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Beadie Russell:
Subtlety and Good Police
By
Paul Martin
From "Port in a Storm" 2.12 The Wire
hen considering the plethora of recurring
characters in HBO’s sprawling series The
Wire, there are a multitude that come to mind
immediately and invite closer investigation and
analysis. On the other hand, there are also several
characters that offer space for thought-provoking
consideration even though they are not so intensely
connected to the central action of the series, which is
loosely a binary between police investigations and
those on the crime-ridden streets of Baltimore,
Maryland, who are being investigated. One such
character is Beatrice “Beadie” Russell, one of the
mildest-mannered yet complex recurring characters in
the entirety of the series. In this essay, I argue that the
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