Diamond Six

For all of humanity, hell was entirely the creation of one’s own mind. Working the Westside district brought that creation to light. It was Seaside Park Diamond Six, there were four unfinished graves dug in the outfield, and two near third base.

“Six graves, six dead bodies,” whispered the medical examiner as he walked toward the lead detective. “They’re all fresh murders.”

The lead detective nodded.

“Killed last night and I guess the murderer tried to bury them all during the early morning hours, but he got spooked.”

A young black detective, sharply dressed, and military put together walked over to the lead detective. “Where do we start?”

“Downtown, meat packing district….”

“Meat packing?”

The lead detective didn’t mean to be that insensitive by using that term to describe young hustlers who sold themselves outside the gay pickup bars. It just stuck in his mind. He would drive by the gay bars during the slow nights to make sure every section of his district was protected. He would occasionally hear someone shouting out gay bashing terms. Meat packer was the one he’d often hear and for some reason it just stayed on his mind, and he applied it here.

“Gay bars,” he replied.

“How do you know these guys are gay?”

The lead detective worked in the Westside district for a very long time. He could always make some connection to places and people. Every time he drove by an area he remembered three or four faces and stored them in his memory bank. Almost like a computer would. He’d keep that memory stored for occasions like this.

“I recognized a few of the faces,” he replied.

“Hate crime?” asked the young detective.

“Yeah.” The young detective noticed the change of tone in the lead detective. It was as if he regretted using the meat packing term. “Hate crime.”

In the wake of the slaughter’s aftermath, there was a moment of complete and tangible silence. Though it lasted only a few seconds, it somehow seemed longer. The medical examiner pulled on the lead detective’s elbow.

“What is it Charlie?”

“Each body had a transfer shovel shoved …” he paused as he looked at the young detective.

“Charlie, you don’t have to change your style,” said the lead detective. “This young, clean detective is not here to report to the captain or any other bureaucrat. He works for me and everything you say will stay here.”

“Well the sick bastard tried to split each one of these young men in two by shoving the transfer shovel through their ass. This freak is sick.”

The young detective knew that he had to take the information given to him by the medical examiner and type it up so that it would read professionally. It had to be written in such a departmental prose that it would make all the high ranking officers feel warm and fuzzy inside. They get to sit behind the desk, and the last thing they wanted to read was that a shovel was dug into a young man’s ass almost breaking him in two. They served their street time and they knew exactly what the fluff meant.

The lead detective was the first to move, walking purposefully away from the carnage. He knew none of the young men survived. He was the first one on the scene and when he approached the graves he could see that none of them was stirring. Apparently the murderer was as deadly as he was precise.

The lead detective stopped at home plate and looked out over Diamond Six. His team and the medical examiner’s team continued about their grisly work. The chatter, the digging and the low conversations grew louder, like a swarm of angry insects. Men and women in blue worked side by side with the men and women in white. It was like a couple of baseball teams home and away, but working together.

The young detective walked over to his boss and stood quietly beside him.

“You’re ready for this?”

“No one is ever going to be ready for this,” he whispered back.

The lead detective nodded.

© 2012 Frank Atanacio

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Moms-Secret 4 years ago from Central Florida

I guess I should have read this one before the love story. This knocked the love right out of me. I don't think people realize the psychological warfare that comes with accepting this as a career choice.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

lol im sorry for laughing .. you're too sweet :) bless you


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Frank, you write so clearly that I felt that I was right in the scene.

Voted up and truly awesome, Joyce.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much Joyce.. bless you


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Man! Frank this great writing alright. Hate crimes like this, any hate crime is so awful to contemplate. To be faced with such brutality on a daily basis would be so hard. I thought about being a cop for about 15 minutes after the Army, having been an MP would get me some points, but decided that I could not deal with what they had to day in, day out.

You write it so well, we wonder if you lived some of it.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

A different kind of game on the diamond for real. Eerie story and so well written my friend. Sometimes we forget it isn't always ladies- of- the- night who fall victim to these perverted hate-filled sicko serial killers. This one was working overtime. Maybe he was a failed ball-player and was killing two birds with one stone so to speak. Up and two Frank.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Thanks so much X-man for reading my Diamond Six.. yeah hate crimes are so difficult to deal with period :)


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Failed ball player.. never thought of that Alastar LOL thanks for stopping by and reading my Diamond Six bless you bro :)


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Stellar Frank!

Geez, what a gruesome picture painted here with your words. The mind - and its capabilities - just the thought . . . well, terrifying.

Hey, on another note, Frank, I just watched a really cool movie, don't know if you would like it, but it is awesome, "Abraham Lincoln ~ The Vampire Hunter." I thought I would not like it at all, but it is really great and goes back into the time of when Abraham Lincoln was a child, except with the added vampires. Ha. It has great actors and a lot of drama and action to say the least.

Voted Way Up (your hub) Ha. God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

I haven't seen it yet I'm really not into the new vampire genre.. too campy for me.. but ive seen the previews for Lincoln.. looks different... maybe whenit hits Dvds ill rent it :) LOL thanks Faith for stopping by :)


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

I am not either, but my husband loves them, so I agreed to watch it with him, and was really surprised how much I like it, for this time of year . Ha. God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks tobusiness for recognizing the difficult job ahead for these guys and Faith I would never know if I like them until I try them thanks again bless you both :)


Vincent Moore 4 years ago

What a talent you have for writing the way you do. All throughout this chilling story I kept thinking of Al Pacino in the movie "Cruisin" it to was gory, he went undercover to the gay scene and bars to intice the murderer. It was thrilling and kept me on the edge as did this brilliantly told story Frank. You certainly have a talent for the chilling and myterious. I have gay friends and they have often shared the scary stories of being somewhat isolated from the rest of the world, taunted, name called, humiliated and often on the defense.

It's sad that we humans can't accept each other and live in harmony. There will always be sick individuals and groups out there wanting to do harm. The one who write of here was definitely a physcopath. Bravo, voted way way UP and shared.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much for your comment and little side note Moore, I know it's a dog eats dog world and we are spectators to some extent.. thanks for your input and thoughts.. and Valley Poet always good to see you my friend thanks for visiting Diamond Six bless you bro :)


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epigramman 4 years ago

I think I just show up to tell you that you're one of my favorite writers ever here at the Hub and that I always enjoy your words and I always leave inspired .......


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks Epi :)


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Frank, there are lots of story writers on HP, but you stand out with your unique style of telling a story.

The pleasure of reading your stories is same as the pleasure from Ludlum and Forsythe.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

wow thank you VG :)


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Frank

I always enjoy reading your work my friend. Vinaya is right, you have your own interesting style. I like horror writes, anything associated. This is a great example of your many talents away from your poetry Frank. Awesome job. Loved the reference to baseball, genius! Voted up, awesome, interesting, and shared. Take care Frank.

Lyrics


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much lyrics for your comment bless you bro! :) Frank


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

wow frank.. what a story.. I was there walking beside the detectives.. listening and being sick to my stomach.. it was so real.. and sad. I should have asked this a long time ago. but were you a detective in your other life? it would explain at lot.. you are a great writer Frank.. great

Debbie


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

it should have been Michelle walking along side the detectives and medical examiners right? LOL


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Good clear and awful in its way--given the context--great job Frank!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks Audrey


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Wow, this really made me feel sick!! Not your words, but the picture..... Your writing is too real! Very strong storyline, and ..... Don't you think it would made an awesome movie?!

Voted up and everything......


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

Lathing you're being too kind :) bless you


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Leapin' Lizrds, Frank. I thought I was used to how you write so well on the dark side. This one surprised me beyond the normal shock -- more like macabre. You really have the mind of a great writer and your stories leave me wanting to read more. I can sense the thoughts and feelings of the lead detective, you portray him very well. I would like to read a follow up on this one -- did you write more on it? Voted up A, I, frightening. Well done, Frank -- Steven King level, better even.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

wow Phyllis you're too kind :) bless you


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Bless you, Frank, always and forever.

Accept it, embrace it, you are a great writer.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

coming from you Ill take it :)


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

? ... I have to think about that.

Oh !!! I got it.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

you're the best never change


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

OMGosh, you are an Angel.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

LOL...


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

This was intense and vivid without being gory. Truly a remarkable feat.


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Frank Atanacio 20 months ago from Shelton Author

Flourish thank you for reading my Diamond Six :)


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Uzochukwu Mike 20 months ago from Oba

Crime is bad and should not be welcomed in any way. Great and excellent hub.


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Frank Atanacio 14 months ago from Shelton Author

thanks Mike :)

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