Barnaby Black is a self-proclaimed pirate living on the streets of Rome. He frequents the Palatine Mission. In 1936, he was encountered by Lodewijk Van Beers while investigating a case concerning some children kidnapped from the nearby Our Lady of Mercy Orphanage.
While he sported a number of authentic sailor’s tattoo, he made comments that did not confirm his sailing experience. However, he was able to convey some information to Lodewijk which highlighted an unusual practice taking place in the area, which at the time was unclear if it was related to the kidnappings.