Dr. Merkel was a genius doctor who went insane and was locked away in an asylum for reasons unknown. Escaping confinement, he managed to gather loyal scientists to assist him on his revenge scheme against the city that locked him away. Through an undefined scientific method, he and his colleagues managed to resurrect the dead into a horde of loyal zombies.
Part of his ultimate revenge scheme involved murdering the mayor of the city and then using his zombies bodies to contaminate the city water supply. Merkel commanded this horde of zombies wearing a costume that made him appear to be one of the undead as well. This plot was thwarted by the Angel who managed to prevent the assassination attempt against the mayor.
After wiping out the zombies, the Angel confronted Merkel. The Angel spilled chemicals on the mad scientist, melting away his mask and revealing his identity. The spilled chemicals sparked a blaze which burned down the lab, killing Merkel and his assistants and presumably destroying any remaining zombies. Merkel's method of reanimating the dead was likely lost to the blaze as well.
Knowledgeable in science and knew how to reanimate the dead using unrevealed scientific means
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