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A Confession Hook

Updated on October 3, 2012



It came down to just the details,

only when everything else

in the repertoire fails,

sometimes the detective,

in this enlightened age,

could sort to rage,

he does it by the book,

like reading it off a page,

it’s a confession hook,

and it’s what they do,

it might be a spasm limited

to a curse word or two,

and it does trigger fear,

if that didn’t work,

they’d slam a door

or kick a chair,

knock everything off the desk,

and onto the floor,

maybe a little less, or more,

the key is to stay on top,

keep them guessing,

not a little, but a lot,

his heart should be pounding,

and his eyes wet,

the shouting should be loud

enough to suggest a threat,

there should be no other way,

and on court day,

police brutality would be implied,

but motion to suppress, denied!

© 2012 Frank Atanacio

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      hey Phdast7 good to see you and thanks for stopping by.. bless you :)

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      Theresa Ast 

      5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I like that you took your style into the interview room and the court room. Nice work and I love that you used the word repertoire. :)

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      Thank you Audrey and bless you and Storyteller I agree 100% with your comment ( statement ) bless you too...:)

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      Barbara 

      5 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      I did not know about confession hooks until I researched that last hub of mine. Funny... Anyway, truth versus lies seems to be a topic of conversation these days as well. If there is not truth in politics, can we expect truth in the courtroom or in the classroom? I am not sure anymore.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Clever write Frank! I am with Susan--I think you need to write a crime drama--kind of in the old noir style

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      lol thanks Vincent..LOL

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      Vincent Moore 

      5 years ago

      The hook of the confession technique is daunting. The right to one phone call is my saving grace and then mums the word:-)) The officer in the room is now all alone mumbling under his/her breath, leaving and slamming the door behind them. Great work Frank, I hope you didn't confess:-)

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      thank you b malin .. and eddy good-luck with your collection they should be pretty good..bless you :)

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      Eiddwen 

      5 years ago from Wales

      You always capture that true ingredient that is needed for this type of poem, I loved this one Frank.

      I have a few thrillers which I have created out of the blue and you are inspiring me to maybe gather a few together;add to them and then hopefully publish as an ebook.

      Thank you so much Frank.

      Eddy.

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      b. Malin 

      5 years ago

      Ah, Confession Techniques...Another Winner! I Vote, not Guilty of Anything, but a Good Hub!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      bless you Rosemay and gang..:) thanks Hyphen and enjoy your week :) Frank

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      Brenda Barnes 

      5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Dragging The Line, just like the song. It happens every day all across the world. Great job Frank-again!

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Well I knew it was something like that Lol

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks for stopping by Poetc Fool and Rosemay bad cop, good cop.. lol nasty cop.. lol.. I guess they do it on police dramas :)

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Another interesting read. confession techniques. Do they still play the good cop, nasty cop ?

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      Poetic Fool 

      5 years ago

      A fascinating and interesting read, Frank. Yes, they may touch the line, bend the line, even twist the line but not cross it, right? This was a vivid piece about the nuances of interrogation. Thumbs up, my friend!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      LOL Alastar that would work but in today's courtrooms those cases wouldn't even make the docket...

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      Alastar Packer 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      Oh yes, broken bones and internal injuries in some cases- all in the history of the not so distant past in this country.:)

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      don't even sweat it my friend VG live your life is all.. and thanks for stopping by.. and Good to see you the lyricwriter

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      5 years ago from West Virginia

      Up, awesome, interesting, and shared Frank. Great as always pal!!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      5 years ago from Nepal

      Frank, forgive me. I was too occupied with myself and could not read your works earlier. But anyways here I am.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      MOMs you are awesome too girl :) and Alastar very brutal? LOL thanks for stopping by my confession hook

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      Alastar Packer 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      Confession hook, eh. Frank you know my thoughts went back to how it used to be done with the 'third degree.' Very brutal with physical injuries in many cases. The psychological way is more interesting and progressive wouldn't you say. Nice unique one my friend. Up n Awe.

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      Lissette 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      Cracking never sounded so good. You are awesome and I confess, I am hooked...

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      Thank you coffee.. Fringe is my favorite show of all time next to the Star Trek franchise too bad they cut it.. final season :( No more Fringe..... dgh.. thanks for stopping by again bless you... Gypsy always good to see you and girishpuri thanks for the comment... bless you all

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      Girish puri 

      5 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      great psychology of interrogation, brilliant.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      That was straight to the point. No way would I want to be hooked by a confession hook. lol Anyway you always tell it well. Love these poems of yours. Passing this on.

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      deergha 

      5 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      I too agree with Susan....you should really go for it. This is an awesome gripping poem......you are outshining yourself here for sure. Keep up the good work .....all votes upward excluding the funny part.....I am going to share this too, Frank...hope you have a great day ahead.

      deergha

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Ive just finished Fringe Season 3 on dvds and here comes your "cross-examine" poem. I was very attracted to the title of this interesting crime poem-- "A Confession Hook" got me hooked! Wonderful and Interesting, Frank!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      Thank you so much Faith for dropping by and joining the crime parade LOL and moms crack kills remember? LOL yeah I'd like to get you to crack...

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      Lissette 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      That sounds like a lot of fun but what happens if you crack first?

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      I am with Susan and Debbie. Frank, you really should write a crime novel, script whatever, as you have a gift for the subject matter. Oh, the right interrogater could get you to crack, trust me! LOL I only say that as I work in the legal field as a paralegal and we deal with the ethics of public officials and public employees -weeeeeeee - you say, what ethics? We get them to crack pretty good. Frank, seriously think about writing as has been suggested here, as you would go very far dear one. Voted Up, awesome and intersting God bless In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      @Jlava.. thank you for always supporting my pages bless you @ Our Ms Brooks.. sounds like a winner..lol thank you too for being here @ Joyce aka as Writer20 and Ruch thanks it means alot when you guys show up on my pages.. and MOMs.. let me interrogate you see if I can get you to crack LOL

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      Lissette 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      Frank, you make me think. I am not the type to be interrogated but I wonder what it would take for me to crack?

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      Ruchira 

      5 years ago from United States

      Great write up...frank.

      I agree with Susan...you should write a detective book...you are gifted, my friend...cheers!!!

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      All we ladies want you to writer a crime book. Because this one is so very good , Joyce.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Susan I agree with you I have been telling frank he needs to write for CSI OR Criminal L MINDS LAW AND ORDER. ETC. Okay frank are You? Lol

      another great one.. Michell and Dad and the Fortune teller.. what do you think?

      Debbie

      love you

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      Jennifer Vasconcelos 

      5 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

      The confession hook Frank, drew me in and keep me reeling right to the end much like any good read does.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      thank you Lathing for stopping by and thank you too X-man for your comment and as always good to see you Valleypoet my friend bless you all Frank

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      Valleypoet 

      5 years ago

      The psychology of interrogation....it must be a science all by itself...a very intriguing read Frank:-))

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      Jim Higgins 

      5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      It would be no fun to be in that room for certain. We can only hope they go the right guy. Good one Frank!

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      LaThing 

      5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Another eye-catching, heart-stopping, anxiously-waiting poem! I felt like I was there with the dectectives in the confession room, trying to go by the book, but, Man..... It's hard to do!! Always waiting to see what happens at the end.... This was such a trip, wow!! Voting up and awesome!

      PS: I am not on anything..... :))

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      thank you justasksusan for your suggesting I could write a criminal script .. thanks :)

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      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Frank, Have you ever thought about writing a detective/criminal/crime scene ... type play or script? or maybe you have already .... ? Just wondering :) I do enjoy your writing.

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