Ben Clark

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Identity   Interpreter

Year of death : 1988

Brother : Hal Clark

  Children : Scott Clark, Travis Clark

Profession : Worker on a Capwell Enterprises oil rig, then on Pamela Conrad's

 

James Luisi :
Decembe
r 28 1987 (# 856) to May 17 1988 (# 955), July 08 1988 (# 991), August 29 1988 (# 1027) to September 12 1988 (# 1037)

Portrait

Ben Clark belongs to the old school of authoritarian fathers, molded by values of another time, where everything is white or black. Coming from a modest background, he sees with a suspicious eye the rich and the powerful ones. He immediately declares his opposition to his son Scott, when he discovers that this latter dates Gina, an ex-representative of the rich Capwell clan.

But what Ben hides then is that he has an old account to settle with this family. Worker on an oil rig belonging to C.C. Capwell, he is poached by Pamela Conrad after the explosion of the aforementioned oil rig. He helps her then to identify the one at the origin of what he suspects to be a sabotage. But his relations with Pamela are going to lead him towards the resurgence of a dark secret which he is gradually going to discover. Guided by an old photo representing Pamela and his brother Hal, Ben begins to suspect a link between this latter and the suspicious disappearance of his brother at the end of the 1950s. It turns out that Ben saw right : Pamela was formerly Hal's mistress, and this latter fatally injured during a fight with C.C. in 1958. Pamela and C.C. find in the boathouse pond what they think of being Hal's skeleton skull they had hidden at that time.

Encouraged by Gina, Ben puts district attorney Keith Timmons on Pamela's track. He also obtains on Pamela's behalf the confirmation that she and Hal were lovers. Persuaded by her guilt in his brother's death and discouraged by the lack of action of the police, he decides to take charge of the events. While Pamela threatens to leave the city, Ben takes her hostage with C.C. in the cellar of the Capwell mansion. Scott, helped by Dr. Heather Donnelly, tries in vain to reason with his father. Ben is stopped in his blind doggedness by Mason Capwell, whom he hurts by a gun shot. He is imprisoned, without having been able to obtain the slightest confession. Meanwhile, the secret surrounding Hal's death is revealed : if this latter really get injured by fighting with C.C., it is Pamela who came to finish him off by shooting him the next moment, to make sure of his death.

Ben reappears a few weeks later, in a very bad state. Victim of a cancer affecting his kidneys, he is near to death. Scott refuses the operation, preferring an experimental treatment which he considers less dangerous for his father. But in his absence, Ben feels faint and doctors Arthur Donnelly and Zack Kelton decide to operate him in a state of emergency. Ben dies on the operating table, in the absence of his beloved son.

Cruel fate that Ben Clark's, loving father but haunted by a family drama having pulled him in a spiral which will have caused his loss...

The photos of Ben
James Luisi