Hosea Mendenhall was born on a farm in rural Indiana. He had several brothers, including Ken and Frank Mendenhall, but he never quite got along with any of his family. Hosea would rather stick to himself than be included in a big group, which was just fine by him. He was always a bit rebellious, not trusting authority figures and tending to think opposite of what his family around him had to say. He renounced religion, he did drugs on a regular basis, and got into trouble all the time. In his high school years, he would end up being made fun of on the regular for his quietness. He never liked to be made fun of much, and usually ended up getting into a fight upon receiving the comment. But one day when he was walking back to the farm from school, a whole gang of guys surrounded Hosea. He told them to fuck off and leave him alone, but they only got closer. One guy got all up in his face, and asked him, "The hell you gonna do about it?" Hosea smiled, and pulled out a small revolver, shooting the guy in the stomach. The others fled the area, and so did Hosea, seeing that maybe he should not have done that. It wasn't long until the cops found him at his parents' farm, and they were more than happy to turn him in, as nobody really liked Hosea.
Hosea was sent to prison for attempted murder, and charged as an adult since he had just turned 18. It was not fun in prison for Hosea, as he always had to fight off other inmates from having their way with him. He was a strong built young man, and he wasn't about to get taken advantage of. In one dispute he had with a fellow inmate, he ended up killing him, stabbing him in the neck with a shiv. The officers did not exactly like having to deal with the difficult and disagreeable Hosea, so they gave him to the choice of being thrown in solitary confinement for the rest of his time, or get transferred to France so he'd be out of their hair. He chose France, not knowing the slightest thing about what was going on. You see, the man Hosea had killed was a well known mob member, and the mafia wanted blood, but they wanted it out of sight and out of mind. They'd pay the cops to transfer him to France, where they could kill him once he arrived and "took a detour" down the wrong road. They flew Hosea to France, and when they had gotten to the alley to do away with him, Hosea snapped. He took a gun from one of the officer's belts, shooting him and the other officer with him. He made a run for it, and escaped. He would lay low for a few days, before eventually finding someone to get the cuffs off and get him new clothes. He worked as a server in a local English speaking restaurant, and got enough money to get to another city in France. It would be there that Hosea would start his spree of doing odd jobs here and there to make money, traveling across Europe in the process. He would continue this for many years.
Back home in Indiana, the Mendenhall family was told that Hosea had been killed in a deadly car crash when he was on his way to the next prison. A few wept, a few sighed with relief. But they forgot about Hosea quickly, and he soon faded into distant memory, believing the black sheep to be long dead. Flash forward nearly two decades later, the world was starting to go to shit. Back home, Mendenhall cousins were dying left and right, being torn apart by the dead. Only the few strongest survived. Ken was in Chernarus, starting his story as a great leader and figure in the war on communism, eventually succumbing to his death. Dean, John, and Frank arrive at the same country months later, only to realize Ken was dead. Weeks roll on and eventually Dean is killed by cannibals, and John and Frank disappear from the country, seeking a way to escape back to America. Right around the time when the two left, that was when Hosea Mendenhall traveled to the country from the north, coming from Russia. Since the start, he had been wandering around Europe in his overall attempt to survive and better himself. Now he is to start his new story in this new land, and see what comes out of it. Was Hosea a bad man? No. Was he a good man? No. It all just depends on the circumstances. Maybe you will come across him yourself, and decide how you think his morality lies.