Sherman Wurt (alias "The Whisperer"), is also known as "Squirt" or sometimes "Shermy" to Jason Whittaker.
Wurt has an evil laugh that fails because he sinks into a nasty hacking fit. His voice is raspy, which is clear evidence of smoking, and because of this, his skin is probably wrinkled and leathery, especially on his face. Either one or both eyes are bad, as evidenced by the fact that he wears a monocle. He wields a cane, which is actually a cattle prod that inflicts severe electrocution on anyone it touches.
He tried hacking into Fort Knox when Jason Whittaker caught him and put him behind bars for the crime.
The Official Guide states:
|“||In the #84: “The Battle, Part 2”, Whit says that Applesauce was broken into "on two separate occasions." In fact, Dr. Blackgaard and Richard Maxwell broke into Applesauce only once. We can't account for the second time Whit is referencing... unless some other nefarious party was after the program, too!||”|
The Whisperer could have been that other hacker. That would explain why Sherman said, "I want to make sure you haven't put some passwords on [the computer] that would keep me from accessing [Applesauce]." He would know about the passwords in #83: “The Battle, Part 1” and about not being able to get into the program. He would then have a reason for making the statement because he would be the other hacker.
If he was the other hacker, he probably was not caught for it, because he was thrown in jail for attempting to hack into Fort Knox, not for hacking into Whit's End. Either way, his prison didn't hold him forever, as he escaped a week before the events of #634: “Accidental Dilemma, Part 1” by hacking into a government computer system and sending an email from some government superior that said to put him on parole. In Tasha Forbes' words, "By the time they figured out what had happened, he was gone."
He is known by Whit as being an electronics whiz. He made models of weapons to sell to the international arms industry, and later he used the very skills for this craft for crime, including making a miniature RC battleship, which had turrets that could be aimed and, when the Whisperer used them, could fire miniature darts. The darts/stingers were drugged so that upon contact with its target (usually a person) the drug enters the blood system and renders its victim unconscious. This was the manner in which he captured Jason and Grady McKay, who was with Jason at the time. Other weapons include an RC chopper.
He was wanted on charges of kidnapping, assault, (possible) theft, breaking and entering, attempted robbery, resisting arrest, and illegal use of computer technology.
He and his henchmen were placed behind bars in #635: “Accidental Dilemma, Part 2” as the result of an elaborate scheme by Jason Whittaker and his father John Whittaker to put Wurt back in jail by exposing Jason as an NSA analyst through Rusty Gordon's blog, and then allowing Jason to be captured, to take Wurt to Applesauce, and then fake his own death by pretending to die of an explosion, allegedly of his own making.
- He mentions having "nephews", although it's possible he was joking.
- The Odyssey Team seems to have based this character on character Percival Fenwick who appeared in #39: “The Case of the Secret Room, Part 1” and #40: “The Case of the Secret Room, Part 2”; the voices are similar, as is the cane as a weapon.
|“|| Grady McKay: So, when are you going to do it?
Jason Whittaker: Do what?
Grady McKay: Do that thing you do to escape! You know, pull a bazooka out of your wristwatch, or click your heels together and eject us through the roof!
Jason Whittaker: Sorry, I’m a gadget free agent.
Sherman Wurt: Whereas I am a gadget filled villain!
|“|| Sherman Wurt: Ah! Whit. At last we meet.
John Whittaker: At last. <pause> Should I know you?
|“|| Sherman Wurt: You have an awful lot of explosives around a kids' shop, Whittaker. Remind me not to send my nephews here.
|“|| Sherman Wurt: I want Applesauce!
Jason Whittaker: Mmmm. Good with pork chops.
|“|| Sherman Wurt: <talking about bomb code> You know, I always use my birthday.
|“|| Sherman Wurt: Step back. You don't know about my cane!
Carson McKay: I don't care about your cane when I've got my fist! <punches him>
Connie Kendall: Why didn't someone think of that before?!
|“|| Sherman Wurt: Stop calling me squirt!
Jason Whittaker: Anger management. You might want to consider that, too.