Ringo was the ringmaster of the O’Connell Circus who was actually under witness protection for being a whistle-blower on a hi-tech weapons smuggling operation to South America. Like many criminals, Ringo was not very intelligent and choose to blackmail his performers over their past lives. Several of the troupe individually decided to kill Ringo with Mr. Pops sending him threatening letters. Things started to run out of control once strong woman, Barb Els shot Louise Trapeze during her act to keep her from murdering Ringo first. This brough the attention of Dick Tracy and FBI Agent Ennen, who began investigating the murder. The clown Mr. Pops tried to kill Tracy and Ennen by forcing them into a tiger cage, but the plan fell through and all guilty parties were arrested. Ringo was sentenced for blackmail.