“I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom.”
― Edgar Allan Poe
"Part of the $10 million I spent on gambling, part on booze and part on women. The rest I spent foolishly."
― George Raft
Francis was born in the United Kingdom at the end of the '70s. His family was in a rough point of their time and upon expecting another child, they moved to New Jersey on a job offer his father caught. His father had a son in a previous relationship that lived with his mother. Two year old Francis and his sister due in 2 months moved with their parents and spent their childhood moving throughout the state. His father became an abusive alcoholic after being laid off from his third job, just one year after moving to the states. His mother then began working nights to be home to raise her children while staying in the toxic relationship. A household becoming increasingly more dangerous eventually drove their sleep deprived mother to remove the kids from this trap.
As soon as Francis was 13, he began going door to door in his neighborhood to cut grass, rake leaves, remove snow, anything to make money and help out his mother and his own selfish interests. At 15, he began working at Domino's after school. Through these connections, he began getting tied up in the drug business. He used these connections to vastly increase his wealth, selling to other students at school. He became known as "Dom" because of the pizza chain and used this as his street name. His sister eventually found out while they were both in High School and word got to his mother. Tensions and voices raised, but at the end of the night Francis had agreed to stop selling and focus only on school. He quit his job, graduated High School, and went on to study Marketing at Rutgers University.
After his education, he began working as a salesman. Attending countless shows a month and slowly accumulating money off commision, he was granted a high position in the firm. This success treated Francis nicely, and allowed him to move to the suburbs with his fiance and plan for raising a family. Francis thought he had left his drug-selling self in the past, but he crossed paths with a former client who talked about knowing people that work with higher-tier drugs. Hesitantly, because of the past trouble and current familial obligations, he accepted the offer. However, this time things would be different.
He chose to keep his current day job as a salesman, but buy a separate office space and "work from home" at this office once per week. Through this, he created his own network that worked both on the street level and increasing their supply. Because of the crazy amount of success, he bought a local pizza place to help launder his multiple income streams. This system allowed him to bring in large sums of money through drugs, but keep his wife completely out of the loop.
Soon before their wedding, Francis is organizing the venue with his fiance when he steps away and his phone rings. Since he wasn't there to answer it, the same person sends him a text that his fiance reads:
"Are you working from home again tomorrow?"
Since she had never seen him work from home before, she assumes he's cheating on her and confronts him about it. He decided the best course of action would be to come clean, but create a plan about looking to sell the business within the month. While she appreciated his willingness to give it up, she decided to leave the man that kept something so serious a secret and called off the wedding. He decided he wanted to start new. He continued to run his drug empire, however from a distance as he relocated back to the United Kingdom.
Here, he spent time with his family. He got to talk to meet his older brother and his children. It was here where he met his nephew, Ben. Francis recognized a lot of Ben's behavior from his own troubled youth and confronted him about what he was doing. After Ben came clean, Francis told him he was joining the gang or he was letting his parents know. Francis never told Ben about his own path, but somehow they ended up in Chernarus together and see where it takes them.
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