To Satisfy His Compulsion



The city was buzzing when fourteen year old Janet Crespo was found behind the abandon factory over by State Street and Lee Avenue. She was raped and then brutally stabbed to death. Detective Laura Kimber thought about the crime and it would have been a dream come true if the guilty man would have just materialized in front of her. She would have shot him twice and asked questions later.

But as usual, poetic justice did not exist in modern day crime investigations. Kimber did everything possible to find the suspect, but in the end, she turned up empty.

When the second rape report came in, everyone in the unit knew immediately what that meant. Kimber had laid the groundwork for that, meeting with everyone in all four districts and warning them to be looking for anything sexual or anything involving a switch blade.

That second victim was an eleven year old girl from the Housing Projects who had been lured to a vacant gas station on Clinton Avenue. She was then threatened with a switch blade and raped. The rapist allowed the young girl to live, though he warned her that if she told anyone, he would come back and kill her and her family. He promised to slice them brutally, and she would watch before she got hers.

Eleven year old Tammy Torres promised not to tell, but did precisely the opposite when she returned home to her grandmother. As it happened, she knew her attacker by name and address. She went to school with the rapist’s youngest daughter. She had seen him several times at EliasHoweSchool watching little girls.

All the information that Kimber received was as good as the guilty party materializing in front of her. The crime was as stupid as it was evil. Witnesses had even seen the rapist walking with the victim just before the assault, which may have been the reason he allowed her to live. He knew there were witnesses, yet he abandoned all caution to satisfy his compulsion with another child.

After calling Chambers, and O’Brien and taking the rape’s victim’s statement, Kimber received a warrant for Mike Washington’s address on Laurel Avenue. No more than a few blocks from where Janet Crespo had been raped and murdered.

Kimber had met Detective’s Peter O’Brien and Nathan Chambers at the address and they pounded feverishly on the front door.

Washington’s wife, Lala, was strangely cooperative when questioned by Laura Kimber. She wasn’t at all surprised at the possibility of her husband being connected to the rapes and the murder.

“Where is your husband now?” O’Brien asked as he moved into the family room trying to see if there was anyone else in the apartment.

Lala just bowed her head slowly.

“Where the fuck is your husband!” Kimber shouted.

Lala pointed to the bedroom near the corner by the kitchen. Chambers reached for his revolver and rushed quickly into the bedroom. Three minutes later he came out with his weapon holstered and his left hand cupping his mouth.

“Nathan?” O’Brien said quizzically.

“Well, looks like we don’t have to question him,” he half whispered.

That day the detectives learned a little more about Lala Washington. They discovered that her own two little girls were raped, and that if Mike Washington would have lived, he would never be able to perform anymore rapes.

Nathan escorted O’Brien to the bedroom; Mike Washington was on the floor naked and still bleeding. His throat was cut and his private parts were about five feet away.

Kimber handed Lala a cigarette and lit it up for her. Lala took two strong drags and blew the smoke across the room. The detectives wanted justice, but satisfaction was clearly sticking in Laura Kimber’s throat.






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© 2014 Frank Atanacio

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Tense...captivating....grabbed the reader from the opening sentences and did't let go. Nicely written, Frank.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

Superbly written story, Frank. Good to read another of yours; you have a punchy style that puts us right in the picture.

Ann


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks for the read billybuc.. will be back on tonight to catch up on what I missed reading... again thanks :)


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you annart for those kind words :)


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

WOW! Frank that is fantastic. People do get what's coming to them, sometimes in unexpected ways. You're a brilliant suspense writer. Sharing this!


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

I didn't see it coming. What a great short story teller you are Frank. Justice was served. Bravo.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much Flourish and Always bless you both


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Powerful and compelling. Monsters do live among us, and they look about the same as anyone else.


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grand old lady 2 years ago from Philippines

Great suspense story. You feel frustrated a the twist in the end, and feel bad that it ended so soon.


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The Examiner-1 2 years ago

Cool Frank. I am glad that he found out what it was like. It is too bad that real life usually does not work out that way. It can be found on occasions but instead of the cigarette she would have been given the cuffs. Perhaps gotten a light sentence and not bars, but still... I shared it and pinned it.

Kevin


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Becky Katz 2 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I see that justice was served. This was a very good story, gripping and involving. Hopefully, she made him suffer for a while before the final coup de grace.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Your work always grabs the reader Frank! At least it did me!


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Holy Moly! Justice served. Great writing and tense reading, Frank.


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Denise Handlon 2 years ago from North Carolina

On the edge of my seat, as always, Frank. Justice has been served in a most Bobbit sort of way I may add. Well done-interesting and captivating.

UP/I/A


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

Frank...you know this is my kind of story! Thank you. ^+


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank Wil-star and Grand old lady for reading my shorts


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you Becky Katz good to see you and you too Examiner, Audrey always good to see you bless you guys


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you Denise, and good to see you phyllis, Jackie always a pleasure :)


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Always a compelling and gripping read, Frank! You are the master with this genre and style. Voted up and shared. :-)


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

Genna thank you so much :)


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Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

Tight tension throughout and you always make you main character's come alive. They always have individual traits and quirks that makes them stand out. Great job.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

Anna thank you so much :)


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Frank, I was just beginning to wonder if Laura Kimber had retired. Anyway, the suspense and the surprise ending to you story bring back the memories. Clearly justice and satisfaction are not always the same. Great plot!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Another great Laura Kimble story Frank. Someties justice finds its own way doesn't it?


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

LOL MsDora Kimber is alive and kicking thank you and Jodah sometimes indeed..:)


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torrilynn 2 years ago

Great short story I was wanting to read more.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you torrilynn :)


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Frank, lovely to see you back, and on such good form! This is exceptional, from start to finish. Well done.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you tobusiness :)


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

Old fashioned justice was served even though it was against the law to do it in this fashion. You certainly can write a compelling story!


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you Peggy W


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

Good morning Detective Frank Atanacio how are you? Your stories strongly spells LMN lol are you a lmn fan?

By the way i appreciate that kind gesture of whoever removed the private part. It has always been a thought of mines to remove it and their hands even if they are jailed. So they won't use it anymore. Rotten Stinkers!

CHOP IT OFF CHOP IT OFF :)


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

lady..LOL funny funny girl :)


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Hi Frank, so glad to see you back on the scene ...the crime scene! Great write in only great Frank style writing as always. I hope to be back on the writing scene soon too. It has been an extra busy summer for me : ) Blessings always


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you dear Faith.. enjoy ur family and your summer bless you


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ubanichijioke 2 years ago from Lagos

It was sad at the beginning though but the end was better. Hehehe "poetic justice" I love that...


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks Uban for stopping by :) bless you


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carolinemd21 2 years ago from Close to Heaven

Very suspenseful Frank. You really are a great writer. :)


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks again Caroline :)


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wingedcentaur 2 years ago from That Great Primordial Smash UP of This and That Which Gave Rise To All Beings and All Things!

Good one, Frank!

I like how you developed that story. You gave us a satisfying ending to a real bad guy. I have to say, you make it look easy, but I know that it is not. This is the kind of short, hard-hitting piece that could be published in Alfred Hitchcock or Ellery Queen mystery magazines.

You allowed the detective something very much like having the perpetrator "materialize" in front of her, Detective Kimber; and she couldn't just shoot him twice and ask questions later, someone else, as it turned out, did that and much more for her (and for the sake of her own children, the wife of the perpetrator).

Again, very well done, Frank.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much wingedcentaur


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James-wolve 2 years ago from Morocco

Very good story.Why don't you write a detective novel?you are so good in this field.Just give it a shot,you won't regret it.Agatha started it like a game and look where she is now.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks James-wolve for checking out my flash :)


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Abluesfornina 2 years ago

Well, this was good. I couldn't stop reading as I raced to get to the end...a good sign of writing that doesn't allow boredom to set in. Much enjoyed Frank.


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Frank Atanacio 24 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much abluesformina


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SheGetsCreative 21 months ago from Seattle, WA

Justice served, Thumbs up Frank :)


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Frank Atanacio 21 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you shegetscreative :)


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PegCole17 21 months ago from Dallas, Texas

It seems like in this case that the punishment fit the crime. Well told and chilling, this story is too true to life to be disregarded. Odd, it reminded me of my creepy abandoned house hub.


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Frank Atanacio 21 months ago from Shelton Author

Pegcole17 thank you so much for reading my compulsion


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York

I always love it when I come across a Frank Atanacio story I haven't read. Doesn't matter how old or how new I know its gonna be spellbinding from start to finish. You grab us and hold us but I have to admit this was a surprise. I got a little suspicious when Lala Washington was so calm and unconcerned, surprise! Great story.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting. Pinned too.


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Frank Atanacio 21 months ago from Shelton Author

Tilsontitan thank you so much for reading my compulsion Frank Bless you


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AudreyHowitt 19 months ago from California

Still a great write Frank!!


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Frank Atanacio 19 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you Audrey


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Chriswillman90 19 months ago from Parlin, New Jersey

A high quality piece that's gripping and tense. It was enjoyable from start to finish, and a great example of well written artwork.


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Frank Atanacio 19 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you Chriswill


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mylindaelliott 19 months ago from Louisiana

Wow, great job. Got your attention and kept it.


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Frank Atanacio 19 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you mylinda for reading bless you


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Missy Smith 17 months ago from Florida

This definitely kept my attention all the way to the end. I could visualize this story perfectly. Great details. I felt the angst of the detective wanting to find this monster. I felt the little girl's fear when he taunted her with hurting her loved ones if she told. I felt his wife only wanting it to stop and finally finding that courage to make it stop.

Really good story!


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Frank Atanacio 17 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you Missy for reading my shorts


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David Trujillo 14 months ago from Medellin, Colombia

Nice detective story... and scary detectives "His throat was cut and his private parts were about five feet away...." ohhh.

Why 5 feet?


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Frank Atanacio 14 months ago from Shelton Author

hey David thanks for reading my Kimber project :)


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David Trujillo 14 months ago from Medellin, Colombia

it was a great story


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Frank Atanacio 14 months ago from Shelton Author

thanks :)


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sujaya venkatesh 14 months ago

good narrative


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Frank Atanacio 14 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you sujaya


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manatita44 11 months ago from london

A very powerful one. Nicely written with fluency and great pace. I see what you mean about justice. A tough call, but yes, I could see Lala's position. Excellent work. Indeed well suited for a book really. All depends on you, of course, and the Path you wish to take. Much Peace this weekend.


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Frank Atanacio 11 months ago from Shelton Author

Thanks manatita...


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pstraubie48 7 months ago from sunny Florida

Frank...you know maybe you could write screen plays. Ever considered it? This flows like one ....

Enjoyed reading from beginning to end..sorry for not coming by more often...just a lot of family stuff going on right now.

Angels are on the way to you ps


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Frank Atanacio 7 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you ps.. and bless you


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Shyron E Shenko 5 months ago

Wow, that is what I call just deserts and if it were my little girls it would be literally or he would be smoking it.

You my friend are one heck of a writer.

Blessings my friend.


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Frank Atanacio 4 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much Shyron for reading my flash :)


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Jo_Goldsmith11 3 months ago

Wow. This is an amazing story. We hear on the news this kind of horrible things. Like the Stanford Rape Case going on in the outside world-away from our quiet thoughts. Really enjoyed reading and learning much in presentation. So, thank you! :-)


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Frank Atanacio 3 months ago from Shelton Author

thanks again Jo for reading my Compulsion..:)

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