Varley whose first name was never revealed was once a police detective, working alongside his partner Mr. Johnston. They had both been on the police force for over ten years and were regarded as crooked cops, because they also worked for the Kingpin of Crime Wilson Fisk. One of their main jobs for the Kingpin was to regularly rouse Alfredo Morelli, who was a friend of the Kingpin's son Richard Fisk. They used to rouse Morelli for information on Richard Fisk. One day Morelli told Varley and Johnston that it would be better to work for him.
Varley then joined Richard Fisk's payroll and became one of the Rose's right hand henchmen. On the Rose's instructions, and along with Mr. Johnston, they once bribed football player Ray Nesters to throw a game.