Timothy Speedle was born and raised in suburban Syracuse New York. His father owned a chain of family restaurants, a position that offered Speedle a financially secure and well-fed childhood. His Mother, a volunteer with Social Services, devoted her life to help less fortunate children in the community. Growing up with all Manner of neglected, abandoned and abused children instilled a driving sense of compassion in him for people caught in circumstances beyond their control.
Speedle has a younger brother, 13 years younger than him, with whom he never developed a close relationship, preferring to keep to himself.
During those hours spent alone, Speedle read voraciously. There wasn't a subject that didn't interest him, but the on section of the school library where he read every book was the sciences. It was there he met his one and only best friend. Together they led their high school's science team to the State Championship four years in a row.
Months before graduating, his best friend was paralyzed from the neck down in a snowmobile accident while on their high school senior trip. Their plans of going to Europe and then college together dissolved in one night. Swearing he would do everything he could for his friend, he went to Columbia and devoted himself to studying the biology of the paralysis [his thesis: "Molecular mechanisms of neuronal differentiation, axon guidance, and cell recognition in vertebrate development"].
His was top of his class two years later when his friend died from complications during surgery. As far as Speedle was concerned, nothing mattered any longer. He dropped out of school. And disappeared.
His family didn't hear from him until he called from his best friend's uncle's home in Miami almost a year later. He had wandered and landed there, and "no, he still didn't know what do with his life" - not until he started following his friend's uncle to work at the Miami-Dade Crime Lab. With the same focus he had in school, he consumed everything he could about the work that was done in the crime lab. It was here he met Megan Donner. She took him under her wing and he quickly realized that this was the work he needed to do.
He returned to Columbia, finished his honors degree in a year, and took an official internship at the Miami crime lab under Donner's tutelage. Six months later, he was working as a full-time CSI. (from Crimelab.NL)
(Tim Speedle is from the series CSI: Miami, and is the property of Anthony Zuiker, Jerry Bruckhiemer and CBS Productions. He appears here solely for the purpose of role-playing in milliways_bar, from which no profit whatsoever is being made.)