Every Serial Killer Is a Thief

Behind the old wooden bridge that leads into PleasureBeach, the setting sun was coloring the sky. It was igniting a burst of colorful rays that seem to reach the once popular beach and warmed the weed infested sands. But this heavenly vision was lost on the solitary figure seated on a broken bench over looking the Long Island Sound. He was staring at the screen of his Smart Pad.

He was reading the headlines on the screen of his wireless device and the words stung him like an angry hornet.

Every serial killer is a thief…they steal lives.

That comment made by one of his victim’s parents had dismantled him. In his crazed mind he tries to make himself believe that he didn’t steal lives, he saved souls. That statement infuriated him.

He would only kill children of people who had mixed relations. He believed that the world would no longer be a melting pot if all the races mixed. There would be no need for individuality. We would all think and eat the same. He couldn’t have that and the only way to send a message was to start with the children.

There was solace on that condemned beach. With his victims, he would find consolation. He had them buried in the weeded sands. He didn’t consider them trophies, but messages and reminders that race should be separate.

His last victim kind of sent chills up his spine. Her tiny face stuck in his head, taunting him. Never had a kill cut so deep. The serial killer slammed closed is Smart Pad and flung the wireless device into the water that tried to clean the dirty sands. He knew the child’s father was black and her mother was white, but that didn’t alleviate the pain he felt when he smothered the child to death. It was such an easy kill, but it was the most difficult one at the same time. Then the comment she made nagged him.

Every serial killer is a thief…

He had to get that statement out of his mind or find another way to select and attract future targets. The fact that he was sending a message to the world consoled him, but that comment made him feel worn and listless. He knew he was doing the right thing, and it was only a matter of time that the world would soon agree. He collapsed in front of the broken bench and stayed on the sand. There he looked at empty clam shells and dried crab skeletal remains. The seagulls flying high above were singing into the sky as the water splashed on beach. He was over obsessing over the comment and not thinking about the pleasure of ridding the world of one more product created by mixed relations.

He had to clear his mind, and he knew that the beach here would help. He eyed the skeletal remains of the crabs for any sign of movement. They didn’t budge. That’s when he felt a sense of power growing within him. The skeletal remains didn’t move. The dead can’t speak, or make statements.

He slowly stood up and looked toward the Long Island Sound. A smile slowly emerged on his face.

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© 2013 Frank Atanacio

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Comments 48 comments

jbright 3 years ago

ok I'm hooked where is the next page?


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

LOL aaawww silly yeah.. no this is a flash crime short story.. one quick blow of words.. thank you for being hooked :) Frank


Sunnie Day 3 years ago

Very chilling! You always keep us at the edge of seats.

Straight to the heart of the matter for sure!


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you sunnie day


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tnderhrt23 3 years ago

I'm hooked too! There is something so creepy and compelling about climbing into the head of a serial killer! Do give us more....


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you tnderheart :)


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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

How chilling this scene is. Sounds like the start of a really scary novel.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks X-man :)


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wingedcentaur 3 years ago from That Great Primordial Smash UP of This and That Which Gave Rise To All Beings and All Things!

Very chilling, Frank! The serial killer has an emotional crisis and then his resolve to carry out his "mission," I guess he'd call it, is renewed. Chilling! Voted up and awesome!


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Dark, suspenseful and spine chilling, don't leave us hanging.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks winged hey happy new year :)


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks tobusiness for hanging..LOL


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Storytellersrus 3 years ago from Stepping past clutter

Omg! So so sad, frank.


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

A chilling tale Frank, I should have known better than to read this over breakfast. Lol

it would make an awesome opening chapter to a novel.


Valleypoet 3 years ago

You set the scene superbly Frank. The solitary figure sat on a deserted beach reading the headlines, taking us on a dark journey into the twisted logic of a serial killer...disturbing and brilliant :-))


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you story and Rosemay for visiting.. and thank you so much Valley for taking this quick journey..:)


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Ruchira 3 years ago from United States

Gosh..this sentence is so true, frank.

The story was as usual gripping.

Happy new year :)


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks Ruch and Happy New Year to you too :)


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for this. Are you following aviannovice? You might be interested in some hubs.


lovedoctor926 3 years ago

I like how u set the scene in your introduction. This was dark & eerie. voting up!


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Wow all the correct vines from this one Frank;you really are so very talented and here's to a long time to come of hub sharing from us both on here.

. I vote up,across and share all around.

Eddy.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

Thanks Mhatter and Eddy for popping by and as always thank you so much Marlene always good to see ya!


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epigramman 3 years ago

Well Frank you know how I feel about your writing style - no one does it quite like you - and I am always pleased to tell you that you are one of my favorite writers and you always inspire me greatly - please check out my buddy if you will Scarface 1300 and I sit here sending you good wishes from lake erie time 3:10pm


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Scarface1300 3 years ago

Your work is always inspirational. You write in a concise and enthusiastic manner and I find your hubs as I have said and shall say once again. an inspiration. You write of the darker side with a great intensity and as usual you blow me away............. Chris


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

as always epi you're just too kind thanks so much and Scarface Ill check your work out now thanks for the visit


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

lol Frank now that you got me going I want to know what's behind that serial killers sly smile.


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Wow, Frank. The beautiful setting sun on the beach and the gulls singing above, contrasted with this deadly animal’s mind and ruminations, made this story even more terrifying. This man is unequivocal and uncompromising evil. Very compelling storytelling, Frank.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks Gypsy and thank you too Genna East for your comment bless you both :)


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Seeker7 3 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Frank I love this!!

If there's one thing that creeps me out big-time - and no its not spooks or spirits - but killers and in particular the serial killers. I think it's their unsympathetic, cold, evil intelligence that gets to me. In your story you transform this beautifully into images that made the hair on my neck stand up! In particular, I love the way you move his evil mind away from being perturbed by 'all serial killers are thieves' back into justifying his mission to keep on killing! Absolutely awesome!!

Voted up everything + shared!! Glad I wasn't reading this at night!!


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you soo much Seeker7


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LaThing 3 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Wow, Frank, a stunning storyline, and very discriptive write! I felt like I was watching a movie..... And the last statement, that was chilling! Great Quick Flash story..... Hope you will make them little longer :) It's a pleasure reading your hubs, they really draw the reader into it! Voting up and awesome.....


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

Lathing you're just too good to my hubs bless you :)


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LaThing 3 years ago from From a World Within, USA

But you ARE too good of a writer :) Can't help it!


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

God bless you Lathing :)


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epigramman 3 years ago

Good afternoon Frank - just back to revisit a classic once more of yours and I can't get this title out of my mind - lol - I dropped by to say hello and send warm wishes from lake erie time ontario canada 3:44pm


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much epi :) bless you


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Great write Frank!!


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks Audrey


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Alastar Packer 3 years ago from North Carolina

What an introspective write into the mind of a killer. Sometimes it doesn't take one to know one and i think your insight here fits that thought very well my friend. Racism in any way shape or form is negative but here it reaches new heights of evil. Every serial killer is a thief...indeed.


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Fullerman5000 3 years ago from Louisiana, USA

nice job. i could'nt stop reading once i started. please tell me there will be more. great work.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

You really take the reader into a place where we fear and tread with caution: the mind of a serial killer. Creepy and addictive at the same time, I couldn't stop until the last sentence.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much Alastar for reading and submitting a comment and thank you too Pegcole and fullerman5 bless you guys :)


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Frank.....Chills up my spine....that's what happened as I read this stunning story. The human mind is incredibly complex. Add to this, the evil & destruction of a killer's psyche...and the sane and righteous simply cannot comprehend. Fabulous work, Frank......UP+++


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you sooo much fpher :)


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

Frank, when it comes to write crime fictions and dark poetry, no one does better than you. You have wonderfully portrayed complesitiex of human mind.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you Vin :)


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Thanks for sharing such talented work and you can keep a reader on suspense so creatively


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you for stopping by DDE

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