Born in 1969, Erica Tanner (nee Parks) was raised in an orphanage. During her adolescence, she became rebellious and ended up meeting Donald Tanner, who was 10 years older. They ran off together, eventually got married and had daughter.
Once they were married, things changed between Donald and Erica. He was no longer this mysterious romantic man but an abusive monster with an explosive temper.
By 1994, Erica had grown tired of Donald's abusive ways and tried to leave him with their daughter Bree. Donald found out and killed her.