Religion: manifestly non-religious
Name: unnamed night watchman
First Appearance: Superman (vol. 1) #2 (Fall 1939): "Superman and the Skyscrapers"
Number of Appearances: 1
Note: night watchman, sabotaged construction site he worked at
An unnamed night watchman used his position and the cover of night to sabotage the construction site of a skyscraper, the Atlas Building. His actions resulted in the death of 5 construction workers (or "steel workers") in the space of one week. Clark Kent was alarmed at this string of deaths and investigated the construction site at night. Superman caught the night watchman in the act of sawing through a steel girder. Superman tried to apprehend the night watchman, but the man shot Superman and then feel through as the beam he himself cut split all the way through. Superman managed to catch the man before he fell to his death.
The frightened night watchman, pressured by Superman to explain why he killed the steel workers, said, "I was only obeying orders. I belong to the gang of-- of-- Butch Grogan!"
Those were the night watchman's dying words. He died of heart failure because, as Superman observed, "the excitement was too much for him!"
The unnamed night watchman was apparently affiliated with Butch Grogan for some time and probably obtained the night watchman job with the intention of sabotaging the construction site. The night watchman absolutely knew what he was doing. Steel workers died one by one, day after day, and the night watchmen continued in his acts of deadly sabotage. There is no indication that he did all of this for any reason other than greed. Nat Grayson, the owner of a rival construction company, wanted to put his business competitor out of business by sabotaging a major contract. Grayson hired Butch Grogan, and Grogan paid his gang members to do his bidding.
Superman observed the unnamed night watchman engage in an act of sabotage, confronted the man, saved his life from a fall, and extracted information from him as he died on pages 2 through 6 of "Superman and the Skyscrapers" in Superman #2 (Fall 1939).