Struggling artist Marcel De Lange (Martin Kosleck) almost manages to sell one of his works when art critic F. Holmes Harmon (Alan Napier) informs the potential buyer that the work is crap thus killing the deal. De Lange is distraught and decides to kill himself. Just as he’s about to jump off a bridge he notices a man struggling in the river below. He goes down and saves the man. The man is Rondo Hatton.
Hatton is grateful for the rescue and he stays with De Lange. De Lange starts sculpting a bust of Hatton’s face. In the meantime Hatton goes out and murders a woman by breaking the woman’s spine. Hatton happens to be the notorious killer The Creeper.
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