Emmett William Ryan is the father of Jack Ryan and the husband of Catherine Burke and the father-in-law of Cathy Ryan and the paternal grandfather of Sally Ryan, Jack Ryan, Jr, Katie Ryan and Kyle Ryan. Emmett was of Irish decent and was working as a Homicide Detective in Baltimore, Maryland when he encountered John Clark.  Clark at the time was known as John Kelly, was killing drug dealers whom killed his former flame Pamela Madden.