Time Off For Good Behavior

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Small Town Noir will not be updated for the next couple of weeks, as I’ll be out of the country and hopefully nowhere near a computer.

In the meantime, you might want to revisit a few of the earlier posts, as I’ve rewritten a lot of them as I found out more about the lives of the subjects. For example, I came across the interesting story behind the first arrest, at the age of sixteen, of Walter Jamison, who would go on to become an expert forger and doughnut baker. I was able to fill in a little more of the life of John Hutchison, a rather less expert forger, after I received an e-mail from his son, who had never heard of the criminal episode in his father’s life until he read about it here. I’ve also been able to shed a little more light on the crimes of William Fabian, Warren Dewyer and others as I’ve learned more about their context and what New Castle was like back then.

What I’m saying is, I’m sorry there will be no new stories until the middle of March, but there’s plenty of old ones in the archives, and some of them have changed so much that they might as well be new, so dig in.


  1. Excellent job Diarmid.Hope you will continue though it is a lot of time and effort.I was surprised to see my father ‘s name among your list. Even uder the unusual circumstances.Thank you

    • Thanks, Anthony — and I hope it wasn’t too unpleasant a surprise when you came across your father’s picture. At least he hadn’t done anything bad…

  2. Katie says

    thanks for the heads up! i so enjoy your blog and look forward to your return!

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