By using Reassurance, Driscoll has access to newspaper morgues. At the Boston Inquirer, Driscoll does the same to get the records clerks to fetch relevant articles. Similarly, fellow journalists may confide ‘off the record’ rumors and stories to him, unless he’s a direct competitor.
Born in 1907 in County Dublin, Driscoll and his mother emigrated to the US after the conclusion of The Great War (in which Driscoll’s father, Francis James, disappeared in action).
In the early 1920’s Driscoll picked up work at the office of the Kane newspaper, the “New York Inquirer”. He found he had an affinity for writing, and love of linking disparate elements to create ‘the whole story’. He worked his way up through the ranks, scoring some significant notoriety for his deft and single-handed coverage of the Rothstein murder in November of ‘28. This saw him working more intensely within New York’s organised crime scene, and while this meant that he was able to turn out several good stories as follow-ups, it became necessary for Driscoll to toughen up his approach to investigative reporting.
1930 saw The Depression’s first effects on the Kane media empire. Across the nation, Kane papers were either closing or merging. The New York office remained open, but there were layoffs and economies. Driscoll took a rather disillusioning pay-cut in order to maintain a job. Early in 1933 an opportunity for promotion to a more senior journalist role in crime-reporting emerged, but necessitated Driscoll moving to the offices of the “Boston Inquirer” in Massachusetts.
Curiosity—When confronted by a mystery, Driscoll can’t help but investigate. Damn the risks, there’s something going on here and he’s going to figure it out! If he doesn’t, it will just drive him crazy worrying about it.