Della Contessa was the fat lady at the O’Connell Circus which Tess, Dick and Bonnie Tracy visited during a 2009 story. Della was mostly mild-mannered, but one of many suspects after Louise Trapeze was shot dead during her act. It was soon revealed the ringmaster, Ringo had been blackmailing the majority of the circus and most of the troupe wanted revenge with clown Mr. Pops leading the charge. When Dick Tracy and FBI Agent Ennen were trapped in a tiger cage, Della and the giant Fee Fi helped rescue them, refusing to side with the more vengeful members of the circus.