Jon Murdy was a friend of Bill and Ted. When he found out they went to hell, he left for Thunder Gulch.
On the way to Thunder Gulch, he stopped by a carnival in the middle of nowhere. He noticed most of the barkers were mad escapees from Shadybrook Asylum, and narrowly escaped.
Moving into Thunder Gulch, the residents revealed the town was haunted, and at night, ghosts came out for a WILD party. Jon believed them, and stayed up late. He discovered the locals were right, and left right away.
Jon stopped by a local cornfield one day, and stayed for the night. Finding out he couldn't sleep, Jon went out for a walk in the cornfield. In the tall grass, Jon discovered he was being followed. Running from the field, he found out his pursuer was a living scarecrow. He left his baggages at the room, and ran away.
On his way home, Murdy saw a bloody, and beaten girl hitchhiking along the road. He drove her to a hospital. As she was being lifted into the ER, she gave him the tape that would eventually become the Castle Vampyr queue video.