Scrivens was born into poverty, and had always been eager to escape into a better life. In that pursuit, he often turned to easy schemes to make money. At some point after joining the Blighters, people started noticing that Scrivens was spending unusual amounts of money and lived a lavish life. Rumors also started surfacing about him having ties to the drug trade in London, which caused the Metropolitan Police Service to take an interest in him.
Sergeant Frederick Abberline tasked Jacob and Evie Frye with retrieving Scrivens for the authorities. The twin Assassins located their target near the Thames, from where they brought him back to Abberline.