Nothing is known about his life before.
Russell wakes in the night to find that his wife has died in her sleep and then turned, Martha bites his neck but only revealing that she has dentures. Preventing her from biting him, knowing that he can't live with himself with her. He puts her down and kills himself, shooting through his own head into hers. Their bodies, falling to the floor, set their home alight by knocking over a lantern.