|“||He tried to shut me down! Me! I don't back down for nobody; never have, never will.||”|
— Oswald explains the reason for his campaign against Tapp[src]
He was voiced by David Scully.
The Jigsaw Case
Oswald McGillicutty was an investigative journalist, known for his sensationalized and biased reports. At some point in his career, he began reporting on the case of a wanted serial killer known as "Jigsaw." As more and more victims were found and the police didn't find any useful evidence, Oswald openly criticized the forensics' work, accusing them of working sloppily. To confirm the details of his story, he tried to call Detective David Tapp, a homicide detective who worked for the Metropolitan Police Department. However, the latter didn't get back to him as he deemed talking to Oswald a waste of time.
Therefore, Oswald developed a personal grudge against Tapp and used his articles to torpedo the detective's reputation. While hunting for Jigsaw, Tapp was severely injured after finding and invading Jigsaw's hideout in an abandoned industrial building. Upon doing so, Tapp's partner, Detective Steven Sing, was killed by one of Jigsaw's traps. Eventually, Tapp's son, Michael Tapp, published a newspaper article about the raid on Jigsaw's hideout. In that article, he revealed that Tapp had acted contrary to duty when invading the lair without a warrant, which contradicted his earlier testimony. Furthermore, Michael cast him in a negative light when stating that all evidence in the building would've been worthless as they couldn't be used in court due to Tapp's improper invasion. Upon learning the truth, Oswald started publishing more articles with the sole purpose of publicly stirring up hatred against the detective. Thereby, he also demanded Tapp be fired from the department as he deemed him too dangerous to carry a weapon. Eventually, Oswald even openly suspected Tapp to be Jigsaw as he considered it unlikely that Jigsaw had been able to overpower to armed detectives. (Saw: The Video Game, Saw II: Flesh & Blood)
At some point, his articles caught the attention of Pam Jenkins, a sensational reporter who investigated the Jigsaw case as well. Therefore, she wrote him a letter, in which she asked Oswald for a meeting and suggested working together as she was keen on publishing a book about the killer. Although Oswald agreed to the meeting, he planned to write a book on his own without crediting Pam and mockingly told her so. In return for that, Pam stole all of Oswald's notes and sent him a second letter, in which she mocked him for his arrogance. (Saw: The Video Game)
Due to his smear campaign against Detective Tapp, Oswald was eventually targeted and abducted by Jigsaw. He took him to the abandoned Whitehurst Insane Asylum and strapped him to a trap that could break his back and limbs by bending them backward. (Saw: The Video Game)
David Tapp's Test
While Jigsaw finished his work on the deadly contraption, Oswald woke up. Upon seeing him, he angrily yelled at him and attempted to threaten him. However, he stopped and started to panic when he realized that the man was, in fact, the Jigsaw Killer. Therefore, Oswald tried to persuade him to let him go, claiming that his articles had helped Jigsaw spread his message. However, Jigsaw told him he couldn't free him and instead confronted him with his vendetta against Tapp. When he asked him for the reasons for his smear campaign, Oswald admitted that he wanted revenge on the former detective for not giving him information about the Jigsaw case. After finishing his preparations, Jigsaw eventually left the room. (Saw: The Video Game)
Shortly afterward, Tapp, who was also trapped in the asylum, reached the room where Oswald was trapped. Moments later, a TV turned on in front of them, and a mechanical ventriloquist puppet appeared on-screen. It confronted Oswald with his sensationalism and hate campaign against Tapp. Thereby, it also told him that the trap he was strapped to would bend his limbs and midsection backward and kill him if Tapp didn't save him within four minutes. Eventually, Tapp received his instructions on how to do so.
When the tape ended, and the TV turned off again, the contraption was slowly set in motion. Oswald frantically yelled at Tapp to hurry up while the latter tried to shut off the machine. To free Oswald, he had to reverse the trap's electric motors by bypassing three circuit panels on the walls. Eventually, Tapp managed to accomplish his task in time, resulting in Oswald being released from the device unharmed. After his salvation, he accused Tapp of having let Jigsaw escape. However, he ultimately admitted that he was wrong when he suspected Tapp. Tapp asked him what Jigsaw looked like, which Oswald couldn't answer. In an attempt to escape, both of them went on and continued their way together. (Saw: The Video Game)
As they made their way through the next ward of the asylum and looked for Jigsaw's next clue, they came across a ladder and climbed up. Oswald suggested separating as it would increase their chance to find the exit faster. When he entered an adjacent hallway, he accidentally stepped on a tripwire and noticed two large blades to the right and the left of the door. However, before he could react, the blades rushed towards him and killed him right in front of Tapp's eyes. (Saw: The Video Game)
The Whitehurst Asylum was found and raided by the Metropolitan Police Department later that night. As the police secured and searched the entire building, they discovered the many corpses of Jigsaw's victims, including Oswald. He was buried shortly afterward, and Tapp was the only one present during his funeral. (Saw II: Flesh & Blood)
Oswald McGillicutty was a highly arrogant and ruthless individual, not hesitating to badmouth other people for the sake of his own personal glory. Therefore, he often talked down on others as he deemed himself superior and more intelligent. Even when directly confronted with his deeds, he barely showed any remorse. As Tapp was the only person present at his funeral, it can be assumed that Oswald was generally disliked by most people, most likely due to his arrogant and narcissistic attitude. However, he showed gratitude towards Tapp for saving him, despite their past, and even admitted that he had falsely judged him. Unlike most of the other test subjects at Whitehurst, Oswald even decided to work together with Tapp in an attempt to escape.
- In the first Saw film, a newspaper article written by Oswald can be seen on the wall of Detective Tapp's apartment.
Appearances and References
|Saw||Saw II||Saw III||Saw IV||Saw V||Saw VI||Saw VII||Jigsaw||Spiral|
|Full Disclosure Report||The Scott Tibbs Documentary||Saw: The Video Game||Saw II: Flesh & Blood|