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Abattoir is the alias of Arnold Etchison
Abattoir is the alias of Arnold Etchison

Abattoir is the alias of Arnold Etchison, a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. He first appeared in Detective Comics #625 (January 1991).


Fictional Character Biography

A serial killer who was convinced that his family was evil, Arnold Etchinson believed that he absorbed something of their life force when he killed them. He was apprehended and incarcerated in Arkham Asylum. He escaped several times and was usually recaptured by Batman; the last time he escaped was when Bane set all the inmates free in the Knightfall storyline, and he went on to kill several more members of his family.

Eventually he was tracked down by Jean Paul Valley, who was acting as Batman at the time. Valley chased him into a refinery and nearly knocked him into a vat of molten metal. Abbatoir was hanging from a chain above, barely able to hold on, but Valley allowed him to fall to his death, to Robin's horror. The reason for this was given, Valley had a conflict of conscience due to his mental state, St. Dumas, the angel in this case, asked him to cast his grapple and save Abbatoir, whilst his father, the devil in this case, asked him to throw a shuriken and kill him, so Valley did neither. Since Abattoir was holding Graham Etchinson inside a secret, hidden torture chamber at an unknown location, Valley indirectly condemned that prisoner to death, though he was unaware of it until Bruce Wayne informed him of it as he took back the mantle of the bat.

Abattoir returned as a ghost (during a brief period of increased supernatural activity, worldwide), to torment the original Batman (Bruce Wayne) using Valley's Batman-armor, but Batman proved much less susceptible to psychological assault than his substitute. Batman tricked Abbatoir's ghost into abandoning the armor and his mission. (The ghost was attempting to cause his last remaining blood relative, a pregnant cousin, to miscarry and then he would possess the infant.)

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