Richard Crawford was born on July 20, 1987, to Dana and Robin Crawford, a couple then in their late 40s.
Dana Crawford was crippled on a job site when Rick was two, and the family lived on his disability insurance until a house fire killed Richard's parents when he was 12. Rick then went to stay with an elderly aunt, Gretchen Moss.
Rick did well in high school but stayed mostly to himself. He focused on academics and did not take part in any extracurricular sports, music, or clubs. The teachers who could remember him described him as well-behaved but otherwise unremarkable.
After graduation, he accepted a position at Garrett Insurance working as personal assistant to the owner, Ambrose Garrett. After Mr. Garrett passed away, Rick found a job as manager of the Rebel Inn.
When Rick is not at the motel, he is usually at the nursing home where his Aunt Gretchen now lives. The staff there characterized Rick as quiet, helpful and reliable. His co-workers described him the same way.