When Thorn Industries manager Paul Buher proposes that the company expand its operations into agriculture, Bill is strongly against it as it will mean buying up other people's land, and outwardly expresses this to Paul and Richard.
Richard ultimately agrees with Bill, and the former and Paul shelve the project for the time being. Some days later, Bill attends Mark Thorn's birthday party with Paul, and makes up with Paul for shelving the agriculture project.The next day, Bill plays ice hockey on the frozen-over lake by the Thorn residence, with the Thorns and their other friends. But during the game, Bill falls through the ice and is pulled away by the current. Despite the Thorns and the others' attempts to save him, Bill ultimately dies; presumably by either drowning or freezing to death.
- The Raven was present at the lake, in a tree, when Atherton died.
Bill and Richard were very old and good friends.
Bill was strongly against Paul's agriculture project, and outwardly expressed this to Paul; calling the decision heartless and unethical. However, after Paul and Richard shelved the project, Bill tried to make up with Paul.