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Shifts In Low Tide

Updated on November 29, 2015

For Detective Nathan Chambers' shifts, there was a sixteen year old Puerto Rican rapper want to be who tells his grandmother he would never be taken alive, and at the end of the day those words became true. He was shot in a drive-by twenty two times and died dirty. He had heroin in his pocket with the intentions to sell.

There was a twenty three year old MBA college student from the University of New Haven who goes with a friend to buy some cocaine in the blighted section of Bridgeport, but instead was robbed and shot in the neck by a street dealer. He certainly received no school credit for that business transaction. His friend of course took the wheel of his friend's parent's BMW and drove his bloody, dying friend to Bridgeport Hospital and told the emergency room doctors that they were mugged and robed while looking for a friend's house.

Then there was an argument over a basketball game score at a local sports bar that just begun with bragging rights. It escalated to fists and bar room chairs until two bar backs and a waitress got their bones broken and a wimpy 45 year old man was sent into a life threatening coma.

There would be no forgetting Shelia Berry, a mother who stabbed her boyfriend to death, then tells her teenage daughter to take the blame, arguing that she would only be charged as a juvenile.

As his shifts wind down, he discovered a young boy's body in the Rooster River. He was a victim of a molestation then suffocated and his torso was tossed in the river. His body was mistaken for a dead dog by passersby.

Then the pastor of the nearby strip store church that was once a U-Haul rental place found shot in the head as he weighed and diluted heroin at his kitchen table, perhaps wanting to give sales a try. Chambers thought that he should have stuck to religion.

Oh and lets not forget the corners of Fairfield Avenue and Main Street, where one prostitute stabbed another because she offered a John the same services for half the price. That John became the key witness to that crime, a businessman from Westport. He fled the scene into the waiting arms of his wife and children at the first sign of blood. He was also surprised that Chambers called his house and told him that one of the whores left her handbag in the back seat of his car, and that he was her main witness.

The saddest incident during one of his shifts was a group of teenagers who robbed and beat to death a 77 year old black woman who came out of Price Rite and only took 2.17 off her dead body, leaving behind a quart of skim milk and two cans of cat food.

Nathan Chambers clocks out as he studies a file case folder on his desk. He knew that the sheer weight of drama occurring on his shifts were certainly going to wear him down even during low tide.



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      christinemariezzz 19 months ago

      Very nice. Each paragraph lays nicely, just like a file. Stout. An out and out writing, Frank. Apparently you can work any writing shift you want.

      Humorously: I am going to let the boss know of your crime though: My email rang announcing your new hub publication, interrupting my draft work,

      "Shift gears Mr.Hubber and go chill out with a stout, I'm working on my writing!

      ~christinemariezzz

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      Frank Atanacio 19 months ago from Shelton

      Gotta love your craziness..LOL cheers my friend :)

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      Faith Reaper 19 months ago from southern USA

      Whew, dear Frank, Chambers certainly has some wearisome and demanding shifts to say the least! You paint the foreboding and stark reality of it all so well. All I saw in my mind was gray dreariness. Night after night of such shifts can make one go off the deep end for sure.

      Reminds me of a true story here where one gangster shot another one because he wouldn't pay him the quarter, as in .25, he owed him from his gambling game! Wonder what happened to the value of a life along the way?

      Pinning and tweeting

      Blessings always

      On another note, my team won ..."Roll Tide Roll!"

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      Frank Atanacio 19 months ago from Shelton

      Congrats on the other note.. sadly my team lost last week hopefully they'll turn it around Go Jets Go! Thanks my dear virtual friend who always gives me Faith :) bless you

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      Clive Williams 19 months ago from Nibiru

      the reality is that everything you mentioned in your life short story is what many people live daily. Good make of reality

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      Eric Dierker 19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Really cool how you did that. I liked it alot. Thanks

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      John Hansen 19 months ago from Queensland Australia

      A great run down on the types of cases that detectives must see on a regular basis. Seems like Nathan Chambers needs to offload a couple on his colleagues, but with the amount of crime occurring today they are probably all snowed under. Well written Frank.

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      Frank Atanacio 19 months ago from Shelton

      thank you Jive Clive, Eric and Jodah for reading my shifts :)

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      No rest for the wicked, even on a slow night. Put the two of us together and we can paint a very bleak picture of life on the streets....probably very close to a reality most people don't want to know about...excellent work, Frank.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 19 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I have never been so glad that I live in a small town where crime is rarely mentioned. Frank you have a special niche for writing about crime. I enjoy each episode...Bravo!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 19 months ago from The Caribbean

      What a day! Crime fighters like Chambers need to be recognized as superhuman heroes and also appreciated as super-dedicated humans.

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      Diana L Pierce 19 months ago from Potter County, Pa.

      That's not very far from reality even in the small towns nowadays. Good story.

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      Faith Reaper 19 months ago from southern USA

      Aw, poo about your team ...they'll get them next time. Go Jets!

      Hope you spent time with family in between watching those games : )

      Blessings always, your faithful virtual friend ...Me!

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      Frank Atanacio 18 months ago from Shelton

      Thanks BillyBuc, MsDora, and Always Exploring for reading my laundry list.. bless you guys :)

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      Frank Atanacio 18 months ago from Shelton

      I agree with you Diana Lee and thanks for stopping by.. poo about my team? LOL Faith we bounced back and slaughtered the Dolphins..LOL oh yeaaaaahhhhh...:) My virtual friend..YOU! Somewbody had to serve the wings and beers right? So gotta keep loved ones around for that very thing..hehehe

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 18 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Frank, the Nathan Chambers' of this world are surrounded by so much darkness, can they ever appreciate the light? As always, you bring it right on home, and you do it with style. ;)

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      Frank Atanacio 18 months ago from Shelton

      thank you tobusiness and you are so right..:) bless you

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      Missy Smith 18 months ago from Florida

      Yes indeed, that case load would wear anyone down. I can't imagine living a life where you had to deal with these kind of tragedies day in day out. But, when you are a detective of law enforcement, this is what you sign up for.

      Sadly, these crimes you called out here happen in the real world everyday, and so many go unsolved. If I was the detective, it would be when I couldn't put someone behind bars for such heinous crimes that would bury me with grief. It's a sad world.

      Nice hub, Frank. Very Interesting.

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      Frank Atanacio 18 months ago from Shelton

      Thank you Missy for reading my Low Tide...bless you

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      Dana Tate 18 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      The job of a detective is a tough one indeed. It's a dirty job, unfortunately, someone has to do it.

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      Faith Reaper 18 months ago from southern USA

      Hee, hee, you bad man, YOU ..."Somebody had to serve the wings and beer ..."

      Yippie, about your team, though! You would choose the word "slaughtered" ...LOL

      Hugs and blessings always from your dearest, faithful, and fav of fav virtual world friends, Me ...the spoiled one!

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      Frank Atanacio 18 months ago from Shelton

      thank you so much Dana tate.. bless you

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      Frank Atanacio 18 months ago from Shelton

      Old spoiled Faith thank you so much for the hugs and blessings.. I'm returning some to you Hug and blessings dear one.. (noticed one hug? It's a long and tight one hehehehe )

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      Faith Reaper 18 months ago from southern USA

      Woo, see there, I am spoiled because I don't see anyone else getting a long and tight one ...those are special, just for special Me ...hahaha.

      Thanks for allowing me to bust your chops here a bit.

      More warm (((Hugs))) coming your way from southern USA.

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      Frank Atanacio 18 months ago from Shelton

      lol .. oh you are just a sweet Ms Thang...:)

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      Chris Mills 18 months ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Detective Chambers can have that job. What? A pastor selling smack to street kids as a way of financing the youth group's next mission trip? Good writing, Frank. That one actually made me angry.

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      Deb Hirt 18 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Sounds like quite a shift to have two deal with. My department was much too small for that amount of activity in a month's time.

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      Caroline Marie 18 months ago from Close to Heaven

      Great writing Frank as always. You always keep your reader on their toes. :)

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      FlourishAnyway 18 months ago from USA

      Low tide indeed. That is a recipe for job burnout.

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      Frank Atanacio 18 months ago from Shelton

      thanks so much Cam and aviannovice for reading my shifts :)

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      Frank Atanacio 18 months ago from Shelton

      thank you Caroline and Flourish for stopping by and checking out my shifts...:)

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      Ann Carr 18 months ago from SW England

      Sadly, all those things happen of course. It must be a hell of a job for cops like that. Your graphic descriptions never cease to portray the raw terror of such street life, Frank. Brilliant.

      Ann

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      Frank Atanacio 18 months ago from Shelton

      thanks again for my pages and leaving comments Annart Bless you

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      Genna East 18 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Your title is a clever metaphor for the tide that ebbs but always comes back with more. I don't know how good detectives survive the emotional and psychological onslaught every day; they are heroes. Excellent writing.

      By the way, I know how you feel. My team lost two in a row before totaling the Texans in Houston last night. Go Pats! :-)

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      Frank Atanacio 18 months ago from Shelton

      Pats? AAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!

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      manatita44 17 months ago from london

      Another gruesome one, and more excellent writing! However, I see now why I did not read so much of your Hubs. I'm faint-hearted, he he. Still you do them exceptionally well. Kudos to you, Bro.

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      Frank Atanacio 17 months ago from Shelton

      thanks manatita44

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      Peggy Woods 15 months ago from Houston, Texas

      What a case load for that detective! It must be so hard doing that type of job. They see the dark side of life routinely. It makes me wonder how they can push that aside and lead normal lives when not working. They must really learn how to compartmentalize things and do it well in order to survive.

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      Frank Atanacio 15 months ago from Shelton

      Peggy W thanks for stopping by during my shifts..:) bless you

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      William Thomas 14 months ago from That Great Primordial Smash UP of This and That Which Gave Rise To All Beings and All Things!

      Frank, this is brilliant! I like this crime-anthropological approach. Its a circus exhibit of crime!

      W.T.

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      Frank Atanacio 14 months ago from Shelton

      Yes it is Winged, and thank you for noticing :)

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