(DeCandido's novelizations of Anderson's Films)
Michael was born to an East German family in Berlin. After the death of Anthony's mother, his father decided the whole family had to leave. Securing a way to the United States, they changed their name to "Cain", translated from their German name, suffering abuse from their father if they ever used their old name by mistake. Reaching adulthood, Michael moved to Chicago, Illinois where he worked as a police officer. After being shot in the line of duty, Michael was relegated to a desk duty. Becoming increasingly unstable as a result, his brother Timothy, fresh from the Gulf War, gave him a job at the Umbrella Corporation's Chicago office.