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Esmeralda Tusspells is a member of the Tusspells family whose doll-making technique was passed down for generations. During the French Revolution, her family was famous for making a wax doll showing the moment the queen was executed via guillotine, her grandmother used the actual impression on her face right after her death. Madame Tusspells came to London three years ago and two years after her arrival, she opened a wax museum that has been popular with the people.
Sculpting a serial killer
- Main article: Professor Killings
One June night in 1890, Esmeralda Tusspells went to Lowgate Cemetery and dug up the body of the dangerous serial killer, the "Professor". The man was forced to hide his identity because he was Japanese, yet Tusspells took a mold of his face for the "Hall of Terror" display of her future wax museum. After having trouble with the jaw, she realized that the man wasn't actually executed. The gravekeeper notified the chief justice, Mael Stronghart, about her who made a deal with her to allow a wax professor if she never took off the metal mask, which can only be opened with a key, nor reveal any of this to anyone. She also read a Daily Circus newspaper article about a grave robber named Enoch Drebber encountering the Professor rising from his grave. So she went to Drebber at the London University lab, heard about what happened from him, and paid him five pounds to take a wax mold of him for the display as well as the camera he had with him.
A stolen wax figure
- Main article: The Return of the Great Departed Soul
Ten years later on the day of the London World's fair, Esmeralda Tusspells officially opened her wax museum. The special Professor exhibit helped the Tusspellss gain star status. But suddenly, her Professor wax figure was stolen. There was a ransom in the exhibit telling her to have two hundred pounds ready in two days. She called the police but the man who came to investigate fell asleep next to a wax figure of officer John Clay, Tusspells made a sculpture of Clay for receiving the superintendent general award three times the previous year. A man tried to steal Clay's arm but Tusspells fought back for it and knocked him unconscious, people were always trying to steal her figures. Herlock Sholmes also came to investigate the Professor kidnapping but he also got a job pretending to be a wax sculpture to earn more money.
Ryunosuke Naruhodo and Iris Watson came to the wax museum during their investigating regarding the death of Elyder Meningen. They mistook Sholmes for an actual sculpture until Iris kicked him. Esmeralda Tusspells then arrived and called Sholmes restless threatening to turn him into an actual wax figure. She refuses to pay him the money he wanted until he performs his famous deduction. So he did, but he mistook Clay for actually being here and the sleepy patrolman as a wax figure instead, he came to the wrong conclusion that she sold the Professor sculpture and it's currently at the Scotland Yard. Tusspells is furious that Sholmes called her a criminal, Naruhodo manages to correct Sholmes and Tusspells became impressed. She and Sholmes tell Naruhodo and Iris about the Professor killings and she leaves. The next day, Tusspells got the figure back. But unknown to her, the figure was still missing his head.
At the witness stand
After finding out that the Professor sculpture was used by Enoch Drebber, the thief, in a magic trick to kill Odie Asman, prosecutor Barok van Zieks called Esmeralda Tusspells to the stand. He is very surprised that she knows of the Professor's identity, she is currently working on a Herlock Sholmes mold, she says she also has a figure of Asman in the "villains corner". Although Stronghart's deal made her forbid telling the court about how she found out the Professor was buried alive, using the knowledge of rigor mortis, Naruhodo finds out something from Tusspells's testimony: the coroner who ruled the Professor dead, Courtney Sithe, botched the autopsy. When Enoch Drebber yells at her to be quiet about what happened with them ten years ago, Barok van Zieks tells him that is no way to treat a lady.
Eventually, it was revealed that Sithe killed Asman as revenge for him finding out about her secret and blackmailing her about it. Drebber attempted to get his revenge on Asman for making him drop out of school, the Professor figure was used to get revenge on Scotland yard. After everyone left, Barok van Zieks borrowed the key to the mask from Esmeralda Tusspells to show Naruhodo and Susato Mikotoba the face of the "Professor". This made his son, Kazuma Asogi, regain his memories and slice the wax figure. Though later it turns out that Asogi's father was actually framed for the crimes.
Esmeralda Tusspells is a very mysterious young woman. She calls herself Madame to make her name sound more distinguished. She follows what her family creed says.
- Her Japanese name Connette comes from the verb koneru (捏ねる), "to knead". Rozaic comes from the word rōzaiku (蝋細工), which means "waxworks".
- Her English name comes from esmeralda, "emerald" in Spanish.
- Her English surname might be a reference to Marie Tussaud, the wax sculptor.