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In 2000, Ruddock found out that Slaughterhouse Smith's daughter had had a son, who had the powers of his grandfather. Dreaming of revenge against the relatives of Saul Baxter (who was officially dead), Ruddock told Samuel Smith the truth about his grandfather and his powers -- only to discover after he was done that Samuel was actually an utter, murderous psychopath. Feeling crushed that he had thus led the Smith family to what would obviously be an ignominious end - feelings worsened by a plot for treason he had conceived at one point and which he was trying to atone for ever since - the aged valet stopped Slaughterhouse Smith's life support equipment and took a suicide pill, dying near the inert form of his master.
Samuel Smith, after a number of psychotic murders in an attempt to find and kill Mr. Marlowe, the supposed descendant of Saul Baxter, was killed by Grifter. However, his grandfather survived even the shutdown of his life-support equipment and emerged from his coma unaided a few years after those events.