This morning Red Dirt Report editor Andrew W. Griffin alerted me to a unique stabbing at a Braum's restaurant in Oklahoma City. I was immediately struck by the hauntingly long-distance similarity between the late Sunday night crime photograph and Nighthawks.
According to the artist, the diner in Nighthawks is based off a real restaurant in Hopper's New York Greenwich Village neighborhood at an intersection “where two streets meet.” In stark contrast with the dark streets outside, the harsh florescent light illuminating the inside of the diner just became popular in the early 1940s, when Nighthawks was painted. In fact, diner culture itself did not take off until the late 1920s in the US, allowing night owls and insomniacs like the characters in Hopper's painting a place to relax and chat, escaping the lonely city outside for a while. ~ K Shabi
"Costello’s son, who had a reported history of mental illness, appeared at the Braum’s with a knife and stabbed his father who was trying to make amends in a relationship that had fallen apart," wrote Farley.