(Capcom's primary storyline)
On May 12, 1998, weeks prior to the Special Tactics And Rescue Service's investigation of the Arklay Mountains and its associated research outpost, the keeper was infected by the t-Virus after Dr. James Marcus intentionally released the experimental mutagen to enact his vengeance on Umbrella, although he assumed the leak was accidental due to the research staff being sleep-deprived.
He wrote down his progress through infection of the virus as it destroyed his sanity day by day from May 9, 1998 until June 4, 1998. His mental stability finally regressed to such a state that he killed a fellow employee; Scott, for having an "ugly face", and then, based on his response being "tasty", consumed the corpse. That actually happened on May 19.
During the exploration of the mansion by the S.T.A.R.S. on July 24, an Alpha team member (Jill/Chris) found the keeper's diary in his bedroom, and was attacked by a zombie hiding in the nearby closet, which may very well have been the keeper himself.
With that diary the S.T.A.R.S. member got the important information what happened in that mansion.
- Despite the character not being directly named, in the original version of Resident Evil, the name 'Peter' can clearly be seen on the front of the file. The surname also begins with an 'S', and quite closely resembles 'Smith'.
- Some time between the release of the virus in the mansion in May and its destruction in July 1998, the Keeper's diary was duplicated and sent to Oswell E. Spencer. Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield would find this copy over a bedroom desk in the Spencer household in 2006.