As a child, Hawkins endured a terrible upbringing due to his father beating and sexually abusing him. Hawkins later grew up, damaged and greatly disturbed while self-harming himself so that he could feel something. beaten and sexually abused by his father. He grows up to become a disturbed man who cuts himself in order to feel something. One day, as he is driven further into insanity, he claims to see visions of the Virgin Mary, who tells him to go out and kill women, destroying their faces and sexual organs in order to "stop the dirty sluts from spreading their disease". He kills many women before he is finally caught and sentenced to stay in the State Psychiatric Hospital in Metropolis. Once there, he is treated by Amadeus Arkham. When Amadeus Arkham goes back to Gotham City and set up Arkham Asylum, he went back home on April 1 to find that Martin Hawkins had broken into his house, dismembered his wife Constance, and had raped his daughter before decapitating her and putting her head in a dollhouse. This is one of the factors which eventually drives Amadeus Arkham insane. Hawkins is quickly captured again and sentenced to Arkham Asylum, becoming one of its first patients, under the treatment of Amadeus Arkham himself. During their sessions, he matter-of-factly calls Arkham's daughter a slut and describes the rapes and murders in graphic detail. Dr. Arkham appears to take this all in his stride, and perseveres, earning praise from his colleagues for his dedication to mental health and rehabilitation. On the anniversary of the murder, Amadeus straps Hawkins to a shock therapy table and electrocutes him, getting revenge for the deaths of his wife and daughter. Hawkins' death is treated as an accident.