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Cletus Kasady was born in Brooklyn, New York. He claims his mother tried to kill him after she caught him torturing her dog. She was apparently beaten to death by Kasady's father, who received no defense from his son during his trial. Kasady seems to care for his mother, digging up her grave in Maximum Carnage, contradicting his prior account in which he took glee in her death. He also claims he killed his grandmother when he was a child, pushing her down a flight of stairs.
Now an orphan, Kasady is sent to the St. Estes Home for Boys, where his antisocial behavior makes him the target of abuse from both the other orphans and the staff. Kasady vindicates himself by murdering the disciplinarian administrator and burning down the orphanage. During the events of Carnage: It's A Wonderful Life, images from his own memories play of a failed relationship with an unnamed girl during his teen years. At one time he befriended a boy named Billy Bentine but they drifted apart as Kasady started his career as a serial killer. By his early twenties, he has been convicted of 11 murders, although he brags about committing dozens more. He eventually shares a cell with Eddie Brock at Ryker's Island prison, awaiting trial for crimes committed as Venom and who had just recently lost his Venom symbiote after a battle against Styx.