Mcelroy has always been called "the town bully." I throw the BS flag. That guy was not a bully, he was a full blown psychopath, and he learned really early on that civilized people are weak and timid. He was an anomaly in country life. you don't find people in the country that manage to reach his level, because they are without fail jailed, beaten up, or have some thing happen that suppresses them a little.
He's not original, except that he was a lone wolf, whereas most of the other people like him gang up so they don't have to fear the repercussions of being the sole author of the trouble they cause.
To stay in the spirit of the forum, I believe that he carried a garand.