'Lloyd Hockenberry drifted into New Castle in the spring of 1956 and took a room in Flora Williams’ apartment on East Washington street, above Westell’s gun store.'
That's the best Jim Thompson story that ever actually happened. And Small Town Noir is the best collection of sleazy, tragic and redemptive tales ever crammed into one Pennsylvania steel town. And I don't mean that as faint praise.
They were sentenced to two to four years in the Western penitentiary at Rockiew, where Frank was given a job as a mail clerk. Six months later, Frank was ordered to deliver a package from the mail office to the main office outside the stockade. On his way out, he stole a suit of civilian clothes and a hat from a changing room and kept walking. He was never heard of again.