Richard Crawford was born on July 20, 1987, to Dana and Robin Crawford, a couple then in their late 40s.
Dana Crawford was injured on a job site when Rick was two, and the family lived on his disability insurance until a house fire killed Dana and Robin when Rick 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 did not take part in any extracurricular activities: sports, music, or clubs. The teachers who could remember him described him as well-behaved but otherwise unremarkable.
After graduation, Rick found a job at the Rebel Inn and gradually worked his way up to a management position. By 2015, he was eager for a bigger challenge, so he found a job at Garrett Insurance working as a part-time personal assistant to Ambrose Garrett eventually expanded his hours there to full-time. He still works as the Rebel Inn's night manager because he needs the additional income.
When Rick isn't working, he is usually at the nursing home where his Aunt Gretchen now lives. The staff there characterized Rick as quiet and helpful, and his co-workers at the motel described him the same way. He appears to have a very limited social life.