Joey Beecher was born on March 16, 1981, to Frank and Ethel Beecher. His parents were too busy to offer much in the way of emotional support or encouragement. Frank worked two jobs to feed, clothe, and house the family, and Ethel was overextended as a homemaker even before she began working part-time as a maid.
The youngest of six boys, Joey quickly learned to rely on his fists to protect himself and his meager possessions from the many hands of his older brothers.
After high school, Joey worked a series of menial jobs, always leaving just because. He mostly stayed out of trouble, and employers said he was a good worker who did what needed to be done.
While a mechanic's helper at an auto body shop, Joey started dating Stacy McCracken, a waitress at a nearby diner. Three months later, they eloped and moved into Joey's small apartment.
After a long succession of jobs, Joey became the Fontaines' general handyman, the first job he truly enjoyed. According to some sources, in addition to his typical maintenance duties, Joey also provided extra-legal services to support Mr. Fontaine's development business. Joey is thought to be responsible for several small fires, industrial accidents, and vandalism intended to sway public support for or against a project. However, he has never been arrested or charged with a crime.
While working for the Fontaines, Joey often interceded—at Philip or his wife Ashley's behest—to get Philip's youngest son, Grant, out of difficult situations. Despite his personal disgust with Grant, Joey always ran off any of his associates who came around to sell him drugs or steal something to make a quick buck. Once they were off the property, Joey always anonymously called the police to have them arrested.
Joey got along well with the Fontaines' housekeeper, Raquel Santos, but had several confrontations with Raquel's then-boyfriend Benito Flores, who was also working on the Fontaine property. Joey had to fire Benito after less than a month when he caught Benito selling drugs to Grant on multiple occasions.
Joey lost his job with the Fontaines when Philip Fontaine was killed. Since then, he's gone back to drifting from job to job, often quitting without notice because, as he tells friends, none of those jobs were as good as the one he had with the Fontaines.
Neighbors report that the Beechers stay mostly to themselves and never cause any problems, but friends of the couple say the marriage has been strained recently, primarily due to financial issues. According to Joey's friend, Miquel Ochoa, when a discontented Stacy goes out on the town without her husband, a jealous Joey often tracks her down and confronts any man he sees talking to her.