OF DUBIOUS PIETY - PHIL BELOIN JR.
Police from two counties say a baker’s dozen were butchered, most during the hot months, when the stink of fresh blood and viscera would cling in the nostrils. In dank recesses and abandoned shadows, beat cops stumbled upon gutted bums, decapitated hookers, mutilated transvestites.
The lawmen cornered a suspect in a rundown farmhouse, gunfire igniting a gas stove, the inferno leaving nothing but cinders and charred marrow. Picking through the razed stead, detectives unearthed a root cellar with a collapsed tunnel, its exit far out in a field of withered stalks.
Some suggested that the killer might have escaped, that the riffraff were not safe.
When were they ever?
Maybe a dedicated medical examiner can determine the identity of the fourteenth victim—yet another streetwalker of dubious piety.
And those rumors that the killer survived?
Yep, you’ll be hearing from me again real soon.
BIO: Much like the narrator of this tale, Phil Beloin Jr. is busy...umm...fleshing out more short stories. His novel, The Big Bad, is available at Amazon. You can even search through the book. Phil recommends page one.
OPEN SECRET (1948)
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