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Encyclopedia > The Scorpio Killer
Dirty Harry character
"Scorpio"
Real Name: Charles Davis
Date of Birth: November 14, 1938
Springfield, Massachusetts
Gender: Male
Race Caucasian
Location San Francisco, CA
Family Father, Mother, Sister (all deceased)
Occupation: Caretaker
Whereabouts: Deceased
Portrayed by: Andrew Robinson

"The 'Scorpio' Killer" is a fictional character and the main antagonist in the film Dirty Harry, played by actor Andrew Robinson. The character was loosely based on the real-life Zodiac Killer, who went on a killing rampage in San Francisco during the 1960s and 1970s, and who has never been caught. Dirty Harry is a 1971 film directed by Don Siegel, the first of the series. ... Image File history File links Scorpio. ... Nickname: City of Homes Location in Massachusetts Coordinates: Country United States State Massachusetts County Hampden County Settled 1636 Incorporated 1636 Government  - Type Mayor-council city  - Mayor Charles Ryan (D) Area  - City  33. ... The 4th edition of Meyers Konversationslexikon (1885-1890) shows the Caucasian race (in blue) as comprising Aryans, Semites and Hamites. The Caucasian race (sometimes called the Caucasoid race) is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as, relating to a broad division of humankind covering peoples from Europe, western Asia, Middle... This article is about the city in California. ... Andrew Jordt Robinson (born February 14, 1942) is an American film, stage, and television actor. ... An antagonist is a character or group of characters, or, sometimes an institution of a happening who represents the opposition against which the hero(es) or protagonist(s) must contend. ... Dirty Harry is a 1971 film directed by Don Siegel, the first of the series. ... Andrew Jordt Robinson (born February 14, 1942) is an American film, stage, and television actor. ... The Zodiac Killer was a serial killer who operated in Northern California for ten months in the late 1960s. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, In the Western world, the focus shifted from the social activism of the sixties to social activities for ones own pleasure, save for environmentalism, which continued in a very visible way. ...


Originally, Audie Murphy was approached to play the Scorpio Killer, but unfortunately he died in a plane crash before his decision on the offer could be made. The part eventually went to a relative unknown, Andy Robinson, who was discovered by Clint Eastwood who saw him in a play, and thought he would be perfectly cast. Film director Don Siegel also gave a nod, stating that he hired Andy because he has the face of a choir boy. Robinson's portrayal was so chilling that after the film was released he reportedly received several death threats and was forced to get an unlisted telephone number. In real life, Robinson is a pacifist who despises guns. In the early days of principal photography, Robinson would flinch violently every time he fired. Siegel was forced to shut down production for a time and sent Robinson to a school to learn to fire a gun convincingly. Nonetheless, he still blinks when he shoots. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Clint Eastwood (born Clinton Eastwood, Jr. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Don Siegel (October 26, 1912 - April 20, 1991) was an influential American film director. ... A choir or chorus is a musical ensemble of singers. ... Pacifism is the opposition to war or violence as a means of settling disputes. ...


In the film, not much is revealed about the character other than that he is a serial killer who is responsible for four murders or maybe more; his victims including two young teenage girls (one of whom he raped and buried alive), a young African-American boy, and a police officer in disguise of a Catholic priest. The weapons he uses throughout the film and to most of his victims are either a .30-06 sniper rifle or an automatic MP40. By the near end of the film, he steals a Walther P38 9 mm pistol from a liquor store owner, after his weapons are taken into SFPD. He works as the caretaker at Kezar Stadium. He threatens the city of San Francisco to murder one person each day until he is paid a full ransom of $200,000 (originally $100,000, but upgraded after a double-crossing stakeout by Inspector Harry Callahan and his partner). Serial killers are individuals who have a history of multiple slayings of victims who were usually unknown to them beforehand. ... A separate article is about the punk band called The Adolescents. ... Languages Predominantly American English Religions Protestantism (chiefly Baptist and Methodist); Roman Catholicism; Islam Related ethnic groups Sub-Saharan Africans and other African groups, some with Native American groups. ... This article is about the sacrament. ... .303 in. ... The M40, United States Marine Corps standard-issue sniper rifle. ... The MP40 (Maschinenpistole 40, literally machine pistol 40) was a submachine gun developed in Germany and used extensively by paratroopers and platoon and squad leaders, and other troops during World War II. The MP40 had a relatively lower rate of fire and low recoil, which made it more manageable than... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Walther P38 The Walther P38 is a 9 mm pistol that was issued to NCOs and officers of the Wehrmacht near the end of World War II. It replaced the costly Luger P08. ... ball and hollowpoint 9mm Luger rounds are popular handgun ammunition. ... A Browning 9 millimeter Hi-Power Ordnance pistol of the French Navy, 19th century, using a Percussion cap mechanism Derringers were small and easily hidden. ... The San Francisco Police Department or SFPD is responsible for policing in the City and County of San Francisco. ... Kezar Stadium is a stadium located in the southeastern corner of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Dirty Harry Francis Callahan is a fictional San Francisco Police Department inspector in the films Dirty Harry (1971), Magnum Force (1973), The Enforcer (1976), Sudden Impact (1983), and The Dead Pool (1988). ...


As a result of a written messages sent to City Hall by Scorpio stating that he has buried a teenage girl alive, Inspector Callahan is sent to pay the ransom, and goes from phonebooth to phonebooth all over the city in order to save the girl. Eventually he encounters the killer at Mount Davidson and is severely beaten by him, during which Scorpio announces that he does not in fact intend to release the girl, and plans to kill Callahan too. Luckily Callahan's partner Chico Gonzalez saves him and Callahan inflicts a serious stab wound in Scorpio's left leg, after which he is pursued into Kezar Stadium and is illegally tortured and arrested by Callahan. San Francisco City Hall in Summer 2003. ... A classic red telephone box. ... Mount Davidson is the highest natural point in San Francisco, California, with an estimated elevation between 927 and 938 feet. ...


No charges are brought against Scorpio, who upon his release gets deliberately beaten up by a thug in order to frame Callahan for police brutality. He then sends his final threatening message to City Hall, that he has recently hijacked a schoolbus, and demands the ransom again from the City of San Francisco to be delivered to him at the Santa Rosa Airport, where a jet airplane will be waiting for his arrival. Harry pursues Scorpio into a cement factory where a gun battle ensues between the two foes. After shooting him in the shoulder, Harry asks Scorpio if he thinks he has fired all his bullets, and whether he "feels lucky". Scorpio pushes his luck too far by grabbing for his gun, whereapon Callahan shoots him fatally, thus ending his killing spree once and for all.


In a later novelization of the film the character, Scorpio has more dialogue and in-depth scenes than in the movie, including one where he actually meets the young Ann Mary Deacon that he would eventually kidnapped later in the climax. But unlike the film the character refers his own birthday, and cannot even remember his own name, which later is revealed that he is Charles Davis, an escaped Canadian mental patient from Springfield, Massachusetts. But in both the film and the book alike, he is a Vietnam veteran, it has been suggested that he drafted himself to the Vietnam War and suffered severe critical trauma, before the events in the film. He chose his alias "Scorpio", since he was born on the date of the astrology sign. A novelization (or novelisation in British English) is a work of fiction that is written based on some other media story form rather than as an original work. ... Nickname: City of Homes Location in Massachusetts Coordinates: Country United States State Massachusetts County Hampden County Settled 1636 Incorporated 1636 Government  - Type Mayor-council city  - Mayor Charles Ryan (D) Area  - City  33. ... Vietnam veteran is a phrase used to describe someone who served in the armed forces of participating countries during the Vietnam War. ... Combatants Republic of Vietnam United States Republic of Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand The Philippines National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam People’s Republic of China Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Strength US 1,000,000 South Korea 300,000 Australia 48,000... Hand-coloured version of the anonymous Flammarion woodcut. ...


Scorpio is considered to be Dirty Harry's arch rival, but he was never mentioned in any of the film's sequels, though there are two small references to him. One is in the final sequel The Dead Pool, where a news reporter was planning to do an interview to Inspector Callahan's career and another reference is within the tie-in novelization of the second sequel The Enforcer. The Dead Pool (1988) is the fifth and last film in the Dirty Harry series. ... The Enforcer is a 1976 film directed by James Fargo, starring Clint Eastwood as Inspector Harry Callahan and Tyne Daly as Inspector Kate Moore. ...


Victims

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.
  • Sandra Benson (Swimmer)
  • Charlie Russell
  • Officer John Collins
  • Ann Mary Deacon

Trivia

  • The climax of the film, where Scorpio hijacks a schoolbus, was based on one of the Zodiac Killer's threatening messages.
  • The handwriting in the letters sent by Scorpio to the City of San Francisco is based on the handwriting of the Zodiac Killer.
  • During the famous episode of Comedy Central's Mystery Science Theater 3000, satirizing the infamous B-movie "Manos" The Hands of Fate, Tom Servo impersonates Scorpio on the schoolbus in Dirty Harry during Manos' monotonous start (an endless, roaming montage of countryside landscapes) yelling, "Row, row, row your boat boat, gently down the stream -- Sing, dammit! Sing!"
  • Scorpio seems to have a mullet type hairstyle when he was in the stadium

The Zodiac Killer was a serial killer who operated in Northern California for ten months in the late 1960s. ... Comedy Central is an American cable television and satellite television channel in the United States and, as of October 19, 2006, in Poland[1], of January 15, 2007 in Germany[2], of April 30, 2007 in the Netherlands[3] and in Italy of May 1. ... Mystery Science Theater 3000, often abbreviated MST3K, is an American cult television comedy series created by Joel Hodgson and produced by Best Brains, Inc. ... The term B-movie originally referred to a film designed to be distributed as the lower half of a double feature, often a genre film featuring cowboys, gangsters or vampires. ... Manos The Hands of Fate is a film written, directed, produced by and starring American fertilizer salesman Hal Warren. ... Tom Servo Tom Servo is a fictional character from the American science fiction comedy television show Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K). ...

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