Real Prestige With the Department's Brass

Updated on November 29, 2017



The City of Bridgeport had seen its share of murders, but now it became open season on female Uber drivers. There was no hint of a suspect in any of the cases.

They found the body of another female Uber driver in a supermarket parking-lot over on the North-end. Her skull had been crushed with a very heavy object and she died instantly. That didn't stop the murderer from giving her the full treatment. She was found nude from the waist down and her toes were clipped off with a garden tool. Finally she was sexually tortured.

That made eight dead Uber drivers in the Park City since August. Of course they were all female and all unsolved. The murders had their own signatures, two were a beating to death, three were rape-murders with its own markedly different characteristics, and the other three had robbery intentions that resulted in death.

The police department feared that the string of unsolved cases was beginning to attract newspaper and social media headlines. It just looked bad for the city to permit open season on female Uber drivers. These murders suddenly acquired real prestige with the department's brass.

The captain of the police department wallowed at his desk near the back exit cursing every time his extension rang. Silently willing the communication department to vanish. Disappear into thin air so the calls would stop.

Incoming calls, incoming calls, incoming calls. That could make any department head scream obscenities.

The phone lines were ringing and the captain just stared at the flashing lights. He had enough of the conversations and enough of the media trying to anchor down his department.

The desk sergeant opened the door to see if his boss was in. “Are you going to get the phones, I've been transferring all the incoming calls to you.”

“Incoming!” He shouted. “Yeah I got it!”

He shouted obscenities time and again into the receiver, grabbing every call on the first flash. His mood blackened by the media publishing news that his department doesn't have a clue on how to handle the murders of the Uber drivers.

He used extra manpower to generate new leads and run down any loose ends. The Uber murders was their first priority before it was blown out of proportion due to that social media article that began the campaign by hinting at the possibility of a serial killer.

He had enough of finger pointing, face-book crap, and people suggesting that his department are just sitting on their hands.

The desk sergeant opened the door again slowly and poked his head in.

“What the hell is it now!” shouted the captain. “I took every call!”

“Yeah,” the desk sergeant seemed to be searching for the right words.

“I'm busy! What the hell is it?”

“Your grand daughter called to wish you a Happy Birthday, and to tell you that she has faith in you, but you told her to go fuck herself before she got in any of her words.”

The captain plopped his head on the desk.

“Oh, and the Mayor said, you drop dead first.”

The captain didn't even look up as the desk sergeant closed the door.

© 2017 Frank Atanacio

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      Frank Atanacio 4 months ago from Shelton

      thank you for noticing what I was trying to do.:)

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      Genna East 4 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Uber drivers -- what a timely story Frank, and very clever in the way you tied it into the social media frenzy of what happens when things snowball, out of control. You have been missed, Frank.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 months ago from Shelton

      short and sporty is good..right?

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      Jack Shorebird 4 months ago from Southeastern U.S.

      Keep it up Frank. These are sucking me in. Short and sporty.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 months ago from Shelton

      thank you Tim for stopping by..:)

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      Tim Mitchell 4 months ago from Escondido, CA

      I appreciated the humorous feeling at the end, even though a result of frustration. Remembering when I manned the phone during a computer crisis for 28 stores I would go berserk. :-/ Good to see another article Frank!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 months ago from Shelton

      thanks for stopping by Flourish :)

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      FlourishAnyway 4 months ago from USA

      Sometimes you just need to let it go to voicemail.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 months ago from Shelton

      Thanks Peg, just been so busy...oh and thanks for reading my flash too

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      Peg Cole 4 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      Some days it just doesn't pay to answer the phone. I can understand his frustration and lack of patience. Uber folks have really been in the news lately. There's one driver who's being charged with assault on a 77 year old here in DFW. Frank, I'm so glad to see a post from you today, and another great one, at that! You've been missed.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 months ago from Shelton

      I hope it doesn't happen Bill..LOL thanks for stopping by

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      Frank Atanacio 4 months ago from Shelton

      Manatita you have something against Uber drivers bro? LOL

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      Frank Atanacio 4 months ago from Shelton

      thank you Eric again for the visit

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      Frank Atanacio 4 months ago from Shelton

      Clive.. it's Scott free not Scotch Free!!! LOL

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      This is too close to reality which of course makes it more frightening and real. I'm surprised we haven't seen this happening with the popularity of Uber...perhaps it has and I just haven't noticed. Anyway, well done, buddy!

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      manatita44 4 months ago from london

      Well, about time someone did something about Uber drivers or Uber period!

      I see that you've got a book out. Awesome! I'm rooting for your success. Way to go!!

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      Eric Dierker 4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I love how you get right to work developing characters. I already have a headache from Captain slamming his head down on the desk.

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      Clive Williams 4 months ago from Jamaica

      well what do you know frank....looks like I am getting away scotch free!!!!

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