Her killer found him and threatened his life but let him go.Castle later believes that this was because his disappearance would've been noticed.He also had several nannies look after him who, on his account, spent most of their time watching daytime television, with One Life to Live becoming the inspiration to write his first novel.Richard never knew who his father was and initially had no intention of finding out who he was, reasoning that he never met his dad or even had a father figure in his life (which Richard jokingly denies, saying he had lots of father figures because of Martha's various relationships) so he doesn't really feel the loss.According to his biography at Richard Castle.net, Martha would always gently tell Richard on his birthdays that she had no idea who his father was, which never bothered Richard as it allowed him to imagine that his father could be anyone he wished.However, Martha also once told Richard that she "had loved a lifetime" the night she met his father.
His inability to solve the mystery of what happened to him in the woods led him to become interested in being a mystery writer, inspiring him to solve all the mysteries he could since he could never solve the mystery of what happened to him that fateful day.
Damian Westlake, the literary magazine editor at Edgewyck, took Rick under his wing.
He was the first person to recognize Rick's talent, and encouraged and mentored him.
Since then, Castle had looked up to his friend as a hero.
Even decades later, Castle still gets choked up as he recounts the story.