Tessie in 1982
Tessie in 2007
|Portrayed by|| Nikki DeLoach (1982) |
Michele Greene (2007)
During Mike Delaney's time at college, he raped at least ten women, usually by taking them on a date, charming them with a paper rose, then forcing himself on them. Only two women reported him. Regie Kunze reported him to the Dean, who did nothing. Tessie Bartram went to the police, but no charges were laid. He marked his victims in his yearbook with a drawing of a rose.
A number of Mike's victims eventually made contact with each other, writing on the wall of a women's washroom, including Tessie, Regie, Sheana, Melinda Levy, and Karin Hensley. For Sheana, who had attempted to tell her father, only to be blamed for it herself, the ordeal proved too much, and she committed suicide. The other four women eventually conspired to stop him together.
Several of Mike's victims, including Tessie, Regie, Karin, and Melinda, were interviewed with suspiction passing between them, until the investigation led to Jimmy, now a lawyer.
Shortly after graduation, Mike was confronted on the quad by Tessie, Melinda, Karin, and Regie. Mike initially dismissed their accusations and started to leave until Tessie pulled out a gun she'd been given by a sympathetic policewoman, Maggie Lafferty. Frightening Mike to the point of wetting his pants, they forced him at gunpoint to admit that he had raped them. Regie urged Tessie to kill Mike, but she refused, declaring that she didn't want to become him.