❝the media loves to divide women into virgins and vamps, angels or whores. let's not encourage them.
"Man fucks woman: subject, man; verb, fucks; object, woman. That's okay. Woman fucks man: woman, subject; man, object. That's not so comfortable for you, is it?"
Stella Gibson is a high-ranking officer of London's Metropolitan Police, recently distinguished for her successful capture and imprisonment of a cannibal serial killer. Asked to review the progress of an investigation into the murder of a young female architect in Belfast, Northern Ireland, she instead discovers the murder is connected with a prior one — and when another woman is murdered, Stella finds she has a serial killer on her hands. Tasked with finding and capturing the killer before he can take any more lives, she finds herself stepping foot into a game of cat-and-mouse, becoming a hunter on the trail of her prey — handsome, charming, seemingly likeable Paul Spector, an apparently upstanding family man who lives a double life as a serial murderer.
Confident, assertive, self-controlled and with a need to be in control, emotionally restrained to the point of occasionally seeming icy. Extremely well-educated. Prone to mild, sarcastic humor, though some people find it a surprise she can take a joke or make one at all. Dedicated to her work to the point of single-minded focus; can come off as obsessed or overly invested. Sexually confident, with a penchant for one night stands and something of a disregard for the effect that might have on other people. Extremely low tolerance for sexism, misogyny, and other forms of belittling or shaming women. Capable of quite a lot of kindness and compassion toward friends, children, and crime victims — but usually restrained in expressing these sentiments.
LAW ENFORCEMENT SKILLS
Including but not limited to: processing crime scenes, collecting evidence, offender profiling, victimology, self-defense and firearms training (in the course of her regular duties she doesn't carry a gun, but it's clear after she's issued one in Belfast and goes to the firing range to practice that she has been trained), interview/interrogation skills, deductive reasoning, written and verbal communications skills, and general common sense. To extrapolate, this makes her very good at analyzing disparate pieces of information to get a sense of a bigger picture, talking and listening to other people -- especially pinpointing when she is being deliberately deceived or misled -- and coordinating groups of people to focus on a single task or set of tasks. Stella has primarily worked in crimes against women and is especially familiar with crimes involving male-on-female homicide, rape, sexual assault, and domestic violence.
Stella is highly educated and has a number of university degrees; she herself says she has "hundreds," which may or may not be an exaggeration. Canonically, we know her first degree was in anthropology; I typically headcanon a degree in psychology as well, with a later speciality in criminal psychology once she settled on law enforcement as a career, which would explain the acuity of some of her personal insights regarding other characters and especially Paul Spector, the subject of her investigation.
Stella swims laps on a daily basis as a form of self-discipline, stress relief, and for her own pleasure, and is an excellent swimmer and in general quite physically fit.
STATUS: Single, not looking
OCCUPATION: Detective superintendent, Metropolitan Police
RESIDENCE: London, England
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