The parents, in their mid-thirties, appeared bright, articulate, motivated, conscientious, and at a loss as to what to do with 14-year-old Donald. The father, Donald Sr., worked as an engineer and described himself as a self-made man educated in the Navy. His wife, Nikki, had been working as an accounts manager but was between jobs, having been laid off. While the boy went by the nickname "Don," his father asked to be addressed as "Jim," a shortened version of his middle name.