The body rose to the surface slowly, having lost most of its buoyancy over the months tied to the bottom of the lake. Two minutes later the diver also floated to the surface; just as dead as the young mutated woman. The crime scene went crazy; ignoring the woman’s floating corpus the State Police Officers grabbed the diver out of the water trying to bring him back to life. Diving mask full of vomit confirmed the horror of the find.
Number 7 was a young white woman, someplace between twenty and twenty five years old. Blond hair, about five foot six inches. Anything further just wasn’t possible; her head had been removed crudely leaving just enough scalp to id hair color; hacked off hands and feet removed with an axe type of weapon. Stomach torn open internal organs ripped from her body; connecting tissue showing rips and tears, not knife marks. Sex organs mutated by heavy axe blows and pulled from the body; showing no knife marks, just torn flesh. The body was a ruined shell of what use to be a human being.
Jimmy laughed until he couldn’t breathe watching the TV news story showing three big State Police men in a little boat dragging the dead diver over the side of the boat nearly tipping it over. It was hilarious; with tears streaming down his face he was just howling; the next door neighbor banging on the thin wall bringing him back to his senses. Pulling hard on his fifth beer of the morning and throwing it against the wall along with a “GO FUCK YOUR SELF” at the top of his lungs; he knew who would be next. Jimmy toned it down a little not wanting the old bitch to call the police on him.
With a chuckle he sat back on the tread bare couch turning on his mental movie of Jenna his latest and twelfth victim; smiling and snickering he played the movie over and over.
Jimmy was an easy going petty thief that had discovered by accident that he was also an up and coming serial killer after killing one of the neighborhood kids he caught in his apartment going through his shit. Stealing peoples stuff and money was one thing, but taking their lives was a whole new game; a game he couldn’t get enough of. He had found a vast reservoir of rage and hatred that had been untouched until now.
Tuesday morning shortly after 8am found Jimmy at his neighbor’s door. He’d waited listening closely at his own door for all the floors little worker bees to leave the building making his floor nearly empty; empty except for him and old Mrs. Stock his next door neighbor. Tap, tap on the door and he could hear her coming to him. Jimmy had a news paper he’d picked up out of the recycle been in one hand covering an eight inch kitchen knife in his other gloved hand. He’d found the kitchen knife going through a garbage can two blocks from his flat. Sharpening it against a concrete wall as he watched people looking for a target, it was now razor sharp. Mrs. Stock with a “humph” of displeasure at being bothered opened the door to the hallway. Jimmy with a big grin on his face stepped into her and plunged the knife into her left eye with enough force it jammed and stuck solidly into the back of her skull. Standing at the open door not breaking the threshold Jimmy watched as Mrs. Stock stumbled backwards, hands waving and trashing the air; a small squeak coming from her wide open mouth; a fine line of vitreous humor, the fluid of the eye and a small line of blood ran down her left cheek; three cats dashed for safety. The old bitch stumbled across the room hitting the far wall, sliding down to a sitting position, dead just as a he wished her to be. Jimmy reached inside pulling the door to him; locked and closed it with his gloved hand; leaving the building giggling Jimmy walked twelve blocks before dropping the glove down a storm drain then tossing the newspaper into an empty recycle bin. He couldn’t wait for the evening news.
Two months later and Mrs. Stock the old dead bitch still hadn’t been found. Jimmy’s apartment was beginning to pick up the scent from his dirty work. He’d have to do something soon if someone didn’t wake up to the stench and call the police. The smell was getting that bad. How can it be that no one checked on his neighbor bitch in two full months; no wonder she was such a bitch? Jimmy decided to go out just to be away from the smell. Coming out of the elevator Jimmy nearly ran into the super of the building coming into the elevator. Jimmy recognized the super Ed Kock from when he moved into the building a year ago. “Say don’t you live up on the seventh?” Jimmy cool as ice said “Yeah; just heading out, problems?” “Yeah 7E says the floor smells bad.” Ed said rolling his eyes into his head. Jimmy “I noticed that too, must be a dead rat in the vents, who knows?” “Well, I’d better find something; I’m tired of the constant complaints for those people!” The elevator door closed and Jimmy hurried out the double doors into the not so clean smell of auto fumes and old garbage.
Ten minutes later the sounds of sirens filled the air in the direction of the Hampton apartment building. Jimmy was six blocks away sitting on a bench watching down 2nd street to where the sirens were stopping. Yep, Ed had found Mrs. Stock’s body.
Jimmy sat out as long as he could; finally he headed to the Hampton. Still three cop cars outside; he knew they’d want to talk to him just like when the kid disappeared a few months ago. Jimmy was exceptional at evading trick questions and his short interview went well. He asked the Detectives to come into his apartment and look around if they wanted; they did, but he was way too clever to have anything out that they could see. He had a little something from each of his kills but nothing big that would stand out. They were all hidden away nice and tight where even a hard search would likely not find anything. He was turning into a pro.
With the heat off Jimmy went out on the hunt. Having to go to the grocery store for need of a few things; he’d also found it to be a great hunting ground. He wasn’t disappointed; standing there on aisle four was just what he was looking for. She was about five foot three, brown hair, decent build; and Jimmy saw his opening and as any predator would see; there on the left forearm where tiny marks that would open the door to his next kill. Stepping just around the end of the aisle so he wouldn’t be seen he reached into his coat pocket and pulled out a syringe filled with dark liquid. Strolling up to the young woman “Hey baby; looking for some time” he rolled his wrist so she could see the ready syringe. “Oh I think I just found a party” with a giggle and rolling her eyes. “Well let me buy your stuff and we’ll go” with a wink they were off to the register.
Walking just two blocks to the girl’s apartment gave little time for conversation but the girl had already told Jimmy her name that she was new to the area, knew no one and needed a fix real bad. Shutting the door behind her and throwing the three dead bolts, Jimmy was floating in anticipation to getting down to work. Dumping the small bag of groceries on the counter Sara turned and stuck out her hand; she was in very much in need of a fix. Jimmy tossed the syringe to her and she only then did she realized she been taken. The right hook came out of nowhere; she didn’t see it coming and her eyes nearly pooped out of her head when the fist drove into her head hard, snapping her neck and sending her sprawling on the floor. “Bitch” was all that was said; on top straddling her Jimmy drove his knuckles into the soft tissue under her neck perfectly cutting any chance of getting another breath. Eyes bulging Sara pushed off the floor with her hips and threw Jimmies weight forward over her head. Sara had been raised with three brothers and fighting back was engrained in her head. Tipping forward Jimmy had no choice but to release his grasp and tumble forward. Now laying flat across on top of Sara, his chest across her upper chest and head; Sara bit hard and deep into Jimmies right shoulder like a cougar. The coppery taste of blood filled her mouth and her body with adrenalin. All knees and elbows she pushed Jimmy to the left and connected with a wild elbow to Jimmies nose. Jimmy with a second scream of pain rolled to his right and kicked as hard as he could in the direction of the wild cat he’d ran into, His booted foot landed directly on the bridge of Sara’s nose breaking it. The fight was over; Jimmy sprang like a cat picking up a heavy wrought iron door stop that had been rolling under his back leaving a huge bruise. He pounded it into Sara’s face until it was bloody mush.
Lying panting on the floor with blood gushing out of his damaged nose Jimmy listened carefully to the sounds of the building above his labored breathing. All quiet; no running feet, no sirens. Rage exploding Jimmy blacked out; without any conscious thought Jimmy got to work.
“Don, this is a bad one; I’ve never seen anything like it, it’s like a pack of wolves tore her apart.” Detective Bob Williams cautioned Detective Don Hilderman before he entered Apartment 3B. Even from outside you could smell the vile stench of death. The sight that met the two detectives was far worse than the smell. It sucked the breath from their lungs; floor, ceiling and walls turned from off white to pink to dark red, burgundy with dried blood and pieces of stringy entrails sticking to the walls. Viscus chunks sat on books selves where they had landed; some leaving red trails as they sank slowly to the floor. Clearly a large section of lung hung from the cheap overhead chandelier caught on one 30 watt bulb; a stalactite of dried blood reaching eagerly towards the floor. Pooled red almost black blood escaping the horror and flowing off toward the living room in a now dried river. Intestines partly attached to the stomach torn and split; undigested food and feces from exploded bowels covered what once was a small tan sofa. Detective Hilderman holding his handkerchief over his mouth and nose slowly rotated his eyes from left to right taking in the ghastly scene; far right next to a blood stained lamp like it was part of the collection of blown glass orbs, was one of Sara’s eyes sitting in its pool of mixed blood and intraocular fluid.
Detective Don Hilderman twenty seven years with the force threw up his dinner on his and Bob Williams shoes; splashing up on both Detectives pant legs. Eyes rolling he turned on his heels and ran for the door. Detective Bob Williams held his vomit all the way to the entry way; exploding his stomach contents down the door frame and into the hallway. Cops from three boroughs jumped and ran out of the way of the two escaping puking Detectives.
Jimmies mind still in complete insane rage stood over a pile of ripped and tore meat that once was Sara Benson; one time daughter; part time junky as blood dripped from his hands and clothing. Jimmy blew a large blood clot from his right nostril; hitting and sticking to the bottom of an over turned chair. Very slowly Jimmies mind was slowing coming down from the rage and centering on self preservation and escape. Jimmy stepped over the remains and for some unknown reason picked up the bag of groceries off the counter with blood covered hands and calmly walked out the front door of the apartment without closing it and down to the street. Mouth breathing from his blood plugged nose Jimmy used alley ways and side streets to make it to his apartment and then waiting until no one was in sight ran for the stairway. Placing the groceries on the table he reeled into the shower, leaving dripping blood in his wake.
It took just twenty minutes; the first person to open their front door, immediately smelling the stench of blow opens bowels and viscous fluids. Walking down the hallway to the open door Jan Miller fainted straight away at the sight of the explosion of rage and hate. Her husband hearing the thud was fast behind her; not wanting to leave his wife, but succumbing to the most primitive part of the brain to flee; flight took over and he ran banging into the door frame so hard he fell and crawled to the phone; screaming hysterically into the phone the 911 Operator had no idea what the problem was. She pulled up the address to the incoming call and dispatched Police without knowing the problem; just that it must be bad.
The very next morning a task force was assembled and Detectives from eight boroughs were out in force talking to everyone in the area. It short order they realize that the newest crime scene was smack in the middle of numerous unsolved murders and disappearances. After a full days investigation it was found that they had two different person’s blood. DNA analysis was ordered ASAP.
Jimmy Duke’s apartment sat directly in the center of the pin up board with a large map of the general area covering and hanging limp off its sides. Around it was fifteen colored pins depicting either missing or dead people; one being just next door to his apartment. Jimmy was the main suspect.
Jimmy had cleaned up the apartment getting rid of bloody clothing, shoes even the bloody grocery bag. Its contents still sitting on the kitchen table where Jimmy now sat wondering what prison life would be like; providing he didn’t get the death penalty. He’d even cleaned out all his souvenirs from his other kills and bleached everything in the apartment. He was ready as he would ever be for them to come for him
The task force had decided that Jimmy was their man; they obtained search and arrest warrants. The knock came at 11am on the dot. Jimmy looked up at his cheap wall clock and was kind of surprised that it took them so long. The long arm of the law was in slow motion. Jimmy was arrested and asked for an attorney even before they read him is Miranda rights or asked even one question. He was ready for them.
Ten hours of searching, down to even pilling the wall paper off the walls found nothing. Not one piece of evidence could be found. Every inch of the apartment had been carefully photographed and every item logged into evidence bags. There was not one thing left in the apartment; not even dust.
Two days later Jimmy was dancing down the street outside of the County lockup. Yelling at the top of his lungs towards the Court House “YOU GOT NOTHING MOTHER FUCKERS” Jimmy was the happiest man in the world. The DNA came back tainted from the Detective’s barf. The surveillance wasn’t lost on Jimmy; it was a great game seeing and walking up saying hi to the Detectives that were watching his every move. He’d give them the finger, dancing and laughing in their faces. They were left with nothing to do but drive away or call to get picked up by the team.
Detective Don Hilderman was furious; he’d been embarrassed by his puking in the crime scene. Arresting Jimmy just to see him released; a stack of bodies five feet deep at his feet. Even the media had picked up on the story and was hounding him. He poured over every photo; he’d held in his hand every single item from Jimmies apartment. He just couldn’t find a single clue to put Jimmy to the crimes
Sitting down to dinner with his wife at 10:15pm that night; his mind on the case, nothing else. His wife talking from the kitchen was speaking to deaf ears about her day, going to the grocery store; all the little things that kept her busy all day long. Don felt a pin prick in his mind; what did she just say? “Honey I missed something you just said about what you did today…..say it again” Donna without missing a beat started over again on her day; she was talking to no one. Detective Don Hilderman was out the door heading to the Office; he had his case and Jimmy was going to jail or the gas chamber
With the whole team assembled in the conference room with all the hundreds of pictures and items bagged and logged from Jimmies apartment sitting around them on tables and pinned to boards. Detective Hilderman told the team what he was looking for; members that had taken pictures and logged items jumped to action. Ten minutes later they were all standing as Hilderman read the list of groceries from the blood stained grocery receipt and marked off each item from the picture on Jimmies table.
A perfect match.
Eleven months later Jimmy Duke sat on death row still wondering why he'd picked up the bag of groceries and took them home.
From the Ramblings