Melvin Rees -- The Sex Beast
As if expecting these cultural pressures to grip and motivate roving men who turned to murder, in 1953 Flannery OConnor published a short story entitled, A Good Man is Hard to Find. Known for twisting expectations into gruesome images, she probably never topped herself outside this tale.
The family decides to go down a dirt road to see an attraction, and of course, they encounter the Misfit. Having an accident, thanks to Grandmas cat, they seek help, and a car with three men passes by them and stops. The men are armed, and the grandmother, having seen a photo in the paper, shouts at one of them that hes the Misfit. He affirms it, and tells her it would have been better for them had she not said so. Now theyre in trouble. The grandmother attempts to appeal to the mans better nature, and he apologizes for not wearing a shirt in front of the ladies. Nevertheless, its clear that his intent for them was formed as soon as he saw them. No appeal will budge it.
Even as the Misfit talks about being a gospel singer and one of his companions comments on how to fix the car, the other takes the father and son into the woods and shoots them. Then, they take the mother, daughter and baby, and do the same. The grandmother, aware of whats happening, continues to remind the Misfit of what was once good in him. But he compares himself to Jesus, who suffered punishment for no crime, proving that the world is morally off balance. The Misfit figures that the only thing a person can do is enjoy whatever time he has, and since he likes killing people, thats what he does. He likes meanness. When the grandmother offers a touch of kindness, he jumps back and shoots her dead. Then he cleans his glasses and, without affect or remorse, tells his companions to dump her body with the others.
It was just this sort of cold predatory behavior that frightened people around the country, and with good reason, as television, newspapers, and newsreels shown in movie theaters covered the evident increase in demented or angry killers.