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Can't Prove Doubt

Updated on July 17, 2012


He was finally stopped,

and the murder charges

would not be dropped,

they had him locked up

in the cell,

any other man

would have raised some hell,

he left a trail,

and he murdered without fail,

but he seemed quiet,

and not the type

who would kill little girls,

but his trial wouldn’t go fast,

the jury would have to

look into his past,

and they’ll find nothing definitive

in his history,

there would be nothing to point

a finger to as evidence,

of course he would lie,

he was fresh, he had a roving eye,

he had a thing for younger girls,

but he wouldn’t approach them,

he was much too shy,

there was no proof that he was dangerous,

or psychotic,

the criminal system is always idiotic,

his rap sheet was so long,

it’ll take days to digest every page,

and you could feel the rage,

as the killer sits

In the corner of the cage,

holding a series of strange conversations

with his shadow,

and at times he’d just shout,

he’ll use crazy as a defense,

if he can’t prove doubt.

© 2012 Frank Atanacio

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      Frank Atanacio 24 months ago from Shelton

      Nadine thank you for reading :)

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      Nadine May 24 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Wow well done but what a creepy character to write a poem about! Thought provoking indeed.

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      Frank Atanacio 24 months ago from Shelton

      that still holds true.. Raci.. thanks again for visiting

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      raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      that's how the psycho did it all right? by pretending to be something else...

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      anytime ttombs it's my pleasure to scare you LOL

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Frank, these are the kinds of killers that scare me; the ones that seem so quiet and friendly. Ya just never know if you are next on their list. :) Great job scaring me. :)

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks for stopping by girish..:)

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      Girish puri 5 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Thought provoking and very interesting hub, voted up.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Thank you so much Gypsy and Alastar for stopping by and reading my doubt bless you both :) Frank

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Some of the worst killers of innocence look like the average joe next door. You've brought one such together here very well Frank. Even up to trying and save his evil skin by the mental out. All of them are cowards in a state of nature.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      This gave me the chills. lol I've always found crazies and serial killer stories interesting but they do bring on nightmares. Your poem fascinated me just imagining that creepy, crazy sitting there talking to his own shadow.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Thanks so much Angelme and Sue for coming by my page today bless you both :)

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Frank

      He will use crazy as a defence and the idiotic criminal system will buy it.

      Voted up and awesome.

      Have a good day. :)

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      Angelme566 5 years ago

      Frank i have read this like 3 times already but didn't leave a comment..only now. .. and i don't find this simple..this is thought provoking ...deep ! Voted Up ..and awesome.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Thank you so much Our Dear Ms Brooks.. and Ill keep blessing you for your wonderful comments..:) Frank and welcome to my page b Malin thanks for your worthy comment bless you too...:)

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Wow, how true, how true. Wonderful power on words in this poem of yours Frank...Horrific from start to finish.

      I now look forward to Following your Hubs

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Frank.. this is so true with the justice system.. you hit it right on the nail..did I say that right? lol anyway you got it right. Love your poem it tells a story as all your poems do.. and makes us think

      blessings

      Debbie

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Thanks so much Hyphen for stopping by and thank you VG good to see you and Onlooker thanks for looking on bless you all :)

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      onlooker 5 years ago

      Frank, this sounds so real. Smoothly done, thank you!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Frank,I so much love reading your dark poetry.

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      They all seem to know how to play the game and perverted the system. Frank you forever enlighten us.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks so much the lyricwriter bless you man for always stopping by no matter what :)

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Up, awesome, and interesting Mr. Frank. Another "killer" poem my friend! Hope your doing well Frank and take care.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Thanks for the being the first here Joyce.. LOL you're number one... and Ruch its always good to see you on my pages bless you..:)

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      I agree with joyce. such simple to read and yet delivered well, Frank!

      awesome!!

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Well darn, I'm first to make a comment.

      I love all your poems they read so easily and well, of course.

      Voted up and awesome my friend, Joyce.