By Joe R. Lansdale
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He was shocked to discover how few blacks lived there. But the transition had been relatively easy once the neighbors discovered that he didn't hang huge, foam rubber dice from his rearview mirror and attach indiscriminate numbers of curb feelers to all his automobiles. For that matter, he didn't even like watermelon, peanut patties and RC Colas. He had been known to drop down on a box of Kentucky Fried Chicken, however, and there wasn't a black-eyed pea or a slice of white bread safe in the house.
Hack! Hack! Hack! He climbed the stairs with the raincoat tucked securely under his arm. He unlocked his apartment and went into darkness. He went to the dining table without bothering with the light. He knew his apartment well without lights, what little there was to know. The table, two chairs, a writing desk with typewriter and a foldout bed was the bulk of its contents. There was a little kitchenette and a small bathroom with both tub and shower. The floor was ancient wood, dirt-brown and peeling with the heads of nails staring up from the boards like small, flint-grey eyes.
The neck was hacked to pieces. " "Don't remind me," Hanson said. "Any of the other wounds were enough to do her in, the stomach for instance, but that would have taken longer. From the looks of the cuts on her hands and feet, and the nicks below her eyelids, I'd say he tortured her some. " Hanson asked. "You weren't looking very close," Warren said. " Warren made a sour smile. " "Christ," Hanson said softly. "He also knocked out a couple of her front teeth, probably when he was forcing her panties down her throat.