Alex Zukanov was a Bulgarian spy sent abroad to England to assassinate dissidents and deserters. He was Crispin Wingfield's interrogator and tortured him into giving Alex MI6 information. After the Cold War he became homeless and lived on the streets living in the same shelter as his murderer John Washington. John Washington murdered Alex because he thought that Alex had information on witches that had allegedly cursed him. He was killed by falling into a trap door and braking his ankles, whilst Washington had piled bricks on top of him and crushed his chest.