Walters was born in 1890, the youngest of three children.
He grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, where he underwent
a disruptive upbringing due to the excessive alcohol
and gambling habits of his father. Young Jack was often
beaten by his increasingly violent father, who eventually
killed himself. His mother was forced to work long hours
to support the family financially, and eventually died
prematurely in 1901. Jack was eventually taken into
foster care, joining the Police force a few years later
after falsifying his age on his application form.
It was work he naturally excelled at, and he soon became
a much-respected member of the community. One day, after
a couple of years of distinguished service, Jack received
the emergency call that would change his life forever.
The exact events that transpired after Jack answered
the report of gunshots at a large house outside Boston,
are recreated in Dark Corners of the Earth. Suffice
it to say that a mere half hour after arriving on the
scene, Jack was found in a state of apoplexy - bloodstained,
injured, and with a look in his eyes which haunts his
colleagues who found him to this day.
"We eventually found him by following the sound
of his screams -- I'd never heard anything like that
before, and I hope I never hear anything like it again.
When I first saw him lying there, I couldn't believe
what I was seeing. I've never seen a human being so
drained of life, yet still breathing...he just kept
chanting some strange words over and over again. It
took three of us just to subdue him enough to carry
-- Robert Armstrong, oral history 1939.
Despite many intensive counseling sessions and all
his best efforts, Jack felt he could not return to his
job and resigned. It wasn't until six years later that
Jack fully recovered from the ordeal at the house, although
he was still haunted by flashbacks of the events at
that house, and plagued by dreams of strange creatures
and enormous alien cities. Eventually, Jack started
up his own Private Investigation business, and only
took on cases which he felt were linked somehow to that
day in the hope that he could find some sort of explanation.
In 1922, he learns of a store manager who had gone
missing in the New England fishing town of Innsmouth
-- a place that Jack had heard numerous stories about
during his own investigations. Jack took the case, packed
a few belongings, and traveled to Innsmouth in an attempt
to find out more about Brian's disappearance...and maybe
answer a few questions of his own.
Call of Cthulhu - Dark Corners of the Earth
recreates exactly what took place in Innsmouth, based
on the writings in Jack's journal, which were discovered