Rughead was known for wearing wigs ran a large stolen fur racket which was uncovered by Sparkle Plenty and Little Wingy and soon Dick Tracy was snooping around his hideout in disguise. Rughead and his right hand man Happy would escape in a shootout and Rughead then ordered Happy to bump off Tracy. Happy was killed instead and Rughead fled to Mexico.
Rughead couldn’t stay away however, and returned seeking revenge on Ned Noxx, his one time fence who had killed the dame Corny. Robbing and killing Ned, Rughead was kidnapped by an old flame named mimi who wanted Noxx’s cash. Rughead tried to make an escape when police arrived but he took a stray ricochet and was killed.