Mal and Natara's first case together, the psychotic Maskmaker smothered his female victims with plaster to reveal their "true face"... Visible only in death.
|Real Name/Alias|| Eric Mills|
Brian Resler (birth name)
|Born||July 22, 1983|
|Died||December 16, 2010 (age 27; shot by Natara Williams)|
|Victims|| Rebecca Resler|
Unknown female from 2009
|M.O.||Drugs them and cuts their face off, placing a mask on it|
|Appearances||Volume 1, 10 (delusion), 14, 15 (delusions)|
|Motive||Trauma from abuse|
Eric Mills was the former forensic scientist of the San Francisco Police Department. He was the main antagonist of Volume 1, known for being The Maskmaker.
Eric Mills was born in Marin County, as Brian Resler. He was a victim of systemic physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his older sister, Rebecca, which was seemingly disregarded by his parents, Susan and Michael Resler. As a young boy Eric (Brian) engaged in the trapping and torture of animals to the disgust of his sister. Her constant mistreatment of him fueled his hatred for her.
When they were on a family trip to Alcatraz, he murdered his own sister Rebecca Resler by throwing a rock at her. Rebecca fell over and drowned in the water surrounding Alcatraz. He was then incarcerated at the Millbrook Mental Institute from 1991 to 2006. There, Eric fell under the instruction of Genevieve Collins, who shaped him into a serial killer and facilitated his placement in the SFPD.
Eric was one of the many serial killers under the protection & financing of Genevieve Collins, for he wouldn't have been able to afford the $3 million dollar house in Pacific Heights.
Eric was introduced as the forensic technician of the SFPD, which enabled him to rule himself out of murder cases, should his DNA be found in the crime scene. He murdered two prostitutes before extending his pool of possible victims to simply women with red hair, beginning with Sophie Patterson. He then killed Brittany Emerson out of impulse, leading to a possible mistake he covered by framing Dr. Rose—who he also killed.
When Amy learned of Eric's true identity, he kidnapped her to Alcatraz, where he planned to kill her. There, after murdering the two security guards, he leveled against Detective Mal Fallon and Special Agent Natara Williams. Natara shot him with a flare gun in the chest, pushing him over the ledge and into the water.
The older sister to Eric, Rebecca and Eric's relationship was characterized by emotional and physical abuse subjected by Rebecca—his murder career being entirely based on what he endured at the hands of her. He was the subject to various insults, including 'stain' and 'freak' and taunted him with a mask, one of the many elements that encouraged his anger as a sadist.
Overtime, he began defending himself, though the abuse continued. During his final vacation before being institutionalized, he killed her, her face covered in a fine layer of white sand. This again motivated his murder career, smothering females that had a similar hair color to hers with a mask.
Despite the fact that he was a serial killer, Eric seemed to have genuinely cared for his partner Amy Chen. In contrast, upon learning of the romantic feelings she harbored for him, he asked Natara to assure her that he preferred to keep his work life and private life separate. He thought that she was different, calling her sweet and saying he did not want her to get hurt. When Amy found out he was the Maskmaker, he took her to Alcatraz where he planned to kill her.
During Natara William's preliminary profile and later observations Eric is described as introverted, disciplined, focused, in his 20s-40s, physically intimidating, and later on as a sociopath, "ravenous", and obsessed with "his craft". The murder of his sister is was the crime that "defined" him. Eric saw himself as an artist, revealing the true faces of his victims.
- In the bonus episode The Masks We Wear, Eric was shown to have a very deep genuine care for Amy Chen, scaring Detective Ken Greene away from her & asking Genevieve Collins if he could ever be normal & settle down with someone he loved.
- He later appears in the Volume 14 Interlude in a flashback. He was one of the two killers that Genevieve wanted to send after her son Alex, but wasn't sent. If he was sent instead, then the first volume of Cause of Death, including Natara Williams coming to the SFPD in the first place, would either be drastically changed or have never happened.
- Eric reappeared in V10C7 as a dream, along with Asher Dane, Ryan Orville, Herman Hartnell, and Armie Gillum. While experiencing a drug dream, Mal was nearly killed by them, but after receiving words of encouragement from a vision of his late friend Ken Greene, Mal regained the strength to fight and defeated the five deceased serial killers.
- During the holiday episode, It's a Wonderful Kai, Eric appears after Kai falls into the river and reappears on the bridge and is like the ghost of Christmas Past, Present, and Future all in one as he shows how life would have been for the detectives without Kai, but is soon revealed to be a manifestation of Kai's hatred of what he's become.
|Volume Antagonists The Maskmaker†, Genevieve Collins†, Klaus Paring† and Ryan Orville†, Zero†, Shawn Mallory† (Volumes 5 and 8), Mad Stranger [X], Armie Gillum†, Asher Dane†, Reese Gable [X], General Salazar†, Eli Rosely [X], Spinerette†, Firstborn†, Gareth Kelly [X], Noroi Hayashi†|
| Recurring and Secondary Antagonists Miguel Flores†, Mikhail Volk†, The Ghost†, Carlito Flores†, Esteban Flores†, Esmeralda Salazar†, Jacob Fallon†, Ramsey Brand†, Vernon Frist, Kolo Zargoza†, Kingfisher (status determinant on player choice), Centurion Biker Gang (including Caesar Haas and Slade; 90% of them apprehended), Gemma Chamberlain†, Rin Tanaka†
[X] = Imprisoned † = Deceased