Reinhardt Mayrhofer was a minor Austrian nobleman and husband of Maria Mayrhofer.
Reinhardt moved in society, and found it useful to learn secrets in order to trade or sell them, often to parties in his home country.
While Maria had been faithful to her husband, Reinhardt was an adulterer. He had contracted syphilis from one of his extramarital partners, and Maria contracted the disease from him. She, in turn, passed it on to their son, which caused severe congenital disfigurement. Reinhardt smothered the child to death in its crib.
After the death of their son, Maria distanced herself from her husband, and eventually began an affair with Joseph Trevelyan. It was not until much later that she learned her husband had killed their child. When she confronted him, he laughed at her. She then threatened to expose him as a poxed womanizer and murderer. While she left to load her pistol, Reinhardt dressed himself in the gown that Maria wore for her secret meetings with Trevelyan, and taunted his wife, returning the threat of exposing her as an adulterer, and also of denouncing Trevelyan as a sodomite. Maria then shot Reinhardt through the heart, killing him.
Reinhardt was described as a womanizer and degenerate.
Reinhardt resembles his cousin and wife, Maria – small in stature, with long, curling dark hair.
Reinhardt was unfaithful to Maria, often going with whores and making her a laughing stock in the process. Through his extramarital affairs, he contracted syphilis and gave the disease to Maria. When the couple had their first child together, a son, the disease resulted in the child being malformed. To prevent them from having to raise such a child and to ensure his wife did not become aware of his disease, Reinhardt killed their son in his crib.
When confronted with this truth by her lover, Joseph Trevelyan, Maria contemplated suicide. However, when she confronted Reinhardt and he laughed at her, admitting the truth of murdering their son and threatening to expose her affair with Trevelyan, she opted instead to use the bullet on him. Trevelyan and his footman Jack Byrd helped to cover up the murder and dump the body.
- Reinhardt is a Germanic name composed of the elements ragin 'counsel' + hard 'hardy', 'brave', 'strong'.
- Mayrhofer is a German surname meaning "from the region of Mayrhof" in Austria.