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Frank Larkin

Frank Larkin worked with Freddy Lounds 11 years ago when Freddy still worked in straight journalism. Frank was inadvertently responsible for a key turning point in Freddy's life, and caused Freddy to resign from his then current job and find a higher paid job in the disreputable National Tattler.

Frank had a serious drinking problem and was 55 years old at the time but he looked more like 70 years old. Frank was taking dictation on the telephone which was a role given to old reporters who were no longer considered to be viable. Freddy overheard a conversation between Frank and his news editor that prompted his resignation:
"Larkin asked the woman to get him a Kotex from the machine in the ladies' room. He had to use them on his bleeding behind. Freddy stopped typing. He took the story out of his typewriter, replaced the paper and wrote a letter of resignation."

"HANNIBAL" (Four years before)
It is unknown if Frank Larkin will appear in Hannibal. 

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