Joey Beecher, the victim's employeeJoey Beecher was born on March 16, 1973, 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 five 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 met and dated Stacy McCracken, a waitress at a nearby diner. Three months later, they eloped and moved into Joey's small apartment. They appeared reasonably happy and always paid their rent on time.

After a long succession of jobs, Joey became the general handyman at the Fontaine Manor and pronounced himself satisfied. He said the working conditions were good and he genuinely respected Mr. Fontaine for what he'd accomplished with his life.

Joey had permission to purchase and charge materials to the Fontaine accounts. He solved plumbing and electrical problems, built cabinets, and repaired the many vehicles on the property. He came and went at will.

According to some sources, Joey also provided extra-legal services to Mr. Fontaine in support of his employer'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.

He has also been known to intercede—at Philip or Ashley’s behest—to get Philip Fontaine's youngest son Grant out of difficult situations. Joey has said he does it out of loyalty to Philip Fontaine, but he has also voiced his total disgust with Grant.

Joey always keeps an eye on the Fontaine home, on the lookout for suspicious individuals that might be Grant's associates who might break into the place or sell drugs to Grant. Joey has been known to run these people off the property, and then anonymously call the police and have them arrested.

Joey gets along well with Ashley Fontaine and the maid/housekeeper Raquel Santos, even though he has had several confrontations with Raquel's live-in boyfriend Benito Flores. On Raquel's strong recommendation, Joey hired Benny to help him around the Fontaine property, but had to fire him in less than a month.

Since then, Joey has reportedly caught Benito selling drugs to Grant numerous times and has chased him away each time. He knows that this makes him Grant's least favorite person, after Grant's father, but he doesn't care.

Stacy believes Fontaine should pay Joey more money, but Joey always says, "It doesn't make sense to bite the hand that feeds you, not when the fingers can close into a fist and knock out your teeth."

Neighbors report that the Beechers stay mostly to themselves and never cause any problems. If they fight, they do so privately.

Joey is proud to call himself a survivor. “Whatever else changes in this slippery world,” he says, “I can always count on myself.” 

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