John Ricketts was born in 1878 in New Austin, life was good for him at that time, living with his father and mother like every family, but when he was around 6 years old, his father got killed in Tumbleweed during a saloon fight. Then his uncle Landon Ricketts himself raised him when he could. Due to this John had a dream in mind : Be just like his uncle when he will be an adult.
Many years passed and John met the wrong people and began to be an "outlaw" instead of being a decent person.
Events of Red Dead Online
In 1898, he managed to escape Sisika with the help of the man's widow named Jessica LeClerk. He then began to help her in the quest of finding the man who killed her husband. By now John works as bounty hunter and even became a well-known one. He started to work for a lady called Madam Nazar as a collector for her. He also started a trading business with JB Cripps. He also started to minimize doing wrong things and finally became what he always wanted to be.
The scar on his left cheek come from a fight in the Sisika Penitentiary where one of the others prisoners tried to stabbed him with a handmade knife.
He sometimes go to see his mother at her house.