In 1845, there was a dispute in James' father's estate. Victor Creed and his father (Thomas Logan) were the cause. James heard a gunshot and ran down to see that John Howlett has been shot. Bone claws slowly emerged from in between his knuckles for the first time. In a wild rage he screamed and attacked Thomas Logan. James killed Logan, who as he died, revealed to James that he was his real father. James ran away, but Victor caught up with him and vowed that since they were now brothers, they would look out for each other no matter what.