In the Graphic Novel, Watchmen, written by Alan Moore and published in the year 1986, Rorschach is the only real vigilante, any person who takes the law into his or her own hands without recourse to lawful procedures, of all the watchmen. He breaks fingers and inflicts however much pain is necessary to get the information that he needs. Rorschach does whatever is necessary to protect his beloved city, New York, but in doing so he might bring on the destruction of humanity.
Walter Kovacs first decides to become Rorschach because of Kitty Genovese’s murder. In 1964, she was stabbed to death multiple times and raped while thirty-eight people watched and did nothing. An article written about her death states:
Still shocked is Assistant Chief Inspector Frederick M. Lussen, in charge
of the borough's detectives and a veteran of 25 years of homicide
investigations. He can give a matter-of-fact recitation on many murders.
But the Kew Gardens slaying baffles him--not because it is a murder, but
because the "good people" failed to call the police. “As we have
reconstructed the crime” he said, “the assailant had three chances to kill
this woman during a 35-minute period. He returned twice to complete the
job. If we had been called when he first attacked, the woman might not be
dead now.” (Gansberg) Kitty Genovese had a dress that was given to her and made by Dr. Manhattan. This dress contained vicious fluids. Rorschach used Kitty Genovese’s dress to make is mask. The mask represents Rorschach's such black and white morals, nothing is in between, it is either wrong or right. If it were not for Kitty’s murder and the fact that thirty-eight people watched and no one helped, Walter Kovacs might not have decided to become Rorschach.
In 1975, Rorschach was very motivated and interested in one particular case, the kidnapping of a little girl. He went investigating and after interrogating some people he found out where the kidnapper could be...
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