Davis prefers to go by the name Tecumseh X. Du Bois, as he considers his birth name his slave name. After being falsely incarcerated he began a gorilla terrorist organization called the Black Liberation Alliance for Black Liberation. He believes violence is the only way to get justice. He and his group are responsible for the kidnapping of a 20 year old theatre student named Danielle Kerry, originally holding her for ransom.
He is based on Donald DeFreeze (who went by the name General Field Marshal Cinque), the leader of the Symbionese Liberation Army, a terrorist organization responsible for two bank robberies, two shoot-ups, one murder and the kidnapping of Patty Hearst, whom Kerry is based on.
Although their hijacking was unsuccessful and lead to his capture, it was responsible for the deaths of Scoop Dunbarton and Roger Dunbarton.