Bert Jankin's mother died in a violent car accident that his whole family was in when Bert was very young, leaving him mentally scarred. Only Bert and his Father remained in the Jankins family afterwords. Bert had a troubled childhood. Growing up with just his father who was disabled in the car accident that killed his mother meant that he would have to grow up with financial issues. Bert also had anger issues. When he was 15, he was arrested under assault charges for attacking and badly injuring a fellow student who insulted him and laughed at his disabled father. He was sent to a local juvenile penitentiary, but escaped and joined a crime syndicate where he did many bad things, robbing and stealing. When he turned 18 he decided he wanted to start over and move to a new place. Bert went to Chernarus after it's civil war to seek legitimate job opportunities and escape his past. He ultimately ended up in Solnichniy as a miner. Spending a few years in the mining business, Bert learned discipline and built muscle. By the time the outbreak hit, Bert was in the best physical shape he'd ever been in his life. After finding out the state of the world that he was living in, Burt decided to roam the apocalypse and rob survivors.