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He was Known as the Ripper

Updated on May 7, 2013

He would not sleep,

He was a man of less

Than respectable variety,

The kind with secrets to keep,

He was a comely sort,

His temper short,

And his spirit low,

His hatred would grow,

What he caught from the corner

Of his eye,

Were flies covering a mound,

Something he couldn’t identify,

It was a body with sunken sides,

And rotting flesh still stretched

Over the bones,

Then it all came rushing back,

It was the result of an assault, an attack,

She was an evening girl, who ran away,

He gave chase

In a staggering ground eating pace,

He killed that woman,

During the night,

While pitched black,

Twisted her neck until it would crack,

He was known as the ripper,

But his mother still called him Jack.

© 2013 Frank Atanacio

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Jack; yes..... a very twisted individual indeed, it's hard to imagine that he also had a mother.

      Brilliantly executed as always :).

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks tobusiness

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Good stuff, Frank!

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      Billy Joseph Ethridge 4 years ago from Georgetown, S.C.

      Cool and interesting take on the Ripper.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you wayne barrett and kkingccrab :)

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      Phoebe Pike 4 years ago

      What are the pictures from?

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      hey Phoebe just a free engine search.. from Triond :)

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Yikes Frank! Jack the Ripper is an intriguing character!! Loved this!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      LOL thanks Audrey bless you

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Oh my goodness, Frank!!!! You scared me to death with your very descriptive words here . . . Yikes and double Yikes!!! Gruesome to say the least. I love how you ended it about his mother, very clever. Yes, even monsters have mothers!!!

      Excellent write as usual. Voted up ++ and sharing (There is no terrifying button to push . . . )

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      you are too kind my dear Faith :) Bless you

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      That was scary. Even the worst criminals have mommies.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you Gypsy :)

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Oh, Frank, I hope you are never called Jack.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      This is brilliant Frank ;I loved it and vote up plus share onto FB pages.

      Have a wonderful day my friend.

      Eddy.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      expertly executed with the shock of the last line

      voted up

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      well Jackie.. there is a Jack in your name..:) LOL... Eddy good to see you.. and thanks for noticing ocfireflies.. I tried to make the last line stand out..:)

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      Lisa J Warner 4 years ago from Conneticut, USA

      Oh my goodness I say too! That was chilling! Good job! Voted up and shared!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you lisa luv LOL

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      Joanna Chandler 4 years ago from On planet Earth

      hmmmmm well i hope ripper is behind bars and not out trying to crack any more necks......

      Good one Frank you will do good as an LMN film producer because most of their stories sorrounds your hub lol.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      lol thanks lady :)

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Good work. I like the ending. He was known as the ripper but his mother called him Jack.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Thanks Marlene :) bless you

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      I like Faith Reaper's comment about needing a "terrifying" button. :-)

      I agree that the last line is an excellent hook. The varied rhyming schemes keeps it interesting and the pace is great too! ~Lurana

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you MrsBrownsParlour :)

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      The most famous serial killer of them all....but was it just one killer, or were there others?...so much mystery surrounds this gruesome historical figure...nicely done Frank:-))

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you Valley good to see you and when are you posting new?

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      pochinuk 3 years ago

      Frank,

      "...Then it all came rushing back, It was..."

      I appreciate your hubpage collections, this serial killer obviously, as usual had a psychological condition, and you indicated that well...

      You have written well on something I don't read much about; but how you present the written account is very accurate and the reader gets a very clear picture of what is happening. Good examples of writing.

      I have spent many years working with people in all capacities of weakness and strength. I have some training in psychological conditions, but most of my studies are from years of independent reading. My degrees are Elem Ed. Spec. Ed and Comm Arts and Sciences, so I've had some training.

      As an educator, freelance (yep no $ pay, but there are rewards )if you can understand that (for about 25 years) I've always encouraged children, youth and young adults in my life to write as part of the curriculum- and I don't want to dampen their subject material, so your hubpages as I said are a good collection for me to "get familiar" with something outside of my stronger interests: serial killer stanzas!and stuff like that!

      Truly thank you for fine writing on hubpages,

      -pochinuk

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      thank you so much pochinuk that means a lot to me :)

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