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Ryan Gaerity (mostly under the alias of Russell Williams) is the main antagonist of the Netflix original film Secret Obsession. Gaerity is the obsessed and resentful stalker of Jennifer Ann Williams, a white-collar woman and spouse and later widow of the real Russell Williams. Gaerity's obsession came to a head when killing Russell and Jennifer's other loved ones, then hitting her with his car to wipe her memory, taking Russell's identity to keep her to himself. He is also the archenemy of Jennifer and Detective Page.

He was portrayed by Mike Vogel, who also portrays Zack Shelby in Bates Motel.

Biography

Gaerity stalked Jennifer Ann Williams for years, following her all the way to her executive work in the same office and having lovesick feelings for her the whole time. He was never able to stand she never loved him back, and he had a worse time with her marriage to a man named Russell, whose surname she shared. When he was fired for his explosive work conduct, which came from his resentments against the Williams', he finally snapped. He killed Jennifer's parents and Russell before chasing her away from her home. He eventually caught up to her by car and collided with her, leaving her alive enough she needed to be sent to the ER. A short while later, she woke up from the coma the accident left her in, Gaerity coming into the hospital to claim her, but under Russell's identity. Jennifer remembers little to nothing, not even her real name. Gaerity, as Williams, tells her her name and lies about his. Using photoshops to trick her into "wanting" to go with him to be in his captivity, he tells her confabulations of her parents dying in a fire, quitting in her job, and having very rare contact with her friends. He offers to "take care of" her in her recovery and brings her to his house. A devoted detective who lost his daughter to a kidnapper, Detective Frank Page, handles her investigation, but is worried about Gaerity's holes in his lies, even more worried he drives the same truck that hit Jennifer that fateful night. As Jennifer has flashes back to the night she was struck with Gaerity's car, she sees him digging Russell's grave in the backyard, confused as to what's happening. But she gets even more terrified realizing she's locked in the house every night and finding out the edits in the photos. What finally alarms her is searching on line and finding a photo of her real husband, the real Russell Williams, leading to her planning to escape the danger she's put under. Around the same time, not only does Page find Jennifer's dead parents in their home, but he finds out Gaerity's identity from the office's pictures and Jennifer's former co-workers. Jennifer's found out by Gaerity and knocked out before being chained to the bed in the house. Gaerity goes out for supplies, with Russell's corpse in the trunk of the car. Seeing Page arrive to save Jennifer, Gaerity knocks Page out and locks him in a freezer, leaving him to die. He then rants at Jennifer his feelings over her and how long he's been stalking her, along with always hating their marriage. Jennifer breaks from her binds and runs into the forest to get away, finally remembering the night she was attacked. Gaerity gives chase with Page's gun, but Page tackles Gaerity to the ground, giving Jennifer the chance to grab the gun and shoot Gaerity's arm. Gaerity runs after Jennifer to get the gun, but she kills him with one more shot. Page later delivers a letter to Jennifer from her dead husband Gaerity kept from her, professing his love to her even though he's dead.

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