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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.

BiographyEdit

In the Summer of 1998 Bertolucci began investigating the bizarre murders that took place in the Arklay Mountains.[1][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.[2][3] In September he began to suspect Brian Irons, the Raccoon City Police Department chief, was receiving bribes to botch the investigation from within.[1] Bertolucci gained information from Umbrella employees, either confidentially or through spying, and became aware of a serious incident taking place in the city.[1] At one point he confronted Dr. Annette Birkin about this information during a staged interview.[4] Meanwhile, Irons became aware of Bertolucci's investigation of the RPD funding and ordered for his immediate arrest.[5][6] 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.

Final days Edit

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.[7]

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.[8][9] A second describes him being mortally wounded by a slash from Dr. Birkin's talons.[10][11] A third describes him being killed by T-00 crushing his skull.[12]

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Notes
  1. As shown in ad-libs during Resident Evil Outbreak File #2's "desperate times" scenario.
Excerpts
  1. Excerpt from Official Guide Book, p.10:
    "相当な切れ者として知られるフリーランスのジャーナリスト。 ラクーンシティで発生した猟奇事件が、 少なくない犠牲者を出したにもかかわらず一向に解明されないことに不審を抱き、 その真相をスクープすべく、 ひと月ほど前からこの街に滞在して取材をつづけていた。 アイアンズ署長の身辺を探ったことからラクーン市警察署の留置所に拘置されていたが、 事件の発生後は敏感に危険をかぎ取り、 看所からくすねたカギを手に、 みずから牢に閉じこもっていたようだ。噂にたがわず記者としての技量は一級で、 口を閉ざしがちなラクーン市民からアンブレラに関する情報を収集し、 早くも一連の事件に関する重大な証拠を入手したと見られている。 金銭にうるさく、 功名心が強いところが見え隠れするが、 本質的には不正や悪を白日のもとに暴こうとするジャーナリスト魂の持ち主である。"
References
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Tahara (ed.), Official Guide Book, p.10.
  2. Resident Evil Outbreak (2003), file: "Ben's datebook".
  3. Resident Evil Outbreak (2003), file: "Ben's passport".
  4. Resident Evil 2 (2019), scene: "Leon gets Ben's card".
  5. Tahara (ed.), Official Guide Book, p.259.
  6. Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles (2010), file: "Ben Bertolucci".
  7. Resident Evil Outbreak File #2 (2004), level: "Desperate Times".
  8. Resident Evil 2 (1998), scene: "Embryo into its cradle".
  9. Resident Evil 2 (1998), scene: "His final scoop".
  10. Resident Evil 2 (1998), scene: "Get Away".
  11. Resident Evil 2 (1998), scene: "His final scoop".
  12. Resident Evil 2 (2019), scene: "Leon meets Ben".
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