Charles Becker's Lieutenant Badge
Charles Becker's Lieutenant Badge.jpg

Origin

Charles Becker

Type

Police Badge

Effects

Wearer becomes immune to electrical attacks

Downsides

The moral line between good and evil becomes blurred

Activation

Wearing

Collected by

Warehouse 13

Section

Alcatraz-3563

Aisle

299308-4518

Shelf

764961-7657-711

Date of Collection

04/1990

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Origin[edit | edit source]

Charles Becker (1870 – 1915) was a Lieutenant in the New York City Police Department between the 1890s and the 1910s. He is best known for being tried, convicted and executed for the murder of a Manhattan gambler, Herman Rosenthal. Becker became the first American police officer to receive the death penalty for murder. It wasn't his only crime as it came out that he allegedly had been using his position to extort substantial sums, at least one hundred thousand dollars from brothels and illegal gambling casinos in exchange from immunity from police interference.

Becker was arrested in 1912 and executed 1915; he went to the chair professing his innocence. He told the warden that he originally wanted to get Rosenthal out of the city and that killing him was Jack Rose's idea. Rose was one of the prosecutors against Becker at his trial. His execution was at Sing-Sing and somehow it was done poorly. Becker's electrocution took nine minutes, causing him intense agony.

Effects[edit | edit source]

Wearer becomes immune to electrical based attacks. They will become insulated from all external electrical charges that are not overly powerful or lethal. The user's moral code differentiating between good and evil acts will become muddled and slowly turn more gray.

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