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In the commentaries on the Sin City DVD, Miller has stated that at one time, Jack Rafferty in fact was a decent cop. However, after years on the force, he seemingly ended up being corrupted and worn down from the job. He specifically said how the Jack Rafferty we see in the movie is at rock bottom. Miller has confirmed there will be a graphic novel coming soon showing the rise and fall of Rafferty.

The Big Fat Kill

At the beginning of The Big Fat Kill, Rafferty is paying a visit to his old girlfriend Shellie after clearly having way too much to drink. She wants nothing to do with him, but when he threatens to break down the door to her apartment, she lets him in out of fear, along with his pack of equally drunk friends (his 'troops'). He wants her to call some stripper and waitress friends of hers. After she refuses, Rafferty strikes Shellie in the face after claiming he had never hit a woman in his life. He goes to the bathroom where he is confronted by Dwight McCarthy, Shellie's new boyfriend, who had been hiding behind the shower curtain the whole time. Dwight threatens that if he does "ever so much as talk to Shellie again... I'll cut you in ways that [would] make you useless to a woman." Dwight then shoves his head in the toilet (which still contains his urine, hence the vomiting afterwards.)

After this humiliation, Rafferty and his friends run off to Old Town, the prostitute quarter of Basin City, pursued by Dwight. After evading a police squad car by entering Old Town, where the cops are forbidden entrance while they are on duty, Rafferty tries to pick up a young hooker named Becky, who rebuffs him. He finally loses what patience he has and pulls what seems to be a M1911 Colt pistol (similar to Marv's.) on her. This cues Miho, Old Town's resident assassin, to cut off his hand with a Manji-shaped shuriken. She slices up his gang, then comes for him. While the wounded Rafferty is distracted by Dwight, Miho throws a metal rod into his gun's barrel, causing it to backfire when he tries to shoot his rival, and the barrel and slide to lodge in his forehead. At the insistence of Dwight and Gail, she then turns him into "a PEZ dispenser", finishing the job.

Dwight and the Old Town girls then discover that he's actually a so-called 'hero cop', 'Iron Jack' Rafferty. If the cops find out that the Old Town girls killed him, the truce between them will be shattered, leaving them open to a hostile takeover by the mob. Realising this, Dwight offers to get rid of the bodies. Unfortunately, since there isn't enough room in the trunk of the shoddy deathtrap they supply him with, Jack sits in the front with Dwight, 'where anyone who cares to look will see him'. As his frustration rises and the instinctive bottling of his rage and fear that is his weakness begins afresh, Dwight begins to hallucinate and imagines that Rafferty is talking to him, mocking him at every turn. This interferes with Dwight's driving and he attracts the attention of a motorcycle cop. At the mocking suggestion of Jack, Dwight slams on the brakes, driving the gun barrel further into his head as he slams against the dashboard. The cop, believing Jack is merely drunk, tells Dwight, 'the designated driver', that he's driving with a busted tail-light, and lets him go with a warning.

As Dwight is about to dispose of the bodies at the Santa Yolanda Tar Pits, an abandoned theme park of sorts, Irish mercenaries attack and cut off Jack's head to give to the mob. Miho pulls him out of the tarpits, where the car had landed after a grenade blew it up, and he then finds out that Gail has been captured and held hostage by Manute, one of the mob's enforcers. Dwight and Miho pursue and kill the mercenaries and get the head back. He offers to exchange the head for her. They agree, and the exchange is made. However, Dwight has packed the head with one of the mercenary's grenades and reveals he is holding the remote detonator. The head explodes, eliminating the last piece of evidence, and the Old Town girls appear on the rooftops to shower the mobsters with bullets, killing "every last rat bastard one of them."


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