Doc Wilde is one of a long line of super-science adventurers. The line starts with Professor Wilde and continues with Adam and Eve Wilde, the Wilde Boys and the Wilde Kids.
He's a well known crime fighter, who takes criminals to his secret lab in Vermont where he cures them of their criminal tendencies. Without, be it noted, sanction of the AMA, due process or a court order. The latter allowed Mephisto the Mentalist to have him jailed.