Rachel Dodds and her father moved to Gotham Village from the town of Reston. As they were carrying boxes into their new apartment, the mysterious Simon Dark stole a copy of Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination from one of her boxes, leaving behind a dollar bill as payment. Simon later felt guilty for stealing the book and returned to her apartment to give it back. Entering through Rachel's window, he found that the serial killer known as Eddie the Machete had broken into their home and was attacking her. Simon fought with Eddie, saving Rachel's life.