Without A Time Of Death

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We live in a world with so much shame,

only insanity stays the same,

as she ended up in the basement autopsy room,

her ghost watching the cutters extract cold,

clinical data from her earthly remains,

everything was just insane,

when did the child take her last breath,

it was difficult to tell

without a time of death,

the medical examiner was aided

only by the degree of rigor mortis,

he couldn’t tell by just sight,

everything had to be just right,

being way off was something he feared,

and without witnesses or the ability of the pathologist

to determine time of death would be further impaired,

what caused her to die,

and how deep were the cuts in her throat,

did she put up a struggle or at least try,

a witness said he saw a man in a red raincoat,

thinking back,

it wasn’t raining, but the clouds were black,

he seemed preoccupied or troubled,

but when the girl left,

he went after her on the double,

then time just seemed to slow,

and the autopsy proved

she was abducted a few days ago,

it was a prolonged abduction,

and the emotions were drained,

the victim’s stomach was determined to contain,

a partially digested meal,

it was either shredded chicken or veal,

after the autopsy was performed,

evidence started to take form,

and a manhunt took off

like a lightning storm.

© 2011 Frank Atanacio

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shygirl2 5 years ago

Dark and really sad for the girl and her family, but reminds me of the show...'Body of Proof'. It is amazing what they can discover from a dead body these days, don't you think? Voted up and useful!


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much shy girl for reading without a time of death


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Cyndi10 2 years ago from Georgia

Hello Frank, Dark and visceral - true to your unique style and talent. You never fail to conjure up disturbing images. Your work is so well crafted.


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DealForALiving 2 years ago from Earth

Wow, very dark and vivid.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Wow, Frank, this is awesome. Have you ever read about the body farms? The first one was created by an anthropologist in the early 1980s, in Tennessee, I think. I read a novel on this subject and it was really interesting how they study bodies, how they decompose. Patricia Cornwell is the author of The Body Farm. I have read several of her books where the main character is a chief medical examiner. Anyway, the book is very interesting. Your hub reminded me of that book. Very well done, Frank -- you are really good at these crime stories and I enjoy reading them. Up, A, I and H+


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Susan Zutautas 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Very graphic Frank. I hope they catch the bastard that killed her. Can I say bastard on HP?


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Only once, Susan, and you said it twice. That is considered key word stuffing. LOL


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

LOL Phyllis! Thanks so much, I'll remember that.


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

oops I forgot I changed accounts.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Without a time of death, no telling how far away or how near the culprit could be when the manhunt starts; but hopefully they'll go after him on the double just like he did the girl. We get worked up with emotion, jut be reading your lines, Frank.


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lisavanvorst 2 years ago from New Jersey

Wow, powerful and interesting. You did it again! Great Hub.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

Cyndi10, and dealforaliving thank you so much for stopping...:)


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

Susan and Phyillis thank you so much for the bantar on my page LOL bless you both


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

MsDora Thank you so much for stopping by and Lisa thank you too :)

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