Crime: The Battle of Gobbler's Knob

To inhabitants of the rugged Pennsylvania mountain country around Shade Gap (pop. 140), he was known as "Bicycle Bill" because of the battered, red bike he always rode, head down, carrying one of his mongrel dogs in a handlebar basket. His real name was William Diller Hollenbaugh. Short, skinny and stooped, missing five front teeth, he had spent six of his 44 years in prison, 13 in an insane asylum. Since moving to the Shade Gap area several years ago, he had lived as a hermit in a two-room hilltop shack, subsisting on...

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