by Blanley.