OK, I've got a story I'm writing (obviously), and I'm on the fence about including something in my main character's back story. He and his wife (their relationship is weirder and crazier than just that, but that's an entirely different post) are persecuted for being Vampires. Not so much "stakes and pyres" persecuted, but more like how Muslims were treated after 9/11. Except the Vampire thing is kinda justified. I mean, they eat people for Christ's sake. Anyway, so one couple takes it too far, kidnapping his wife, raping her and putting a spell on her that gives a slow, agonizing death. Now, he (main character) only thought the man did it, so he goes to see the woman to find out where he was. She ends up snapping, taunts him with what they both did to his wife. Then he snaps. Here's where I'm gonna need some opinions. In both versions of his back story he kills her, that's not gonna change. But I feel like, and keep in mind that he is not mentally stable to begin with, in his blind rage he would rape her, too. That's some heavy shit. It feels right given what she did to his wife and what he's been through before that, but holy shit. I don't know. Part of me feels that it's gratuitous at that point, but another part feels like it makes sense. I realize I just threw a bunch of death and rape at you guys, but if someone can make it to the end and give me an opinion, I'll be really grateful.