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Mysterious King. The Mysterious King was created by the French author Gaston Leroux (Balaoo, Cheri-Bibi, Eliphas de Saint-Elme de Taillebourg de la Nox, Captain Hyx, Theophraste Longuet, Benedict Masson, Phantom of the Opera, Joseph Rouletabille) and appeared in Le Roi Mystère (1908).

The Mysterious King is a criminal mastermind modeled on Alexandre Dumas’ Edmond Dantès. Years ago the King’s mother had been driven to death and his father sent to the scaffold by three men: the prosecutor Sinnamari, the civil servant Eustache Grimm, and Colonel Regine. The Mysterious King, now the leader of the Parisian underworld, sets out to avenge himself on the trio. Regine is driven insane, Grimm is ruined and starves to death, and Sinnamari is executed after confessing to his crimes. The King has three identities: the King, ruling from the catacombs; Robert Pascal, a young, indigent painter in Montmartre; and the old and wealthy Count of Teramo-Girgenti.

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