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The Murder of Francheska Rios

Updated on December 11, 2015
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It was only days after the murder of Francheska Rios; the media coverage had all faded away to a mere whisper. Her murder didn’t seem that important and it wasn’t getting the red carpet treatment from the city, and as the days wore on, Detective Nathan Chambers had wondered about that.

For one thing, it was the crime scene, not just where her body was dumped, but the actual crime scene. There was no blood trail, and Chambers examined the victim’s neck and head, satisfying himself that she had done all of her bleeding right against the low brick foundation at the P.T Barnum Housing Projects.

The media showed no concern; they simply asked Chambers about the murder of Andrea Simpson, an eighteen year old girl from the Fairfield City area. The difference between the two was not so much the nationality, but where they grew up. Rios lived in a neighborhood where young boys grew up wearing gold chains and shooting at one another for turf that belonged to the city. Simpson grew up in a city that had probably never seen a police tape cornering out a crime scene.

These young women were from two different planets; at least that’s how they were perceived by the media. The Andrea Simpson murder had all the earmarks of a major case, a successful family, a brutal murder and a lead story on the five o’clock news on every major network. Yet, for the murder of Francheska Rios, there were no special reports, no herd of reporters at the crime scene, and the city brass was nowhere to be seen.

Detective Nathan Chambers worked deliberately and at a faster pace than normal to dig up leads. Creating a diagram of the surrounding blocks; listing residents in each section of the projects matching them with criminal histories and alibis. He built a list of potential suspects and finally came to a realization that the two women were killed by the same man.

Chambers was at ease in the ghetto in a way that even the best white detectives were not, and more than most of the black detectives, too. His hard worked paid off and he had arrested a suspect. Daniel Davis was a black, reedy thin, and a well groomed man. He was in his late fifties, but had a sweet tooth for young girls. He killed Francheska and Andrea so that they would not identify him in the abduction. His attentions were rape, but he would chicken out in the last minute. He was afraid that DNA from his semen would show up in someone’s lab report.

Someone had him walking the girls around the back alleys until he was sure they were alone, and that’s when he pulled out the gun. Davis wanted the murders to look similar. He wanted the police to think that the murders were predatory acts by a dealer who simply wanted to show the neighborhood how hard he could be.

As Daniel Davis emerged from the lock up, surrounded by a full dozen guards, he glanced at the sky. It was a particularly bloody looking shade of gray, thickening to black at the horizon. The reporters flocked like seagulls tossing out questions about Andrea Simpson. Wondering why he would kill a young woman with so much life left.

Taking in the spectators, he glanced over at Detective Nathan Chambers and sheepishly grinned. That’s when Chambers wished that people still hung for their crimes. He just stared back at Daniels imagining a noose tightening around his neck. He would relish in hearing the order given, and have a trap door swing away, leaving that son of a bitch to twitch and die at the end of a rope.

If hangings were still in existence, there would have been no grin on Daniels face. His mouth would be turning drier than dust right about now. His stomach would be clenching with fear. And somewhere in the darkest recesses of his mind he would be begging Simpson and Rios for forgiveness.

On October, 15, there was a parade of black, long stretch limousines lined outside the Fairfield City Cemetery. There were reporters and television cameras littering the area trying to take pictures of Andrea Simpson. There were thousands of mourners from all over the state trying to express their condolences, and there were many signs asking for donations to be made to the family in form of a college scholarship.

In Bridgeport, The Boston Avenue Cemetery had a small gathering of four people standing around the cheapest casket money could buy. Most of the money for the funeral came from a police collection and a few mom and pop store-shops in the neighborhood. There Francheska Rios was laid to rest.

One of the four mourners turned away and stared at the entrance gate. There were no reporters, no out of town mourners and no one looking to donate anything in Rios’s name. There was a moment of complete and tangible silence. Though it lasted only a fraction of a second, it seemed much longer. Detective Nathan Chambers grabbed Francheska’s mother’s hand and held it as tightly as he could.





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      Frank Atanacio 18 months ago from Shelton

      thanks again manatita for checking out one of my older Nathan Chambers :)

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      manatita44 18 months ago from london

      "Taking in the spectators, he glanced over at Detective Nathan Chambers and sheepishly grinned. That’s when Chambers wished that people still hung for their crimes. He just stared back at Daniels imagining a noose tightening around his neck. He would relish in hearing the order given, and have a trap door swing away, leaving that son of a bitch to twitch and die at the end of a rope."- Frank Atanacio

      Another brilliant one, bro, and I really loved the above paragraph, and the one after it too.

      This story was well orchestrated, starting a bit slower and with you increasing the pace well. A superb piece of orchestration!

      What you tried to show about the inequalities of life; the attention to the rich as opposed to the poor, is so real. I was glad that you had Chambers doing the decent thing at the end. Awesome, Bro!

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      thanks Uban and happy new year :)

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 3 years ago from Lagos

      Wow! You are a complete storyteller. I read the distinction in the two murders and don't feel happy about it. Equal treatment is the right of all.

      However, I love the way it ended. Killer found; justice meted and that's fine for me lol.

      Good job

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      thank you Pegcole :)

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Frank, I liked the way you presented the contrast in these two lives through their death. Clearly chilling on both accounts, yet one held so much more fascination for the public. This was a realistic portrayal of the class distinctions. Amazing.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      I know Vin, it is unsettling..thanks for stopping by yet again :)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

      Frank, sometimes this kind of murder also occur in my country. It boils my blood when the murders are not brought to book.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      You are the good writer :) thanks Marlene

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      lovedoctor926 3 years ago

      I was playing around. you have the power to arouse emotions in your readers and that is what makes you a good writer.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      Jaywisdom, thank you for stopping by... Yeah Marlene.. this time I got you..right? LOL thanks for coming by again :)

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      lovedoctor926 3 years ago

      Lol. you're killing too many people today.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      Till thank you so much coming from you that just makes my day bless you :)

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      This is a powerful story, Frank, and a biting commentary on our society today--that the life of a person from an affluent neighborhood is considered more valuable than the life of a person from the ghetto.

      Voted Up+ Awesome and shared

      Jaye

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      No one can write flash fiction like you. From a murder mystery to a piece that shames society with the pathos and pain between in one short, yet amazing, story. Your detective is a perfect example of what we all should be but unfortunately fall short as a society.

      Voted everything but funny and of course shared!

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      thank you so much Anna

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      An engaging story and shocking in it's own right but you skillfully wound a moral message in there which was so much more brutal.

      The story gripped and gave no resolution and the truths which oozed from it were resounding.

      Disconcerting and deservedly voted awesome.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      Faith you're such a sweetheart bless you girl and Blossoms thanks so much for the visit Frank

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Hi Frank it was wow for me, too. A great story and a sad commentary on life and attitudes today.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      You know, Frank, I just had to come back and write that all of your writes are engaging.

      Smiles, Faith Reaper : )

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      then thank you... Ill take it coming from you Eenna East :)

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Frank; Thank you. I get the "Wow" whenever I read one of your short stories...I ALWAYS look forward to them. :-)

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      you too :)

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      You're so funny Frank. thanks

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      No you've always been a lady :)

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Damn! I haven't been that mean to you? yeah? no? lol.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks the lyricwriter for stopping by and yeah Marlene.. did think about it though Lolo :)

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      That's good to know. Thank God you used Franchesca & not Marlene for the murder. Have a peachy day. LOL

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Frank, you did it again! Once again, I find myself looking through the gates. A sad story that shows your "come up" does matter, may not be right, but it does. Unfortunately, we're often judged by our cover. Well done Frank, voted up, awesome, interesting, and shared.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Faith u r just toooooo sweet :)

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi sweet friend, thanks for the "best" vote on the question. I tried to go there to say thank you, but there were no commentary spaces available to do so, so I just came here. : ) Hey, you know we will that keep the "engaging" commentary going or whatever it takes to get that back for you. Anything for you.

      Have a lovely evening.

      Bless you and hugs from southern USA, Faith Reaper

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you Gypsy Rose and Rosemay for stopping by my murder bless you both ;)

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      This is the story the world over, the 'Haves' will always receive preferential treatment over the 'Have nots'

      Your dectective is a good sort. Enjoyed the story

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      You just reel me in and I come to the end of your great stories too soon. Voted up and awesome. Looking forward to more. Passing this on.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks Eddy good to see you.. and Genna East I just left your Music Tree short story wow we are in two different leagues.. thanks for commenting here.. but again wow :)

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      The parallels in your story about how vastly different these two girls were treated as it relates to real world are, sadly, very precise. I very much like your Nathan Chambers. You are so adept in telling a tale that is always compelling, and needs no further explanation or description than what you provide. We are always an intrigued and eager audience. Excellent, Frank.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Your talent is shining lately Frank and this gem I vote up. Have wonderful day and here's to so many more hubs for us both to share on here.

      Eddy.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you Msdora always good to see you :)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Frank, I hope I'm not getting addicted. I miss my stories when the interval is too long. Nobody makes tragedy into such pleasant reading as you do. . . . . "a small gathering of four people," adds to the pathos of how the funeral money was obtained.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks toobusiness for stopping by...:)

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

      Frank, this is thought provoking and unfortunately still very relevant... we are all equal, but some are more equal than others.

      All life should be valued, it shouldn't be about how much money you have, or where you can afford to live. Sadly, so much in life is unfair even in death. Great write.

      PS... I see you've got the sweetest Peaches from Georgia right here, you lucky man! :)

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Marlene you can leave anything you want on my pages..:)

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Faith, Lol no, I am not from Georgia, I am originally from Florida. Frank, I hope you don't mind that I came to your page to leave this comment.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Marlene you're still the best :)

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hey, us Georgia peaches are not only sweet but strong too! wooo you moderated your own comment .... sneaky you : )

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      yeah? LOL thanks.It is said that being funny makes you more attractive to women. you know I will keep your name on file should an opening become available. Lol. thanks for the laugh.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      oh okay..:)

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Meant live now ... has the best peaches around these parts ...

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Georgia Peach has nothing on you LOL yeah you are indeed a strong woman Marlene and aint nothing wrong with that..:) ..AAAHHH Faith you just had me spitting up LOL thanks for that bless you girl :) and as for Marlene she just used Georgia's peach as a .... what? My mind is in the gutter let me quit while I'm a head.. I mean while Im aaahh geez ....

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Thanks ... lol ... for all my years in school of receiving just regular ol', small, little, short ones ... despite the fact that I had a 4.0 grade point average and in the National Honor Society, nope never received a "big fat" one ... GOLD STAR that is : ) lol I didn't know lovedoctor was from Georgia, as I grew up in Georgia and they do have the best sweet peaches around. Although, the county in which I live know, is known for their sweet juicy peaches too and even have a festival just for the celebration of the sweet peaches lol

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      you think? lol. sweet as a Georgia peach, but strong inside.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      stay sweet forever!!!

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      LOL okay. thanks.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Yeah Marlene.. you have one of those LOL but thank god you do.. bless you sweetie :) and Becky Katz thanks for visiting my murder and you got the right impression thanks :)

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      Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      This was a wonderful commentary of the difference in the way people are treated because of money and influence. Both deserved the same amount of attention and I am happy that your detective used diligence finding their killer. I got the impression that he was going to find the killer regardless of who was killed. The way it should be.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Hi Frank, me and my analytical mind. lol. I love your hubs. they really make me think. Hope you have a wonderful day and a good rest of the week:) okay smiley... lol

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Good sense of humor for that a big fat GOLD STAR :)

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      LOL, yes, all is good this day and always love your shorts ... and such : 0

      See ... smiles back this day : ) ... your creative short stories!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Faith good to see you as always .. hope good health and warm wishes finds you today and everyday.. thanks for commenting on my shorts :) OOPPPs did I say shorts? I mean my small piece.. oh wait.. not that.. of course that's far from.. what the heck and Im saying thank you for stopping by..Phew....:)

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Very creative murder story here, dearest Frank. Almost taken straight from the headlines each day in this brutal world in which we live, where the hearts of men are so full of evil. They are truly out there, those sociopaths, serial killers and, as lovedoctor pointed out, psychopaths.

      Yes, all murders should be treated with the same tenacity in finding the murders regardless from where the victims live or to what class they belong. We all belong to the same human race. We are all humans. This is such a reality, you have painted here so well with your written words, that certain people may just get more attention for who they are in this life, when it is that all deserve the same treatment. A murder case, and the like, should be investigated with as much fervor as the next. But we know all about the politics of this world and how much they play on who contributed more to the elected official's campaign, if elected, which is so wrong.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      God bless. Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      wow Marlene perhaps this was the deepest anyone has shaken into one of my short flash pieces.. thanks for that and bless you :)

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      voted+ and awesome.. well-written and interesting.

      Ethinicity and nationality was the first thing that came to mind as I read this, but as you pointed out it wasn't so much the nationality, but where they grew up. Since Rios grew up in the ghetto where pretty much the stereotype is associated with crime, drug use, gang violence, drug dealers, gangsters and other forms of criminal activity, the media has a bias opinio in the way thugs are perceived. This is just my opinion. It's not necessarily that Rios was a criminal, but the fact that she and Simpson were from two different planets as you stated is enough evidence of how the media has played and will continue to perceive others who are from two different class systems.. cultural, economic etc etc. This sort of reminds me of the Trevon Martin case. Wondering why someone would kill someone with so much life left. much food for thought here.. Believe it or not, as you probably already know Frank since you are intelligent and very wise, there are actually people in this world without a conscience and who lack empathy... psychopath.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Thank you btrbell for checking out my murder :)

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      This was really good, Frank. It is a sad reflection of our society but a touching end! Thank you! Up++!