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Name Cortland Bryce Ryan
Alias The Angel Maker
Gender Male
Family Unnamed child (mothered by Chloe; deceased)
Pathology Serial Killer
Serial Rapist
Necrophiliac (presumably)
Modus Operandi Beating, preceded by rape
No. of Victims 6 killed
Status Deceased
Portrayed By Neil Hopkins
First Appearance The Angel Maker

"You may think you've seen the last of me, but death cannot take me from you. I will be born again. Today you make me a legend."

Cortland Bryce Ryan, a.k.a. "The Angel Maker", was a serial killer who appeared in flashbacks in The Angel Maker.

History Edit

Nothing is revealed about Cortland's early childhood history. In 1998 or 1999, he started killing. Over a ten month period, he killed six women. Eventually, he was caught during an attempted break-in, tried, found guilty, and sentenced to death. During the trial, one of his jurors, Chloe Kelcher, became attracted to him. He spent nine years on death row. During that time, he got a number of female groupies and fans whom he would write poetic letters to since he, a narcissist, enjoyed the attention and had a flair for the dramatic. Among these fans were Chloe and Shara Carlino. He also made origami figures which later reached the market for serial killer memorabilia, along with other personal belongings and even his semen and blood. On the day of his execution on September 2, 2007, there were complications when the catheter dislodged twice. In the end it took him nearly an hour to die. His last words were: "You may think you've seen the last of me, but death cannot take me from you. I will be born again. Today you make me a legend." Chloe later obtained his semen after his death and used it to impregnate herself. When she gave birth, however, the child suffered an illness and died. A year following his execution, Kelcher began a series of copycat murders, to which she committed suicide by cop in the end after killing three and attempting to kill a fourth.

Profile Edit

It was mentioned Cortland targeted women who excited him sexually, and that he was a narcissist whose only real love was for himself. Since he planned on killing nine women, each one corresponding to a constellation, he was presumably a mission-oriented killer. Given the severity of the injuries he inflicted on his victims before he raped them, he may also have been a necrophiliac.

Modus Operandi Edit

Cortland would sneak into the houses of single women while they slept. He went to their beds, beat them with his fists, and raped them. It is not specified whether he raped them after they were killed or if they were alive and died slowly from their injuries, but, since Chloe Kelcher, Cortland's future copycat, replaced the beatings with bludgeoning with a hammer, the first is more likely. Next, he punctured the victims' stomachs post-mortem with a screwdriver. He then crossed their arms, hence his nickname. He punctured them in patterns of the Heavenly Waters constellations. He also opened all the house's windows as his way of letting the victims' souls out.

Known Victims Edit

  • 1998 or 1999:
    • Tina Banbury
    • Julie Pargrove
    • Natalie Evercroft
    • Annette Gratton
    • Two other unnamed victims
  • Note: Cortland intended to kill three other woman to complete the constellations, but was apprehended and executed before he could carry out those murders.

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