|“||Even though what you did was wrong, you’re still a good kid. And that guy was a prick. Sometimes that matters more.||”|
— Edward Alderson
Edward Alderson was Elliot Alderson's father. He was the owner-operator of Mr. Robot, a computer store in Bergen County, New Jersey. Elliot remembers his father fondly, including memories of trips taken to NYC and the shore. In contrast, his wife is remembered as being abusive toward their children. Before opening his business, he was a software engineer at E Corp, where he contracted leukemia while working on a project there, one of a number of employees to do so.
He initially only revealed his sickness to his son, Elliot, swearing him to silence, who eventually told his mother. For the majority of Elliot's life, the aftermath of the situation was remembered as Edward reacting violently, shoving his son out of a second story window, then bringing him to a hospital. This, however, was only a situation Elliot imagined to fill the hole of his repressed memories. In reality, as Edward came home, Elliot hid his sister in his closet, and began to wreak havoc on everything in his bedroom with his baseball bat. When Edward entered Elliot's room, Elliot threatened to jump out of the window.
Edward died in 1995 at the age of 45.