Not much is known about Joe's early life besides the fact that he was born into poverty.
Joe, of course became a crook. On December 25th he was in crime alley and he found a rich couple. He stole their jewelry and killed them in front of their son's eyes. He made a mistake not to kill the child, as years later, the boy (now grown up) kept taunting him. When Joe figured out this was the boy, he killed himself.