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Huntley Grosvenor
Player: Trike
Origin: Magic
Archetype: Brute
Security Level: 50
Server: Confidential
Personal Data
Real Name: Huntley Grosvenor
Known Aliases: Monster Detective
Species: Grymmfur
Age: 91 at time of death
Height: 5'2"
Weight: 267 lbs
Eye Color: Black
Hair Color: Black (fur)
Biographical Data
Nationality: American
Occupation: Private Detective
Place of Birth: Hackensack, New Jersey
Base of Operations: New York City
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Stanton Grosvenor, father; Edith (nee Novik) Grosvenor, mother
Known Powers
Known Abilities
Keen insight into human and non-human behavior; biting sarcasm; biting
1899-1990; years active: 1920-1984

Huntley Grosvenor was born in New Barbadoes County (officially renamed Hackensack in 1921), New Jersey, in 1899, to Stanton and Edith Grosvenor. The Grosvenor's were members of the monster sub-species known as Grymmfur, originating in Eastern Europe. They emigrated to America in 1897 during Edith's pregnancy. (Grymmfur pregnancies typically last 22-27 months. The last 6 to 7 months the pregnant females are especially dangerous, mostly to their husbands.) By all accounts Huntley was a normal adolescent who was an unremarkable but capable student. He was a keen baseball fan, particularly of the Brooklyn Dodgers. He claimed to have never watched baseball again after the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles in 1957. "When the Brooklyn Baseball Club moved to L.A. it broke my heart," Huntley once said in a 1978 interview.

Huntley attended City University of New York Flatbush for 2 years, transferring from CUNY-Flatbush to the New York City Police Academy in 1919. In 1920 Officer Grosvenor was assigned a street beat in the Bronx. Despite being a monster, Huntley was quite popular with folks in the neighborhood. Most of his time on the force was typical of the era, dealing with petty street crime and going on raids to break up illegal gin joints. However, on April 9, 1927, a shootout in a speakeasy on Brook Ave. changed everything for Huntley.

The target of the shooting was Thomas Reddington, who was killed, but a stray bullet pierced the wall and killed young Judith Goldblum, a shopgirl who was walking home from secretarial school at that moment. The NYPD had its hands full with the rising violence, including the murders of several police officers in relation to bootlegging operations, so the investigation of Judith's murder was given a low priority. Huntley determined to find her killer, spending all his off-duty hours looking for clues. He had a break in the case after a month when a local kid told him about an overheard conversation about a "gin dust-up". Following this lead, Huntley discovered the triggerman and broke the Reddington case, also bringing Judith's killer to justice. That night he was visited by the ghost of Judith, who thanked him for giving her parents some peace.

Huntley, disgusted with how the powers that be had dismissed Judith's murder as "unimportant", determined right there and then to quit his job on the police force and go into business for himself as a private detective. He hired Judy on the spot as his secretary, even though she still had six more weeks of school. That was a job he would do until his retirement in 1984. He passed away in his sleep in 1990, just two days after his 91st birthday. During his active years he solved 21 murders the cops either couldn't or wouldn't take on, not to mention hundreds of other crimes. He never manifested as a ghost himself, probably due in part to his peaceful passing.