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Yost, Sylvester

Appears in Betrayal in Death; (May, 2059)[1]

Personal InformationEdit

  • Age: 56
  • Hair: None (bald)
  • Occupation: Professional hit man

DescriptionEdit

  • Has a surprisingly feminine voice [2]
  • A big, beefy guy with a square-shaped head; good tone and polish to his scalp.[3]

PersonalityEdit

  • He wasn’t a passionate man, not about people or principles; that lack of passion made him an excellent killing machine.[4]
  • He has been able to develop, and indulge, a refined and cultured taste; he had studied food, drink, art, music, and fashion.[5]

HistoryEdit

  • Parents: Father – A second-string gunrunner who’d disappeared, and was presumed dead, during the Urban Wars; Mother – A diagnosed mental defective who’d had a penchant for boosting cars and slicing unhappy owners with a switchblade.[6]
  • His mother died of a drug overdose in a recovery ward when Yost had been thirteen.[7]

Criminal HistoryEdit

  • A career criminal and a stone killer.[8]
  • Criminal history
    • Ryan Feeney worked a case about fifteen years ago (c. 2044) involving serial strangulations with a silver wire (five victims all over planet). They got a line on Yost but were never able to bring him in; he comes up on most likely on no less than twenty strangulations.[9]
    • Did one year in prison (in the thirties) at age twenty after he was arrested by Miami cops for assault with a deadly.[10]
    • Cut ear off of case worker two weeks after being sucked into the system; he raped one of the girls in his group home; escaped from juvenile detention at fifteen [11]
    • Suspected of forty-three murders [12]
    • Murdered Monique Rue (three years ago in Paris); Nigel Luca (eight years ago in Seoul)[13]; Justice Thomas Werner (two years ago in East Washington [14], Britt and Joseph Hague (six months ago in Cornwall)[15]; Winifred Cates (in Paris)[16] (incomplete list)

Homicide InformationEdit

  • Modus operandi
    • Buys silver wire in two-foot lengths [17]
    • Charges approximately two million dollars plus expenses per hit by FBI estimates [18]
    • Early victims also strangled manually, with silk scarves and gold rope [19]
    • Bodily violence usually employed, often including rape [20]
    • Listens to opera as he murders [21]
  • Aliases
    • James Priory of Milwaukee for Darlene French killing [22]
    • Giorgio Masini while living in penthouse [23]
    • John Smith for buying wire [24]
    • Jacob Hawthorne in another New York apartment [25]
    • Martin K. Roles for attending opera (box seats at the Met), also his "retirement" ID[26]

Interesting FactsEdit

  • Keeps postcards from travels; he would occasionally page through them, smiling over the reminders, and the trinkets he’d collected there.[30]
  • He could speak three languages fluently, prepare a brilliant gourmet meal, and could play the piano like an angel [31]
  • Bought his wigs, enhancements (and other beauty products), and candles at the Paradise Salon [32]
  • Prefers British clothing and enjoys quality lifestyle [33]
  • After a job, Yost likes to putter around the kitchen.[34]
  • Uses the screen name 'Sterling' on porn sites.[35]
  • Yost self-terminated by cutting his own throat with a broken coffee cup.[36]


References Edit

  1. Betrayal in Death (ISBN 0-425-17857-9), p. 1
  2. Betrayal in Death (ISBN 0-425-17857-9), p. 35
  3. Betrayal in Death (ISBN 0-425-17857-9), pp. 102, 103
  4. Betrayal in Death (ISBN 0-425-17857-9), p. 35
  5. Betrayal in Death (ISBN 0-425-17857-9), p. 35
  6. Betrayal in Death (ISBN 0-425-17857-9), p. 37
  7. Betrayal in Death (ISBN 0-425-17857-9), p. 37
  8. Betrayal in Death (ISBN 0-425-17857-9), p. 37
  9. Betrayal in Death (ISBN 0-425-17857-9), p. 34
  10. Betrayal in Death (ISBN 0-425-17857-9), p. 34
  11. Betrayal in Death (ISBN 0-425-17857-9), p. 37
  12. Betrayal in Death (ISBN 0-425-17857-9), p. 38
  13. Betrayal in Death (ISBN 0-425-17857-9), pp. 274, 275
  14. Betrayal in Death (ISBN 0-425-17857-9); pp. 140, 162-166
  15. Betrayal in Death (ISBN 0-425-17857-9), p. 180
  16. Betrayal in Death (ISBN 0-425-17857-9), pp. 206, 260
  17. Betrayal in Death (ISBN 0-425-17857-9), pp. 70, 89, 90
  18. Betrayal in Death (ISBN 0-425-17857-9), pp. 58, 71
  19. Betrayal in Death (ISBN 0-425-17857-9), p. 38
  20. Betrayal in Death (ISBN 0-425-17857-9), p. 38
  21. Betrayal in Death (ISBN 0-425-17857-9), pp. 4
  22. Betrayal in Death (ISBN 0-425-17857-9), pp. 2, 3, 21
  23. Betrayal in Death (ISBN 0-425-17857-9), p. 35
  24. Betrayal in Death (ISBN 0-425-17857-9), p. 106
  25. Betrayal in Death (ISBN 0-425-17857-9), p. 184
  26. Betrayal in Death (ISBN 0-425-17857-9), pp. 210, 216
  27. Betrayal in Death (ISBN 0-425-17857-9), pp. 283, 284
  28. Betrayal in Death (ISBN 0-425-17857-9), p. 160
  29. Betrayal in Death (ISBN 0-425-17857-9), p. 222
  30. Betrayal in Death (ISBN 0-425-17857-9), p. 36
  31. Betrayal in Death (ISBN 0-425-17857-9), pp. 35, 36
  32. Betrayal in Death (ISBN 0-425-17857-9), p. 91
  33. Betrayal in Death (ISBN 0-425-17857-9), pp. 154, 155
  34. Betrayal in Death (ISBN 0-425-17857-9), p. 160
  35. Betrayal in Death (ISBN 0-425-17857-9), p. 167
  36. Betrayal in Death (ISBN 0-425-17857-9), p. 345

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