A Modern Horror
In 1846, a man named Sweeney Todd (now known as the Demon Barber of Fleet Street) killed a total of twelve people, including a well respected
judge. It was later found out that he'd given the bodies to Nellie Lovett and had her put them into pies. Whether Mrs. Lovett had knowledge that the meat was from human bodies or not was never found out. The last known person to see Sweeney Todd alive was Tobias "Toby" Ragg. The reports say the boy went mute after the police found him in the bakehouse with the bodies of Sweeney Todd, Judge Turpin, and Lucy Barker laying on the floor in front of him and the body of Nellie Lovett burning in the oven.
Since that night, the Meat Pie shop and the Barber shop above it have been abandoned. No one wishes to live there or do business there. It's rumored to be haunted by ghosts of all that died (and most of which were eaten) there.
Nearly 200 years later and the shops remain untouched. It has been ransacked, but a few of Nellie and Sweeney's possessions remain. The chair he slit throats in still sits in the middle of the upstairs room and Nellie's meat grinder (free of bodies and blood) still sits in the bakehouse. Many leave the build as it is because of the tourist attraction it has become.
Many people seem to agree that while the Judge Turpin had lusted after his ward, Johanna, he did not wait for her to become of age to find pleasure. In later years, many whorehouses kept books with records. Some of these records indicate that Judge Turpin was a frequent client. Paying greatly for virgins and virgins only. Usually pretty blonds.
It is also well known that Todd's daughter, Johanna, did manage to get away from it all. Running off with a sailor that was commonly seen looking up at her window, but no one knows what happened to the couple.
In 2010, a young woman, early to mid twenties, has come to Fleet Street and purchased Mrs. Lovett's Pie Shop and the barber shop. She intends on making them both into sort of a museum, much like the Sanderson Sister's
house in America. A tourist attraction (more so than it already was)
While she doesn't tell anyone, she is the great-great-grandaughter of Sweeney Todd, a decedent of Johanna and Anthony. The two had escaped Fleet Street and fled to America. She'd been told all her life the story of how her great-grandmother Johanna had been locked up for years in Turpin's house and how Anthony had rescued her from the evil man's clutches
While recreating the shops, the girl happens upon one of Sweeney's old razors. It had fallen and slipped under the mechanical chair and become stuck all these years. She uses the things she finds and old reports to set up both shops as they'd been when Lovett and Todd lived there.
All the while she feels as if she's being watched. Not the neighbors with their questions or anything like that. But as if someone who doesn't want to be seen is watching her. She catches sight of him once or twice and finds his features to be familiar. Not in a visual sense, but as if the way he looked had been described to her before.
The boy, of course, would be the decedent of Judge Turpin. The product of one of his nights with a whore before he was killed. His appearance is much like Judge Turpin's and since learning of his history he has wanted revenge on the Todd/Barker family. Convincing himself that Turpin would of taken his great-grandfather in as his proper son had he not been killed that night. Basically blaming Todd/Johanna/Lucy/Lovett for all his problems in life.
We can work out in PM how he'll figure out that the girl is the grandchild of Todd. I would prefer to play the OC decedent male, but I can play the female too.
PM me or Post here with interest.