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Rusty Beck
Rusty

Name

Russell Thomas Beck

Family

Sharon Beck (Mother)
Daniel Dunn (Father)
Sharon Raydor (Adoptive Mother)

Notability

Witness to a murder by Philip Stroh

First appearance

The Last Word

Played by

Graham Patrick Martin

Rusty Beck is a once-homeless teenager who witnessed Phillip Stroh burying one of his victims in Griffith Park. He is currently living with Sharon Raydor in protective placement, until he can testify at Stroh's trial.

The illegitimate child of teenage parents, Rusty lived with his mother in Los Angeles, and until recently, never knew his father. When he was 15, his mother took him to the zoo and abandoned him, leaving LA with her current boyfriend. Rusty became a male prostitute to survive, working the streets of Hollywood.

After he came to the attention of the LAPD, they located his mother, also named Sharon, in Reno, Nevada. Major Crimes provided a bus ticket, but she only got as far as Bakersfield before getting off the bus and leaving with an unknown man. Her whereabouts are now unknown. He is later united with his biological father but when he turns abusive towards Rusty, the team comes together to force him to give up his rights to Rusty for good or face criminal charges for child abuse. Rusty is then reassured that he has a family in the team even if they are not biologically related to him. In season 3 he comes to the realization that he is gay which the team takes without issue, causing him great relief. He also has a strong relationship with Louie Provenza, whom Rusty actually consulted before coming out to the rest of the team. In season 3 Sharon Raydor decided to officially adopt him. Rusty agreed and the two began the process of the adoption. In "Down the Drain," Sharon officially adopted Rusty. Rusty later started to go to college and became interested in journalism. After failing to get a story that will get him on the school newspaper in "A Rose is a Rose", at the suggestion of Buzz, Rusty starts investigating the case of Alice Herrera, an unidentified homless victim who the focus of "Jane Doe 38" and part of the reason he chose to let Raydor adopt him. Rusty is currently working on identifying the girl and has an online blog called Identity that he posts his findings to. According to Raydor, Rusty's work is professional-grade and she is clearly proud of his efforts. After Rusty interviews Alice's killer in "Sorry I Missed You", he nearly ends up part of her trial due to Slider claiming that Raydor sent Rusty to circumvent the justice system, but Judge Grove (who was also the judge Rusty went before in the Phillip Stroh trial and was amused to see him again) decided that Rusty was simply acting as a journalist and dismissed the subpoena. He also allowed Rusty to continue his work and advised Raydor to let him work without her looking over his shoulder all the time. Rusty's efforts to hack Alice's cell phone led him to meet a young man named TJ Shaw who worked at his parents' cell phone store. Rusty tells Doctor Joe that TJ started out as a source but became a good friend and was in fact the only person who would help him at the stores he went to. Its suggested that TJ is interested in Rusty and that Rusty may be interested in TJ as well, but Rusty claims not to be looking for a relationship with TJ who's gay, but so closeted that he hasn't come out to his family who he lives and works with or even been on a date with another guy. Rusty's efforts to identify Alice have hit a big break: after breaking Alice's voicemail with TJ's help, he found one from a man who clearly knew Alice, that her name wasn't really Alice and was the one she had run from Las Vegas to get away from. However, he couldn't leave any other messages afterwards as her voicemail box was full. After showing the messages to Andrea Hobbs, Rusty deleted a few of Alice's old messages and left a new greeting message asking for anyone looking for Alice to call him back. Soon afterwards, the man left a message, identifying himself as Gustavo Wallace and showing worry about Alice and her sister Paloma. Rusty believes that this means he knows Alice well personally, doesn't watch Identity and doesn't know she's dead. Given Gustavo's knowledge of Alice, its possible he's the break Rusty's looking for, but he's determined to find out more about the man before he sets up a meeting with him to be safe. Even after learning that Gustavo, who claims to be Alice's older brother, has a criminal record, Rusty still intends to meet with him though he plans to take precautions as given Gustavo's record and that Alice ran away from a safe place to live on the streets because he was looking for her, he could be dangerous. TJ also intends to be there with him when they do meet to make sure he's safe.

Major Crimes Characters
Sharon RaydorLouie ProvenzaAndy FlynnMichael TaoJulio SanchezAmy SykesRusty BeckFritz HowardRussell TaylorDr. Morales

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