Ben Bertolucci (ベン・ベルトリッチ,Ben Berutoritchi?) was an American freelance investigative journalist who worked in Raccoon City during 1998 Raccoon City Destruction Incident. Though he was not from Raccoon City, he visited Arklay County frequently enough he was familiar with local reporter, Alyssa Ashcroft.[note 1] He was arrested when the Chief of Police, Brian Irons, became the target of investigation, and died in the cells after attacked by a mutant.
In the Summer of 1998 Bertolucci began investigating the bizarre murders that took place in the Arklay Mountains.[excerpt 1] Believing there was something at work preventing the police investigation, he stayed on the case for another month, staying over at the Apple Inn. In September he began to suspect Brian Irons, the Raccoon City Police Department chief, was receiving bribes to botch the investigation from within. Bertolucci gained information from Umbrella employees, either confidentially or through spying, and became aware of a serious incident taking place in the city. At one point he confronted Dr. Annette Birkin about this information during a staged interview. Meanwhile, Irons became aware of Bertolucci's investigation of the RPD funding and ordered for his immediate arrest. He was found entering the South Raccoon Street Station and may have attempted to flee, given his briefcase and rail pass were discarded in different spots.
On Monday 28 September he assisted survivors in evacuating the station, offering the Sapphire Crest in exchange for paperwork proving Irons' guilt, which had been confiscated.
Accounts differ as to how Bertolucci died during the outbreak, but what is shared is that Organisation agent Ada Wong - aware of his investigation - entered the police station to retrieve important information for her mission, with surviving police officer Leon S. Kennedy joining. One account describes him being implanted with a G-embryo by Dr. William Birkin and being torn apart. A second describes him being mortally wounded by a slash from Dr. Birkin's talons. A third describes him being killed by T-00 crushing his skull.