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An Ethic that Crashed and Burned...

Updated on August 19, 2015


After the several rain showers that tried to wet the city in an August heat stopped, the sun was making rainbows in the brief droplets that tried to hang around.

Detective Laura Kimber slowed to fifty five where the Fairfield Avenue highway first rose on its stilts. She stayed on the right lane and got off exit 27A which was a short cut to the police station.

Corey Walker was shot and killed on Congress Street, five feet from that very police station. They took a gold chain and his brand new pair of Converse leather sneakers, and the only suspect had the absolute right to remain silent.

That bothered Kimber so much she could feel the heat within her rise. Walker was a junior at Bassick High School and had a great shot of getting a football scholarship to any top college. He was that good, according to the Connecticut Post.

Kimber arrived to the interrogation room late that day so she had to watch what was happening behind the two-way. The suspect was about to spill his guts, but the interrogating police detective, a man who gets paid government money to put criminals in prison, was explaining, his absolute right to shut up before he said something that would convict him.

Anything you say or write maybe used against you in a court of law.

That line played over and over in her head as she pulled into her assigned parking spot next to Detective Nathan Chamber's unmarked cruiser. She remember standing up and wanting so badly to tell that damn detective to wake the fuck up. He's telling a suspect with priors, and a history of violence that talking to the police in an interrogation room can hurt him.

She was feeling over dramatic, but had a good reason. Corey Walker was dead and Mike Jones may walk. He hired one of Fairfield County's best lawyers. What she couldn't understand was how a man who steals sneakers and gold chains could come up with that amount of money for protection.

Kimber understood that the detective was just doing his job, and he was simply following protocols. Even the captain told her that good cops follow the rules, and that the detective on the case was a good cop following those rules.

Corey Walker's family would have disagreed about the protocols, and the rights of a citizen. She also understood that the suffering they endured did not have to become her own. She owed them nothing. However, listening to their pain without offering solace went against every instinct she had. Good kids shouldn't die, and bad ones shouldn't get away with killing. Something was so wrong with that picture.

After four years in homicide and seven years on the force, Laura Kimber still didn't get it. She always wanted to protect and serve, so her community can feel safe. Deep down inside she felt that she let Corey Walker down.


Months passed since the murder of Corey Walker and the case was just moving slowly, inexorably, forward. Fresh reports cluttered the files, and in the homicide unit, a thick file was regarded as a healthy sign. However, for Walker it was going to be a long shot. It's simple addition, whenever the unit gets closer another murder case gets thrown into their laps and new investigations must take precedent, and the older cases must stand alone in court ready to get shot down by hot shot attorneys. Corey Walker's case ended in a non-conviction and would end up in the active cold case files.

Laura Kimber couldn't accept that, she was determined, aggressive and persistent to a fault. She takes an open murder case or even a weak plea bargain personally. That alone made her seem like a surviving piece of shrapnel from an ethic that crashed and burned a generation or two back

© 2015 Frank Atanacio

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      thank you so much Tillsontitan...bless you

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      I knew Laura Kimber got to other people besides me! An honest and devoted cop, the kind we all want on our side. Just like we want you to keep writhing the true to life, gritty tales you do. Another great hub.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      thank you so much Nell Rose :)

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi Frank, I always love your stories, I feel like I am in the middle of the story, so can't get better than that!

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      thank you Missy

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      Missy Smith 2 years ago from Florida

      I love that show that used to be on, "Cold Case," they have since been canceled, but I watched it all the time, and your character Detective Kimber sounds like the main actress who played the part in that show. I don't know why I can't think of her name right now, goodness!! lol. Anyway, I bet it is hard for detectives to move on from an unsolved case when others keep piling up. It's sad.

      I like the title character. He reminds me of a boy I went to school with named Corey Walker; he too was into sports and wore a gold chain. I think he made a career in the military after high school I heard.

      Your Hubs are put together so well Frank. Your stories are always awesome! :)

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      audrey you're a pistol..:) thanks for visiting :)

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Laura is just a pistol--pun intended! Great writing as always Frank!

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      thank aviannovice for stopping by :)

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Great material, Frank. I was in law enforcement.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      Genna thanks for stopping by and reading my Kimber bless you

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Miranda Rights...."you have the right to remain silent." It is often hard to remember that these rights protect the innocent as well as the guilty. But Corey Walker was innocent; in more ways than one, his rights ended on the street in front of the very institution that was duty-bond to protect and to serve them. Excellent write, Frank!

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      ann thank you so much :)

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Great story, great message. I like your character of Laura Kimber; you've made her a good mouthpiece and you always weave such a good picture.

      Shared.

      Ann

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      thanks for stopping by Jodah

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Good cop, or bad cop, Laura Kimber is one great character and her instincts usually prove correct when the law doesn't always get it right. Good story Frank.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      thank you Flourish anyway :)

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      You have a great character in Laura Kimber, someone many of us can identify with.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      thank you so much MsDora and Blossomsb for checking out my page :)

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Interesting, gripping, and now I just have to find how it pans out in the end!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      I know that Laura Kimber has good reason for everything she does. Anxious to see how her "determined, aggressive and persistent" zeal for justice will play out. Another good read!

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      thank you so much Ruchira, Always Exploring and Dana Tate for stopping by..bless you guys

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      Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      I see this Detective Laura Kimber has her own series. I will definitely have to go and visit all her stories. I like her style. Great work here Frank.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Another great story. It was so real it could have happened in Chicago overnight. I like Det. Kimber. She cares....

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      Ruchira 2 years ago from United States

      oh boy! you had me at the edge Frank :)

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      thank you guys so much Billybuc, Clive, Eric and Faith Reaper for reading my Kimber shorts.. bless you folks :)

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      I think Kimber and I would get along just fine. She is my kind of person, being she will not stop until justice is served. You are writing now in my field ... "ethics" so-to-speak. Interesting title and awesome last paragraph there.

      Blessings

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very good read. You sure can get me wound up in a couple of hundred words. Take it easy Kimber.

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      Clive Williams 2 years ago from Nibiru

      poor mr walker....psst frank....i wiped away my prints

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      With 20 thousand hits, I'd keep that lady alive for a very long time. Great read, my friend.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      LOL no cam8510 she is my most read hub close to 20 thousand hits on her alone.. so why kill her off :)

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Good one Frank. Waiting on the next part. Kimber isn't going to nearly get killed again is she?

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      Lee thank you so much :)

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      Lee Cloak 2 years ago

      A seriously captivating piece of fiction Frank, great lead character, super ending, very enjoyable, thanks for sharing, best wishes, Lee