After that he moved to Chandler Avenue and opened a Novelty Shop. The shop went out of business within a couple of months. He was working with petty criminal Mick Flemm when he was arrested for illegally importing asian novelty items.
In 2042 Flemm killed Rusty, supposedly to get revenge for letting him take the fall. Beek Nariz believed so after seeing Flemm imagining Rusty's ghost hunting him. Tex Murphy found his remains in a barrel full of acid.
Rusty had published the Rusty the Clown Fun Book. The only pop-out book for 18 or older.