Rita is currently appearing as a main character in Marvel's five part adaptation of Dexter.
Rita originated in Jeff Lindsay's series of Dexter novels. The character was later adapted to television, and then comic books.
Rita was created by Jeff Lindsay.
Rita Bennett is a woman with a very painful past. Her first husband, Paul, was a violent drug user who subjected her to horrific abuse. The pair have two children together, Astor and Cody. Rita and the children later meet Dexter Morgan. He becomes a friend and lover to Rita and eventually, a father figure to her children.
In Other Media
Rita is portrayed on television by Julie Benz. The show is currently in it's eighth season.