Rod Hoze

First Appearance:

April 5th, 1946

Known Relatives:

Mrs. Hoze, Aunt
Nilon Hoze, Cousin (deceased)

Known Associates:

Merle (deceased)

Appearance of Death:

June 2nd, 1946

Created By:

Chester Gould

Can Be Found:

The Complete Dick Tracy Vol. 11

Rod Hoze was the adult nephew of the wealthy Mrs. Hoze. Rod had narrow eyes, dark hair and a moustache.

Rod lived on his aunt's estate with his cousin Nilon. When Nilon and Rod learned that their aunt intended to marry Mortimer (a wealthy man from the west with whom she had been corresponding), they became worried. Believing that a marriage would interfere with their lavish lifestyle (and plans to inherit their aunt's fortune), Nilon and Rod plotted to prevent the marriage.

Nilon observed B.O. Plenty working the land at Sunny Dell Acres. She convinced Rod that they could waylay Mortimer and replace him with B.O., whom their aunt would be disinclined to marry. They offered B.O. $100 to pretend to be Mortimer, and proceeded to abduct Mortimer when he arrived at the train station. While Merle - the Hoze family chauffeur who was Rod and Nilon's confederate in the scheme - watched over Mortimer, B.O. was presented to Mrs. Hoze.

The plan worked, as Mrs. Hoze was amused but repelled by B.O.'s appearance and sent him away. However, Mortimer had a heart condition and the stress of being abducted and held against his will put a strain on his heart. He collapsed and died. Merle, Nilon, and Rod schemed to dispose of the body, but their deception was quickly uncovered due to B.O. Plenty's friendship with Dick Tracy.

As the scheme unraveled, Rod became despondent. He was handcuffed to Nilon, and was taken to find Mortimer's body. When the body was recovered, Rod jumped in front of a speeding milk truck rather than face execution in the electric chair. He pulled Nilon along with him and they were both killed.


  • Some readers have inferred a romantic (and slightly incestuous) relationship between Rod and his cousin Nilon. Though they were willing conspirators, they were never shown being physically affectionate.

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