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Pulcinella aka Mr Punch, Punchinello. A puppet character adopted, by the Revenant Henry Pyke. Punch represents the anarchic spirit of the London Mob and this spirit works through the vengeful ghost of Henry Pyke to commit murder and cause riots in modern day London.[1].

Punch/Pyke uses a magical influence to cause ordinary people to commit brutal murders. In their last moments, while under the Revenant’s influence the perpetrators take on the appearence of Mr Punch as their faces become disfigured and distorted to form a distinctive hooked nose and chin and in one case the murderer puts on a Mr Punch-style jacket and hat, before carrying out the murder. Each murder is staged to follow the puppet-show story of Mr Punch. Once the murder has been carried out, the magical influence ceases and the perpetrators’ faces, irretrievably damaged, fall off, resulting in massive blood loss which is almost always fatal.

Pulcinella appears in The Tragical Comedy, or Comical Tragedy, of Punch and Judy.

The memory of Mr Punch keeps haunting Peter.[2][3]

Known surviving victims Edit

  • Terrence Pottsley (he later committed suicide)
  • Lesley May


References Edit

  1. Rivers of London
  2. Foxglove Summer
  3. The Hanging Tree

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