Paul Pocketclip

First Appearance:

December 28th, 1955

Known Associates:

"Ducky" Marrlin (deceased)
Nothing Yonson (deceased)
Joe Period

Appearance of Death:

January 19th, 1956

Can Be Found:

Dick Tracy's Fiendish Foes
The Complete Dick Tracy Vol. 16

Paul Pocketclip was a former attorney who represented various underworld figures. He was a heavyset man with light hair.

Pocketclip had been in love with the singer Julie Marrlin, but she spurned him to marry the criminal "Ducky" Marrlin. Pocketclip had defended Ducky in a murder case, but when Pocketclip was caught tampering with the jury and attempting to bribe the judge, he was disbarred and Ducky was re-tried. Ducky was convicted and executed. Julie never forgave Pocketclip, believing he had done it all deliberately to get rid of her husband.

In spite of her hostility, Pocketclip was determined to win Julie's affections. He enlisted the young tough Joe Period as a go-between, asking him to convey Pocketclip's message to Julie. Period went to the nightclub where Julie was singing and met her backstage. Period gave Pocketcklip's message to Julie, though he developed an attraction to her himself. Period was pleased when Julie said she refused to see Pocketclip.

Pocketclip was furious at this news, and severed his connection with Joe. Pocketclip then went to the hotel where Julie was staying, planning to woo her with expensive gifts. He and Period arrived at the same time, and the two men scuffled in the hallway outside Julie's room. Joe Period stabbed Paul Pocketclip in the back of the skull with a steel icepick that Period kept hidden on his person. Pocketclip quickly died from the injury, and Period became a fugitive from the law.