Quote1 In certain extreme situations, the law is inadequate. In order to shame its inadequacy, it is necessary to act outside the law. To pursue natural justice. This is not vengeance. Revenge is not a valid move, it's an emotional response. No, not vengeance. Punishment. Quote2
-- Punisher (Frank Castle) src

Delta Force operative and FBI undercover agent Frank Castle was on his final assignment, Castle played his undercover role perfectly, but the operation spanned out of control and a young man, Bobby Saint, was inadvertently killed. Unfortunately, Bobby was soon revealed to actually be one of the two sons of mob boss Howard Saint. Enraged by the death of their son, Howard and Livia Saint ordered Castle and his whole family killed. Castle's worst nightmare came true, as Howard Saint's lieutenants performed a massacre at the Castle family reunion, among the victims were Frank's wife, his son and his parents. Castle himself was shot multiple times by the killers, who then left him for dead after rigging nearby fuel pumps and the dock to explode. Castle was blown off the dock by the shock wave. However, he managed to survive and was rescued and nursed back to health by a local witchdoctor who was out to sea when the massacre took place.

Castle waited five months after his family's murder, and then saw that the authorities had no intention of pursuing the men responsible, since Howard Saint had them in his pocket, thus making him and his entire gang above the law. Driven by anger and grief Castle formulated his revenge plot. One by one Castle eliminated Saint's family and friends until he killed saint. After his family was avenged Castle attempted suicide but a vision of his wife stopped him. He then pledged to become the anti-hero the Punisher.[1]

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