Teena Brandon was born in Nebraska, he was raised by his mother as his father died in a car accident before he was born. He was raped as a child by his uncle. He later shifted to Richardson County where he decided to live like a man and he changed his name to Brandon Teena. He began dating 19-year-old Lana Tisdale and he befriended Marvin Nissen and John Lotter both of whom were ex convicts who beat him up and raped him after his true sex was revealed. After shooting Brandon, Nissen and Lotter were sentenced to life imprisonment and death respectively.