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"You're crazy."
―Vinnie Ricorso to the Joker.[src]

Vinnie Ricorso was a local crime lord who was killed by the Joker and his mimes after he was stabbed in the neck by a lethal quill pen.


Mob meeting

When the Joker gathered together all of Carl Grissom's crimelords together for a meeting after Grissom's murder, Vinnie Ricorso appeared as one of those crime lords. The Joker considered Ricorso to be someone who wanted to think for himself, and who would question his decisions. He was right. Always the first to become suspicious, Ricorso demanded why he hadn't heard Joker's supposed message from the "MIA" crimelord about "running [Gotham] into the ground" for the city's bicentennial festivities from Grissom in person, which caused Antoine Rotelli to question Joker as well. After Joker killed Rotelli with a powerful Joy Buzzer, and, as Joker's Goons, who were led by Bob, marched in, Ricorso accused the Joker of being insane and wanted to leave. That request was granted, as Bob escorted the crime lords out of the room.

Assassination at City Hall

Later, Ricorso sought to challenge Joker's plan, and went to Gotham City Hall to file an affidavit that stated that Grissom had instead given Ricorso all of his businesses, and exited City Hall surrounded by his over-muscled bodyguards and his lawyer. In answer to reporters' questions, Ricorso stated that Grissom had asked him, as a personal favor, to take over his operations until he returned. Ricorso's Lawyer confirmed that, and told the press that Grissom's signature was perfectly legitimate. The Joker and his mimes suddenly pushed their way to Ricorso. Joker explained that he had watched Grissom's dead hand sign the statement with his own blood with a certain quill pen. Joker then pulled out a ridiculously large quill pen that must have been four feet long, then ripped off his hat, and showed a horrified Ricorso his hair and face underneath. Joker presented himself as Vinnie's "Uncle Bingo", then hurled the steel-tipped pen directly at Ricorso. Ricorso then fell, and held at the unlikely weapon that had sliced through his throat. Ricorso's Lawyer and his men then fled with the screaming crowd, as the Joker's mimes opened fire with machine guns that were taken out of their satchels, killing them all.


Behind the Scenes


  • As Ricorso was killed on the anniversary of the murders of Thomas and Martha, he was killed on October 25.
  • In the Novelization, he was called Vinnie Riccorsi.


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