- For the character whose identity he stole, see Richard Gladwell.
- "You know why they hire a professional? Because he finishes the job."
- —The Hitman's final words before his death.[src]
Richard Gladwell was the pseudonym of a highly skilled hitman who worked for the highest bidder.
Stealing an identity
Working for the Dons
The man masquerading as Gladwell also took up a position in Human Resources under his cover identity, which is where Detectives Gordon and Bullock tracked him down. Sal Maroni hired him to kill Ron Jenkins to try and away the vote for Arkham Asylum's refurbishment to him. He did so by tricking Jenkins' aide into looking it and stabbing Jenkins himself. However, he was then hired by Carmine Falcone to burn Councilman Zeller alive in the grounds of Arkham Asylum to leave a clear message. He managed to give the two detectives the slip, however and sought to complete a contract on the life of the Mayor, Aubrey James, a hit put out by Sal Maroni. The killer attacked Jim and the Mayor in the mayor's house and managed to overpower and nearly kill Gordon but found himself with a gun to his back from Bullock. He seemed to surrender but decided to finish the assassination anyway, claiming that a professional killer always finishes his assignment before doing so, only to be gunned down by Bullock and Gordon. With "Gladwell" dead, the plans were merged to ensure that the building would remain and the mobs would just build side projects.
Expert hand to hand Combatant: Gladwell is proficient in hand to hand combat, as seen when he fought and nearly overpowered Jim Gordon.
Expert Marksman: Gladwell is an expert marksman, as seen when he shot out the lock to a door.
Telescopic Spike: Gladwell's weapon of choice. It is a metal cylinder comprised of two pieces locked together. With the push of a button, it can retract out a metal spike to stab victims at close range.
Handgun: Gladwell used Jim Gordon's own handgun against him during his assassination attempt on Mayor James.
Gladwell, as he was known, prided himself on his professionalism and detachment, and went to the lengths of explaining his actions to his victims on a number of occasions. He was highly methodical, and very cool under pressure.