Nick Tabor’s excellent “A Town Under Trial” was published in the most recent issue of the Oxford American. In the piece, Tabor examines the twenty-two-year-old murders of two prostitutes in Oak Grove, Kentucky. Situated near the Army’s massive Fort Campbell base, Oak Grove stood apart for a number of reasons outlined by Tabor. As a result of this sort of isolation, the town seemed to breed an outstanding amount of corruption.
“Oak Grove was rotten, and it seemed it always had been,” Tabor writes.
As a whole, the article is extremely well-written and interesting.
The small town corruption angle also reminded me of Ace Atkins’ excellent 2008 novel Wicked City.