| > Does Peter Parker even know Richard Rory? The Foolkillers seemed a whole lot less interested in fighting superheroes than stalking a former disk jockey and killing stupid people and/or blasphemers.|
Peter Parker doesn't know Richard Rory, but he does know Greg Salinger. Check out Spectacular Spider-Man 58 for his first appearance. IIRC, Salinger sets off Peter's spider-sense, but Peter dismisses it. Salinger was inspired to become the Foolkiller after sharing a cell with Richard Rory, who told him about how he attacked Steve Gerber after mistaking him for the Foolkiller.
Check out Amazing Spider-Man 225 and 226. During Roger Stern's Spectacular Spider-Man run, Salinger appeared a few times, setting off Peter's spider-sense, but Peter foolishly dismisses it, apparently forgetting that his spider-sense is never wrong.
Richard was the hard-luck â€œblasphemousâ€ DJ that the first Foolkiller tried to kill and the second (Richâ€™s ex-cellmate, Greg) followed around like a homicidal puppy. It always seemed to me that the best way to attract a Foolkillerâ€™s attention is to be unfortunate enough to know Rich. Granted I have no idea if the current guy has any connection to Rich at all since I havenâ€™t read the new stuff.
Thanks for the explanation as to WHY Rich was in jail, though. My knowledge of the character comes entirely from having recently read Essential Man-Thing vol 1 and Omega the Unknown Classic so I seem to have missed quite a few appearances.
RIP Steve Gerber