Van Madsen was Rebecca Madsen's father.
Van Madsen was born in 1954, to Tommy and Agatha Madsen in San Francisco, CA. Van was left without a parent when his father murdered his mother in 1957 and was sent to Alcatraz Prison. Van was raised by Ray Archer, his uncle and a former Alcatraz guard. ("Ernest Cobb") ("Guy Hastings")
Years later, Van married Sally Madsen and fathered Rebecca. On February 1, 1995, both Van and his wife died due to an unknown cause. Rebecca was given to Ray. He told her that he and her grandfather both served as guards, hiding the fact that Tommy was his brother and was truly an inmate. ("Pilot") ("Ernest Cobb") ("Guy Hastings")