He had a romantic relationship with Ellen Houston. However, at the behest of her former husband Denny Houston, the War Pigs abducted Ellen from her bed. Hal awoke startled, but the image of Ellen sleeping with a man brought back flashbacks of the circumstances that lead to Vin Iggins killing his own wife. When Hal pulled a pistol on Iggins, he shot Hal in the head and chest, killing him. The circumstances would lead Ellen's mind to "shut down" after Hal's and Denny's deaths.