Mordecai Brown came from a local family of blacksmiths, back during the 1800s. There was some whispering that his family was not quite normal, and the women of the town would come to see Suzanne, his mother, for various ailments, rather than the town doctor. He was reaching 15 years old when Abigail Peabody went missing. Local lore says that he went mad, and soon he was a suspect for her disappearance. Eventually he simply left Athens. Occasionally he would send money and a letter to his childhood sweetheart, Rose Cosgrove. He eventually returned when he was 50, and local lore says that he returned as a scarred, hardened man with a certain kind of haunted, steely look in his eye. He settled in town, and lived out his days there, living off whatever money he already had, as he took no jobs.