Billy Crow Dog was a year away from finishing his bachelor's degree in theosophy at South Dakota State University when he was arrested for stabbing and killing a woman in a bar fight. It was completely out of character for him, especially considering that he never drank.
In the Dupree County Correctional Facility, Pierre La Pierre introduced him to the Black Medicine Path. From there, he graduated to Faction Paradox — materialising in the basement of an abandoned Moose Lodge in Negaunee, Michigan, in the middle of one of the Faction's Sabakash cell rituals.
Through a combination of Faction rituals and native American techniques, Cousin Belial was reincarnated in 1782 as the son of Pretty Shield and Bull Head. This allowed him to circumvent the protocols of linearity, and keep an eye on the Faction's Remote project with the North American warrior tribes.