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As a prolific vigilante Paul Kersey had killed a rather impressive amount of people, all of which were criminals of some kind. While he started from street muggers in 1974, in later years he swiftly moved to organized crime and remained an active vigilante till 1993/1995. Kersey's modus operandi at times makes him possible to be classified as a serial killer (choosing particular victims at random over a large period of time), spree killer (usually having motive for killing) and a mass murderer (killing dozens of people at one time in one place).

It should be noted that it was never specified whether Kersey killed anyone during World War II and Korean War or not.

The VictimsEdit

1. Thomas Leroy Marston - shot in the chest with a .32 Colt Police Positive. (Death Wish)
2. Unnamed Alley Mugger - shot in the chest with a .32 Colt Police Positive. (Death Wish)
3. Unnamed Alley Mugger - shot in the chest with a .32 Colt Police Positive. (Death Wish)
4. Unnamed Alley Mugger - shot twice with a .32 Colt Police Positive: first non-lethally in the lower back (bullet merely scratched the mugger) and then lethally in the back. (Death Wish)
5. Unnamed Train Mugger - shot twice in the chest with a .32 Colt Police Positive. (Death Wish)
6. Unnamed Train Mugger - shot twice with a .32 Colt Police Positive: one in the chest and one in the back. (Death Wish)
7. Subway Station Mugger (either Joseph Roscoe Adams or George Reach) - shot twice in the chest with a .32 Colt Police Positive. (Death Wish)
8. Subway Station Mugger (either Joseph Roscoe Adams or George Reach) - shot twice with a .32 Colt Police Positive: one in the chest (slug ended up in the liver) and one in the leg. Died of internal bleeding in the hospital. (Death Wish)
9. Unnamed Stair Mugger - shot in the chest with a .32 Colt Police Positive. (Death Wish)
10. Unnamed Stair Mugger - shot in the chest with a .32 Colt Police Positive. (Death Wish)
11. Unnamed Stomper's Partner - shot twice in the chest with Beretta 84. (Death Wish 2)
12. Stomper - shot twice in the chest with Beretta 84 (first one through the hand). (Death Wish 2)
13. Unnamed Rapist - shot twice in the back with Beretta 84. (Death Wish 2)
14. Unnamed Rapist - shot twice in the back with Beretta 84. (Death Wish 2)
15. Jiver - shot in the head with a Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless after he also shoot him twice with Beretta 84 (in a thigh and in an arm). (Death Wish 2)
16. Unnamed Arms Dealer - shot in the chest with Beretta 84 through a car. (Death Wish 2)
17. Cutter - shot in the head with Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless through a boombox. (Death Wish 2)
18. Unnamed Arms Dealer - shot three times with Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless through a car, which is send of the cliff and exploded. (Death Wish 2)
19. PunkCut - shot in the lower chest. Died of his wounds later. (Death Wish 2)
20. Charles Wilson (Nirvana) - electrocuted to death. (Death Wish 2)
21-22. Two murders in Downtown Los Angeles as reported by KABC radio. (Death Wish 2)
23-26. Four gang members shot in Kansas City (mentioned by Lt. Richard Shriker). (Death Wish 3)
27-28. Two muggers/rapists shot in Chicago (mentioned by Lt. Richard Shriker). (Death Wish 3)
29-30. Two Unnamed Street Punk Car Thieves - each one shot once in the chest with Colt Cobra. (Death Wish 3)
31. The Giggler - shot in the back with .475 Wildey Magnum. (Death Wish 3)
32. The Cuban - thrown from the roof onto a hood of the car. (Death Wish 3)
33-41. Eight Street Punk Gang members - shot with Browning M1919 machine gun. (Death Wish 3)
42-45. At least Four Street Punk Gang members - shot with Browning M1919 machine gun. (Death Wish 3)
46-49. Four Street Punk Gang members - shot with Browning M1919 machine gun and stuck in a crashed car. (Death Wish 3)
50-51. Two Street Punk Gang members - shot in the chest with .475 Wildey Magnum. (Death Wish 3)
52-53. Two Street Punk Gang members - shot in the stomach with .475 Wildey Magnum. (Death Wish 3)
54-55. Two Street Punk Gang members - shot with .475 Wildey Magnum and send off the stairs. (Death Wish 3)
56. Street Punk Gang member - shot in the chest with .475 Wildey Magnum and send off the stairs. (Death Wish 3)
57. Street Punk Gang member - killed by a knife in the forhead and then falling off a railing in a booby trap by Kersey. (Death Wish 3)
58-59. Two Street Punk Gang members - shot with .475 Wildey Magnum and fell off the balcony. (Death Wish 3)
60. Street Punk Gang member - shot in the chest with .475 Wildey Magnum and send off the stairs. (Death Wish 3)
61. Street Punk Gang member - shot in the chest with .475 Wildey Magnum and send off the balcony. (Death Wish 3)
62. Street Punk Gang member - shot in the lower chest with .475 Wildey Magnum. (Death Wish 3)
63. Street Punk Gang member - shot in the chest with .475 Wildey Magnum. (Death Wish 3)
64-65. Two Street Punk Gang members - shot in the chest with .475 Wildey Magnum. (Death Wish 3)
66. Street Punk Gang member - shot in the chest with .475 Wildey Magnum. (Death Wish 3)
67. Street Punk Gang member - shot in the head with .475 Wildey Magnum. (Death Wish 3)
68. Street Punk Gang member - was already wounded but additionally shot in the shoulder and chest with .475 Wildey Magnum. (Death Wish 3)
69. Street Punk Gang member - shot in the chest with .475 Wildey Magnum and stuck on the tree. (Death Wish 3)
70. Street Punk Gang member - shot in the chest with .475 Wildey Magnum. (Death Wish 3)
71. Street Punk Gang member - shot in the chest with .475 Wildey Magnum and send off the balcony. (Death Wish 3)
72. Street Punk Gang member - shot in the chest with .475 Wildey Magnum. (Death Wish 3)
73. Manny Fraker - shot and exploded with a light anti-tank weapon. (Death Wish 3)
74. Unknown Mugger - shot in Downtown Los Angeles with Walther PPK in 1985 (supposedly after the return from New York; mentioned by Det. Phil Nozaki) (Death Wish 4: The Crackdown)
75. Jojo Ross - shot in the chest and fell onto electrified gate. (Death Wish 4: The Crackdown)
76. Al Arroyo - beaten with a tire iron, neck broken with a car trunk. (Death Wish 4: The Crackdown)
77-79. Danny Moreno, Art Sanella and Jack Stein - all died in an explosion of the time bomb hidden in a wine bottle. (Death Wish 4: The Crackdown)
80. Max Green - shot six times in the stomach with a suppressed MAC-10. (Death Wish 4: The Crackdown)
81. Max Green's Henchman - shot two times in the chest with a suppressed MAC-10. (Death Wish 4: The Crackdown)
82. Max Green's Henchman - shot in the chest with a suppressed MAC-10. (Death Wish 4: The Crackdown)
83. Frank Bauggs - was beaten through a glass two times and fell down off his balcony on top of his limousine. (Death Wish 4: The Crackdown)
84. Fish Canary Henchman - shot multiple times with a Micro Uzi. (Death Wish 4: The Crackdown)
85-91. Seven Cocaine Factory Workers - shot multiple times with a Micro Uzi. (Death Wish 4: The Crackdown)
92. Det. Phil Nozaki - shot in the chest with a Walter PP (not PPK!). (Death Wish 4: The Crackdown)
93-95. Three Zacharias Henchmen - killed in an explosion of fuel tanks caused by Kersey with Ruger Mini-14. (Death Wish 4: The Crackdown)
96. Tony Romero - sniped in the back with Ruger Mini-14. (Death Wish 4: The Crackdown)
97. Ed Zacharias - sniped in the thigh and then shot point blank with a Ruger Mini-14. (Death Wish 4: The Crackdown)
98. Fake Policeman - killed in a car crash caused by Kersey. (Death Wish 4: The Crackdown)
99. Three Fake Nathan White Henchmen - killed in a van explosion caused by Kersey with a M203 Grenade Launcher. (Death Wish 4: The Crackdown)
100. Jesse - killed in a car explosion caused by Kersey with an M203 Grenade Launcher. (Death Wish 4: The Crackdown)
101-106. Five Fake Nathan White Henchmen - shot in the chest with M16. (Death Wish 4: The Crackdown)
107. Nick Franco - shot multiple times in the chest with M16. (Death Wish 4: The Crackdown)
108. "Nathan White" - exploded with a shot by M203 Grenade Launcher. (Death Wish 4: The Crackdown)
109. Chicki Paconi - poisoned with a cyanide on his cannoli. (Death Wish 5: The Face of Death)
110. Fredric Garrety (Freddie "Flakes") - exploded with a small bomb in a radio-controlled soccer ball. Dies burning alive. (Death Wish 5: The Face of Death)
111. Lt. Hector Vasquez - shot two times in a chest with a Smith & Wesson Model 66. (Death Wish 5: The Face of Death)
112. Frankie - shot in the chest with a Smith & Wesson Model 66. (Death Wish 5: The Face of Death)
113. Mickey - shot in the chest and electrocuted by an electric fence. (Death Wish 5: The Face of Death)
114. Sal Paconi - shot two times in the chest and sent into a Garment Industry Shredder. (Death Wish 5: The Face of Death)
115. Tommy O'Shea - face cut with a broken bottle, pushed into a pool of acid. (Death Wish 5: The Face of Death)

Unknown Placing/NotesEdit

  • Though Subway Station Muggers were identified as Joseph Roscoe Adams or George Reach it is never specified which one is which. (Death Wish)
  • In Death Wish 2 Inspector Frank Ochoa says that he killed 9 people during the course of the first movie.
  • In Death Wish 3 Lt. Richard Shriker mentiones "six creeps" shot in L.A. in 36 hours. It is likely that he was referring to main L.A. spree and most of the victims were just not proven to be the work of Kersey or Shriker has an incomplete information.

Proxy/AssistedEdit

1. Sniper - shot by Frank Ochoa. (Death Wish 2)
2. Angel - shot with a zip gun by Rodriguez. (Death Wish 3)
3. Hermosa - shot three times by Lt. Richard Shriker. (Death Wish 3)
4-5. Two Street Punk Gang members - shot by Lt. Richard Shriker. (Death Wish 3)
6. Street Punk Gang member - shot by Lt. Richard Shriker. (Death Wish 3)
7. Street Punk Gang member - shot by Lt. Richard Shriker. (Death Wish 3)
8. Street Punk Gang member - shot by Lt. Richard Shriker and fell of the roof. (Death Wish 3)
9. Street Punk Gang member - shot by a female civilian with a souble-barrelled shotgun while maneuvering to get Kersey. (Death Wish 3)
10. Vince Montono - killed with an ice pick by Ed Zacharias, Kersey, under an alias "Leo" helped Al Arroyo to take off the body. (Death Wish 4: The Crackdown)
11. Jack Romero - killed by Nick Franco in a situation, directly caused by Kersey shooting Romeron in the arm. (Death Wish 4: The Crackdown)
12-21. Nine Henchmen of Zacharias and Romeros - killed in a shootout caused by Kersey. (Death Wish 4: The Crackdown)
22. Romero's Henchman - shot by Nick Franco. (Death Wish 4: The Crackdown)
23. Angel - slightly wounded and shrink-wrapped by Kersey, killed by Sal Paconi. (Death Wish 5: The Face of Death)

Indirect DeathsEdit

1. Lt. Frank Ochoa - shot by Nirvana in a situation caused by Kersey's vigilantism and intrusion. (Death Wish 2) 2. Unknown Policeman - stabbed by Nirvana while escaping both Kersey and Police. (Death Wish 2) 3. Maria Rodriguez - raped and had her arm broken by Manny Fraker, Tulio, The Giggler and another Street Punk Gang member off-screen as a payback for Kersey's actions. She eventually had died of injuries as badly damaged bloody vessels made some clot reach the heart. (Death Wish 3) 4. Mrs. Emil - throat slit by Manny Fraker in retribution for killing The Cuban. (Death Wish 3)
5. Kathryn Davis - killed in an uncontrollable car send down the road by Manny Fraker and Angel, which eventually exploded. Not only it was an answer by Street Punk Gang to Kersey's actions, but Kersey also left her alone in the car. (Death Wish 3)
6. Unknown Driver - killed in collision and explosion with a car send down the road by Fraker and Angel. (Death Wish 3)
7-10. Four Street Punk Gang members - ambushed and shot by New York citizens influenced by Kersey. (Death Wish 3)
11. Karen Sheldon - shot by Fake Nathan White. (Death Wish 4: The Crackdown)

AnimalsEdit

Fantasy/Dream KillsEdit

  1. Unnamed Masked Rapist - shot in the chest with Walther PPK. (Death Wish 4: The Crackdown)
  2. Unnamed Masked Rapist - shot in the chest with Walther PPK. (Death Wish 4: The Crackdown)
  3. Unnamed Masked Rapist/Doppelganger of Himself - shot in three times with Walther PPK: in a shoulder, a leg and in the chest. (Death Wish 4: The Crackdown)

Alleged VictimsEdit

  1. Charley - Kersey was a murder suspect in the case as he was found at a place. (Death Wish 3)

WitnessedEdit

  1. Rosario - was present at the place and time of her death, albeit mostly in an unconscious state. (Death Wish 2)
  2. Charley - while narrowly avoiding seeing him being beaten by Hermosa, Tulio and The Giggler he was present at the very moment of Charley succumbing to death out of injuries. (Death Wish 3)
  1. Randy Viscovich - was there mere seconds after drug dealer Jojo Ross had stabbed him. (Death Wish 4: The Crackdown)

AttemptedEdit

  1. Unnamed Stair Mugger - attempted to shoot him and then chased until collapsing due to blood loss. (Death Wish)
  2. Unnamed Rapist - attempted to shoot him. (Death Wish 2)

Assault With InjuriesEdit

  1. Street Mugger - punched in the face with $20 in quarters put in the sock. (Death Wish)
  2. Unnamed Convict - beaten and head placed between two bars (resulting in multiple bloody bruises). (Death Wish 3)
  3. Manny Fraker - punched in the face. Later killed. (Death Wish 3)
  4. Hermosa - beaten with a pipe. Later killed by Lt. Richard Shriker. (Death Wish 3)
  5. Tulio - punched in the face. (Death Wish 3)
  6. Street Punk Gang Member - had his foot punctured with a nail in a booby trap planted by Kersey. (Death Wish 3)
  7. Street Punk Gang Member - had his jaw hit by a booby trap planted by Kersey. Had at least two teeth knocked off. (Death Wish 3)
  8. Angel - beaten. (Death Wish 3)
  9. Street Punk Gang Member - beaten. Punched in the face so hard, his jaw was bleeding. (Death Wish 3)
  10. Fish Canary Worker - beaten. (Death Wish 4: The Crackdown)
  11. Fish Canary Henchman - beaten with a lunchbox. (Death Wish 4: The Crackdown)
  12. Five Fish Canary Workers - beaten with a Micro Uzi and/or random objects. (Death Wish 4: The Crackdown)
  13. Det. Sid Reiner - beaten with a phone. (Death Wish 4: The Crackdown)

Later SuccessEdit

  • Jiver (took 2 attempts) - survived the first encounter with his thigh shot, was chased by Kersey and killed. (Death Wish 2)
  • Charles Wilson (Nirvana) (took 6 attempts) - escaped the first attempt at an arms deal, then escaped the second one and was arrested but is later killed in McLarren hospital, which still took four attempts - a failed shooting, a beating, an attempt to cut him with a scalpel and, finally, electrocution. (Death Wish 2)
  • Manny Fraker (took 3 attempts) - first attempted to shoot him but was ambushed by The Cuban, then shot him multiple times with Colt Cobra but bulletproof vest saved him, finally shot and exploded with LAWS Missile Launcher. (Death Wish 3)

StalkedEdit

Considered/Suggested/EndangeredEdit

  • Two Drug Dealers - held at gunpoint. (Death Wish 2)
  • Parking Lot Husband - was shot in the leg by an escaping thug by accident. (Death Wish 2)
  • Parking Lot Wife - was used as a living shield and held at gunpoint by Jiver. (Death Wish 2)
  • Strangely Dressed Man - while there was hardly any serious danger, Kersey narrowly avoided hitting him with a car. (Death Wish 2)
  • Bennett Cross - was nearly killed while Kersey was in protective custody. (Death Wish 3)

InfluencedEdit

GalleryEdit

Death Wish (1974)Edit

Death Wish II (1981)Edit

Death Wish 3 (1985)Edit

Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987)Edit

Death Wish V: The Face of Death (1995)Edit

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