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Molly von Richthofen was a New York police officer who made lieutenant at an early age by "hard work [and] being better than most of the people around [her]"; however, she became the department's "biggest embarrassment" when she rejected the police commissioner's sexual advances at a press conference, unaware that she was in range of a microphone. In retribution, the commissioner assigned her as "a task force of one" to take down the powerful Gnucci crime family, which had influence within city government and the police department, but was also the target of the killer vigilante known as the Punisher.

One of the few members of the force genuinely interested in ending the Punisher's killing sprees, Molly teamed up with Detective Martin Soap, the luckless officer in charge of an equally perfunctory anti-Punisher "task force" (the only other member of which committed suicide due to a perceived "rejection" from Soap), hoping to take down both of their enemies at once. Soap's crush on Molly was shot down when she revealed that she is a lesbian, but the two nevertheless remained friends.

Molly's postcard to Soap.

Although Molly and Soap made little progress in their efforts, once he had decimated the Gnuccis, the Punisher convinced the two officers to give him information on three copycat vigilantes in exchange for incriminating photographs of the police commissioner and the mayor. Within a month, Soap had blackmailed his way into the commissioner's office, while Molly, a mayoral candidate, enjoyed a beach vacation with a stripper, from which she has no intention of returning.[1]

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