|Eddie Santini||Service Record||List of Appearances|
[D E C E A S E D]
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Murdered by a corrupt detective
1998x012 - Storyboards
1999x036 - Kiss Off
2000 - The Trial of Eddie Santini
A friend of PC Tony Stamp's knew of PC Eddie Santini through his old station, Spicer Street where he served the first seven years of his career. Eddie was a highflier set on joining on CID and thought the Crime Squad would be the way to go about it. When it came to joining CID, his old DI put a spoke in the wheel to stop him joining, not trusting him enough to let him join the team.
Eddie’s story of how he joined Sun Hill differed greatly to the line from Tony’s friend. He assured PC Dave Quinnan that yes, he did want to be in CID at first, but when it came down to it, he’d discovered a lot of inconsistencies in the records of CID, claiming more drugs had been found than the reports had said. He thought that it was being sold on through snouts and when he’d questioned it; his DI didn’t trust him not to make it public and called in a favour from Area to knock him back to CID and ship him to Sun Hill. The way the relief saw it, Eddie was in uniform because he had to be not because he wanted to be, and the fact that his self-confidence often bordered on arrogance didn't help him make many friends. Eddie was an instant hit with the ladies, making jokes, but not so much with the men at first until he helped Polly arrest a violent criminal who was threatening her with a pole, proving that when things got rough, he would be there to help back the officers up. He also made a good impression when he pulled in some favours in order to get footballer Emmanuel Petit to visit a young hit-and-run victim who had to spend Christmas in the hospital.
Eddie had a wicked sense of humour and was intelligent enough to talk himself out of trouble, though soon showed that he could be somewhat of a bully if the mood took him. Taking an interest in new PC Rosie Fox, Eddie went undercover as the pimp to her prostitute, almost ruining the operation. When celebrating a successful arrest back at the station, CID drunkenly toasted them and the two shared a kiss, though Rosie was left frightened and confused when Eddie attempted to rape her in the locker room. Ignoring Rosie’s pleads for him to stay away; Eddie arrived at her house and constantly called her forcing her to make a formal complaint about him and eventually leave Sun Hill after he spread lies about her.
Eddie managed to sway some sympathy after he jumped into a river to attempt to save the driver of a car that had been forced off the road by a lorry. Chief Supt Charles Brownlow wanted to publicise Eddie’s bravery, especially in the light of the sexual harassment case Eddie had been in the press for, despite Chief Inspector Derek Conway's misgivings.
After Fox's departure, he started posing a problem at Sun Hill when he started bullying other colleagues both male and female. His former self gone, he had started a new persona.
Wanting to transfer away from Sun Hill, Eddie talked to a friend, corrupt DS Paul Timpney in the drugs squad. Wanting to force their hand, Eddie got himself involved in a complicated drugs deal using the Orton’s club. After an explosion, Eddie was concerned to be faced with Rosie Fox who had been made up to DS since they had last met. Attempting to conceal his involvement with the Orton’s, Eddie rowed with his ex girlfriend and accidentally pushed her down the stairs, killing her. Sure Eddie was involved in Jess’ death, Rosie treated him like a suspect, but her DI and lover thought she had lost all objectivity. When Rosie finally nailed Eddie through his girlfriend, PC Vicky Hagen, Eddie was put on trial for manslaughter although the jury returned a verdict of not guilty. However, he was killed in his flat the same day by Timpney, to prevent him testifying against drugs kingpin Sherman in another case.
Family and RelationshipsEdit
- 1998 - Attempted rape of PC Rosie Fox:
When new PC Rosie Fox spurned Santini's advances, he attempted to rape her in the episode Deep End. Santini subsequently led a campaign of lies and bullying against Fox, forcing her to transfer to another station.
- 1998-1999 - Bullying of other colleagues
After Fox's departure, he took on a new nasty persona, which would see him bully other colleagues both male and female. He had become a recognized problem in Sun Hill and started losing his friends, and even his popularity.
- 1999 - Death of Jessica Orton:
Santini's involvement in an undercover drugs operation led to him accidentally killing his ex-girlfriend Jessica Orton. Fox, back at Sun Hill and now promoted to Detective Sergeant, suspected Santini of the crime and eventually linked him to it when he was found in possession of the keys to Orton's house.
- 2000 - The Trial of Eddie Santini:
Santini was tried for manslaughter in The Trial of Eddie Santini and ultimately found not guilty. However, he was shot and presumably killed in his flat shortly afterwards as part of a drug lord's elimination of key witnesses in an upcoming trial.