- "I am talking about an army, not a gang! I am talking about a brotherhood. I am talking about not taking any more shit! From anyone!"
Following the Duel at the Central Park Carousel, Russo was arrested and taken to Sacred Saints Hospital, Russo was then put into surgery and underwent eleven hours of work, seemingly saving his life. However, Russo went into a coma due to all of the trauma he had sustained from the fight, with the doctors unsure if he would ever regain consciousness again or if he would regain any higher level of brain function or any memory of his past life what so ever.
Russo woke up from a coma, but his brain was heavily damaged as he could not remember several years of his life and suffering from nightmares. Krista Dumont was assigned to oversee Russo's treat, as she tried to stabilize his mental condition. However, Russo's memory was disbanded and Dumont described it as parts of jigsaw that Russo need to put it together. Dinah Madani visited Russo several times, still thinking that Russo was lying about memory loss.
During their therapy, Russo discussed with Dumont about his nightmares that force him not to sleep. However, Russo furiously blaming Dumont because she was unable to help him. Thinking that Russo could attack her, New York City Department of Correction officers entered the room, but Dumont said him not to interfere. Russo would keep blaming her and the officers would attempt to grab him only to be brutally beaten by Russo who then did the same with his partner.
Russo forced Dumont to escort him out of the hospital, But correction officers and NYPD were informed about Russo's escape and rushed to his room, however, he already avoided them. Outside of the hospital, Russo asked Dumont why she did not ask anyone for help. Dumont answered that she did not want Russo hurt and said that he still can get better, asking him to return. However, Russo refused Dumont's help, returning her his mask and running away.
Return to Crime
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Jigsaw, Bobby and Mike would enter the bank and hold two civilians in line at the counter hostage. Russo would negotiate with Lillian, who is the bank's manager, but she begins to bluff with Russo and the robbers, claiming that the door was set on a timer.
Russo, who is getting impatient with Lillian, attempts to to spook her with a grenade. Despite this, Lillian would still not open the door and even mock the robbers. But, Anton Reed who is a man working with Russo, would press the button to open the door, allowing Russo and his crew to enter and proceed to rob the bank.
Before, Russo and his crew could leave, they are met with the Punisher. Which causes Russo to be stocked seeing him wear the Skull Vest he seen in his nightmares. As Castle is killing Mike and Geno, he is grabbed by his crew, and drove off.
Jigsaw would furiously demanded that José stop the car, which he does. Russo would wait for the Punisher to come round the corner. Confused, why Castle betrayed him, Russo demanded answers from Castle to confirm his suspicions that he was responsible for all the scarring on his face. Which Castle, would admit it, Russo would unleash a fury of gun fire in Castle's vicinity, going against the urges of his robber comrades.
Russo and Castle are joined by the New York City Police Department, lead by Brett Mahoney, which causes Russo failure to kill Castle prompted him to escape with the rest of his crew, as he was not willing to be arrested. Getting back to the hide out, Russo is blamed by Bobby and Anton Reed for not preparing them against his interference. Russo would swiftly kill them both, installing fear in the rest of the crew.
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Upon returning to Krista Dumont's Apartment, Russo is horrified seeing Krista Dumont on the street. Seeing Dinah Madani in the apartment, he rushed into the apartment. Enraged and seeking vengeance, Russo assaulted Madani. Madani managed to put three bullets in Russo, despite being choked.
Russo would leave the apartment, and go to a doctor Charles. Threatening him with a gun, Russo forced Charles to remove the bullets and patch him up. Despite the fact that Charles was not qualified in this, he removed one bullet from him before Russo lost his consciousness. Believing Russo had died, Charles took all of his money and left him in the dumpster.
Russo would mange to find St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church to rest, Russo would call Curtis Hoyle. Suffering from blood loss, Russo informed Hoyle that he was dying and asked him for medical aid. Understanding Hoyle's answer from his silence, Russo asked him to not call the police. Russo then stated that he did not deserve any forgiveness from Hoyle but wanted him to understand that he did not want to die alone.
Russo is met by Frank Castle, who is surprised about not seeing Hoyle, Russo began to talk to Castle while he remained silent. Being happy to share the last moments of his life with him, Russo then attempted to apologize for all he had done to him. Castle ignored Russo's apology and shot him twice in his chest, before leaving the church.
Shortly after, Curtis Hoyle called Brett Mahoney and Dinah Madani to St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, and found Billy Russo's body without any signs of the murderer. Mahoney decided to preserve the crime scene but Hoyle stated that it must be clear to him that Russo died from blood loss. However, Mahoney noted that five bullet holes in Russo's body instead of three, wondering who killed him before he arrived.
Asking if Madani had been the one to kill Russo, Mahoney was given the answer by Madani who then admitted she didn't shot Russo and Mahoney could close the case with that story. Mahoney then asked if both of Madani and Hoyle had heard about Frank Castle, however, they only answered with a resounding question of his identity, much to Mahoney's annoyance.