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Case File: Dog Eats Dog
She was wearing a light blue night cap, pulled back covering her weave that covered her forehead. Her night gown had a flowery pattern, and she was wearing no bra. Her face was dark and filled with black botches. She had thin skin, and lots of wrinkles. It appeared that she has had a rough life. Nevertheless she was Deacon Mike Brandon’s love. She was married to him for almost forty years. She was a devoted wife, and a dedicated Christian. She was tossing and turning in her queen size bed wondering why her husband wasn’t home yet. She glanced at the alarm clock, but really couldn’t tell the time. Her vision wasn’t as good as it use to be. Besides, she wasn’t wearing her glasses. She wasn’t the worrying type, but the deacon really gave her no reason to be the worrying type. It was late, she knew it, and he never stayed out before. It wasn’t his character, and it certainly wasn’t his nature. He liked being home with her. She knew it. “Baby, where in the world are you?” She whispered. Brenda Brandon sat up and moved closer to the foot of the bed. She kissed her wedding ring and held it against her lips for a few moments. The ring was almost embedded into her dark skin. It looked as if it was cutting off her circulation. She put that ring on 39 years ago, and she never took it off since. She loved her husband, and keeping that ring on through everything they went through was her testimony to that. “Why don’t you call me,” she whispered as she rubbed her eyes. “Tell me you’re okay, baby.” She never had to worry about him before. However, that night, she felt worried. She felt uneasy. She felt something she had never felt before. She felt something was wrong. “Oh my god,” she said as she adjusted her night gown.. Brenda was quiet for a moment as she reached for the lamp. Her huge breasts knocked over a water glass that was sitting on the night stand next to the telephone, and a box of tissues. “Oh dear,” she said as she stood the glass up immediately. “How clumsy can I be?” She had forgotten that she rested the glass there and she knocked it over reaching for the telephone. She grabbed some tissues and tried her best to wipe up the spill. “This spill is going to have to wait until tomorrow morning,” she said as she picked up the phone. She took a deep breath. “Baby, where you at?” she said softly as she dialed her husband’s cell number. It rang three times and then came the voice mail message. You’ve reached the deacon, I’m praying for you, so while I do that, leave me a message. “Baby, it’s Brenda, where you at honey? It’s late and I’m worried sick.” She hung up, and dialed the number again. You’ve reached the deacon, I’m praying for you, so while I do that, leave me a message. She was quiet again for a moment, as if she wasn’t quite sure what to say next. Her big brown eyes looked sadden as she hung up the phone. Her dark circles were almost black as she rubbed them with the back of her hands. She knew it was the worrying that was taken its toll on her. Brenda Brandon picked up the phone again and dialed my number. Nick Barnum here, at your service. “Nicky, pick up the phone!” she half shouted. Hello? “Nicky?” Who the hell is this at 3 in the morning? Shit better be good! “You just watch your mouth when you’re talking to me,” she said. B B? “Yeah, it’s me Nicky.” Is everything okay?
“Well.” Anytime B B.” That’s not like him.” she said. I’ll call you when I have something. “Thank you Nicky. Nicky. She smiled.” It’s almost 3AM? “That’s why I called you. “You’ll do that for me. Why don’t you just get some rest. “I’ll just wait by the phone. I’m really worried.” she said.” B B.Frank Atanacio
“Mike isn’t home yet. Nicky. he hasn’t been the same ever since his niece was murdered.
.” she started. baby?” Of course.” Of course.” Did you call his cell? “Twice. “If it’s all the same. “I’m afraid something has happened to him. “But he still never did anything like this before. Brenda Brandon closed her eyes and hung up the phone all in one motion. I’ll get up and I’ll look for him.
I won over three hundred dollars.” My phone rang and it startled me for a moment. I just wanted another shot. No cops for now! “Okay deacon. Can you do that? “Now?” It has to be now.” “So you pick on me?” You’re suppose to be at my service. I knew it was the booze telling me not to go out and look for the deacon. and I got no one to run too either. wearing my boxers and a T-shirt. “You’re going to have to turn yourself in. “You what?” I dropped the bottle. “And you’re wife is looking for you. “She called here tonight. “But you’re gonna have to call your wife. A promise is a promise.” I said.” I said to myself. she’s worried sick. I had just finished a night of playing cards with Victor Cruz. just yet. “What do you mean. Perhaps. you don’t know?” I asked. “You need to go back out and do what you have to do for B B. “Holy fuck!” That’s what I said.”
www. She’s worried. I had to regain my composure and settle myself. and drank a whole bottle of Southern Comfort. and someone ran outside and told me that the guy I hit was dead.” I said. and he fell over some tables. “Settle yourself. “You killed a man!” It happened so fast! “It still happened. big guy. “Hello?” Nick! “Mike?” Nick. It was a good night for me. and I just wanted to sleep.bibliotastic. Bouncers threw me out of the joint. and now you’re going to put her through the ringer. I was barefoot. but I just did. but I promised B B that I would look for her husband. just yet. “How did he die?” I asked. My head wanted to explode. “With just one punch?” That’s why I can’t turn myself in. and Alfredo Fuentes. “Why don’t I call Vic and Alfredo to meet us there. I had taken off my clothes just a few minutes ago. I killed a man tonight. Perhaps it was just to embrace me for something unexpected.com
. I killed a man tonight. What the hell happened?” I don’t’ know.” I can’t do that. I need you to meet me at Frankie’s diner off of Barnum Avenue. I had forgotten I still had it in my hand.” I suggested. “Why?” Because I told you. and I don’t like going back on my word. it happen too fast. I punched a guy out. My footing slipped a bit from under me. I got nowhere else to go. I saw the empty bottle of Southern Comfort on my night stand and I picked it up and looked in. and I caught the end of the bed to regain my balance. I didn’t know why I did that. you gotta help me! “What’s up?” You gotta help me.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
I sat at the foot of my bed with the phone still in my hand.” I said.
“Damn. Calling me first was so not like the deacon. and I wanted to get some sleep. now you call her!” Don’t get so nasty. “I do. I don’t want to get involved with a murderer. or Alfredo involved. I don’t feel right tonight. I will hang up on you. I’m sure there was a dead man. Drinking so much was my idea. He didn’t even sound to convincing when he said he killed a man. I’m the one who killed a man. But stranger things have happened. “Hey Mike.Frank Atanacio
I lost my cell phone. He was a good Christian. Nick. and killing someone would not be on his list at all. No matter what happened.” I tried to calm myself. I could have told him that I was busy with a girl or just made something up.” I said.” Thanks Nick.”
. “Just don’t jerk my chain. You know me man. You’ve known them for several years.” I said. don’t be getting on my nerves. He wanted me to meet him at Frankie’s diner. She was his anchor. but I can’t be too sure if he was killed by the deacon.” You know I ain’t no murderer! “I know Mike. I was certain that the police would realize it as well. “I’m coming now. He had a strange way of putting all his little ducks in a row.” I said. Very. “Damn. “Call her from this damn pay phone!” I shouted. and that’s what I had planned to do. I’m sure they’ll be willing to help you out. He would never speak to anyone on his duck’s list until he cleared it with B B.” He did not respond. That’s why I wanna meet you at Frankie’s diner. “I’m just wondering why you don’t want to get Vic. Not calling her was simply not the way he handled things. so I really shouldn’t be complaining about the condition.” I dreaded every step I had to make that night. It just seemed so uncharacteristic of him. So you’re coming. “Ok. and one of Bridgeport’s finest man need my help. I am Bridgeport’s finest private investigator. you there?” He had already hung up the phone. I knew that and. right? “Are you close to the diner?” I asked.” I said.” I started. and you better have a good reason why you’re not calling the police. even though I had a rough night.” I said. The pleasure I received from the bottle was about to cash in its chips. “Just trying to lighten things up. “I’m not so sure you believe that. “Get focused. “Are you going to call B B when we hang up?” Nick. A thousand lies raced through my mind. It was certainly a no brainer. his safe haven. “You called me. but none of them came out of my mouth. but a friend in need comes first. “You better call your wife.” Right now I need you. “Stay up Nick. that man can’t call me when I’m sober.
“Can you believe that?” “Did you ask for a free refill?” “No. The deacon walked into the diner wearing a baseball cap with the brim very low as if he was trying to conceal his identity.” “I’m sure it was.bibliotastic.” I nodded.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
I sat and drank coffee and ate pie waiting for Mike Brandon to show up at the diner. “They think I’m a bum.” I called.” I replied. “Not really. “There’s nothing like the service they had.” “Peaceful.” “Nice. “Mike. There was a older man seated three seats down. “In the morning?” I nodded.” I nodded. and a small overweight truck driver seated in a booth behind me.” he continued. “I’m Terry. didn’t think I had to.” he said. “They just think I’m a bum.” He looked away annoyed. “No. where does the time go?” I nodded again.
www. He smiled and I noticed he was missing all his front teeth.” “I heard you the first time. and he was using socks for gloves. of course they’ll sell me coffee. “What’s your name?” asked the toothless man. but I don’t get no free refills. “4-am . “That’s why I’d come over here for breakfast.” He smiled and walked back into the kitchen. “Damn.” “The area was much nicer then.” he smiled again flashing only gums. “Nick. There was a man coming toward me wearing rain boots.” he grimaced.” he said. “Was he bothering you?” the manager asked. I didn’t see the deacon. It was warm outside.com
. so I didn’t understand why he was overly dressed. I thought he was going to ask for change. “Back in the 70's.” he continued as he tried to strike up a conversation.” “Hey Nick. He also had on a heavy jacket. “Not at all.” “Maybe that’s why you’re not getting any. “Got the time?” asked another seated three seats down. Oh.” I answered. The overly dressed man turned and walked away when he saw the on duty manager walk out of the back room. but he didn’t. I smiled. “I use to come to this diner years ago.” “No free refills.” “They treat you poorly now?” I asked. His boot thudded softly on the diner floor and he stood about a foot in front of me. However. or anything like that.
and sorrow.” he started again. “So this Froggy is a bad man? “Big time.” “So it was an accident?” “No. “I was placing bets and winning all night. In fact. “But how did you kill him?” “He came at me again and I kicked him over some tables..” he said as he sipped his coffee. I never expected the deacon to be in this much trouble.” “Dog-fighting?” “Let me finish.” “So you don’t really know?” He shook his head from side to side indicating no.” “I was at this dog-fighting event. His sweats were wrinkled. “I guess when they threw me out. He wasn’t dressed as your typical deacon. He was dark skinned and had a clean shaven face. “You’re going to have to be straight. He looked like he was running a marathon.” “I did. Nick. and big arms.”
. “I’m trying.” “One-Eye Froggy?” “Club owner.Frank Atanacio
The deacon had a barrel chest. His dark eyes were darker. He was always good for setting a good example.” he replied. She poured him a cup and left him four creamers. “Coffee?” “Black. I hit the big one. and I couldn’t picture him at a dog-fighting match.” replied the deacon.” “So tell me what’s going on. and his tee-shirt torn and covered with dried blood. We drank it together without really saying another word.” he said. “I grabbed him and pushed him a little. “Thanks. He took a swing at me and missed. and that was so obvious that it made a chill ride up my spine.” he continued.” “That’s the blood on your shirt?” He nodded. The look on his face was that of confusion.” “So you killed him?” “No. “Someone came out and told me that the bookie broke his neck and died. “They told me I broke his neck. he was the best in that department. “At that time One-Eye Froggy’s bouncers threw me out of the club.” “Never heard of him.” “Business man?” “Wants to be. The deacon was not much of a gambler.” The waitress had poured us another cup of coffee. Nothing matched.” I said. The waitress came over wearing a black hair net and a stained uniform. and the bookie didn’t have enough to pay me.” he said as he sat on the stool next to me. I punched back and busted his nose.. and his face seemed gloom. He played the part of a guilty man on the run. and clear with me on this one. “Hey Nick.” I nodded.
.” “He’s a mean son of a bitch. “Trying to make extra money for the church?” I asked. “I smell something rotten. “Just tell the captain everything you told me. That’s just the way it is.” “Why don’t you talk to Captain Frank Roque.” “I learned to duck years ago. “But it feels more like an accident.” He looked confused.” “Tougher than me?” The deacon nodded.” he replied. “Murder? I don’t know what to say.” “Did you call your wife?” He nodded.” “Can’t go to jail.” he said. How much more concrete evidence do you need?” “For now.” “How much trouble am I in?” he asked quietly. I need to walk down some alley ways and come up with something tangible.” “You’re getting caught up in the wrong places. “Go to her.” I said. “That’s why I called you first.” I said. “Just worried. She can’t live without me. “I didn’t expect to be in the wrong places with the wrong people. “He’s really tough. He nodded slowly as if he wasn’t really sure if I had asked him a genuine question. Nick. one way or another. “Tell her what happened too.” “I do.” “Nobody expects it.” “You think he’ll keep me out of jail?” “Talk to him. “Let me look into this and we’ll get to the bottom of this. but. I won’t tell you everything is going to be alright. “Do you want something to eat?” I asked. It rattled as if he was stuck in a freezer for about an hour.” “I am. “I broke his nose.” I said. “And with the wrong people. “I’m not hungry.” “He can come at you hard Nicky.” “I understand.” his voice was scarcely a croak.” “I hit the guy. “Let’s just call it an accident.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
I smiled. Whose going take care of my baby. “Tell him that I’m looking into things. I’ll see what really happened after you clocked the bookie.” he said..” He nodded again. and you’ll turn yourself in as soon as I find something concrete. and I can’t live without her.” “So am I.” I said.” I suggested. “I’m not going to lie to you.” He grimaced.” he said.” I said. “So this Froggy is now in town. I’ll pay this One-Eye Froggy a visit.”
www. right?” “He is.” I started. You gotta trust me. and tell him what happened. “I just can’t. “If it really was a murder?” “I don’t know.” I said.bibliotastic.
He just wanted answers.” “Thanks Nick. Mike. I better. “Go home to your wife.” “She can be the comfort you seek. The rattling of plates didn’t cause him to look away. “Really.” He smiled. and didn’t know how to ask.” I smiled.” he repeated softly. you know.” “Yeah. and I watched. “I’m going to do my best.” “Thank me when I’m done.” “She always was. He looked at me as if I had all the answers.” I said again. “You always do. “She always was. He had so many questions.” I said.” “Go to your wife. One-Eye Froggy?
. He drank some more coffee.” “I disappointed her.Frank Atanacio
The deacon had his eyes solely on me.” “She’s a big girl.
“But it has secrets. “So you’re asking me to ask Captain Roque to not pick up the deacon until you’ve completed your investigation?” asked O’Brien. “It doesn’t get any better than this. And those secrets are going to reveal itself to me.” I said. I had to think it was because of the deacon. that Mango Splash looks good.” I smiled. “I just need a little time. but fail to pop them into his mouth. and now he was a hunted man. They liked the deacon. He would occasionally break open a few. “I think I’m going to order one too when I get off. Detective Peter O’Brien and I met for lunch on the patio at Danny O’s in Shelton. Pete” I said as I picked up a few of his opened peanuts and tossed them into my mouth. and they respected him.” The waiter smiled as he left to help other customers. “They were fed the wrong information. They left out a lot of details. “Damn.” “I don’t get it.” “Papers got the news.” I said smiling with my drink. not too hot. It was a large building with two floors. I served so many of them this past month. “I need you to keep the police away from the deacon until I check into this. “Looks even better on the menu cover.” I added. By removing the large plate glass window. with a nice early morning breeze. He was a pillar of the community. and O’Brien ordered a beer. I smiled. “Is that what I am to understand?” I nodded.” said O’Brien. I’m not asking for much.”I said. He was fair skinned and always clean shaven.” “And we do owe you.” said the waiter. “No. “I don’t think he did. I ordered a Mango Splash with a hint of rum.” “I need to speak to those so-called eye-witnesses.” I said.” he said softly.com
. but it has been removed and replaced with strong glass doors. but murder was murder nevertheless.” O’Brien huffed ever so slightly. that drinks fits you like a glove. that police command center lost its panoramic view of the City of Bridgeport’s Westside. really.” he replied.bibliotastic. O’Brien was a big man with a strong upper body.” “They did say it was at the Frogger Club. but he wasn’t eating any of them.” he said. and the late night gambling.” “They never mentioned the dog-fighting. “Yes!”
www. “It’s my first time trying it. They were all surprised about the reports. His appearance meant a great deal to him because he wanted the public to experience his professionalism. and eye-witnesses. “And you have to remember that they left out so much detail. It was early afternoon. I knew this wasn’t going to sit to well with the men on Congress Street. “The deacon killed a man.” “So the papers got it wrong?” “No. O’Brien had a lot of peanuts on his plate. the news ran with the story that the deacon had killed a man.” I said. They couldn’t believe that Mike Brandon was capable of murder.” “But that’s my point. He was God’s soldier. and so much more. There use to be a large plate glass window at the entrance. He was a visionary. “Yeah. He was purposely bald and kept his head shiny. The Police headquarters located on Congress Street was buzzing. He was a man everyone trusted.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
The next morning.” “That club is known for Salsa Dancing. and they wanted to launch their own investigation. “I don’t think Roque will be down for that.
“Don’t push it,” said O’Brien. “It’s still not my call.” “But you’re the man.” O’Brien huffed again. There was a thin young lady sitting two tables down from us. She was looking at us the whole time, and it was probably the first time I noticed her. She had white skin, and matted brown hair that seemed to be pressed to the top of her head. Her face was lusterless, and her eyebrows bushy. She was a very unattractive woman, but she seemed to be noticing us. I opened my jacket to check to see if my gun was loaded. It was comforting to know that it was. Not because of the unattractive woman. It just made me feel free. “You see that woman looking at you,” said O’Brien. “Why me?” O’Brien smiled. The woman stood up and walked toward us with a hopeful expression. I looked down at her and didn’t realize I was staring at her extremely tight jeans that accentuated her crotch area. She had a sexual gait, but there was nothing sexual about her appearance. “Excuse me sir,” she said smiling. I smiled back. “I couldn’t help to notice you ordered that Mango Splash,” she said as she pointed to my drink. “Yes I did.” “I was thinking about ordering it,” she said still smiling. “But I wanted to ask you about the taste. Is it worth ordering, and does it have enough booze in it?” “Not worth the money,” I honestly replied. “And a little too fruity.” “Really?” “Sadly yes,” I said. “Pictured it looked good, but tasting it, I don’t know.” “Not enough booze for the price?” “Not enough anything for the price.” “Just order a beer,” O’Brien added. “You can’t go wrong ordering a beer.” “I think I’ll have my usual,” she said with a continuing smile. “Beer is not for me.” “Have a nice day,” I said returning the smile. “Thank you,” she said. “You saved my seven dollars.” “That’s the only reason why I’m drinking it,” I said. “I don’t want to lose my money.” She smiled, turned, and walked away. “What?” O’Brien said curiously as I titled my head. “She has a nice ass,” I replied. O’Brien smiled. “So you’re going to speak to the captain?” “He’s not going to agree,” O’Brien replied. “But I’ll talk to him.” “I’m sure you can convince him,” I said. “You talked me into buying this drink.” “You did that all on your own buddy.” I smiled. “I’ll give him good conversation,” said O’Brien as he cracked opened some more peanuts and failed to pop them into his mouth. “I will.” “That’s all I want you to do.”
Case File: Dog Eats Dog
“But you gotta tell the deacon to keep in touch with us,” He added.” I don’t want him running a little too far. You know, it’s for his own safety.” “He’s afraid.” “He’s needs to stay where we can get to him.” “Okay,” I said. “I’ll talk to him. I’ll get him to stay put. Just you make sure you speak to the captain. Get him to back down until I finish.” “I hope he can do this for you,” said O’Brien as he finished his beer. “You’re his friend,” I said. “Try a little convincing.” “He’s the captain.” “I need some time, Pete.” “I’ll see what I can do.” “That’s all I ask.” He smiled.
There were five witnesses on the list that O’Brien gave me and each one of the witnesses didn’t seem to credible. I decided to call on each one of them. The first one on my list was Margie Sanchez. She lived on Gregory Street off of Park Avenue and near the University of Bridgeport. She lived on the bottom floor of a six family wooden frame house that was in dire need of repair. I rang the door bell several times before a young woman opened it up. “I’m looking for Margie Sanchez,” I said as the young woman just stared at me. She was wearing tight Seven jeans and a white tank top with a black bra. She was a little darker than an olive skin. She had full lips, and dark eyes. Her face was slightly angelic, and her attitude was worn on her sleeve. It appeared as if she had a chip on her shoulder. “Whatcha you want her for?” “Just going to ask her a few questions,” I replied. “Police been here.” “I’m sure they were,” I said. “But I’m not the police.” “Then who the fuck are you?” “A private investigator,” I replied. “What the fuck is that?” “I don’t know,” I replied. “It’s just a summer job I took because I knew I could handle it.” “I’m Margie,” she said. “The witness,” I said softly. “What?” “I need to ask you about the murder, and about the deacon that was accused.” “Fuck man,” she said as she stepped out of the house. “Whatcha you wanna know?” There is not really a way to force that young woman to stop swearing so much. It’s such a shame, because her mouth takes away from her beauty. “How did you see this whole thing play out?” “What the fuck do you mean?” “What happened?” “This fat bishop...” “Deacon,” I corrected. “Whatever,” she was annoyed. “He came up to Carlos Rivera and started arguing. He threw the first punch and missed. Carlos threw the next punch and it hit the bis... deacon and that set him off.” “Mike threw the first punch?” “Yep,” she replied. “The bis... deacon came at him with all he got. He punched Carlos in the mouth, and then kept punching him until he broke Carlos’ nose. Carlos didn’t fight back, he just fell over some tables.” “The deacon did all this?” “Hell yeah man,” she continued. “The bouncers threw out the deacon...” “Aww, you got it right.” She rolled her eyes. “And then the bartender checked Carlos and said he was dead.” “Neck broken?” She nodded. “Did you know why they were fighting?” “I don’t know, don’t care.”
bibliotastic. “Difficult question?” “Too much for you to afford. “Don’t judge me.” “Ouch.” She entered her apartment and slammed the door. mother fucker!” “Only God judges. “How much you charge?” She stopped.” I said.” she said. “Cash up front.” She turned around slowly.” “Police know?” “Told them.” I replied. but didn’t turn to face me. “Is that all the questions?” she asked.” “Club owner know?” “He didn’t throw me out yet.
www.” she replied.” she said.com
. “That would be?” “Five hundred dollars for three hours. I gotta do what I gotta do!” I nodded. “I do my business there.” “You give him some money for soliciting there?” “I got three kids to feed. “Yeah.” “What can I get for twenty bucks?” “A kick in the nuts.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
“Why were you at the club?” “I’m a fucking whore. “I think I got what I need.
” I replied.. Guzman turned around with angry eyes and shouted. When it came to lists I’d often follow the same pattern. “Like you. He was bald on top. tell them I said no!” “Relax Mr. He was clearly not thinking right. but a black guy. He owned Guzman’s Bodega over on the Eastside of town. Her hair was dark brown with light highlights. The place was busy.”
. He actually did a bang up business.” she said.” She smiled.” I said. I don’t pay you to stand around and flirt with all the guys that come in here!” “I’m sorry. I nodded. Lopez wanted to ask something. “You the police?” he asked.” I corrected. “Get back to work.” “That Bishop is a big guy. His glasses were thick and he walked with a limp.” I corrected him again. “He’s a deacon.Frank Atanacio
The next witness on my list was Roberto Guzman. He also had a thick gray moustache.” I replied. Carlos threw the next punch and it hit the bishop and that set him off. Mrs.” “I see. “No credit!” he shouted with a vein sticking out of his neck. Mr. I don’t think Carlos wanted to fight this man. “The bishop. He punched Carlos in the mouth. “She’s only the messenger. the deacon came at him with all he had.” she replied almost quietly. “No. “I said to her. “I can’t give anyone credit this week.” I corrected. I need cash paying customers! If anyone asks for credit. and thick gray eye brows. not a bishop. but he didn’t see her. and then kept punching him until he broke Carlos’ nose. I stood there with my arms crossed waiting for him to reply.” “I know him. “But I wasn’t flirting. I didn’t think he’d have time for me.” Mr. at your service. He threw the first punch and missed. Carlos didn’t fight back. Guzman was probably in his late sixties. It was located on a small dead end street off of East Main Street.” “What does she want?” “Credit. “What do you want?” Mr. “Whatever he was.” he continued. “What do you want to know?” “I wanna know what happened. “he said “He came up to Carlos Rivera and started arguing. but when I asked for him he immediately stopped what he was doing and came over.” Where did I hear this before? I said to myself jokingly. He scratched the top of his head as if he was thinking about what to say. The small store had lots of stock and lots of customers. “I’m Nick Barnum. “Hi. “I don’t understand why you guys can’t get that right. and he’s a deacon. “I want to ask you some questions about the deacon at Froggy’s nightclub. “Well anyways. The light highlights gave her face such a wonderful glow. Guzman. “Carlos Rivera’s death?” he asked.” I said. Guzman’s cashier was standing behind the counter. but I had to speak with him because he was next on my list. but had lots of gray hair on the sides. he just fell over some tables. She wore small black-rimmed glasses low on her nose so that she could check the prices better on the product she rung up.” “Deacon. She was trying to get his attention.. a private investigator.
and I need to stay ahead of the game.” he said.” He was still silent.” I added. “I do know a little about running a business.
www. “Yeah I think I got what I need from you.” “Good.” He rushed away.” I continued. “I’ll leave you some of my cards.. “What is it exactly.” I smiled. Lots of bills to pay. and I’ll be at your service if you need me. He turned around and walked toward the cashier.” he stopped abruptly.” “Nobody’s asking you. “It’s my business. “What don’t I understand?” “Nothing..” “You don’t under.” I called. Guzman.” he half shouted.” I said as I tossed a few of my business cards on the floor. Forget it. “Business?” He said nothing. That’s all. I’m sure that’s something you wouldn’t understand.” He still didn’t reply. and Carlos Rivera?” “Dea. “All I’m saying is that you should relax.” I paused. “If you need my help. “She’s doing her job. very well too. “I’m really busy today and I got to get back to work. “Are you done asking me questions about the bishop. He stopped but didn’t turn around. that I don’t understand?” He did not reply. My name is Nick PT Barnum.” I said. You’re not a business man.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
. “Mr.bibliotastic..” he shot back. “And if you ask me. “Just ask.
” “That’s a terrible way of looking at things. if he’s guilty. but we haven’t seen anything yet.” he paused as he caught his second wind.” I said. “Did they say anything about gambling?” “You didn’t ask?” “I thought I’d ask you. “I guess you don’t run much. That woman is staying up late. “I had to take Mike’s wife to do some counseling. “What do you mean?” “We pulled a surprise shake down at the club that Froggy owns. “Those witnesses. I thought.” “Good to hear. and she’s not eating too well either. “If we don’t see one. it really doesn’t exist.” “But he doesn’t. He wanted to meet at Seaside Park so he could get his jogging in. But he understands the situation and he’s giving you the chance to square him. I think the captain is going out on a limb for the deacon. “So what did you find out?” he asked. he would.” “Bad witnesses.” he continued. that captain.”
. maybe counseling would help her through this. “You know I never need to do that. You know that.” “You’re all heart. I hope I’m right.” “Good guy. “He’ll slip up. “She’s really not taking this too well. “Can’t arrest people on hunches. “There was nothing but Salsa and Merenge. But we can arrest people if we have witnesses.” I said. The guilty always do. “I really don’t want anything to happen to her.” O’Brien replied.” “I’ve known her for a long time. If he could fit in an activity.” I said. “He doesn’t stay because he’s afraid that the captain is going to change his mind and arrest him for the murder of Carlos Rivera.” O’Brien shot back.” “That’s why Captain Roque is not taking in the deacon yet.” “No gambling.” I smiled as I kept up my pace with him.” “So this guy is clever.” I replied.” “You checked everything?” “Top to bottom.” “But that dog fighting club doesn’t exist.” he paused.” “Has the deacon been home?” “She told me that he comes and goes. “I got the same bull-shit story line you guys did.” I continued as I too had to catch my breath. “They were coached.” he said. “There was only Salsa and Merenge. “He should be home with B B.” “I understand.” he said. I started jogging with him as he poured bottled water over his bald head to keep him cool.Frank Atanacio
I met Detective Peter O’Brien at the end of my work day. He wasn’t the type to just sit around and waste time. “It’s got to be the only way.” he said.” “So do you think there is a dog-fighting ring going on?” “I can’t say no.” he replied.” he continued.” I smiled.
“She’s taking just a little too much.com
. “I’m going to pay Larry Bonilla a visit. “Because she loves him and she has always loved him.” I replied.
www.” he explained.” O’Brien laughed.” He laughed again.” How good?” “I don’t want to talk about it. “I’m telling you the truth. “Damn.bibliotastic. He was probably motivated by the events that played up to that statement. You know Mike wasn’t always on the up and up.” he continued. I was pretty sure that Detective Peter O’Brien really didn’t mean to say it that way.” O’Brien paused as he drank some warm bottle water. you son of a bitch!” “I’m not going to lie. “What?” “You really loved her.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
“Me too.” I smiled.” “So he was always the one for her?” “The one?” “Yeah. maybe. and you laugh?” “You’re a funny guy. “I put her and her son in harm’s way.” I said.” “She puts up with it.” “Go ahead. “You know.” “My list goes on.” I paused briefly as I caught my breath.” “I know that too.. the one that you really can’t live without.” “I think over the years. I don’t.” “Okay.” “God saved him. “And.” I said. her strength was weakened by Mike Brandon.” “But Brenda was always on the up and up. and your feet sweat.” “She was good in bed.” he said as he stopped and bent over with his hands on his knees.” “He’s going to be a tough one. “Yeah I did. There was never a question about that.” “She was always a strong woman. Like the girl you use to date.. “So?” “Mike is the one for her.” “Do you think she’s weak because of it?” “No.” O’Brien warned. “I think over the years. the guy that makes your heart stop. I remember you telling me that you think you found the one. say it. I miss that.” “And Zoraida was the one for you?” “I thought. “And there was no mistake about it. “She was a true Christian woman. “What are you going to do next.” I nodded and didn’t say anything.” I said as I stopped next to him..” “So it wasn’t just sexual?” “At first.” he continued. She had all the reasons to dump me.” I replied.” “I know.
” he said as he stood up. “I could have gone all day.” I said. “So bring tough on.Frank Atanacio
“Look at me. I waved my hand above my head without turning around.” “Tired of running?” I asked. “I’m 6'2 I weigh 245 pounds.” “Leave her out of this. I didn’t want him to see that I was almost out of breath. “I’m done. I can take care of my myself.” I lied. “Thanks for the run. “Good-luck!” he shouted. “Really!” “I’m Pete. not fat. Janet.” He nodded. Pete.” He smiled. and it’s solid muscle.
.” I said as I began sprinting back to my truck. you’ll get it with him. not your secretary.” “Don’t worry. He winced.
” I paused. and passed winners. At the check-out.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
Larry Bonilla did business out of a store front located downtown Bridgeport. It was so patterned. “Dollar shit?” I smiled. I kept looking at all the dollar items.” “Whose asking for him?” she asked ignoring my statement. Get it known!” “Get it known?” I whispered. He wasn’t so eager to speak with me like the other two. She ignored me. She stuck her head out of the backroom and shouted.com
. “In there?” She nodded. “Nick PT Barnum. He sells dollar items in a 99 cent store. They were solid. and the price was terrific. “I am a private eye.” I called. “What does that mean?” “My boss will see you. I could steal. which normally means gang violence. “Thank you. and will probably tell me the truth. The first hint of attitude gone bad was Margie Sanchez. Maybe he had a change of heart. “I’m looking for Larry Bonilla. The second sign was the attractive Asian woman. “You know.” I answered. with long dark hair and wearing looping gold earrings was a very attractive Asian young woman. It was June in Bridgeport. The third witness kept me waiting longer than I expected. Maybe his story might be different. “It’s Linh Le! Asshole.” she replied. She was talking on her cell phone and turned around when she saw me.” She turned around and slapped her cell phone shut. The store had junk tossed into baskets that lined the walls. but who was I to judge? The door was covered with Spanish cock fight promotions. I went in. “And don’t steal nothing. “That’s not very nice to say. “What do you want?” “Am I bothering you?” “I was busy. “I was just going to by a tooth brush.” “Wait here.” she said as she walked passed me.” she said as she attitude her way toward the backroom. “And I know you’re not him. Didn’t understand why he didn’t call it a dollar store or something of that nature.” “You must be a fucking genius to figure that out.bibliotastic. “Too busy for customers?” “People that buy this dollar shit ain’t customers. “Hey Ming Lee!” I called.” “Well. at your service.” “What do you want?” she shot back. and beautiful women developing bad attitudes.” she replied.” I said.” She did not reply.
www. “Hello.” I smiled. and there were several things that I would have purchased.
“I don’t think so.” he said as he took out another cigarette and lit it up.” “Everyone thought that.” He tossed the cigarette to the floor and stepped on it.” “You’re helping to send an innocent man to jail. Bonilla was a tall thin man.” he replied. He had no facial hair. He nodded. “Did you say deacon?” I nodded. it was as if he knew telling me the truth was out of the question. “The bouncers threw him out and later the bartender said that Carlos was dead. “Just want to hear your side of the story.” I said. There was a sadness to the man’s eyes.Frank Atanacio
I walked into the back stock area and Mr.” He smiled. “Mr.” he said slowly as if he was trying to think of the correct words. and snapped his neck.” “So the deacon went to town on him?” I asked sarcastically. but he rubbed the bottom of his chin as if he were massaging a beard. tell me the truth. I have a family.” “Is there dog fighting?” “No. “I thought he was a bishop. “Truth?” “I told you the truth. “Well?” “The deacon. Bonilla was leaning against some boxes smoking a cigarette. Mr. I may already know what you might say.” “You saw the deacon snap his neck?” He hesitated.” I said “I figure that. He threw the first punch and missed. “Listen man.” “Okay.” “Are you sure?”
.” “Then don’t. something a little different. but I have to ask anyways. I have questions. Bonilla?” “No. “So that man wasn’t a bishop?” “Nope.” “I can help you.” I said.” I added.” He grimaced. “Mr. Bonilla. “It’s about the deacon and Carlos Rivera. “Broke his nose.” he replied. “That’s all I got.” I said. “Nobody that hangs out there at the club is an innocent man. “Came up to Carlos Rivera and started arguing. with an honest face. and I really don’t want to get involved. Carlos threw the next punch and it hit the deacon and that set him off.” He hesitated for a long time.
I’ll always be at your service.
www.” “You know I really can help you.” I said as I walked over to him and placed some business cards into his shirt pocket. “Remember one thing. and for a good cause.bibliotastic.” He smiled. “Think about it. “Yeah.com
.” His head fell to his chest. and I can get Bridgeport Police to help. “I know something is bothering you.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
He breathed in. I know a few of those guys and they will stick their necks out for the right reasons.” I said.
It started as an all day tail. I hid behind a dumpster that was covered in graffiti as I waited for my tail to pull in.” I said. punk!” “Not before I drop him.
. dog eats dog world.” said the fat guy. He had his left hand on his hip and pushed his right hand into the breast pocket of the suit. The building was boarded up and the pumps were stripped clean.” he continued. “What you’re telling me.” the driver quickly replied.” I smiled.” I continued stalling.” I smiled. “It’s not my style. The bartender at Froggy’s club. “Drop the gun!” He shouted. “Just an expendable associate. Just the shells were still in place. “I’m warning you.” I replied. Jackie Reeves.” I said with a hint of smugness. A heavy set Hispanic suit opened up the passenger side and stood behind the opened door visually combing the area. “Girl eats girl.” I said. fat boy. just semantics. “Oops.” “Damn.” I said.” I said as I cocked the gun. “Is that you don’t mind if I put a bullet into your fat associate?” “Be my guest. They come a dime a dozen. “It hurts. He smiled.” “I’ll drop you. “He’s a fat piece of shit anyways. “I shot you. “Like I said the first time. “So you don’t care about your buddy?” I asked.” I replied. “It should. I drove down Lee Avenue and parked at a corner gas station that closed several years back. He dropped to the ground in pain as he held his bloody leg.” “Froggy is not going to like this. so I decided to find out why the tail.” said the driver. “Can’t do that. “I can’t. “Who cares.” “Warms my heart to see such a loving family. I fired a shot through the inside of their car hitting the driver in the left thigh. and I do follow my list religiously.” I said. Perhaps they wanted to follow me to the fourth person on my list. The driver did not hesitate as he quickly opened his door and pointed his gun at me from over the top of the car. His suit fit him like a glove. “Hello. “Let him go!” he demanded. “He’s not my buddy. He was the fourth person I had penciled in.” The driver looked agitated. They followed me everywhere I went. I had to make my move so I quickly jumped behind him and put my gun to his head.Frank Atanacio
The next day I had my first encounter with Froggy’s boys. it hurts!” he screamed. The tailing has become more obvious. “Last warning. It was just a few seconds more that went by when a light blue late model car with four doors pulled up behind my green Ford Explorer.” he issued. He had a thin moustache and he wore stylish sunglasses. He was a well dressed Hispanic male in his mid thirties. “What the?” I smiled. it’s all the same to me.
I had to think about it.” “Two bullet holes?” He looked confused. and then die. “Damn you’re weak. I can’t. why were you following me?” “I can’t say anything. you tell me. He was still on the ground holding his thigh wincing in pain.” “You know blood can easily drain out of two bullet holes very quickly” I said as I tried frightening him. I thought he had a little more fight in him.” “So you’d rather bleed to death?” “Froggy will kill me anyways. And trust me.” I said. I shot him in the other leg. I waited for a few seconds to see if the fat guy would come to. I never realized how weak the big guy was. and then tell your boss that you had to kill him because you overheard him telling me. bleeding to death isn’t going to be pretty. “I can see that from here. “I know for a fact that you’re fat buddy there will tell me what I need to know.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
“I don’t really care what Froggy likes or dislikes. When the end comes closer.bibliotastic. “Or.” “Of course you can.” “Once?” He nodded. I really wanted to know why they were following me. I’m going to let you bleed to death.
www. so I thought really hard about my next statement. my friend.” he sobbed.” I smiled devilishly. you’re going to know it. “I’m bleeding badly!” he shouted.” I said as I stepped on his designer sun glasses.” I said.” He looked confused. “Frankly.” I said. Get it?” The driver thought about it. He just had a lot of fat in him. “You’re going to go into a deep sleep. “If you don’t tell me why you were following me. why were you following me?” “Fuck you!” “I’ve been hearing too much swearing these passed few days.” I hit the fat guy in the back of his head with the butt of my gun and he dropped to the ground like a stone. “Damn!” “Better?” “You’re crazy!” “And you’re going to bleed to death. “You know. It was a beautiful sight. “So. “I need help!” “Mental or physical?” “Damn you!” “Well. Kill him. but he didn’t. I smiled.” “Froggy will hear about this!” “I’m sure he will. I’m sick and tired of it. “You only shot me once. He’ll tell your boss that you told me. and he gets off Scott free.” I walked around the car toward the driver. but I was wrong. that thinking about it first was my only option.” I started as I kicked his gun away.” “I can’t. because It was something I wouldn’t have done. It’s that simple. “You’ll die.com
. “Now fat boy.” I started.” “Really. It was something so out of the ordinary.
” I pursed my lips a bit. I think one is dead. right?” “I always keep my promises..” I nodded. thank you my friend. “You’ve been a wealth of information. The driver smiled.” “Damn. 911 emergency. “Well. “Hi. We followed that fat cop.” I said.” “My gun.” Your name? I hung up. It wasn’t just you we followed.” “O’Brien. we had to kill the witness. I smiled some more.” “When and where is the next fight?” “Chico on Wordin Avenue. “We just had to make sure you got what he wanted you to get.” I replied.” he replied. If anyone told you something different. “Mike Brandon didn’t kill that man?” “That I can’t tell you.” he replied. that late?” He nodded. I need you to send an ambulance right away.” said the driver..” He nodded as I retrieved his gun. I’m calling from a closed down gas station on the corner of State Street and Lee Avenue. “I wasn’t there.” he continued.Frank Atanacio
The driver thought about it some more. “You’re going to call for help. “There must be some truth to what these witnesses are saying. There’s been a shooting and two people have been shot.” he begged.” “When?” “Sunday after mid-night. “Well?” “One Eye Froggy wanted us to follow you because he needed to know that you got the information he wanted you to get. “But the deacon did get into a fight with that bookie. but the other can be saved if you come right away. “But Froggy wants them to use his words.” “I see. He wanted to.” he said. “Is there dog fighting at his club?” “That moves around. it was written across his face.” “But why the cover up?” “I don’t know. the deed. “So there is dog fighting?” “All the time.” “So the witnesses were coached?” He nodded. I took out my cell phone and dialed 911. “I see.
.” I said. “It wasn’t anything against you.
Their family problems are their own business. I didn’t turn around nor did I look through my rear view mirror.com
. I jumped into my truck and turned right onto State Street and left onto Yale Street and then I heard two shots ring out.
www.bibliotastic.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
“The crowd don’t kick in until 11pm. They were big and stacked with muscles. “Your policies?” I asked as I pointed to one of them.” he replied.” I nodded. “Hey bar keep. I realized that there was a security button beneath the counter. “I’m looking for Jackie Reeves. He came back with five singles and slapped it directly in front of me. The bartender was no more than 23 years old as he stood behind the bar wiping glasses.” I called and he turned around.” he said as he placed the open beer in front of me.
. “Not so close.” he said as he walked back toward me. Perhaps it was early. I didn’t know and Frankly. and he was simply reaching for it.” he said. I didn’t care. but it was pulled upward and held together with a rubber band. In fact you couldn’t really get a good checker game going with the patrons there. It was at that time.” I said as I backed off just a little. “Slow tonight?” I asked. but that night there weren’t too many patrons. He looked like a Dr. “Now you need to speak to me. “I don’t think so. I gave the bartender a ten and he walked toward the register and rung me up. “Why not?” “Because of my insurance policies.” “Insurance policies?” He grinned sheepishly again.” he said. Seuss character. “It’s early.” “Five dollars. I heard it was a jumping place. I sat directly in front of him. He had an Afro. He was a thin Latino and African American mixed. “Can I ask you some questions?” “I don’t think so. “You’re Jackie?” He nodded. “I started.” I threatened.” “What kind?” “Becks. or perhaps the murder of Carlos Rivera had something to do with it. “Old folks like you don’t need to come. “Yes?” “Beer.” I replied. “So. My job was to question witness number four.” “You heard right. He walked away.Frank Atanacio
Later that evening I walked into Froggy’s bar on Fairfield Avenue. “I hear he was one of the witnesses. Jackie Reeves. I turned around and saw two mountain men standing on each side of me. He leaned directly in front of me as if he was going to kiss me or smell me. He had the olive skin with the black facial features.” “Why?” “Questions about the murder that happened here.” I smiled.” he said as he grinned sheepishly. “I already spoke to the real police.
You see. The man with the broken nose ran out of the bar.” I said slowly. I just said that to say it. The pain really didn’t register with him. In fact. I didn’t come here to fight.” he said honestly. I hadn’t planned on fighting that evening. “Would you speak to me if I had your policies cancelled?” “What?” “If I cancel your policy.” I said. I was proud of myself. not once. but a man had to do what a man had to do. I grimaced.” said the bartender.” I said. “Unfortunately. “You have been a gracious bartender. “I don’t think it’ll be that easy to cancel his. I was proud as hell.” “The truth?” “No. I had to hit him again because I knew it was only a matter of time before he regained his full composure and was able to offer me a real fight. but you got my juices flowing. “Are you that afraid of Froggy?” I asked.
www. “I’m a lover!” “So what do I do about my need to control my juices?” “I’ll tell you what happened that night. I just cancelled his insurance policies. “You know he’s going to get you for this. and there is no one left to fight with.” he replied.” I said. and the fight is over.” “But he comes with more insurance policies than me. “You will be too.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
Jackie nodded. It was the quickest fight I have ever been in. I have this need to break some bones. and witness.com
.” I nodded and walked out. but I understood the reason for his incoherence.” “Well. And I grabbed the man on my left and slammed his face against the bar not once. He fell back and was out cold.” I turned around to walk out. Well. I heard Jackie Reeves mutter something from behind the bar.” “I’m not a fighter!” he shouted. except you. He didn’t answer. “Would you speak to me?” He looked confused.bibliotastic. but twice. “Will he fight me?” “No. but twice.” “The coached story?” He nodded. and make this a real fist fight. I nodded. but he was nowhere to be found. I may simple just beat what I want out of you. It was unintelligible.” “Then you’re screwing with the right guy. given the position and circumstances you put me in.” “I figure that. “I can’t tell you the truth. The big guy stood up with his face covered in blood and looked at me with vengeful eyes. Or perhaps to scare the bartender. I elbowed the man on my right in the nose breaking it instantly. “It’s a simple question. and he had to deal with me.” “Remember who cancelled yours. I had no juices in me. “I’m not looking for easy. so I banged it against the bar again. I was expecting him to attack me.
Her eyes were rich brown. “Thanks for meeting me.” she replied. I smiled. and he certainly wasn’t kidding. “I’m not a good liar.” She smiled. because she was extremely hot.” I nodded in agreement.” I said.” I said. “Love your confidence.” I said.Frank Atanacio
Carolyn Lopez was the final name on my list. “Came up to Carlos Rivera and started arguing. She had thin perfect lips. She was dressed very tastefully. “Why do men always say that when they’re talking to a pretty woman?” “So you think you’re pretty?” “Damn right. I tried to look my best for her.” she said. It was a big.” she said slowly as if she was trying to remember the correct words to say. She laughed. spacious place with excellent service. Carolyn knew the owner. She was wearing tight slacks and a pretty pink blouse.” I said.” she said. “Go right ahead. “This is professional. Plus. “I’m not sure where to start. and the food was fantastic. “You were coached.” I took a breath. It was easy on my eyes. Carlos threw the next punch and it hit the deacon and that set him off. I ordered antipasto for two and a bottle of their best champagne. “So this is about Carlos Rivera. I felt sort of out of her league. He threw the first punch and missed.” “It’s your job. “Is that what the others were saying?” she asked.” she said as she sipped her water.” She frowned still looking terrific. I nodded. “So. I smiled. “The deacon. and opened the bottle of champagne.” She looked down at the table cloth. but that didn’t stop me from trying to enjoy her company.” I said as the waiter placed our food in front of us. “I know what you’re going to say. right?” “And the deacon.
. and a body that made every man look. so we got a nice table. right?” “Yes. and her face a gentle light complexion. “Thank God. and I fully understand why. “I feel bad that I have to put you through this. She smiled and I nodded. Her black hair was so thick and curly. She was the only one to supply a phone number to the police and I had called her and she agreed to meet me at a local restaurant located near my office in downtown Bridgeport. “Thanks for lunch. Carolyn and I had dinner in Ralph and Richie’s next to the Barnum museum. O’Brien had warned me earlier.” “Everyone does.” I laughed.
“You know.” “Yeah. It’s so childish. He would have my ass in a sling.” “How so?” “They were talking all nice and nice.” “You don’t strike me as a gambler.” “Froggy says the deacon was too pushy. “Why couldn’t Froggy just give you guys a different set of things to say.” she paused briefly. “How?” “Gambling debts. That argument looked staged.” She smiled. but my ex-husband turned me on. “The police already know that you guys were coached. and I don’t get paid.” she said.” “So now you do favors for him?” “I’m his waitress.” “But if you go to court. “So there is more to this story?” “There is. a little too late.” she replied.” “There’s help for that. And that’s when I doubt your good looks could bail you out. I know because I delivered it to him. “You’ll be in hot water. “I’m here for you Carolyn.” I said.” “I didn’t want to do it.” she said. and we might say the wrong things.” “Problems?” “I owe Froggy a lot of money.” “Perjury?” “Big time. really?” “He did argue with the bookie. plus this.” “If it does.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
She smiled with a hint of flirtation.” “Why?” “We have problems.?” I said.”
www. and the bookie even bought the deacon a drink.” I slowly bit my lower lip.” she replied. “Did the deacon start the fight.” What a beautiful picture.” “Then I need to get to the bottom of this. yeah. “I can’t really tell you if they were friends.” “Staged?” She nodded.” “So they were friends?” “I guess they had dealings before. “But I had to. Or at least from Carlos Rivera’s side. and I couldn’t shake it loose.” “I wasn’t.” “Froggy says this may not go to court. “I really shouldn’t be telling you any of this.bibliotastic.com
. her ass in a sling. everyone going to tell that you’ve been coached. “It was weird though.
” “Why the hesitation?” she asked.” She smiled. “Me too. but she broke up with me. “Are you going to be at the dog fight this Sunday?” I asked. “I had a girl. no. but you put a stop to that.” “What’s her name?” “Zoraida Saez. what a beautiful picture. like you.” I said. “Do you have a girlfriend?” she asked.” I smiled. her ass in a sling. “What?” “How did you know about the dog fight this Sunday?” “I got it from someone in the driver’s seat. “He’s really nasty.” “Why?” “My line of work.” she said.Frank Atanacio
She ate some food and I watched her chew. “Good girl?” “Hot. “Honestly?”
.” “Puerto Rican?” I nodded.” “Paulie.” she warned. She glared at me. you know him?” “He tried picking me up. Again. “He’s the one whose going to put your ass in a sling.” she said. “Of course silly. “Ah. “Oh. “I know. I heard.” she said. “I heard about the fight at the bar too.” she said. right?” She nodded. “Why do you keep smiling at me. “I guess he and Tito were hired to follow you. “I’m sure Froggy knows about it too.” “Private investigations?” I nodded.” she replied.” I smiled. “If I know he definitely knows.” I smiled.
And the afternoon went well. “I think you’d be a delight to get to know. I laughed.com
. “Now why are you always smiling?” I asked. many ways.” “And I’m going to give you mine.” “Oh?” I nodded. “I’m trying to picture your ass in a sling. “Honestly?” I nodded. We ate and drank champagne.” she said.” She laughed. “Was wondering how you’d handle my ass in a sling.” “Many ways.” “You can still get to know me. I laughed.” She smiled. “Too bad we’re not meeting under different circumstances.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
She nodded. “You have my number.” She laughed. baby.
“They came in here?” “Yeah. come on.” I said. “Did you ever change your clothes?” He nodded.” he said. and I know those people need me.” he started.” He smiled. shoot. “Okay. and he was good at it. And the police are ready to jump on me as soon as you finish your investigation. I can’t go home to my wife. He had lost his cell phone so I had to track him down the hard way. “You okay Mike?” I asked. it’s me. “So what really happened?” “I told you the truth. He said he didn’t have it.” “I know you think I can take care of myself.” I nodded.” “Why were you really arguing with Carlos Rivera?” “Money. “What happened Mike?” “Some punks came in here and tried to rob the church. “A new fight?” He nodded again. and he was very difficult to find.Frank Atanacio
I had to meet with Mike Brandon.” “Beat you up and took the money?” “Beat me up like this. I found him hiding in the basement of his church. but mine. He lifted his head up and I noticed it was covered with bruises. and I know she’s worried sick. A kick ass kind of guy. I looked around and I noticed everything was in order.”
. “You fight back?” “Two of them grabbed me and the third punched the shit out of me. but these past few days were really hard on me. “You don’t believe me?” “No.” I didn’t believe the deacon because he wasn’t the type to just let anyone grab him. I can’t run my church. and dried blood on his shirt. “I’ll give you that. “Mike. “Sometimes bookies can’t cover the bets that same night.” “Then can I ask you a few questions?” “Do you have to?” I nodded.” he replied. I walked in from the backside and he was sitting at his desk with his head down. He had a black eye on top of a black eye. Why should I fight back?” “Because you’re Deacon Mike Brandon.” he said pointing to his face. “I won a lot of money and he refused to pay me. “I got no more fight left in me.” “He covered everyone’s bet.” “But you didn’t give him enough time to get it?” I asked. He was a fighter. and nothing was thrown to the floor.
You see everyone has a motive! It’s a dog eats dog world!” “Yeah.
www.” he started. and he didn’t carry that much on him.” He smiled. and I swung at him and punched the shit out of him. “I just don’t want to go to jail.com
. girl eats girl. dog eats dog.” I said.” “So you do have a little fight left in you. “I’m sorry Nick. it’s all semantics.” “The loss of your niece kind of put you out there.” “Everyone lies!” “Even you?” He glared at me.” he said. “I understand the ramifications of death.” I said.” “You. “I hit the dog fights big.” “Yeah. but I didn’t.” “You may not have even killed him.bibliotastic. “Didn’t he buy you a drink?” “That cat never bought anyone a drink!” he shouted. It wasn’t a fair fight. give me something to hang my hat on. “Just want to make sure you’re on the up and up with me. He swung at me and missed.” I said.” I said knowing that if he lied to stay out of jail would only come back to bite him in the ass. that Latina waitress did bring me a drink purchased by that cheap ass.” “I’m just so sorry all of this started.” “Okay. “And you know that because?” “He’s a cheap ass!” “But you don’t know him that well. “Don’t play with me. He said he wasn’t going to pay.” “You’re going to kick my ass?” “I’ll do more than that. “Not until I get all my little ducks in a row. Nick. I’m sorry for what I did.” “I know. That just triggered something in me so I called his mama a name. I could cleaned up the floor with his scrawny ass. “Really?” “Just hang in a little longer and let me get to the bottom of this. I told him I needed the money and he told me tough shit.” “I know him from the gambling only. you almost lost Zoraida. and I didn’t mean to punch that guy in the nose.” he said as he looked directly at me.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
“Were you friends?” “I don’t know him too well. “I went over to Carlos Rivera and asked him for my money.” I said using the driver’s line. “Are you reporting this to the police?” he asked.” he confessed.” “A waitress said she delivered a drink to you that was purchased by Carlos. I can take!” I smiled. “But it was to get me to make bets with him. “Come on Mike.” I nodded.
yeah robbed. I knew that there was more to his story.” I said. “He’s not a punk gang member.” I suggested.” he continued. I left.” “Everything comes down to a boil for a reason.” I grimaced.” “This guy is tough. and now look at me. “I just want to find out if killing Carlos Rivera and the dog fights go hand and hand. “Call the police and let them know you were robbed. but I didn’t push it.” “I like dancing. “I know. “Why don’t you go wash up.Frank Atanacio
He nodded.” “I’m going to start keeping a close leash on One Eye Froggy.” he added. Mike Brandon was filled with adrenaline. He was hiding something. and that would soon come out like dirty little secrets.” I said. Not just yet. Maybe you were just a scape goat. There was no conviction.” “But dealing with Froggy is an over boil.” “Be careful Nick. “Yeah. He smiled. “Just want to see if his bark is worth than his bite. I’m sure he felt the walls closing in. Wishing I had stayed home.” the deacon warned. “I thought I liked dancing too.” I said. I need to find out if there’s a correlation.” “Robbed?” I nodded. you could hear the conviction. Mike. Nick.” I said sincerely. “You’re going to be dancing cheek to cheek with the devil. The reason I knew that he was lying to me was when he told the truth.” The deacon nodded. “You told me that once.
. “Keep in touch with your wife.
” I said. Nick PT Barnum. and there’s a place for everything. “Something funny?” “Yeah you. “I wanted to make sure it found its way to your front steps.” “Good. I had all the plans to get the stains out of her dirty laundry. “You’re going to be the lucky one.” She smiled.com
.” she said.” “I heard so much about you. I knocked on the light oak wood door and Carolyn opened it up immediately. “My kind of girl. “I started as I looked around at her neat apartment. It was as if she was expecting me right at that moment.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
I was pleased that Carolyn Lopez called me over to her apartment for a drink.” “Most of it. “So. or you can simply ask for a drink. “You keep teasing me and I bet you won’t get lucky. sit down.” “I make certain of that. “You can rip my clothes off and take advantage of me right here. What really turned me on was the fact that she seemed a bit frisky over the phone. and we’ll take it slow. Perhaps she was waiting by the window. Or at least pile them high on the bedroom floor. I’ve elected to simply allow the chips to fall where they may.” She was so organized.” she grinned.” I joked. “Come in. How so?” “Let’s just say I can play hockey without a stick. She quickly made a dash for the kitchen and came back with two cold bottled beers. “Then I choose to rip your clothes off and take advantage of you right here.” “You thought I’d be a fancy girl?” I laughed. but she chose me. “What. She was a pretty girl caught up in bad things. I was planning to give her a thorough background check.” “Beer would be fine.” She laughed. Everything has a place. but why couldn’t she get her finances straightened out? “How do we start?” I nervously asked. I started those rumors. she was hot. Every stain can come out of dirty laundry. “Well.” “Is that a choice?” She nodded. It was out of the blue and certainly unexpectedly. but decided against it.” I smiled. Damn.” She turned and smiled.” I said. She was wearing a New York Mets baseball cap.”
www.” “All bad I hope. “I am. “Nice place you have here.bibliotastic. I realized she could have had her choice of any guy she wanted. “Are you Nick PT Barnum?” she asked jokingly. I can’t be fancy?” I laughed again and she pushed me. and a number 15 Mets black jersey with tight white shorts. “A beer drinker.
“Or you’d rather not talk about it?” “I just want to spend some good times with a regular guy.” “Is there a need to laugh?” “None.” she said softly as she began to undress. I wanted to sleep with Carolyn that night. “I understand. “You’re laughing at me?” I asked.Frank Atanacio
“I get that a lot.” she said. She sort of reminded me of Zoraida.” she said.” “I bet you do. “No business. “Now get undressed. “I just didn’t want to break any of your furniture as I make wild and passionate love to you. even morals. “How did you start gambling?” She looked puzzled.” “That’s business?” “For me it is. When you’re with Nick.” I started. “I thought I saw you in the newspapers once or twice before.” I answered. not Zoraida.” I replied.” I said.” “I’m not that easy.” she replied. “And who wants to keep on your good side so I’d be in your pants by the night’s end. “About two weeks ago. “No. “I’m asking as a friend who wants to help. “With you.” She smiled.” she replied. and take me.” “Is that dirty talk?” “You want more?” “At least better than that.” She laughed. “Did you have a moustache once?” “No.” she said.” “Oh you are a pig!” “Carolyn.” “Just make me your bitch.” “A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do. everything goes flying.” “Really?” “I would know that. “Right here?” “Problem with that?” she asked. “It’s the best I got.” “I am.” I said. but I had to block that out of my mind.” “I’ll be the judge of that.” I smiled.” “When was the last time you had hair on your face?” she asked. “It was a terrific date.
and I’m not a stock-broker type. I really had to pinch myself. because I couldn’t believe I was really here with her.com
. I’m a great looking guy. and certainly no Viagra. It’s just that she was so attractive. Hell.bibliotastic. Nevertheless.
www. so take notes!” She smiled. Nick PT Barnum needed no comparison. I bet I’d pale in comparison to the men she’d usually date. It wasn’t that I wasn’t good looking.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
“I’m sure you will.
I nodded.” I whispered. Even he admitted to that. “Listen.” I said.” “Someone is telling you lies.” I said mostly to myself. “But there simply was no traffic to get stuck in. Freeman was a tall slender woman. and her blonde hair had sprinkles of gray.” I started. “Got her trained.Frank Atanacio
The next morning I had to visit Dr. Personal computers were not allowed. Barnum. “Information gave me directions to this haunting room.” “He neck was napped?” She stared disdainfully at me. and there was access to the internet with medical ties. and checking personal information or email wasn’t permitted either.” I said.” “She nodded.” “Could it have been from a counter of table?” “Do you mean if he could have snapped his neck by falling backwards on a counter or table?” I nodded. but her slight bags under her eyes told a different story. “So it could be ruled out as an accident.” she said not looking up. She seemed well rested. Nevertheless.” She smiled. “Jenny doesn’t lie. and the fact that she hasn’t any make-up on didn’t help either. “And that could have killed him. She was here to answer some questions. Keep it simple.” The doctor smiled. “We’ve determined the cause of death to be a broken neck. she wasn’t here to attract me. She wore designer glasses.” I started. but I’m a simple guy.” “So a punch in the nose could have caused him to fall backwards.” I replied. Dr.” “Yes.” “I was trying to be fashionable late.” She smiled.” In her office was one of the few personal computers allowed by hospital administrators. “Yes. “Right on time.”
. “So you wanted some information on Carlos Rivera?” she asked. “The deacon punched him in the nose. “She’s a good captain. his neck was snapped. I was not to surprised that she was touching a dead body on a table in front of her. It appeared that her job kept her from keeping up with her appearance.” “A broken nose couldn’t have killed him. She grabbed an old doughnut from the coffee counter and bit into it slowly. Marcia Freeman at the Bridgeport Hospital Morgue. “I know you want to use medical terminology on me.” she replied as we walked to a small corner office. right?” “True.” she agreed. with a fit body structure.” she said as she continued examining the body.” “Of course not. She nodded as I walked closer to her. “Captain Camacho wanted me to give you my complete cooperation. “I hear that you cause a lot of these dead bodies.” “Sure he did. “Mr. There were programs that only their computers supported. and my job was to find out how they got dead. “But he didn’t have a broken nose. “Can we talk away from the dead?” I asked. Her nose was long. “Sure. and I’ll be out of your hair very quickly. but cute. The hospital wanted to make sure their patients were never ignored. Her job was to examine the dead.
“How do you know this.” she smiled.” I started.” “You know Carlos?” “No. She grinned.” “Me too. and me Nick Barnum. “I see his work come through this hospital often. “You know. “The police knows it. “I’m not really the greatest. damn you’re slow. and when the deacon swung.” “How do you know this?” She looked levelly at me.” she started. “They’re going to have another examiner supply them with the same information.” she started as I turned back to face her.” “Was Carlos drunk?” “His alcohol levels were very high.” I Paused as she bit into the doughnut again. He hates black people. and the only thing found in his stomach were the ingredients to a Bloody Mary.” she said.” I paused. He’d rather have others do the work for him. “Why?” “My connections. “People like that man avoid scenarios that will have him come into contact with these groups of people.” “But when you found it had something to do with Froggy. “I was on duty when Carlos Rivera came in. “Didn’t the police tell you this?” “They kept it from me.bibliotastic. he would have changed that.” “So you have evidence that could help free an innocent man.” I nodded. women.” “Do you know his business?” I asked. “Not really sure.” “My ex-husband worked for him. “And the deacon drinking a Bloody Mary?” “I’m kidding. and homosexuals.” “Yeah. but they’re not using it?” She nodded. I hear you’re a show off. and missed the drink shot up and splattered all over him. Lots of it.” she answered. “Yes?” “This Froggy guy.com
.” “Again. PT Barnum is the greatest showman. “But why?” I asked myself as I turned away from the doctor.” “Well. How did you ever become Bridgeport’s greatest private eye? Carlos was holding the drink. “If I did.” “So he could have been framed?” She nodded.” I nodded. It’s that play on words. “You decided to tell the captain of police your history?”
www.” she answered. “He did break his nose and he wasn’t holding the Bloody Mary. and then they’ll take it from there.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
“He was holding a Bloody Mary in his hand.” I said. “So he did bust Carlos in the nose?” “Clocked him good. He has this controversial way of handling these groups of people. I had to have something great because I’m certainly no showman.” I asked.” “I’m sorry.
” she half shouted. and no.” she replied. She nodded. “I would never jeopardize my job for anyone! I report the truth.” she said she took out a pair of surgical gloves from a box on the counter. and because of the ties you have?” She pondered those questions for a moment and then answered.” She said softly.” I nodded. right?” “Even still. “So the other doctor who handed everything over to te police. “I was the first to handle his corpse. and I stick with it. I was the ideal person to speak to. That’s all. “Too bad your audience consists of dead people. call me.” she paused.” “I also know the deacon.
. I handed the doctor my business card and she accepted it. “For now. “Call the police. I called her immediately and explained.” “Sometimes it’s better that way. is she on duty?” “He.” I said.” I Nodded. her eyes shifting away from me.” I said.” “Damn you’re a funny girl.” she said. “I have a great deal of work to do. “I think Detective O’Brien wanted me to make sure you get everything they got.” she said as she handed me the paper. She slipped it into her pocket and smiled at me. “If you need anything else.” I nodded again. “So the reports have no prejudices. “Me too. but I studied it like a medical student would.” “So you think.” “Here’s a print out of the autopsy report. “If you think of anything else I need to know. She smiled. glancing at the empty coffee pot. “Captain Jenny Camacho and I go a long way back.Frank Atanacio
She shrugged.” “I wish it were under different circumstances.” “B B?” She nodded.” She smiled. “Is that all the questions you have?” she asked. “I’m here and I believe the police wanted you to speak to me.” “You’ve been a great help. I wasn’t sure what I was looking for.” she said warmly.” “After the reports?” “When I completed the reports is when all this came to light.” “Good. “I could never have a bad night. I walked out of her workplace and looked at the autopsy report.” “Because of what you found. No matter what!” “Just checking. “I’ve known him for a number of years through his wife.
but that was far too delicate for me.
www. even a little fear. there has to be no room for being challenged. She once said she didn’t want to let fear in the door. I couldn’t get some much needed rest. and knew that I wasn’t trained to do anything else. They complained amongst themselves. but a rule nevertheless. When you allow something to challenge you. It’s difficult rule to follow.bibliotastic. and the way she drove her sports car. They were always talking about the way I live. Pushing her skirt way up high so that I could be teased unmercifully. I guess they thought I was much too delicate to hear the truth. but she was the one I didn’t want to let go. when O’Brien spoke to me. She was only trying to protect her son. When the deacon spoke to me. B B had her one. and how I was never home. She was afraid of what my job was going to do to her family. She told me to try an office job. Again with the delicate. I knew my neighbors complained about it. I lay there thinking and my thoughts kept coming around to Zoraida Saez. Again they talked amongst themselves. Delicate again? Tired and bothered as I was. Because if you do. and getting the upper hand is what I always strived for. She wanted me to quit what I was doing once.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
Everything didn’t seem to be going the way I expected it. and it’s all I knew. and I fully understood. I kept thinking about that word. but I never got around to doing it. Funny how relationship works. I’d had a few sweethearts since Zoraida.com
. her laughs. Zoraida was a whole package deal. he seemed challenged. I fell asleep. Delicate? My house came with a farm porch that stretched from one side of the house to the other. it’ll end up staying over like an unwanted family member who has nothing better to do than to sponge off of you. I liked it. O’Brien had hit it on the head when he called her the one. In my line a work. I remembered everything we did together. and the thoughts of that beautiful girl intensified. Everything has to be hit head on. It lets me be me. he lacked conviction. While the ripples were still spreading. I thought about it. and I had mine. I remembered her kisses. it may cause you to lose your life. but they never approached me. I couldn’t remember a case ever being so delicate. Everything we did together developed into a pattern that inked itself permanently in my consciousness. I took off my gun and laid down on the sofa that I had stored there for dumping purposes. Without being delicate.
She was always looking out for me.” “You got a new girl. “Can’t have my favorite deacon locked up. “I hope you’re doing something about it. She was steady. “What’s up with Mike Brandon?” “Looks like the deacon is in serious trouble. She didn’t realize that the deacon lost his cell. and he hung around people he shouldn’t be seen with. and drag us down with you. My door opened. “He got caught up in places he shouldn’t be in. pretty Latin woman with dark short hair. but she served her purpose. ask yourself. I nodded. She wasn’t very efficient. “Why are you glowing?” “Glowing?” “Yeah.” “Yeah. That was a big plus in this business.” I replied without holding back any punches. and she stormed in like a woman on a mission. I got use to her and she got use to me. frantic. Maybe try and give her some comfort.” “Don’t play with me Nick. She was a thin. I’m all over this. you are. She had left over seven messages on Mike Brandon cell phone.” “What is B B doing about this?” “She’s worried. She set the bar high for herself. Things would certainly not be the same.” I smiled. Her favorite deacon was accused of murder. She was oddly my right hand man. “Janet. “Damn you men know how to screw life up. what the hell is going on?” she asked as she stood directly in front of me with her hands on her hips.” “Don’t be an ass.” “I am. She had a sour look on her face and her expression was clear. but he has failed to return her calls. It was a fashion statement for her. and I wouldn’t know what to do without her if she decided to leave. I bet. but she wasn’t at all wild. She was intelligent. “Okay Nick. I’m going to pay her a visit.” she said. and she heard the news all the way down in Florida. “Yeah. It has put him in a bad spot. “Hey. but had planned to reach her goals. and had lots of dreams. “You know I’m right.Frank Atanacio
Janet returned from vacation. as if she owned the joint. that wasn’t going to be much of a problem.” Janet said.” “I’m not glowing. It was upsetting and she wanted to know what I was doing about it.” she said giving me a curious look. It was frightening and unsettling. She had olive skin and big brown eyes that often displayed a puppy expression.” “Maybe I’m pregnant.” she continued. Knowing her.” “What are you talking about?” “You got a girl!” “Don’t be crazy.” Janet was visiting her favorite vacation spot when she first heard the news. you pimp!”
.” “Janet. “When did you ever know me to play around about a serious situation?” Janet worked for me for about five years.” I said. She had a nose piercing and a tongue ring.” she said. She couldn’t continue to enjoy herself until she knew what was going on. She was finishing up college.” I said. glowing. “You haven’t glowed like that since Zoraida.” “Poor mama. She started when she was in high school just doing some light filing. and I would always look out for her. So I decided to hire her as my secretary. and knew how to handle people.
” I said.” “You had sex with her?” “You said it.” I smiled.” “Do what?” “You shouldn’t compare girls like that. “That means you are seeing someone knew.” “It’s nothing. “You are college educated.” she started. it’s nothing.” “Come on.” I tried to explain. “I don’t think I know her. “We just met. really. “So you’re telling me that this nothing. Don’t live with Zoraida through her. is just a booty call?” “Booty call?” “Yeah. Let her stand on her own two feet and be her own person.” I smiled. But hey. “Carolyn Lopez? Hmm. Zoraida’s body isn’t even cold yet.” I said.” “Good.com
. “I’m a pimp daddy.” she put her fingers on her chin. “Come on pimp daddy.” I said.” she said. “What?” “I’ll find out who she is. “Let’s just leave it at that.” “Carolyn Lopez.” Janet laughed. “Why?” “Got to watch my old man’s back.” she chuckled.” she said.” “Damn. and you just admitted it.” I laughed. “But she reminds me a little of her though.” I said.” She gave me the middle finger.” “You see Nick.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
“You can’t tell that by just looking into my face. and it went a little too far.” “It’s been two years!” “Aha!” “What?” “You said It’s been two years. I smiled.”
www.” “No.” “It really isn’t nothing. people change.” She smiled. “What’s her name?” “I’m telling you Janet.” “Better looking than Zoraida?” “I don’t compare girls. “That hurts. spill the beans. “But damn Nick.” I said.” “Nothing? Strange name.bibliotastic. “I just can’t picture you a booty call type of person. “Don’t do that. Nicky boy. Reminding you of Zoraida is only telling me that you wish she was Zoraida.
“Damn. “Just leave things alone.” She smiled. “I think she will too.” I said.” I whispered. She continued laughing as she walked out of my office and slammed the door behind her.”
I gave her my middle finger.
“Nick!” Carolyn called. I sipped. I walked toward the light and noticed a sign beneath it pointing to the rear of the building. They were closed of course. “Yeah.bibliotastic. In fact. He was a bear of a man. “Working tonight?” I asked as I kissed her cheek. My eyes went into puppy mode. It was partially covered. I smiled. The building was situated just beyond the Fairfield town line and just short of the on-ramp to I95 South bound heading toward New York City. A beer would be great!” She smiled. but I too was drawn to her charm. Both the dogs looked like they just came out of a war zone.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
Sunday came rather quickly as I hustled over to Chico for the dog fighting contest. They had anger in their eyes. He had lots of curly hair on his shoulder and upper arm.” she said. “I don’t pay for beers. and fighting clenched teeth. “Oh. exposing some dog crates. I saw Carolyn Lopez standing at the corner of the bar taking drink orders. She blew a kiss at me. Damn. I had to be there. There was a small arena at the center of the room and two pit-bulls tied on each side of the arena. He simply just let me in. He wore farmer overalls and a wife beater tee-shirt. She handed me a draft. He had a thick beard and a full moustache. Behind her sat the bouncer. A community that had neighborhood watches. or he didn’t expect a password. She was the complete package. “You want a drink?” “Scotch and water. The one on the right side of the arena had a missing ear. I noticed that the gamblers were drawn to that particular spot because of her. It was my job. He gave me an up and down look and allowed me passage. Nevertheless. The smell of urine was strong as it hit me like a ton of bricks. It was held at the Chico Social Club in a blue collar community. They were like a well oiled machine. I knocked on the dirty gray metal door and a thin tall dark skinned Latino male opened it up. The pit-bull on the left side had dried blood on his face that completely covered scars. A wooden trailer was parked in the back. I knew that the sign was meant for the would be gamblers. okay. to her natural beauty. but the flower shop at the end had a light on. The trailer was obviously used to transport animals.
www. Oh baby! “What are you doing later tonight?” I asked.” “A beer?” “Scotch and water. She was handing the orders to the bartender and he was quickly handing her the drinks. but failed to see this happening in their own back yard. “Probably making love to you. about a hundred yards from the stair-well. but I played it off and looked surprised to see her. I followed the directions to the back of the shop and into a dark stairwell. and Mike Brandon was my friend..com
.” I nodded. She was a very attractive woman and the men knew it. I found myself drifting in and out of reality. He also had exposed hair on his chest pushing up toward his neck. Everything you wanted in a girl with the exception of the gambling debt. “Here!” I knew where she was. and I had to keep digging. There was a strip of stores on that side of the road next to Chico. He did not ask me for identification. I slept with that! It wasn’t that hard to admit.” I repeated. but you know the deal.” she replied. In this case dogs used for fighting.
. I couldn’t believe people actually betted on these types of things. I looked toward the arena and the dog with the missing ear was covered in blood and lifeless. The dogs in the arena were ripping at each other and all of a sudden there was a shriek.” “Last name too. The bouncer walked up to me with Froggy in tow.” “I know right where that is. He knew that the house had made a lot of money. He was studying the aftermath briefly and muttered.” I said. “How much? You asshole. and horrible spectacle. and the bouncer smiled.” “Your name?” “Nick.” said the bouncer. They stopped directly in front of me. I couldn’t believe how ugly he looked.Frank Atanacio
I smiled.” “Ten.” she smiled. I noticed the excitement in the patrons’ eyes. why do you bitches have to make this shit so difficult?” he said as he wrote my name in the book and walked away. and then a calm. There was a man standing next to the bouncer who really looked like a frog. I’m leaving her alone. yet I wanted to feed him a fly. He was staring sullenly at me. “The lady has work to do. Perhaps he was wondering why I was here. “How much what?” “Are you betting. and this was probably their last night alive. and my heart ached. It was a dreadful.” “Come back again. but I had to be here. “I know. I knew that look. I know. “After work. I get it. “Yes?” “Pay-out time. Thank God I only put down ten bucks. right?” “Only if you wanna meet me between the sheets.” “Damn. It was show time. “Leave the lady alone. “Hey!” The bouncer called. and how much I placed as a bet. “The missing ear dog. She’s got work to do. “Holy-shit!” Foggy turned toward the ring and then his eyes smiled in triumph. you asshole!” “Barnum. Froggy looked curiously at me as I tried not to stare. and what dog?” I looked at the dogs in the arena and really didn’t want to bet on either one of them. I saw it a million times. The excitement was just about to begin as the lights dimmed and everyone quickly ran toward the arena. It was false gratification.” “I’m sorry. I was doing it for a friend. “How much?” a man in a light gray suit and a pimp hat asked me. Perhaps he was attracted to my tall good-looking features.” I said. It was a total disgrace. He was so excited with the outcome of the dog fight. He had a patch over one eye and his facial feature and popped out eye had reptilian features. I quickly turned to face the dogs as they went at it in the ring. That ten dollars wasn’t going to make him any money. There was a small heavy set man standing in front of the dogs holding cash in both hands. Glancing around the club. He turned and whispered something to the bouncer and returned his glare toward me again.” The bouncer growled. but gratification nevertheless. They needed medical attention. “Hey!” The bouncer shouted. but it probably did attract his attention. but did not get off his chair. I understood that I was violating his turf.” I said.
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“Oh. “I don’t carry that much money on me. If not. “You’re that guy asking questions?” “That’ll be me.” Froggy smiled.” There was a quick thump and I fell to my knees.com
.” “Ten thousand dollars you asshole!” “Ten thousand what?” “Dollars!” “I didn’t bet that much!” “The minium bet on this fight was a thousand dollars!” shouted the bouncer. and my body ached. “You placed ten!” “Holy-shit.” “Can I plead my case?” “I can’t kill you. “What the fuck is this?” “I lost. “It’s hard to collect money from a dead man.” “Everyone who came tonight knew about the minium. “Besides.” I gulped. Normally it would have taken several hits to knock me out. But let me tell you this. I didn’t understand what was happening to me. “Have our money!” he demanded as he pointed his finger into my chest. “Barnum?” Froggy looked confused.” I said as I handed him ten dollars. I wanted to push him away. The winners won twenty times the amount they placed. “I su.” he said. I saw the room spinning.bibliotastic. I had to think about the bet I had just lost. The bouncer moved closer to me and his big belly was unpleasantly touching my arm.” “You took out some of my men. “Well?” he growled. of course. I saw Carolyn Lopez worrying and finally.” I said. well the losers just pay. but I had to think. I’m giving you to the end of this week to pay. I didn’t know there was a minimum. but whatever they used was heavy and precise. and the losers.. I saw men shoes in front of me before everything went dark. I’m gonna have to kill you so the others can see that we don’t play around.” said the bouncer..
www. but I just realized that someone had hit me in the back of the head with a blunt instrument. A flash shot right before my eyes.
The dog licked my arm. “You rest. He went into a whimpering frenzy. I would have given Froggy. the smell from the bag was so strong I almost threw up. but I managed to crawl toward the first one. Something that wasn’t going into the garbage can. He put his bloody head on my lap and closed his eyes. my friend. “You’re thinking that this is a Yankee town. I just knew that the duffle bags had something in them. but couldn’t. but somehow survived it. lying on his side with his paw frozen with rigomortise was the dog that made me lose ten thousand dollars. that one-eyed punk the money if he would have guaranteed me the life of that poor dog. but I knew they were bleeding. The dog too was looking for comfort. He was stabbed twice in the throat. “You like baseball?” The dog didn’t answer. He crawled closer to me and fell into my lap.” I said. and my face was covered in cuts. I looked for the zipper and it was dark outside.” The dog continued purring. His bloodied head motionless on the ground. They were next to each other side by side. The winner of that contest.” I said as the dog crawled closer to me. “Don’t tell me it’s the other dog?” I whispered. “I don’t think we should fall asleep. but I knew it moved on its own because I wasn’t touching the bag at the time. because I really couldn’t feel my legs. Maybe you should have gambled too. It took some doing. However. There were two canvas duffle bags laying about three feet away from me. so that became a task in itself. It appeared that he had his throat cut. “It really is a dog eats dog world. “I wonder what these monkey’s left behind?” I said as I pulled the first one toward me. “I know how you feel dog. and I knew the bags weren’t garbage. I noticed the dog had a very difficult time trying to keep its head up. I opened the bag up and at first I couldn’t recognize the stench. “I know what you’re thinking. I mustered enough strength to zip open the bag and out fell the other pit-bull.” I said. I couldn’t feel my lips.” The dog’s purr was quieter. He tried to clench his teeth and growl. I looked into his bloody eyes. and the other duffle bag next to it. they wouldn’t have tried to kill you. The dog was almost purring. We may never get up. Perhaps it was because my nose was full of dried blood.” I said. I didn’t realize it at first.” The dog whimpered again. and then stopped almost as I put my hand on his head. “What the hell did these animals do to this poor dog?” On the ground next to my feet. In response to some sort of private investigator’s instincts. It looked like they took turns punching me around while I was unconscious because my entire body ached. “Of course we can become friends. “I like the Mets. right?” The dog was quiet.” I said. what hit me?” I said softly. Or perhaps it was just the beating I got that made everything difficult. and this was his reward. “You with me buddy?”
. “But if you owed them money. “We better talk about something to keep us awake. In the bag was the dog with the missing ear.Frank Atanacio
When I came to I realized I was sitting in a dark alley way covered in garbage and smelling my own blood. and the dog looked into mine.” I said. “Damn. “Should I?” I pulled the other bag toward me and it moved.
. “But at least he didn’t die alone. I hope I don’t die alone. I smelled the rotting dog next to me.” But at least he didn’t die alone? That wasn’t even comforting! I kept patting the dog and my eyelids were getting to heavy. It was just too much for me to take as I drifted back into the unconsciousness.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
There was no sound coming from the dog at all. “Damn.
www.bibliotastic. “Buddy?” I pulled the dog’s head toward me and realized he had died. and I kept petting the dog on my lap.” I whispered.
“Yeah.” said O’Brien.” “Pete. “I wasn’t. “Can you help me out?” “I should let you rot there!” “It stinks so bad in here.” “What about the dead dogs in the alley?” I shouted as I pointed to the alley.” I said.Frank Atanacio
I heard a great deal of commotion.” I smiled faintly. “It’s me. until I realized that it wasn’t darkness from the lack of sun.” “Those old hens were put up to it!”
.” I said.” “What?” “They told them that you were here all night singing. “Grab my hand.” “The dog fight in Chico?” He shook his head from side to side.” I said as he helped me out of the dumpster.” I replied. carrying on with a prostitute.” “I really want to tell you that you’re a sight for battered eyes. but I was far too deep. It was darkness from within a garbage dumpster.” “Those women standing next to my police officers tell something different.” “A whore Nick?” O’Brien looked disappointed.” I called. Someone had picked me up and tossed me into a garbage dumpster like Tuesday’s trash. “It was really touch and go for a moment. There was still a lot of commotion. “Come in. “No dogs.” I continued.” “Explain the beating. “Help!” I called. “You know me!” “I thought I did.” “You shouldn’t be drinking. “Froggy must have cleaned up his act. “Their pimp. you too.” “What?” “They’re given us a written statement. “Someone threw me away. we checked. Pete. It took several minutes before someone realized that I was in the trash. but I’m still good. “Nick?” “God?” “No you idiot. and someone peered in at me. The plastic lid shot open. you didn’t want to pay. I was just about to make some coffee. and when I opened my eyes up it was still dark. and making a spectacle of yourself. I couldn’t believe it.” “What the hell are you doing in the garbage?” “Someone threw me away.” said O’Brien as he stuck his hand in for grabbing. “Hello. “I’m in here.” He said as he helped me stand to my feet.” I tried to reach for the lid. I didn’t have the energy to stand.
but he can account for every penny.” “I should have left your stank ass there. I can’t take your side on this.” I said as he helped me into the car.” “You just had one too many. “We have increased our investigation.” “Let’s just get you home.” He grimaced. “You’re really stinking up my cruiser.bibliotastic. Just like he’s doing to Mike Brandon.” he started as he turned to face me.” he said.” he said pointing toward some police officers and several woman standing next to them.” “That makes him honest?” “I didn’t say that. They said you were out here with a woman and she demanded payment for the sex you’ve had. Froggy was a much more human presence than the mayor.” He nodded. He’s the highest tax payer this city has. Nick. “I’m telling you. This would never fly if I really had to arrest you. “You got caught up with booze and a prostitute. you stink.” “What do you want me to say?” “That you’re getting leads. “Pete. I came here for the dog-fight!” I pleaded. They killed two pit bulls last night and must have taken them away. you know it’s a game he’s playing.” “But you love me. and he knows some important people. I was just wondering if O’Brien knew it.” “Can’t say what isn’t true.” he said. “Don’t worry. “Let’s just leave this alone for now.”
www. “Let’s go.” “Can I bribe you?” “Don’t get cute or I’ll throw your ass back into the dumpster.” “You didn’t have to.” “Must be the lack of evidence. “It’s you.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
“Let me take you home. Or at least I couldn’t pay.com
.” “You were out here doing whatever. I’m telling you. thanks for getting me out of that can.” “No. How can I believe you over them? There are several of them. and they took it out on me and the dogs. “It came up empty. and then there is just you. we have to do something about Froggy.” he said. You know that. We’ll work on something to help the deacon out.” he said as he entered the car.” “Pete.” “Listen. “I lost a lot of money and I didn’t pay.” “Pete. He was a genuine threat to the citizens of this city. I’m not going to arrest you.” “That didn’t answer my question.” “Does that remotely sound like something I would do?” I asked.” “Pete.” “Well. He does have a great deal of money. “Are given us statements. it’s not what it looks like. they were put up to it. those woman over there.” “Again Nick.” “So you’re not making any progress?” “We’re doing th best that we could.” “That hurts. but I should for being a stupid ass.” “Then lie. and that the deacon will be okay.” It just accord to me as O’Brien was helping me to his police cruiser. check out the club!” “Let’s just go so I can let these people go back to their homes.
. “And the deacon continues to squirm. “For now. Nick.” I grimaced.” “For now.Frank Atanacio
He smiled.” he said.
If anything. “There were several scheduled.” “We’re going to continue checking on that. I should have realized that when the bets were a thousand dollar minium.” I restated. and the hours were just too long.” I said. “Mostly poor.” O’Brien started. However. He would never actually say it. “So you do believe there is dog fighting?” “I believe you.” He nodded. He is a well tight man. “I’ve known her for a long time. His never being married had something to do with being a police officer. “I’d like to loosen him a bit with my fist for having those dogs killed.com
.” he said as he tossed me a dry towel.” he said.” said O’Brien. I think.bibliotastic. “I can’t see Mike betting on those fights and she not knowing where the money is going.” he said. He would always look for ways to raise money. he was a good friend and he really cared about me and the deacon. “And the deacon had his hands dirty. “Maybe she didn’t want to know.” “Deacon Brandon wouldn’t stoop that low.” “Okay. “What? I couldn’t.” “If all this comes out. He had been doing it for over 30 years. “What?” “Gets the money from his church. “Not with B B standing over him.” “I guess. and high ceilings that totally whispered privilege.” “He has a great deal of followers.” “From his parishioners.” “She would have stopped it.” “Froggy?” He nodded.” He nodded.” he said.” “Maybe she didn’t know. He helped me into my house and made sure I was cleaned up. “I just got to bet on the main event.
www.” I replied.” I said.” he said.” I said. “The place had walnut paneling. but he didn’t have to. I think the deacon thought he was helping the church. “How many dog fights?” he asked. “Can’t make you promises though. I don’t know how he could have waged a thousand dollars a fight.” “I don’t know.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
Detective Peter O’Brien lived his whole life as a bachelor. She’s no dummy.” O’Brien gave me a side-ways glance. I smiled.” “A thousand?” “Something I couldn’t afford.” “Don’t put anything over on that woman. “Can I offer you a drink?” “Enough with the booze.” “That place wasn’t just no dog-fighting backyard type. “I’m glad.
Mike doesn’t want anyone going without. He always comes through when basketball camps come around. Certainly not for personal gain.” “So we got to help him out of this mess. “Which is what?” I asked. “These days?” “Right. “It makes sense in a way.” O’Brien smiled.” “Of course. Maybe he had to do what he had to do. I’m sure he’s gambling for his flock.” he said. He still finds money to send needy kids to baseball games.Frank Atanacio
“And Mike still manages to send needed kids to summer camps..
.” “And put him back on the straight and narrow. Gamble in the name of God.” I said.
” “How do you do?” I said as I stood up quickly and shook his hand. “I’m paying on time.” Janet said.” said Janet almost too professionally. “And you’re debt free?” He nodded again.” “Salt of the earth. and a Malcolm-X tee-shirt.” “Yeah. Miller. “This is my boss.com
. but his nose big. Miller nodded. He looked at me quizzically.” “So you have no financial problems with him?” I continued.” I started explaining. are you okay to talk?” I asked. “Was gambling with the deacon that night. “he said.” he said. You don’t have that fear?” “I don’t have any enemies. “Are you married?” He nodded.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
I was in my office with my feet up on my desk taking in a few moments of much needed rest.” I said as I pointed to one of my client’s chairs. but my body seemed to have accepted the beating I sustained when Janet came in with an overweight black man wearing baggy shorts. Nick PT Barnum.” “Mr. but we’re good. He wore oval shaped glasses with black rims. “I do owe him a little money.” “Are you behind?” “No. not behind on any gambling debts?” “I told you. “Mr. “What do you do for a living?” “I gamble.” he said. His eyes were tiny. but I didn’t want Janet to look bad. but not a lot. “Rusty Miller. “They have this fear brought on by Froggy.” “Professionally?” He nodded.” “So he made payment arrangements with you?” Mr. “I’m sorry for what has happened to the deacon. “What do you mean?” “People find it too difficult to talk about what happened to Mike Brandon.”
www. that he is. He smiled. My face was still aching. I wasn’t really in the mood or the mind set to take on any new clients.” he said.” “Sit down. His hair was dark color with beads of gray. Miller. “We all are.” I said.bibliotastic. “Wife know you have no job?” “She knows what I do. “No big debts. “He is a good man. “I’ll let you guys talk. “Do you owe Froggy money?” “Yes.” Janet started.
” I smiled again.” he said.” “He found me. “Hell. “I told you. He doesn’t want anything from you. but it was clearly written across his face. What do you mean?” “I’m just wondering what attracted the deacon to something like this. right?” “I came to help you. “If the odds are in your favor. “To help. ponies. The deacon doesn’t really hang around with such bad elements.” I smirked.” he half stood and then sat back down. “I didn’t find him.” “I don’t think so. debt will be the last thing you’re going to worry about.” he said. He wanted to pick my brain for Froggy. And forgive me for saying this. I’m a professional gambler. He didn’t say it.” he said.” “I’m a God loving man. “Whether you believe me or not.” “You like taking decent men to these places too?” “I don’t understand. That’s how I roll. scratch offs.” “But you don’t fear him?” “Why should I?” “Because you’re here. I do it all!” “Dog fighting?” “Cock fighting too. I came here to talk about the deacon.” I reworded.” He was quiet. Mike.” he snorted. It’s beneath him. He wanted some information from me.” “Just trying to find out where you found Mike Brandon. “Which buddy?” “Mike.” “Yeah.” “That’s just a fact.” “How much are you really in debt?” “What the hell?” Rusty Miller was struggling with his confidence. we make enough money to take a vacation every year around Christmas time. jai-alai. “Whether it be the lottery. I could hear him taking a deep breath. Nothing at all.
. “What does Froggy want with me?” “Nothing.” he said bravely. “But I didn’t come here to talk about my profession.” “Which buddy?” I asked again.” “He wanted to know how you found out about the dog-fighting contest. trust me. “Why are you really here?” I asked. but you’re beneath him too. That’s how I make my money. dogs. is all. he is. He really didn’t expect me to believe he came here to help the deacon. “There is no need to grill me like that. the so called deacon is not as honest as you think.Frank Atanacio
I smiled. The man shook his head slowly from side to side.” he replied. “Tell me?” “I came here to help my buddy out. “It’s a mystery to me.” I added. trying to steady himself. “And if you don’t tell me.
She was in good spirits.” “She’s telling the truth. I’m going to put a bullet into your fat ass.” “Good. He walked out.. laughing. “You will never see me again.” I nodded. she was okay. “One other thing?” “Yeah?” “Don’t you ever come by my office pretending you’re the deacon’s friend to pry information out of me. If I ever see you again. “But she told him you already knew. “Last night. “I want you to go back to Froggy and tell him that his goons he had tailing me told me where the dog fight was being held. “When was the last time you saw her?” I asked. You make sure he gets this information. It had nothing to do with Carolyn Lopez.” He nodded. “But otherwise.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
“He told me he’d knock my debt down if I got the information for him.. she was fine.” I said.
.” I smiled. “I already knew.” I said.” he said as he forced himself off my client’s chair using my desk as a brace. “I spoke with her last night.” I nodded. “He suspected Carolyn Lopez.” He nodded. Do I make myself clear?” “Definitely understand you.” “How was she?” I nervously asked.” he continued.bibliotastic.” “What?” “All that until she saw you get your ass kicked.
“You look like it more than you could ever feel like it. “I spoke to B B and she tells me that he is worried.” “Mike had always dealt with difficult hands.” said Janet. but she was sweet.” “Why you thanking me?” “For being here.” “Trust me. “It’s not like that.” “With pay?” “Of course.” “I’m too tired to argue.” “I feel like it. “Thanks. “You should go home and rest. and she made me laugh.” “Then maybe he’ll come out of this on top. and now it’s gone giving way to another pharmacy. Furniture stores opened and closed.” I glanced at my secretary.” She smiled.” “I don’t think so.” “I guess you’re right. “It’s the path he didn’t want to go down. “But if I’m going home.” “You think something’s going to happen to your new friend?” “Carolyn?” “Yeah. Some were here for the long haul.” She smiled at that.” she said. She knew we weren’t a couple. Janet.” I whispered.” she suggested. So many different stores opened and closed on this street over the past few years. “You really look like shit. I told him where I got my information from.” I smiled.” “The deacon without a church. “Getting smarter?” She nodded. Rite Aid Pharmacy was on the corner for almost twenty years. I guess.” I replied. Maybe he preached paths like this. “Yeah. I didn’t have to be a mind-reader to know what she was thinking. Some of my teachings were clear. but now he’s experiencing it firsthand. “You okay. The last thing she felt when she closed the door behind her was my worried expression over Carolyn Lopez.” I followed Janet’s lean figure toward the door. “The deacon is out there alone.” I crossed my fingers. My office has been here through all that. and I think that will satisfy Froggy. Nick?” Janet asked. “I’ve given that fat-ass what he wanted to know. and countless other stores. You’re intelligence is a farce. “Let’s go. It was like trying to remember good dreams. “Could my intelligence be rubbing off on you?” Janet tried to recall the lessons I’ve given her.Frank Atanacio
I stood up from my desk and turned to face the window that over looked downtown Main Street.” I said. others were just bad experiences. I knew she wasn’t Zoraida.
. “A man without a mission.” “I’m just stating a fact.” I said.” she spread her hands in a helpless gesture. tips touching my chin and thought about Carolyn Lopez briefly. you’re taking the rest of the day off. and it’s going to remain here until my last breath. “And he always came out of it on top.
It was clearly written across her face.bibliotastic.com
. She wanted me to be happy. and this wasn’t making me happy at all.
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but the thought of her in danger troubled her a great deal.
” his eyes softened. right?” He nodded slowly again.” “What?” He nodded. It was unbelievable that this could have happened to her. “How’s your day going?” I asked right off the bat. The one I told you to leave alone. I’d certainly lose. “I don’t like bringing bad news. and I noticed that my front door was opened.” “I came to pick you up. “It’s what you gotta do. but this one I had to bring to you.Frank Atanacio
I pulled into my driveway.” “Can’t you just tell them I looked at it already?” I asked. It had to be the only explanation. Pete?” “They beat her up so badly.” I bowed my tired head. “She was murdered.” “Why. O’Brien did a little research on him and told me that he was also a deacon. “Are you sure?” “Of course. because I was too tired to think of anything else. “Then I’ll bring you back. I didn’t hear him walking toward me.” Guilt seeped through my numbed body.” “She changed her story?” I asked.” “But you know it’s Carolyn. His engine was still running. “I know. Nick. That witness you’ve been seeing on the side. He was arrested several times before in different cities for laundering money through his church. “Carolyn Lopez?” He nodded again. but everything that happened to me over the past week could have left me a bit absent-minded. and I was relieved to see him standing behind me. and I had filled him in on what that man tried to do. “So why do you need to pick me up?” “You were the last person we know who saw her alive. He looked at me and knew exactly what I meant. Looks like she was punch inside out.” “Murdered?” He nodded.” he paused as if to catch his breath.” he explained.” O’Brien said. Or was it me? Was she excited to see me at the club?
. I looked toward the street and saw Detective Peter O’Brien’s unmarked police cruiser parked at the curb. I was almost in a clear state of shock. We had a conversation about Mr.” he said. “Been bad. I didn’t have the energy for another round of fighting.” “Damn. “She won’t be a witness for us anymore.” “That guy Rusty saw her last. I didn’t remember leaving it that way. but nevertheless I was glad it was him. I wanted it to be the only explanation.” said O’Brien. “You need to identify the body for us. “Her face sort of stripped away. “We trust you. O’Brien and I faced each other on my drive way.” I said. “We need you to identify the body for us. Nick. She looked like she was fitting right into that small group. “Those animals!” “We need you just to take a small look. Rusty Miller earlier.
And everyone knows how much you were into that girl. I shut my eyes for a moment and sipped. The scotch was doing its job. she was so different in so many ways. I walked toward my bar and poured a tall glass of Johnnie Walker Black. and my mind began relaxing the best way it knew how. I knew it wasn’t going to happen. but it happened.” I smiled. I know she was cute. Taking a bigger sip. I really couldn’t recall the last time I had seen a police car cruise through.com
. but scotch whiskey usually helps. “Why was she killed?” I asked myself as I took a longer sip. I gean to dread meeting her.” O’Brien started explaining about the opened door. and a good man. I finished my drink. There will be no problem with that. I sipped again as I permitted the scotch to ease my mind.” I nodded. I waited for the absolute quiet to begin easy my snarled nerves and hopes it washes away my worries. I had so many things on my mind that I was already fearing it. I was ready to see Carolyn Lopez for the last time.” I said. I didn’t know what I would do when I saw the mutilated body of Carolyn Lopez. I watched O’Brien make his way to the car. She was murdered. but Pete. The last time I saw her was when I was on the social club floor. or at least take control of it for a moment. “I saw a light on in your house so I thought you were home.” O’Brien broke my train of thought. O’Brien blew the horn. Lord knows I need one.” I nodded. “Maybe I could have had a chance in getting to know her better. The houses were built larger these days. and her death would certainly invade my dreams. and slowly back up into my driveway. But remember. dreading the times Carolyn and I had.” My house was in a new sub-division in the North End of the city. It was only that time you’d see a police car. “You did leave the front door unlocked. Leaning against the bar.” O’Brien grimaced. so I can’t say if it’s Froggy. break-ins and robberies were so rare.
www. “Janet told me that this girl reminded you of Zoraida. you just met her. “I’ll bring you back home. “I’ll be with you.” He continued. “What can make men so cruel?” The stillness in my heart was almost contained. That wasn’t a smart thing to do. and they were always off duty.” I said.” “I’ll wait in the car.” “That’s true. Pete. I took a deep breath as Carolyn Lopez’s face washed across my mind. The neighbors were so quiet. Tonight was going to be a difficult night to deal with.” I whispered. “Damn. but now she’s been murdered. and I knew it.” “You mean you won’t say?” “I’ll say if I knew. and the extra rooms were tedicously large. Officers Victor Cruz and Alfredo Fuentes would stop by for a card game or a sporting event. I felt a little easier. “I know it’s killing you. Her eyes would light up in my presence. I walked into my front door feeling terrible about what happened to Carolyn Lopez. I began to dread going to bed. It wasn’t planned. She adored me. Her smiled would certainly invade my sleep.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
“Nick?” “Was it Froggy?” “Can’t say. and actually making love to her.bibliotastic. “Just let me get a quick drink. He was a caring person. perhaps for no reason. I took another deep breath and another sip of scotch. Nick. Every now and again. “You can leave your truck here.
” I said. Damn thing was a freaking mess.” “Zip her up. “What?” said the man in the white jump-suit. and we will find out who did this. some even left this place not sure if it was their family member. I turned away and closed my eyes.” “They still can.” I said. I needed to look away because the body in front of me was indeed Carolyn Lopez. “Ye sir.” “Are you sure?” “Yep. No meaning. It was that stale air that came from death that invaded my nostrils.” “She worked for Froggy for no money.” O’Brien nodded. I waited by the entrance until a small thin man wearing a white jump-suit rattled in a Gurney. “The girl was hit by a train.” I said. “If you saw the body I brought in yesterday you wouldn’t be so touchy!” “Just handle this one with care!” “Yesterday’s body was another young woman. “They made their first mistake.” O’Brien tried to comfort. The stretcher bumped into the door way onto a white tile floor almost spilling the black body bag. Took several family members to identify her.” “That’s that.” “That’s Carolyn Lopez.” “They can try. “She’s already dead!” O’Brien waved me over as the man moved the body bag from the Gurney to the center table. and I really liked her. “They kept pounding away at her until she stopped breathing. She’s dead.” I nodded. “Now I’m going to fester and then make them wish they had killed me. And part of that stench came from Carolyn Lopez.” O’Brien nodded. “It’s okay to look. and that made O’Brien angry.Frank Atanacio
The morgue had a distinctive odor. no direction. “You got that right. It was odd to see her on the stretcher lifeless. Damn there were pieces everywhere. Just identify her.” said O’Brien. That woman that I made love to. “She owed him a gambling debt. and we’ll be on our way. and he took it out in trade. “Cowards. Hell. “No. it was that stale stench of death. and this is this.” he said as he stepped to one side so I could get a good look at the body.” said the attendant. “She was beaten to death. “Hey watch it!” Shouted O’Brien as he stood next to a metal table in the center of the room.” O’Brien corrected. “Killing Carolyn?” “Not killing me when they had their chance. That woman who really liked me.” O’Brien ordered. “I’ll prove that they do exist. I turned my head directly toward a morgue office as I watched a security officer sitting at his post with his feet up watching monitors on the wall.” he started as he unzipped the body bag. “It’s okay Nick. she was drinking and fell right onto the tracks. He wasn’t very careful in doing it.” “Allege.
. “Listen you punk son of a bitch!” “What?” the man shouted as he pulled away from O’Brien’s reaching hand.” I said. that’s her. only death.” O’Brien said in an almost whisper. She was a waitress at those dog-fighting contests.
He nodded. “Let’s go. I nodded.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
The attendant was having a difficult time zipping up Carolyn’s body. I was scanning the walls.
www. and I was happy. “Is that all?” asked the attendant. and slowly closed my eyes. O’Brien was holding the door with his foot until the attendant was able to push the Gurney forward and out the room. “Don’t you think?” “Don’t get nasty. “Looks that way. It was a room for the dead who were violently murdered.com
.bibliotastic. I just wondered why anyone would go through a lot of trouble to keep a room like this clean. I was also really not interested. Nick.” he said. the sink. the top of the counters. I glanced at the stretcher for the last time.” I said. I didn’t see dirt or smudges of any kind. It couldn’t have been for contamination. He kept pushing her torso forward and her hand kept slipping out.” said O’Brien. but I wasn’t a doctor. I just wanted my mind to drift until the attendant was able to secure the body into the bag.” I nodded. He did. and I wondered why. “I was just trying to help you cops. They kept the room spotless.” “I’m not a cop. I really didn’t want to see her again so I started looking around the room. “Ready to go?” O’Brien asked.
and huffed. “Came here collecting.” Janet stood up and walked toward the filing cabinet. sat down. Everything was turned over as if someone was frantically looking for something.” she winced a bit. tried to take it out of my skin. Her clothes were torn a bit. “What the hell happened?” “Damn bill collector. “Greedy punks even took my lunch!” Janet walked back to her desk. but I was to warn you. “I know.” she said as she sat down at her desk. “Janet.” “What?” She nodded.” “A bill collector?” “Yeah. “I was caught off guard. Man stunk like dog shit. and bruises. “They’re on my shit list!” “Those bastards followed me into your office. They ransacked the entire place and left everything like a disaster area.” she continued. Damn they punched me around like I was a man. I steered toward Janet’s desk and noticed blood stains on a place mat. Damn. “Or did you try to stop them?” She glared at me for a moment.. She took out the petty cash lock box and showed me that it was empty.”
. “I managed to get a few licks in before they got to me. and her face covered with welts. “It comes with the job. “What?” I asked. “Nick!” Relief! I looked back to my private office and Janet was standing by the door. My eyes fell into a curious rhythm as I scanned the area. “They’re going to kick my ass again. sat down.” she replied through clenched teeth.” she said as she limped toward me.” she replied. “Straight!” I smiled. right?” “You’re brave Janet. and drop me from the window.” I half whispered.” “They beat you up?” I asked. “Those punks told me that the next time they come here.. That’s the only reason they kept me alive. “Came in looking for money you owe them. Nick.” “Sick. like O’Brien with front missing teeth. I couldn’t stop looking until I. you need a doctor?” “I need some Southern Comfort.” “Hey. She was extremely tensed. “One was a big guy. and barked out demands. I nodded. I noticed her rolling her head.Frank Atanacio
I walked into my downtown office and I couldn’t believe my eyes. They’ll wait until all the blood seeps out of my body.” she said. They wanted to.” “I’m sorry Janet. crossed her long legs. “Those bastards worked me over and then they hung me out of your window and threatened to drop me. and long dirty hair tied back into a pony-tail. so I stood behind her and gave her a shoulder rub.” she said with her eyes closing just a bit.” “Did you get a good look at them?” “Yeah.
” “How much do you owe those suckers?” “Ten thousand. and you’ve been threatened. not maybe.” I said.” “You go boy!” “They’re pushing me too hard. “I didn’t mean for you to get involved in this.” “Not on your life!” she shouted. now you.” “Just don’t want you to end up like Carolyn Lopez. He even begged.” “Carolyn?” “Yeah.” “Kiss my ass. and bam! I owe them ten thousand dollars. and looked at me. “I feel better now pimp. “How in the hell can you owe someone that much money?” “They tricked me into owing them that much. and began to cry. looks like they’re going to get a pity ass-kicking. “I’m sorry. for sure. “I thought they were paying clients and I completely turned my back on them.” “How much did we have in petty cash?” “After I did my nails.” I said.” “You should stay home until all of this is over. Maybe if I knew what they wanted I would have thrown one of them out the window. maybe you should just stay home. Remember they took our petty cash. pimp. I like the adventure.” “Now you playing with the big boys. “First Carolyn. Janet looked at me.” she said. “Well.” I started.” I smiled. “But they still pocketed it.” she sobbed.” She jammed her fist against her lips.” “Dollars?” I nodded. I was caught so off guard.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
“Yeah. “You really only owe them Nine thousand eight hundred and twenty two dollars.” I said almost quietly.” she said.” I said. They told me that it’s not a warning for me.” she said.” she insisted.” “Hey pimp. “Thought I had a ten dollar bet.
www. “It’s not my life that I’m worried about. looked around the office.” “Yeah.” she started. “Don’t want to come to work one morning and find me useless secretary splattered all over Main Street. “But to be honest with you. “Let it out.” “I’m serious.bibliotastic. “I gotta straighten their ass out. “They also had the nerve to call our petty cash. she’s a corpse now.com
. it’s a promise. I sat down beside her and patted her gingerly on her shoulder.” She smiled.” “Nick. I was scared as shit. covered her mouth with her palm.” “Then. stopped crying.” I said.” “I don’t know what to say. about a hundred and seventy eight. I guess I really must have pissed them off because the skinny guy wanted the fat guy to drop me. a pity cash. Janet. but they twisted the lingo.
She was the main switch that kept everything running. “First time I ever saw you cry. I realized that someday she would move on and begin her own life.” “Funny pimp got jokes. One Eyed Froggy was playing too close to my candle flame. “Damn straight. “I had to release my anger. but I really didn’t want to be the cause of her leaving. I looked at her and she smiled. Those bitches!” “But you took it like a man.” “I bet. and he struck a bigger nerve with Janet.” she said as she rubbed her knuckles. and she knew it. I’m staying.” I said honestly.” I said. and I won’t be pushed around. and that was my next move. She was much to valuable to me and my office.” “It’s dropped that I’m worried about.Frank Atanacio
“They got me once.” she said.” “I’m glad you are okay. It was hard to imagine this office without Janet. pimp. “Me too.” she said. He struck a nerve with Carolyn.” she replied.” “Besides.” “They really worked me over like I was a man. I had to react with force. “Those tears?” I nodded. “I’m too pretty to be scattered all over Main Street. the punches hurt. I knew it.
.” I said. “It just filled me up and had nowhere to go but through tears.” “That’s true.” She smiled. “They won’t get me again.” “I understand.
“Get rid of this joke. or at least to be recognized. The ape stood directly in front of me.” he snarled.” I said.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
I found myself hurrying to the club that night in spite of the warning.” “Well.bibliotastic. It was almost an art form as they danced to the Latin rhythms. and rationality had no place in it. The message had to be loud and clear.” “You don’t belong here?” “I guess I don’t. “You don’t get it!” “Of course I don’t. But I want you to open the bar up.” I said. my co-worker.” I said. “You said it’s closed. I was almost shocked when I realized he smelled just like shit. “You’re not going to beat us done easily this time. The bouncer was a big burly man with no facial hair.” I smiled. but it wasn’t the right time. The bartender. He had long hair tied into a pony tail and he had missing front teeth.” “Then you should be reading the Bible. “You want something from me?” I asked. I had to send him a message.com
. “You’re not allowed in here!” He shouted. The club was crowded and there was Salsa music beaming out of the speakers on the walls and ceiling.” “Bar’s closed for you. The disc jockey was sitting high above the dance floor looking down at the dancers who were moving in sequence.” I tried snarling back. and maybe I will get it.” he said as he turned to the bouncer again.” “The skinny bitch?” “My secretary. I knew it had to be about me because the bouncer quickly glanced my way.” “It’s all part of living Jackie. “She said you smelled like shit when you were dangling her from my office window. The odor was that clear. my friend. “I’m telling you. I don’t think that’s the right way to treat a lady.” “And we do what we do. “You don’t belong here. but I had to make a statement.” shouted the bartender. I knew that Froggy wasn’t going to like it. “Hey. you have to do your job.” “We are ready for you.” “Hey. It felt nice to be popular.” “You!” shouted the bouncer. I do what I do.” “We refuse to serve you!” “You smell like shit.” “Open it up.” shouted the bouncer.” I said.” I replied.” I said. Jackie Reeves recognized me right away as he turned to the seated bouncer and whispered something into his ear.” I whispered. “And death.
www. “I’m a paying customer. “Looking for trouble?” “Not really.” “It is in my book. His face was flushed and his eyes angry. “Janet was tight. “But I’m here anyways. I smiled at that. I came to make a statement. I wanted to explore my rational way of thinking.” “Just come in to buy a beer. I needed to express myself differently. “What for?” “The eye for an eye.
The bouncer cracked his knuckles and moved closer to me. “Maybe I should have dropped her ass out of the window,” he said. “Jackie over there was begging me to do so. He wanted to see her splat.” “Why, Janet kicked his ass?” “She made it tough for him,” he replied. “And I’m going to make it tough for you.” I looked toward the bartender and he smirked. “Don’t you turn away from me!” shouted the bouncer. “It isn’t him you should be worried about, it’s me. I’m the one whose gonna break every bone in your body. Yet keep you alive so you can pay off your debt. It’s going to be painful for you, but a whole lot of fun for me.” “I’m not worried about him,” I said. “I’m not even worried about you. I just want to see his expression when I kill you.” The bouncer laughed. “You find something funny?” “Your empty threats!” I hit the bouncer in the neck with my fist and he quickly fell to his knees. There was a tile missing on the floor and the bouncer’s blood filled the void. The floor was measured nicely with blood. It covered all the nooks and crannies. “Froggy’s not going to like that!” Shouted the bartender. “You are already on his to do list!” “I want you to tell him what I did,” I said. “You’re going to pay!” I took my gun out and shot the bartender in the chest. “You know what, Jackie? I think I’ll tell him myself.” The bouncer reached for me as he bloody hand touched my shirt. “I can’t breathe,” he gargled. I put my hand on his head and pushed it down facing the floor. I put my gun to the back of his head and shot him twice. I knew after the first bullet entered, it had killed him instantly. The second bullet was simply an insult. The crowd of Latin dancers quickly rushed toward the exits like cockroaches do when someone turns on the lights. They scurried and scuffled as the music continued to play. Dog Eats Dog, I thought.
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O’Brien wanted to meet me at the Flyer Diner on the corner State Street and Fairfield Avenue. There had to be some explaining to do, and he wanted to hear it from the horse’s mouth. The Flyer Diner was great during the afternoons, when there weren’t so many people there and it was quiet. They had Becks in bottles, and the hottest wings in the city. I ordered some and it arrived just in time. My beer was still cold and my craving for the wings have just expanded. Explaining what happened just got easier. I took a bite of one of the wings and looked around the diner. It had paneled walls in a light oak. A throw back to the late 1970s. There were some old pictures of the City of Bridgeport’s old Landmarks. There was the Barnum Museum, Casco Factory, Harvey Hubbell, and several old department stores that use to grace the downtown portion of the city. Stores like Gimbles, Reads, Sears, and Woolworth. The diner was also still using the 1970 style register. Behind the counter mirror, with wines stored in front of it, back lit, gave it a classy look for a truck stop. The diner was around for more than forty years, and it survived the city’s many changes. O’Brien ordered a coffee and a piece of Boston Creme pie. “Pete, these wings are off the hook,” I smiled using one of the lines Janet would use. “My pie is fine,” he said as he took a sip of coffee. “Your loss.” “So, what happened at Froggy’s place?” “Bartender attacked me,” I replied biting into another wing. “He came at me with a knife, so I had to put him down.” “Are you telling me a lie?” “Now why would I do that?” “How about Douglas Fowler?” “Who?” “The bouncer.” “He got cute,” I said. “You know how much I hate cute.” “I’m being serious Nick.” “I’m being serious.” “Damn it Nick!” he slammed his fist on the counter top. “There are witnesses saying that you just came in and shot up the place! They saying you walked in looking for a fight.” “Froggy put them up to it,” I said. “Nick, it’s getting hot,” O’Brien warned. “Things are hitting the fan left and right. Captain Roque is getting on everybody’s back, and I don’t like to deal with him when he’s pissed.” “You know all this is a set up,” I said. “Just like with Mike Brandon.” “Don’t bring him up,” he said. “Why?” “We got to bring him in for murder,” he replied. “I’m still trying to prove he didn’t do it,” I said. “Another person.” “What?” “A witness.” “A witness?” “He tried to get one of the witnesses to change their story,” he explained. “He offered him a great deal of money, and when he refused, he killed him.”
“How do you know.” “The prostitute witness.” “Margie Sanchez?” He nodded. “She works for Froggy.” “She gave us a written statement,” O’Brien said. “We match the finger prints on the money envelope that came straight from his church. He’s guilty.” “You believe that 500 hundred dollar whore?” “500 dollars?” “Yeah, I asked how much.” “Of course we don’t,” he replied. “But I think the captain is bringing him in for protection. He didn’t say it, but I know that’s what he’s doing. I know the captain. He’s not going to let the deacon fry.” “So how did this all happen?” I asked. “Mike went to Margie Sanchez first,” he started explaining. “She declined to change her story, so he went to Mr. Roberto Guzman. He gave him a hard time and they fought. He then beat him to death.” “Mr. Guzman?” O’Brien nodded. “He’s an old man.” “Now he’s a dead old man,” O’Brien said. “We gotta stop this mess,” I said. “The Frog is getting a little too violent.” “And the witnesses are slowly falling off.” O’Brien added. “First Carolyn Lopez, then you took care of Jackie Reeves, and now Roberto Guzman.” “Two left,” I whispered. “Yep.” The waitress came over and poured O’Brien another cup of coffee, and she slapped down another beer for me. I smiled, she smiled, and O’Brien stared. “So what do we do now?” I asked. “Stop killing Froggy’s men,” he said. “Let us do our job.” “They’re looking for it,” I replied. “The captain think it’s for revenge.” “Revenge?” He nodded. “For Carolyn?” “For Janet.” “What?” “Janet called Fuentes, and Cruz down to your office and gave them a full statement. She told them how they came looking for you and how they threatened to throw her out of your window. She told me that made you a little upset,” O’Brien started. “Don’t think that the captain is stupid, Nick. He knows how you think, and he knows you’ll protect your people with your own life. I’m just asking you to let us do our job. Stop killing his men.” “I’m working to clear the deacon, is all.” “Do that,” he said. “Don’t pull the trigger on your gun anymore.” I nodded.
.” I smiled.
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“Now finish up your wings before I take them.
” I nodded as my eyes fell on her worried face. “I know. She looked frail and I could see it in her eyes that she felt like her knees were going to collapse. “They arrested Mike this morning. I think she needs some time with me alone. right?” “I want to help where I can. I ain’t stupid. Janet had done a wonderful job cleaning up the mess.” She said.” I said.” Janet walked in with a cup of coffee for B B.” I said. You know he’s a good man. “But things will come out in the wash for the better. he’s going right to hell.” I tried to comfort her.” “Collection money?” “Oh yeah. “Thank you. B B?” I asked. She placed it down in front of her and stood next to me with her arms folded. She took a deep breath and let it out slowly as if she was trying to catch her breath. I opened my top drawer with my other hand and handed her a box of tissues.” “He’ll always be the love of my life. but I know he’s been going to those dog fighting events. The deacon will bounce back and continue his good work. “Can you excuse me and B B for a moment. like I was going to hear some unwanted news. She steadied herself as she reached to brace herself with one of my client’s chairs.” “What do I do baby?” “You wait. baby.” she said softly. “When she’s a sleep. She put everything back in it’s place and didn’t change a thing.” “I know it’s not going to be easy for you. She looked like she hasn’t slept for days.” B B said.” Janet replied as she winked at the deacon’s wife and walked out of my office.” “You will help him. “What?” I asked. “She’s a good girl. “Yeah baby. I smiled.” “I know that too. “You wait until all this is cleared up.” She looked at me intently. “It’s going to take some time. but I know I’ve rattled some cages. B B forced a smile. She sat down and looked around my office.” “But he’s not guilty. I felt my stomach curdle.Frank Atanacio
B B approached me as I sat at my desk. “No problem.”
. “I know. You wait until we find out why One Eye Froggy has it out for your husband. “Hey Janet. I liked that about her. “Are you okay. “Mike has been taking money out of the collections to pay for his gambling debt. How lifeless and thin her skin felt as tears started to blossom as they streamed slowly down her face.” I said.” B B nodded slowly.” she sobbed.” I took hold of B Bes hand. “He says it’s for horse racing.” “You can’t mean that.
It really outweighs the bad. “Don’t bother that poor child.” “Should have just turned the other cheek.” I said. I had always tried to fulfill my promises. “That’s a shame.” I agreed.” She smiled. and with Mike.com
. “I understand. “And you know I will.” she said. I came here probably to get some reassurance. I didn’t mean to make a spectacle out of myself by crying. “Be very careful Nick. “Yeah. “And I think God will forgive Mike. “O’Brien told me that you were very fond of one of the witnesses.” “I mean it B B.” “I got his back.” “They’ve been punished. “I will B B.” I nodded. there had to be an extra push.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
“Some witnesses have died.
www. “I believe in an eye for an eye.bibliotastic. “I know my way out.” “Thanks Nicky.” The response put B B at ease.” “I’m sorry I took up your time.” she sniffled.” she said.” “Of course.” She forced another smile. “Is that true?” “Carolyn Lopez. I know.” I said.” “Janet will see you out.” “Your lips to God’s ear. “Try and get some rest.” “Don’t worry about it.” She walked out.” “There are so many things I know God wouldn’t forgive me for. It was like watching a trapped animal in a cage. “I don’t know if God will forgive you for that.” “I believe you. He got a little carried away. “But I’m sure this is the exception to the rule.” I said. Regardless of the circumstances it puts me in.” she said. a sadness that went beyond the loss of her husband’s good name.” “Revenge?” she asked. “I just wanted to know that you’re still helping out my Mike. There was a sadness to B B’s eyes.” she said.” she said. “He has too many good points. It was a sadness that of nowhere to turn. “I’ll do my best for Mike.” she said. “I don’t want to worry about your health.” I added.” she said as she stood slowly from the chair. There was no pretense about my promises.” I said.” I said.” “Me too.” “I’m sorry baby. “I had to punish one of them myself.
“Froggy can kiss my ass. so I suspected the worst. Baseball was invented in this country. “And I think I’m going to enjoy it. “I’m serious!” “We are here to do just that?” “Did Willie the Greek send you?” “Nope.” I felt an imaginary noose around my neck as they pointed their guns directly at my head. “He was ordered to ask you to meet us here. Three young Latino males came out of the car wearing baseball caps. “I guess a pick-up game is out then?” One of the three swung his bat in my direction.” he continued.” I started. Willie the Greek had asked me to meet him here because he had some information he wanted to share with me. “You know.” the middle man replied.” I said as I stepped back a bit. They looked at each other only for a brief moment and then dropped their bats.” “We come here to beat it out of you. The colors were black and white. “Fist fight going to become a shoot-out?” I asked. but the day was going to be a terrific one. ordered?” The middle man nodded slowly.” He smiled. I suddenly realized that they too were holding their guns at me. “And we out gun you. It was at that moment that I reached for my revolver and pointed it at the bat swinging thugs. I like watching people squirm. “I’d prefer an ass-kicking. “You could have hit me with that thing. They were carrying baseball bats. but nevertheless.” “But not from me. “Looks like that. It would have been a perfect day for a double header.”
. I couldn’t understand why he didn’t tell me over the phone.” smiled the middle man. I think. Do you guys mind picking up the bats again?” “Too late for that.” replied the middle man. but it wasn’t a major league team. “Froggy wants his money. The grass was cut recently. and team logo jerseys. Where was he? I looked over toward a flashing billboard and noticed that the Power-ball Jackpot has reached seventy five million dollars.” “Me too. The Park was lined with small freshly planted trees running toward the bathhouses. but that was it. It was at that time when a late model four door sedan pulled up slowly and parked behind my truck. and it’s considered America’s favorite past-time. “You had your chance. “Hey. and the white lines that marked off the foul-lines were untouched.” “You have no idea who he is. It was pretty early for any baseball to be played.” “Don’t get cute!” “Cute is my middle name. I was here bright and early.” said the middle man. “He will get his money. They stopped five feet in front of me and three feet apart from each other.” The middle thug grunted.Frank Atanacio
The next morning I drove down to Seaside Park near the diamond six area off of Iranistan Avenue. “Looking for a pick-up game?” I nervously asked.” “Willie. Neither one of them had baseballs or gloves.” he said.
go ahead.” “Sammy. It’s probably a promise I wouldn’t be able to keep.” I felt the imaginary noose around my neck getting tighter. “What’s your name?” I asked. “It’s never too late. and it showed in his eyes.” I said.” I said as I pointed my gun to the thug on my right.” “Don’t point that gun at me!”
www.” he said. and it looks like it’s going to be me and you.” “Sure. “Two will die today. “I will take you with me.” Sammy shouted. “I don’t want to hurt anyone.com
.” I continued. “I do like to know who is going to die with me today. “I’m going to tell you this.” I continued. He wanted to end this without him losing his life. I’m taking you with me. Understand that.” Sammy knew that there was truth in what I was saying. “Too late!” shouted the thug to my left. He wanted all of us to put down our guns and walk away. He’s just bluffing. He believed that I would shoot him instantly. “Not this time. Oh yeah. “We have to stop this. “We came here to just work you over and try to collect the money you owe our boss. I think it’s going to be you and me.” Sammy peered at the middle thug.” The thug on my left stared at me. I’m not going alone. “Don’t listen to him!” shouted the middle thug.” “You see?” I smiled. “We’ve changed our position now.” I said. “Sammy. So lets do this. “He didn’t want this!” “Don’t be stupid. “He won’t kill you!” “Yeah. He wanted no deaths today. it’s me and you. Take me out. I have no intentions of going alone.” “But I am. “Let’s just take him out. “Two people will die here today. It was clearly written across his face. you’re coming with me. and he wanted no part of death. We have the upper hand.” I said. “But Sammy. I had to think of something.” he nervously replied.” “I don’t want to die!” He shouted as he turned toward the middle man. “Okay.” I continued grinning sheepishly. A frown wrinkled his forehead. The thought of him being shot in the head tormented him. shock and bewilderment riddled his eyes.bibliotastic. He realized that they had made a mistake in trying to approach me. You took it to a level you can’t turn back from. “Sammy.” “I don’t want to do this!” “Sammy!” Sammy pointed his gun toward the man in the middle. Don’t be stupid and don’t let him get to your head!” “No Sammy. they’ll kill me. “He’s trying to get into your head. They have me pinned to the wall. “Sammy.” “Froggy just wanted us to beat him up. It’s three against one. but I won’t die alone. He was afraid. In fact two of us will be dead. and it had better be quick. He’s not going to shoot you. but you took it to another level. “We can’t turn back now.” started the middle thug. Do you hear me? You and I will die.” said the middle thug.” said the middle thug. I will get a bullet off and there’s nothing you can do about it.” “There’s always turning back. “Just shut up!” demanded the thug in the middle. He wasn’t ready to die and he wanted his partners to understand that. “He won’t have a chance to get a bullet off. “Let’s put down our guns.” I smiled. and the way things look now. I will not die alone today. I will.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
I promised O’Brien that I wouldn’t be involved in anymore shootings with One Eye Froggy’s men anymore.” he said. He wanted all of this to end without bloodshed.
“I told you that only two of us was going to die. “I have a very itchy finger.” “Froggy’s not going to like this. Sammy leaned forward as he tried to get a bit closer to the middle thug.” said the thug in the middle. I turned and shot the man on my left in the head and Sammy shot the middle thug. “I don’t want to die!” “What did I say when all this first began?” I asked.” he continued. We don’t need to do this.” “You’re not going to kill me?” “Nope. I’ve always longed for the sun and the glistening sand off any beaches in the Carribean.” Sammy was willing to shoot one of his own in order to save his own life. It was just what I had planned. So what’s it going to be?” Vengeful eyes stared back at Sammy. I looked briefly at the billboard flashing the seventy-five million dollar lottery prize. I’d be on the beach in Florida sipping all kinds of exotic drinks with brown skin females. An epiphany unfolded. “I don’t want to die. but that didn’t make him put down the gun. I laughed.” he sobbed.” I said. and I want to scratch it so bad. If I had it I wouldn’t have to be chasing down cheating spouses. “I am a man of my word. My shot made him react. It was working like a charm. I looked back at the billboard and briefly began to dream about what else I would do with that windfall. or getting into gun fights.” “What do I do?” “Run back to your car and drive away. He kept it pointed toward the middle thug and he had no intentions of dropping it. That’s when I made my move. The thug on my left swung to the left to face Sammy. He didn’t do it on purpose as blood splattered all over him. and dancing with women half my age. and he did so without realizing it as the middle thug fell quickly to the ground.” “I don’t want to die. relentless winters. “Go before I do change my mind!” He ran.” “You’ll shoot me in the back. I’d be playing cards every night. It would really mean a new life for me. “We just leave him alone and come back another time. It was a great deal of money.” “We can’t shoot each other!” “We don’t have to.Frank Atanacio
“I don’t want to die. “Don’t shoot me!” Sammy shouted as it snapped me out of my day dream.
. Escape this city and its cold. Seventy-five million flashing above me as I saw it through my peripheral vision. Two against two. “What the hell do you think you’re doing? Put that gun down. now!” “I’m telling you.” “Make up your minds fast. the odds were even.” he half whispered. Go some where warm. He looked confused. “You know he’ll come down on us.” He looked confused.
” Someone said as they knocked on my window.” “You can’t come into the club. and keeping Mike Brandon on the tip of an iceberg. He thinks they’re spying on him. Of course I saw him at the club. confused.” I said. It’s a pattern that would soon get me killed if I don’t stay on my toes. “But your boss better. He looked at me.” “My boss isn’t a murderer. but his goons clocked me before I really made myself known. “You better go before your boss sees you talking tome.” he said looking worried. “You might end up dead.” I smiled.” He looked at me with suspicious eyes. “You owe froggy money?” “It seems everyone does.” he added. “Hey buddy. I had to confront him. He collected bad debts. “Still can’t sit in the car. and he doesn’t like to be watched.”
www. He was getting on my nerves and we really never met face to face.” I replied. I could smell liquor on his breath as he stood up-right very quickly. I was told that Froggy owned that club too. and I keep knocking them off. It was a complete misunderstanding. “You know damn well that your boss had her killed.” “I understand. He had to pay for that.” “Of you.” “Your boss is insecure. He didn’t know what to do. and he threatened people who owed.” “You shouldn’t be afraid of me. When he recognized me his eyebrows crashed down. he really isn’t.” I lied. An enthusiastic crowd had packed the entrance before the bouncers permitted them to enter.” he admitted. “The boss doesn’t like anyone sitting in their cars.” “Okay.bibliotastic. He also had to pay for shaking up Janet. you’re going to have to take your date elsewhere. but he wouldn’t back down. “Then why are you so afraid. No matter what Froggy’s been doing. “No.” He nodded quickly. He keeps sending thugs my way.” I said.” he continued. He wanted to collect money from me that I really never owed. He just likes everything to stay neat and clean. “I’m waiting for a date.” he said. “I’m afraid of you. They were gearing up for some late night Salsa dancing. That man has done so much to piss me off. “I’m not going to hurt you.com
. Killing Carolyn Lopez hurt. he always managed to make money from it.” “I don’t want any trouble from you. “What?” He didn’t say anything. “Too many people owe him money. I looked and noticed that it was one of the bouncers from the club. “Can’t park here unless you’re going into the club. The music of Willie Colon and Hector Lavoe was being pumped out of the club and the crowd were dancing as they walked into the club. but it looks like it. “Do me a favor and move on.” he half shouted.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
I parked outside a small club near Ogden Street off of Noble Avenue on the Eastside. like Carolyn Lopez. or come into the club and wait for your date there. and I think he was waiting for me to make the first move.” I said. “I’m sorry. I had to let him know that I really didn’t owe him a dime. and it did hit a soft spot.” “I said I wasn’t going to hurt you. I know you ain’t watching him.” I warned.
“Your boss is no angel.” I warned.” “You killed Carolyn. “But he owes me too. “I owe him.Frank Atanacio
He didn’t answer. just go.
.” “Be careful buddy.” he blurted out.” I whispered.” He nodded and ran back across the street.” I continued. “What?” “Nothing. “Idiot.
” She stuck her hand out for shaking and her perfume was so nice. and had a walking cane with a gold tip. “Willie the Greek arranged this meeting for us.” She smiled. It was like two kittens and a sack trying to get out. and a welcomed sight.”
www. “Can I help you?” I walked up to her with a puppy expression. and fake frogs sitting on the edges. That was something that O’Brien wanted me to avoid. “How can I help you.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
Confronting your enemy had to be a top priority. It was in the center of a brand new plaza on the left-side of Main Street.” she said in a soft sweet voice. but they all end up dead. I walked into an ground floor office near the Trumbull Mall.” “At your service. “I see that the swollen bump on your neck went down.” “You come to make a payment?” I smiled. “Mr.” she corrected. “But you didn’t.” “Mr. I just wanted to clear the entire matter up once and for all. It was a form-fitting tube dress. A tall thin man came out of a corner office wearing a black eye patch over his left eye. It looked like one of those offices you see on HGTV. He was sharply dressed in a light tan suit. “Well?” “What do you do here?” I asked. she escorted me to a chair. He walked over to me and the two guards followed suit.” “Drugs.” he said.” she smiled.” I replied. There was a miniature waterfall fountain in the center of the spacious waiting area. “I’m Nick.com
. She walked slowly away and I couldn’t keep my eyes off the beauty of her backside. but I do understand you hire nothing but cowards. It had fake lilies floating in the well. “Cowards hit me from behind. “I’m here to see One Eye Froggy.” I replied.” “It has a real name?” Repressing a smile at my question. The office was clean and had a graceful selection of colors on the walls. Newsom does have a real name. “I deal in everything. “I’m Stacey. I had to meet with Froggy face to face again. Her eyes were slightly slanted. The woman’s hair fell unconstrained around her oval face. There was a spicy.” I said.” “Like your dog-fighting business?” “I have no such business. It was a welcomed invasion. Newsom. and I had ignored that rule long enough.bibliotastic. “I’ll tell him that you’re here. Near the fountain at the center of the office stood two security guards and a thin woman dressed in a long silver dress. He keeps sending thugs to kick me around. Mr. “Nick Barnum?” he asked. I was hoping this time someone wouldn’t hit me from behind.” I nodded.” “We could have killed you that night. but it made her look so hot. but he waved them away with his free hand. “Welcome. but she wasn’t of an Asian decent. I sniffed the air appreciatively. on the Bridgeport side. prostitutes?” “This is a legitimate business. I simply had to try to convince him that the money I owed him was all a misunderstanding. Nick?” “Just Nick. floral scent that invaded my nostrils. “Big mistake. and the guards walked away.
” I said.” “I came to tell you that we have a misunderstanding.” “One Eye Froggy.” “When?’ “Tomorrow night. So lets do each other a favor and call this whole thing off.” “Oh good. I thought your bookie understood that all I wanted to bet was ten dollars. “Lightens my payroll.” “My money will be paid to me by this Friday.” They nodded. “If not.” “I’m tired of killing your men!” I shouted. Mr. “I am in charge of this situation.” “You don’t get to tell me what I should or should not do. Newsom is a dangerous man. and you will pay me my money. “I know.” “Just to let you know. like you did.” “I don’t need excuses.” “And I didn’t make wages I couldn’t pay. The tall thin woman in the silver dress walked over to me.” he said as he slowly turned around. I’m tired of killing your men who come after me looking for money.” she said. I had no intentions to bet way over my head. “I’m sure a great detective like you could have deduced that. “If you want to try and win your money back. “It was all a misunderstanding.” I said. about that. “So.”
.” he said with a thin smile. then that means I don’t owe you any money.” I said. Barnum.” “Minimum bet is a thousand dollars. “I should leave. 1AM. “But if you keep sending men my way.” “Then I’ll be there.” “How so?” “When I made that bet. “Mr.” he growled. “I just participate. There will be a dog-fight at the old glue factory behind Wentfield Park on Railroad Avenue.” “That’s what I like to hear.Frank Atanacio
“So. “Because I’m no deadbeat.” “You don’t really know who I am.” he shouted back as he walked into his office and slammed the door.” “I’m not planning to give you any excuses. She wrapped her hands around my upper arm and again her perfume almost had me in a trance. I’m sure you’re tired of sending men. “My husband wouldn’t want me to fraternize with deadbeats.” he said firmly.” I started. “I’m glad you think I’m funny. Nick PT Barnum will be murdered on Saturday. The two security guards walked toward me and stopped in front of me.” “Are you going to be there?” “Yes. did you come here to pay off your debt?” “Yeah.” she warned.” I said. You shouldn’t make wages that you can’t pay.” I smiled. I’m going to kill them and then come after you and shove that cane up your ass!” He smiled. “I said I don’t own it.” “Whether I could or can’t.
” she said as she escorted me to the front door.
www. “My opinion also thinks you have a nice ass.” “That’s not your opinion.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
“Your opinion. “That’s a fucking fact.com
.bibliotastic.” she said as she stood at the front door with her hands on her hips.” I smiled and walked out.
“I don’t think that’s funny. He was hard at the core.” “Me neither. “Mike?” He nodded. He was a respected deacon that slipped through an evil crack.” “How can you do that to me?” “What?” I looked confused. “You’re not a murderer.” I nodded. “It’s me. “Captain Roque says this is best for my safety. He had a little something extra that he didn’t want me to know. “Or Frog eats Frog. He’s always been Mr. and his rational mind wasn’t biting. He did not look up at me. and I don’t think he’s afraid of anyone.” “So what we going to do?” “I want you to stop telling me lies. “She was cute. He had turned himself in. and the police got him a safe jail cell at the North Avenue Correctional Center. but for some strange reason.”
. “Mad at me?” “Look where I am!” he half shouted. I need to hear it right from your mouth. I sat down across from him and folded my hands on top of the table.” I smiled. and I liked her.” “He’s right. and unreceptive. Independent.. It wanted me to pound the whole truth out of him.” He finally looked up.” I said. only because he made it a mystery.” he mumbled. He knew I was coming. I nodded.” I said trying to comfort him. I owe Froggy some big time money.. “Well. “It’s a damn dog eats dog world.” “I know. but his greeting was cold.” I raised my hand. It took him down some serious dead end streets. I shot more men in the passed few days then I have ever done in my whole life. that just didn’t look right on him. He had on prison rags. either.” “What the.” he said somberly. I hear he’s got Willie the Greek running errands for him. Hell. You know Willie. “I don’t know. “Hell.” I said. He was sitting at a long conference table shackled like an animal. He’s a tough son of a bitch.” “I heard.” “I’m not a criminal. The serious voice in my head wanted to shout and take apart the deacon for withholding information.” he whispered. they didn’t go right for me either. “I understand things didn’t go right for you while you were gambling on the dogs. you better know. this whole situation made him soft. I knew Mike Brandon’s case was a tough one to crack.Frank Atanacio
I found myself hurrying to the holding cell in spite of the fact that Mike Brandon wasn’t going anywhere. “I also heard you were tapping one of the witnesses.
” I replied. She hated when I came home late. “The truth. I wasn’t going to pay.” “Brenda told you?” I nodded.” “She’s no Zoraida. I knew it was late and I hoped Brenda wasn’t waiting up for me. I didn’t know the minium bet was a grand.” “Why did you pick her?” He asked.” “No. The deacon looked at me again. All this was not going to stop until I paid them. me too.” I nodded. “She got what she deserved. I was horny. For a second my gaze connected with a female correction officer making her rounds. “But when you’re cleared of all this shit.” “That’s messed up.” “What. “I liked her.” “Me too. you have a reputation to mend. “Yeah.” he said.bibliotastic.” “And what’s the girl’s name again that you were tapping?” “Carolyn. “I’m serious Mike.” he replied. “I’m going to rattled cages even harder now that I know you’re in here safe. “She was hot.” “Hey!” I started. Every
www. so she had to work it off. “You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure that out. I fought through it and made it to the dog-fight.” he said.” Mike added.” He shrugged his shoulders as his shackles made a clinging noise. I didn’t get the chance to smile back. “I’m sorry about Carolyn.” I replied.” I said. They caught me off guard. and mugging my friends. “Getting Froggy for everything. I nodded. Then I returned my attention back to Mike Brandon.” “Damn Froggy got everybody by the balls. She peeked into the conference room and smiled at me. “I walked in betting above my head. but they started beating up on my congregation.” I nodded.” he said. she’s a woman and I’m a man. “It’s been difficult. “And she couldn’t do anything about it. There was a rough edged wind blowing raindrops around. and I couldn’t pay.” “I don’t like it in here.com
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“They killed her. They were hurting.” I replied. “It was that night that really stirred me up. “Death isn’t what people deserves.” I said. “Why is that?” “You taking advantage of her too. “So what are you up to next?” he asked. she owed Froggy money too?” “She did. “I know you don’t.” “I’m going to another dog-fight.” “So what really happened that night?” He looked at me with sunken eyes. His eyes were rimmed with red. I know you didn’t mean that.” I said.
I saw Froggy in that mirror putting his fingers to his neck. Nick. “He didn’t say he didn’t carry that much money on him. “This time I believe you because I can see the conviction in your eyes. Carlos told me that the other dog was disqualified and no one was getting any winnings. but then I realized that she was doing it all for my own good. “I am certain of it. or making death noises. Well. He would have needed it to wipe away the image of that dead dog.” “I was scared.” “So you hit him?” “I deck that son of a bitch!” “Did he get up?” He paused. but I wouldn’t have recognized them out of the club. She was the rock in my heart that kept me stable.” “Wow.” I smiled. I didn’t realized it then.Frank Atanacio
time I did. Nick. “And you knew that. I couldn’t let that settle. It was me. As many times as I’ve been there I really haven’t seen a familiar face.” “And are you sure you saw him standing back up?” “Now that I think of it. laughing and having a good time. The other Mike Brandon wasn’t there. kicking her around the room. I even saw Carolyn Lopez there wearing a tight skirt. I never seen a dog just die without whimpering. The other Mike Brandon would have needed some strong drinks in order to turn his back on the darkness. Well. anyways. Don’t get me wrong.” he replied.” he paused briefly.” “How much was your take?” I asked. That was odd. I had won and I wanted to collect my money. but some bar backs held him back. and I couldn’t walk away. hunger in my eyes. I didn’t care about the dog’s condition. and he didn’t throw the first swing?” He shook his head back and forth indicating no. I remember that night clearly as the mirror behind the ranks of bottles of booze stood at such attention. I stood in the raised entryway of the club looking down at the dogs fighting. “There is something delicate about how you’re telling me what happened. and ripped it apart. “There was no robbery.” I said. that hit me like a ton of bricks.” He nodded. and that image would have tangled with his heart until it hurt. and greed in my heart. Well. Or at least my mind wouldn’t allow me to recognize them. The dog just died! The sad part about that. but he had signaled to Carlos not to pay me the winnings. “Why you smiling?” “Because this makes more sense to me then that made up crap you told me when all this started.”
. It was odd that I remembered that. and then making a cutting motion. alone. the dogs were going at it and my dog took a bite out of the other dog’s throat.” “So you didn’t call his mama names. “What about the robbery at your church?” I asked. strangling her.” He smiled. Sometimes I felt like making love to her. running orders to the bar. I pushed across to the bar and tried to settle my face in front of Carlos Rivera. and she wouldn’t be home. smiling. and that he wasn’t going to pay you?” “No. she would read me the riot act. “Well?” “He got up. I wouldn’t be here in jail.” “I got your back. There were so many people there. If I had gotten her involved before all of this started.” “I was so excited and nervous. “Ten thousand dollars. I met some people there.
right?” “Not yet.” “He’s making me a cut throat too.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
“I guess he wanted you to give him some money with your prints on the envelopes so that he could set you up.” “Just stay clear of him.com
. I nodded. “He’s got you turned every which way. “Just watch Janet.
www.” He nodded. “You got something planned.” “He’s a cut throat.” I said.” I replied. trust me. She’ll be fine. The deacon nodded again.” warned the deacon.” “Too much confidence in that skinny girl. “I got until Friday to pay him back.bibliotastic. I hope.” “She’ll be fine. but I bet something will fall in my lap.” He nodded.” “She can take care of herself.
I watched his progress with a mixture of confusion for taking my shove like a man. but he pushed my hand away. He hit like a child. “I don’t want to fight. “You were looking for a fight. attempted to throw a punch. You want the stool. and pity. I do. scores of patrons all wanting to be witnesses to a bar room scuffle. “But I was here first. so I basked in the pleasures. Two bar maids helped him up to his feet and he shot me a side ways glance. “I didn’t even hit you.” “No! I’m in a fighting mood.” I replied.” I started. Just because you’re bigger than me. “Hey. and I’m not giving it up to anyone. you think you’re tougher?” “Yeah.” “Tough guy?” “Very tough. I sat at the bar and it was the first time I ever got one of the cushioned stools. “What?” “You’re sitting in my seat. body guards. “Really?” “I’m going to take you down!” “Oh boy.” He snarled. I put down twenty dollars. “You think it’s funny?” he said flatly. will you?” “No.” I stood closer to him. but the people reacted differently. I wanted simple to keep him in the mix. I had gallantly offered to help the man up.” He nodded. and failed.” I said The crowd surrounded the man on the floor.” I said. but the bartender didn’t grab it right away. expecting a bar room brawl.” “I’m sorry. “Here we go again. It almost made me regret my chivalry. “Bottle only. “That’s my seat. “Get off my stool?” I laughed.” someone said from behind me. “I don’t want to fight.” he said.” he shuddered. He came toward me moving slowly. He clung on to one of the women and forced his way toward me. “Listen.” I sighed. for trying to take my shove like a man. He just looked at us.” “Go lie down.”
. as if he didn’t understand my reply. They saw a man down and came rushing over. “Becks. his knees occasionally buckling. and I wanted to let him know that there was another dog-fighting contest brewing. and I’m here to give you one. It wasn’t much of a scuffle. are you?” “I still think I can take you. “I think you’re funny. The bartender caught my attention and pointed to the beer he placed in front of me. “Listen. It was a rare treat for me. you’re not going to start with me again. I pushed him and he immediately fell to the floor.” The man took a swing at me and I expected pain.Frank Atanacio
I had called Detective Peter O’Brien to meet me at Corners Bar and Grill on Boston Avenue. I wanted to tell him what Brandon told me. I’m not going to lie down.” I called out to a bartender. So please take your sorry ass out of my face. You can have it. you win. There was no pain. The man had soft hands. and bar backs.” He stared at me for a second.
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The bar maid that helped him sighed, wondering if it was crueler to allow him to fight me. Or should she have left him on the floor. She nodded, looked down as the man throw up on her new sneakers. “Fuck!” she shouted. The body guards had seen enough. They walked over to the man and tossed him out of the bar. That’s when Peter O’Brien walked in. Always never around when you need one.
I managed to slip into the club without any of the bouncers seeing me. I must have cut my arm on some wire mesh they used to block the back entrance. My arm was bleeding, but I didn’t remember cutting it. Nevertheless I was in the club. It was well after 1: AM, but I promised Stacey I’d show up. I didn’t tell O’Brien about the dog-fighting contest, but I got my camera phone in my back pocket. I had plans to record what I can. It was my plan to take down the big frog. “Mr. Nick?” I turned and saw Stacey standing in front of me with a drink in her left hand. She wore a long shiny red dress that was clinging to her body, just right. “Stacey.” She smiled. “Are you setting me up?” She smiled again. “It doesn’t matter,” I said. “I would have come anyways.” “I’m setting someone up,” she smirked, “But it’s not you.” “Oh?” “My husband,” she added. “Oh, how so, and why?” “Let’s step into that back room,” she said as she grabbed my arm. “I’ll explain why.” “Where is your husband?” “He’s coming for the main event.” I nodded as I allowed her to escort me into a back room. I turned toward the fighting area and I saw two dogs getting ready to put on a display. The pit-bulls were damaged. One had an empty eye socket, chipped tooth, and the other had a torn ear that was sewn back together by a non-professional. The management were grooming the dogs for fighting as they were taunting the poor animals. I heard the bell ring and then Stacey closed the door behind me. “You’re going to miss the dog fight,” I said. “That’s not the main event,” she replied. “Those dogs look beat.” “They all are.” “Damn shame.” She nodded. “So,” I started. “How are you going to get back at your husband?” “He had Carolyn Lopez killed,” she said. I nodded. “She was my best friend.” “Mine too for a short while.” “Froggy treated her like a welcome mat,” she said softly. “Never gave a chance to pay him. He treated her ex-husband like shit too. I think that’s why he really never gave Carolyn what she deserved.” I nodded. “She liked you,” she said almost in an eerie calm. “She really liked you.”
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The announcer’s voice from the next room filled the office. “Listen up, everybody. This is your chance to hit it big with the main event coming up early this morning. Minimum bet has been dropped to five hundred dollars, so everyone could get in on the action. Make sure you make your wagers early!” “Well,” she started as she sat down in a small sofa. “The main event will make him lots of money. I want to make sure he loses.” “How?” “He’s going to take heavy bets on the dogs, and when he looks at the odds he’s going to drug one of them so he’d be guaranteed to win. That’s where you come in.” I titled my head sideways. “I get all the betting slips and I calculate his winnings,” she continued. “I hand them over to Malone and he does his thing. Little will he know I’ll hand him your betting slip after he counts out the advantage. He will then wink at the dog handlers, and they’ll do their thing. You’re going to win, because I’ll make sure of it.” “What should I bet?” “Fifty thousand,” she smiled. “Dollars?” “Of course, ten times the amount.” “Wow, I’d have to sell my ass for cash if I should lose.” “Trust me,” she grinned sheepishly. “No one would buy that ass for cash. Not even in prison.” “And you know that how?” “Carolyn said you had a flat ass.” “Even the dead lie.” “Just bet that amount.” “And my dog will win?” “You’ll get ten times the amount.” “Ten times, boy that sounds pretty.” “That’s why people bet on the dogs,” she replied. “Damn, if I didn’t love animals so much, I’d be here every night. Now I understand what was going through the deacon’s mind. Or Carolyn’s mind. It seems like easy money, and ten times the amount is great.” She nodded. “But folks can get hooked.” “They all do.” I smiled. “That’s probably the reason the guards let you in,” she said. “I snuck in.” “We saw you on camera,” she smiled. “You voyeur you.” She smiled again. “All that for nothing,” I said. “I even cut my arm trying to come in undetected.” “Your fault,” she said. “Should have come in with everyone else. Trust me, you wouldn’t have been stopped.” “Says you.” “Of course,” she replied. “I’m Froggy’s wife.” “Bad taste you have,” I added.
” “You know he is not an honest man. “He won’t like it. and give you the difference. you understand?” “I’m just picturing you naked.” “Take off your clothes. “My dog will win. okay.” she explained. “Good.” “Now. “It’s the prize.” “I like your style.” She smiled with the urge to laugh at my stupidity.“I said.” “What about you?” “I get to watch him squirm. He will then place a bet on the other dog for half as much.” “Crowded room. but he’ll have to pay.” “Are you sure you can handle it?” “With flying colors. “Big house.” “Okay.” she replied. the fix is in. She smiled as she stood there completely nude. You figure he’ll deduct what you owe him.” “Then let my actions speak for me.” I replied.” she said. and I don’t want to talk about it.” “Just do your part.
.” I continued.” she continued.” she replied. I can handle it. “When you tell him of the drugged dog. “He wouldn’t know the amount because I’m not going to include it until everything’s counted. I just wanna make sure the gambling information I give you goes our way. he’ll believe you.” “Just pick a dog.” she answered.” she said as she began removing her clothes.” she ordered.” I said. “He can’t afford not to pay you. getting me all hot and bothered. someone will hear the dog you choose and they will bring it to the dummy bettor. “Long story. I smiled.Frank Atanacio
“I had no choice. So you see. and obeyed. “I hope you can handle this because all I hear from you is a lot of talk. I have a dummy bet on the dog you don’t chose. repeat it all over again. “Trust me Stacey.” “He’ll figure a way. “What makes my dog the winner?” “The amount of money you’re betting on.” “So you’re giving me a hot tip?” She nodded. right?” “It’s not the dog that will win. “Do you think you can handle me?” “With flying colors.” “How do I know you’re not doing this so I could owe him more money?” “You can tell him what I had planned. Then you take that money and pay off Carolyn’s share. and the deacon.
She followed me right out the office. “Don’t get cute. at your service. fifty. Stacey said that the dog I picked was going to win. It was just too easy.” “Not if you’re just getting my. She was calm and relaxed and I was tapping a married woman. never mind.
www. “I thought someone else was going to over hear my choice.. but they were all too busy gambling and getting drunk. “What?” “The other big show.” We got dressed and headed for the door.” “I thought you were getting the big show. Nick Barnum. “Which dog?” I looked over to the two dogs in the fighting area. she didn’t even wish me luck. “Mr.” I said.” She smiled and walked away. but it didn’t matter.” I whispered. “Bets.” “Dingy?” “I guess. “This is the main event. I pushed the door out her hand and walked out first.” One of the bouncers laughed.” “Just making sure. and Froggy looked embarrassed. it’s time for the big show. Frog with one eye.” someone called from behind me. “Two heads are better than one.bibliotastic. “Well?” “Dingy.” “Oh.” “Yeah.com
.” “Just give me your freaking name!” I smiled.” I replied. I expected a lot of eyes on us. I turned to face Froggy and two bouncers. I thought she was going to stay behind.” I said. I didn’t know which one to pick.” She giggled.” he said. “But first I’m going to try to win some of it back.” she said. How much dangerous could it get? “Ready?” she asked.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
I knew there was no reason to hurry as we had sex for about an hour. but she didn’t.” said a man as he stood in front of me. but I felt that I had to. “Fifty?” I nodded. you are?” I nodded. “Did you come to pay me my money?” “I did. Stacey walked over to me and stood there with her arms crossed.” “Your name?” “Nick Barnum.. “I’ll take the one with the scar on the right side of his face. “Another round?” She laughed. “Mr. “No. “Damn.
“If I win. I’m going to turn the tables on you.” “Yeah whatever.” “Well.” he said.” “You are aggressive. can we shut him up for you?” asked a bouncer.” he grinned. “And I’m going to get a few bouncers and body guards of my own. “He looks like he can take a licking and keep on ticking. “Ass kicks.” I said. The proof would be in that ring.” I said.Frank Atanacio
“What dog did you bet on?” “The black and white younger looking dog. “I hope you lose.” He looked confused.” “So is your momma!” So is your momma? I simply had nothing else to say to him.” I replied.” he said.
. “And Mr.” I replied. “Funny now. Just to keep your body guards busy while I beat the shit out of you. how much did you wager?” “I don’t gamble.” I started.” “Is that so?” “Yes.” “Let’s see about that.” replied Froggy.” “And when I win. to help you get use to them. “I’ll give you one now.” He smiled.” he replied as he turned and walked away.” “I try to be.” “Until you get killed.” “Boss. and you don’t pay me. “How about you.” “Good luck on your wager. “No. “Let him brag all he wants. It’s not going to be about the money anymore.” “If you’d like.” I lied.” he said. You know. I’m going to kick your ass everyday until I get paid. “I just know I can back my shit up. Barnum.” “For your sake. “I can give you a taste of things to come. it’ll be my pleasure to serve you.” I said. “You better pay me. “You’re a funny guy.” “No?” “It’s going to be about how many ass-kicks you can take before you die. “Gamblers are losers.
” “Congratulations.” “You’ll win my friend.” he started. I turned to look and noticed Rusty Miller breathing heavy behind me.” he said. not people. “Anyways. She was sitting next to her husband. He was actually enjoying the fight. a lost gambler.” I whispered. “It’s just an animal. There was no chance of either one of them to live.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
The pit-bulls dreaded every step into the center of the ring.” I grimaced. “Damn. “Hey man. “You win. It feels so good. Where does anyone get off by making such a statement? “Cops should arrest everyone here.” he said as he sat down in an empty plastic seat beside me. “Damn look at all that blood.” I whispered. “Never mind. To see violence the way it should be displayed. “Doesn’t matter whose ear. They weren’t sad because a dog died. the dog dies. The fight was over and my dog won hands down. “I just placed a bet on this main event. It was just a sickening sight.” “It’s a life!” I half shouted. Rusty Miller said animals should rip each other apart.” I couldn’t help but to notice all the blood.” he added. “You will win. not people.” I smiled.” “Big money. no better life. By animals. I looked into the glowering face of Rusty Miller. There was no good life. “This is why I come here.” “Your words to god’s ear. It was going to come down to this fight. They were sad because they lost a great deal of money.” The fight began and I struggled with wave after wave of cruelty to animals being displayed right in front of me.” I whispered as I took a seat on a white plastic picnic chair. I had a difficult time wondering why humans were so savage like.” he continued. “Yeah.” “I don’t give a shit about the dog. I turned to face the crowd and there were so many sad faces. I’ll be out of the red.” I pointed as Dingy put the final blows on his opponent. and then their lives would be done.com
. “If my dog wins. “Yes!” Rust Miller shouted. I got a look at Stacey as she turned away from the fight. “I really don’t want to see this. “I got five hundred bucks riding on this Dingy dog. and no neutral life.” he continued.” “Not god’s ear.” I said.” I said softly.bibliotastic. He nodded. and he had a hard expression on his face.” I nodded slowly in agreement. We enjoy watching other species ripped a part and we bet money on it. and felt very sick to my stomach. did you win?” He asked.” “Why aren’t you happy?”
www. Their was a hint of jubilee in his eyes. “This is action. It was misery for the dogs. “My god I can’t believe I finally won. “I wonder what’s going through his sick little mind. “Even you.” he smiled as the dogs continued fighting to the end. “Look. “I see you got money on this fight.” I whispered. pure and undiluted.” said Rusty Miller. “Anyways. “Winning?” Someone asked from behind me.
” I said.” he started feeling the pressure as a bigger crowd surrounded us.” I smirked as he was almost in my face. “Yeah. “I’m going to kill you and your two bouncers.” “Nope. “It’s right.” “I don’t understand.” I said.” I warned. “I’ll give you one week to come up with the rest of my money.” he said. He reeked. “And I want my winnings. His partner failed to catch him.” Froggy said.” I said. “This can’t be tight. I promise you that. In fact. I pushed him toward the other one as he fell to the floor. plus the interest you require. “Hey.” I said.” I said.” “You know what I’ll do. “That’s my warning. Froggy looked at my slip and realized it was genuine.” I said.” “Man you’re looking for ugly.” he said.” “Someday you will.” “None of these bets are legal. “How dare you dictate!” he shouted. Nick!”
.” replied the bookie. “Let him go for now. and smelly breath. “As long as I get mine.” I said. “I get it. “I”ll tear up the note you have with me and we’ll call it even. “Let that be a lesson.” I replied.” I said as I holstered my gun.” he said as he looked toward Froggy.” he said as he pushed his way toward me. you ass!” “I mean. “I don’t want to tell you again. “I don’t think this bet was legally taken.” “You don’t get it.” He was agitated. I grabbed the bouncer in front of me and shot him twice in the foot.” I said. “I think I found it. he just moved to one side as the wounded man fell passed him. “Deduct what I owe you. He had tired eyes. “It was taken properly. I also want you to deduct what the deacon owes. “I mean this bet wasn’t factored in. The crowd was stirring around the bookie as they were paying their losses.Frank Atanacio
“A dog just got killed. “Call the police. “There’s some kind of mistake. “I want my money. you must think I’m a push-over. The bookie was a small roundish man with red cheeks and balding jet black hair. “Or at least I better get it in one week. I saw it deep in his eyes. You think I’m the type to allow anyone to insult him like this? You’re barking up the wrong tree.” Froggy came racing over with his body guards in tow. “What do you want me to do?” one bouncer asked as he stepped in front of me. and What Carolyn Lopez owed.” he said as he stood up. tell them to come down now and arrest me for threatening your life.” “Don’t threaten me!” He shouted.” He was angry. “What seems to be the problem?” “I can’t pay this man.” “Did everybody hear the threat?” he shouted.” said Froggy. and I expect to get paid.” “Fuck them. “What’s this?” “I come to collect. I didn’t have to stand to close to smell it. “If I don’t get my money. I walked up to the bookie and handed him my slip. Froggy grinned mirthlessly.
She wiped the blood away with her hand. and blood shot out of her nose.” she said as she touched his upper arm. I watched her progress with a mixture of admiration for standing up to her husband. It was probably a direct insult toward her husband. “Let’s go. stay out of it.” I said as I just watched on helplessly. but that would have made him suspicious.” he growled. She didn’t even blink as she grinned.” she said. He stopped.” She smiled almost sheepishly. but didn’t make a sound. but did not turn around.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
“Let’s go home. “I said one week!” He stormed out pushing everything and everyone out of his way.” Stacey said as she made her way through the crowd.” “I said. The blow knocked her on her ass.” Froggy said to the other bouncer as he ignored the other one on the floor. “Too many people. knees occasionally buckling in several places.com
www. Little bitch. “One week!” I shouted. She was clinging to the bar as she forced her way toward the exit. I wanted to jump on him. “Never touch me again. for taking a punch like man. and pity.” “Please. “You’ve never been caught up in such turmoil. Froggy turned to her and punched her in the face as hard as he could. “One week. and again It looked like an insult. “Stay out of this. She stood up and moved slowly toward the door.bibliotastic.
“But he owes me a great deal of money. “But we want you to keep out of this now. I won’t take the money. “Nick?” “He rattled my cage for his payment.” he frowned.” “Captain Roque says he’s going to overlook this. “Why don’t you just let me rattle his cage for a little bit. “Do you really think he’s going to pay me?” O’Brien smiled.” I said. “That man can be very dangerous.” “How?” “His wife.Frank Atanacio
I wasn’t surprised that O’Brien knew about what I did last night at the club. “The captain sent Victor Cruz and Wilfredo Fuentes to keep a tale on him.” “We did. broke into my office and stole my petty-cash. but I promised him I’ll give him a taste of his own medicine.” “He might hurt the people around you.” I said.” “Good guys. but it served good coffee and cake.” “Good. “But you did it anyways?” I nodded again.” he replied slowly.” “I’m out.” “Come on Pete. Hell.” I smiled.”
.” said O’Brien. He had received my photo text messages I sent to his computer and had now believed that there was dog-fighting was a reality.” said O’Brien. and I strongly advice you not to take the payment if he offers it to you.” “What?” “He was quickly released on bail. “You know that’s illegal?” I nodded. “I can. “He has already hurt the deacon. We sat at the counter talking about what transpired last night.” I said. Do I make myself clear?” I just stared at him..” “Why would she go back on her husband?” “Because that marriage is a farce. “I hope you guys go to his office and pick his stank ass up. “Who do you have watching him?” I asked.” “What?” “His wife Stacey told me that he took care of Carolyn Lopez. “Yeah.” “I hope you guys have someone watching him. We can take it from here.” I said. “And that’s what I don’t want to happen.” he replied.” O’Brien nodded.” “We can’t prove that. “So you placed a big bet.” I started. he even has Willie the Greek on his payroll. It was a small coffee shop. I gave him one week to pay. and they were best friends.” “He’s not going to pay. “What?” “You’ll make him pay you. We met at a coffee shop on Pennsylvania Avenue. because you were just trying to help out the deacon. He has murdered Carolyn Lopez.
” “If she doesn’t. “I plan to.” he warned. I knew he wanted to protect me. and I just had to agree.
www.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
“And she will testify?” “I don’t know.” I nodded. and I knew that he knew I wasn’t really going to stay away from Froggy.” “I said okay!” O’Brien was eating a doughnut and I looked at him with curious eyes.” he said.” “Just stay away from Froggy. We got that all out of the way as I sipped my coffee. you need to talk to her.bibliotastic. “We’ll take care of him.com
. “I’m serious Nick. He just had to say it.
” “Because we arrested him.
. “We’ll handle it Nick.” he said.” “I know.” “I hope so. I had to move around so I could distract myself before I lost my composure.” “I can’t believe Janet would just lay down without a fight. This time I mean it.Frank Atanacio
I couldn’t bear to sit at my desk.” “He’s gotten my attention. but you have to let us handle this. O’Brien came to my office and looked around. “I heard. I heard. “Everything is going to go down well.” “He keeps touching my spots. He had heard about what happened to Janet and he too was enraged. right?” I asked. My mouth was so dry that I had to take several sips of coffee before I was able to ask. I can’t believe they would do something like this. “We’re going to try and get everything in. and he was most certainly going to receive it just as loud and clear. “So let him start pushing us.” “Have I ever lied to you?” I looked around my office again and shook my head from side to side indicating no. “Too many people are getting hurt because you’re sticking your nose in way too deep. look around you. “Did you hear what I said?” he asked. They beat her up and almost left her for dead. “But they took her down a notch.” I said knowing damn well that she was probably caught off guard.” he replied. looking hard at O’Brien. okay Nick?” “Deacon?” “We’re going to release him when this is all finalized. and as she cowered in stunned pain. I knew he meant well.” he replied.” I nodded. but I had to pay Froggy a visit. the thugs had gotten to her. By the time Janet punched in 911.” “I hope so.” I said. “Good.” “You’re going after him for this too. That Froggy wanted to send me a message. She was struck several times and it was the first blow that fractured her ribs.” he said.” he said. she was calling my name.” I sat tensely. It was my turn to send him a message.” “Okay. “Consider your investigation closed. “This one will not slip through our fingers. I told you at that coffee shop to stay away from Froggy.” I nodded.” How is she doing?” “She’ll live. I’m sure she wants to know that you’re okay. and I received it loud and clear. “Even the murder of Carolyn Lopez. “Now clean up this mess and go visit your secretary in the hospital.” “Leave this one too us. You can trust me on that. Do you understand me?” “Pete.” “He’s pushing me.” “How about B B?” “I have Eggy watching her. It’s what Janet would have wanted me to do.”He said. now let him start touching ours.
I too felt relief entering my body.” “Her husband. “Mine too. “But other than that. I looked over toward Janet’s mother and saw the look of pain washing over her face.” “That’s noted on her files.” she screamed. “But make sure all billing goes to Nick PT Barnum. as though she was afraid of opening her mouth because the screams would just come pouring out. the tears running down her cheeks.” I nodded.” “She’s my baby. her boss. “You are?” “Ahhh. I just want you to pray for my baby. He didn’t have a worried look on his face.” “Even near death. “We’re going to keep her here a little longer than expected just watch some vital organs. “She’s a good girl. That just wasn’t right.” I nodded.” “Mama–“ ” Nick. and I was thinking about my checking account. The doctor came out and walked over to Janet’s mother.” I replied softly. “What?” “She said it while they wheeled her in here. She had on her night gown and a blue knitted sweater covering her up.com
.” she sobbed. she tries to squeeze me.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
I found Janet’s mother in the waiting room outside the intensive care unit.” I whispered.” she laid a gentle hand on her lips. “Why did they do this to her?” she asked while trying to catch her breath. “Did you want to fill out paperwork for your eh wife?” “I let my dear old mother in-law do it.. Her hair was in a net.” Janet’s mother blurted. “Nothing to worry yourself.” he said.bibliotastic. She’s going to be just fine.” “Thank God. I didn’t want to answer that question.” she continued sobbing.” I nodded. “It’s nothing you did. It was obvious that she just ran out of her house as fast as she could. “Janet suffered some broken bones and same and muscle bruising. right?” she said abruptly. “I don’t want to know. She was worried sick. “You do work with dangerous people. and she had it pinned up. He looked at me with a sideways glance. are you the mom?” She nodded. “I heard. Janet’s mother seemed suddenly flustered.” I said. She was weeping quietly.
www. Her painted lips were clamped together tightly. so I knew the news was going to be positive.” he said as he tried looking into her eyes. “Hi.” he said. We just want to make sure everything goes smoothly. “Nick. “Is there a problem with her organs?” I asked.
She looked better.” “Okay Nick. “Tell her I was here.” she said. whatever it takes to get her back on her feet is okay with me. “I don’t care how much it cost.
. “I’ll check on her when they move her to recovery. just do what you got to do.Frank Atanacio
“Mama. I smiled. She smiled.” I said.” I said.” She smiled.
” she said. he’s with me. I went by the security desk. “And you know this?” I asked as a rhetorical question. It was probably closed to the public. but I saw a tall thin man walking out. “Isn’t that. “Everything went as planned.” she replied as she walked over to me and kissed my cheek. “Where is that little weasel?” “He’s out hiring the best lawyers the state has to offer.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
The evening was getting tougher to accept when I drove to Froggy’s office on Main Street. “Trust me Arnold.” he continued. I’m so surprised that he hasn’t had you killed yet. He will keep them out of jail. and she was wearing a tee-shirt and black jeans. “I come here to pay Froggy back for what he did to my secretary..” he replied.” “But Mam. “Stacey?” “Look.” “Mam. and the lights were dim. “He’s trying to get off?” She didn’t answer.” “I’m okay. “Nick?” I turned and I saw Stacey standing behind me.” she paused briefly. “He’s with me Arnold. “Froggy can have me killed in a minute. “Stacey?” “He has three men on his payroll that’s going to take the fall for everything that happened. I heard a toilet flush. Nick. and I’m just saving your life. He’s going to hire the best lawyers to defend them even if it takes a lifetime.” “What?” She nodded slowly. “What the hell happened to you?” “He had to put me in my place.” “Oh. The security guard on duty emerged from the back door wiping his hangs on a paper towel. “We’re closed. “That bastard worked me over last night when he got home. I had noticed the sign in front stating that the office is closed.” she added. The water fountains were off. “I have orders.?” “I said.com
. “Why don’t you go to the police?” She didn’t answer.” “No you don’t. I went inside.” I nodded. but that didn’t stop me.” she said as she tried smiling. and noticed that it was empty.” she replied. I gotta try. “You won’t be able to. and pay them well.” she replied.” she said..
www.” I said.” “I’m suppose to harm him. “That’s an order.” “And he’ll keep on trying.” He nodded and walked over to his security desk.” he shouted. Her face was covered in bruises. he’s tried.bibliotastic. and he will not harm you.
” she said. “He blamed his bookie. “I won’t let you do it.”
. Consider yourself a winner.” she replied.” “He’ll pay you.” “I don’t know the time or what day. “I’ll find out the time and date.” she said.” I replied. The security guard stood from his desk.” “Did he clear the deacon. he’ll pay you. Diamonds.” “I’m just going over there to ask for my money. “I just want you to be safe. but did not say a word. even if they’re dead. “Nick. He’s going to kill you.” she replied. “You can’t keep making trouble.” “I don’t believe you for one minute.” She grimaced.” “I know the place. it’ll all be over. He just watched on as if he was awaiting instructions.” she said through clenched teeth. “When his men turned themselves in. “I’m just saying that you’re pushing this just a little too far. and Carolyn Lopez?” She didn’t answer.” “Funny guy. “He said he wasn’t clearing deadbeats. Carolyn. “I meant Froggy.” “Poor sap is going to end up dead.” she held both my upper arms and looked directly into my face.” I said.” I said mostly to myself. “He will clear their names. “Hit me. “That hurts!” I shouted. “If it means keeping you off his back. right?” “No. stop hitting me. Nick.” I said. “He is keeping me out of the loop now. “He didn’t pay me yet and I want to keep him honest. “Stacey. not me. “Hit me!” “I’m not going to hit you.” “Just let it go.” “For him.” she replied. “Stacey?” “No.Frank Atanacio
“Where is he searching for these god sent attorneys?” “Fairfield.” “Nick. I think.” “Whose going to stop me?” She slapped my face and stood directly in front of me waiting for me to slap back.” she said.” she said as she grabbed my hand. “Then this war isn’t over!” “Nick you can’t mean that.” “What about the deacon.” She slapped me again.” she said.” “Not because of my bet.” She nodded slowly. “They’re going to meet at a restaurant on the Post Road.” “You asked whose going to stop you!” “I didn’t mean you.” she said while holding me back. “That’s all. You beat him in his own game. and Janet?” “War causalities.” she replied.
I kissed her bruised lips.com
.” I added..” “His debt was paid in full.” Stacey said. “Is everything alright?” asked the security guard. “I will.” she said as she pulled me into the nearest office.” I said. “Listen Stacey.” “I know you want to.” “Please..” She nodded slowly. Don’t you want some type of justice?” She looked down.” she said.” “Be careful. “That was part of the agreement. “Let me go take care of him.” “How do you know I can’t handle myself?” I said as I looked into her battered face. go back to your duties. He started this whole thing. “Is this monkey giving you a hard time.” I started. “Arnold. but I don’t want you to get hurt.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
She nodded and backed away slowly.bibliotastic. “You can’t put up with him anymore. and I plan to finish it. “And why did you marry him?” “To pay off. “Don’t call me a monkey if you can’t back it up.” “Everything is fine.” she said.” I nodded and walked out. He glanced at me. I smiled. “I don’t want your husband to get away with what he did. “He’s just doing his job. but didn’t say another word.” “This is a gambling debt pay-off?” “I was loyal to him. “Look what he did to you.
www.” she half whispered.
” “Ready to order?” asked the waiter as he stood by us waiting to jot down our order.” “It’s better than nothing.” “She’s afraid. He half smiled.” I smiled.” O’Brien added. I couldn’t believe that they’d still be in business charging these low prices. It was a place where families came in and enjoyed a very good meal at very low prices. “Something bothering you?” I asked.” I nodded.
. “What we have will stick. He sighed heavily. “Right?” “They confessed to everything. “It is nothing!” “It’s going to satisfy the State. The waiter came over quickly and handed O’Brien a menu. “Come on Nick.” he said. The waiter came to me and handed me a menu. I opened up the menu and notice almost everything on it was under five dollars.” “Of course you know this is all bull shit.” I replied. but that doesn’t do anything for me. “Froggy’s people are going to issue a statement and they’re going to fire all of those involved. give us a break. but she wasn’t going to spill the beans.” I replied.” he replied. “So you’re not going to ask me about Froggy?” “I already know. but didn’t speak. “Froggy still walks. “What’s good here?” he asked. “What about Carolyn. “BLT. “Sounds good. “And Froggy isn’t one of them. “Froggy. “I’m buying. O’Brien walked in and sat across from me.” I said.” “I’m sure it will.” he said. I suppose I shouldn’t be complaining and take advantage of the bargains.” I said. we wouldn’t have taken those sworn statements. He didn’t even say hello.” said O’Brien. “What do you know?” “You have confessions. He didn’t stop to ask if I was ready to order. I nodded.” he said. “If she would have come forward and gave us Froggy. I’d give him a pass.” “We would have protected her.” I said as I took a sip of my water.” He shot a glance my way. and those dogs that died?” “It’s all on paper.” I smiled. right?” “You said Stacey had different information. but at these prices. “They’ll do hard time.Frank Atanacio
At noon the After Cafe on Edna Street roared with business.
Yet.” I said. That’s going to take a big bite out of his gravy train. he’s not putting up a fight against Froggy.com
. “Me too. It’s not going to be easy for him.” “Then that’s when we make our move.” I smiled. “Did you check up on Janet?” he asked. The waiter quickly picked up the menus and hurried off to place our order.” he said.” said O’Brien.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
“BLT.” he said. “Better?” “Yeah.” I said. And don’t you think he’s given up on me either. He’s taken down the good deacon.
www.” I said. “But she’s pissed.” I said. She wants me to get back at Froggy. “But he’ll take more people down with him.” I nodded. remember?” I nodded.” “Sure he’ll be careful. “It’s a stat for us.” “You do shake cages too hard. “Froggy wins. “You gotta give me something better than that.” “Including you. “He’s in it up to his eye balls.” “What do you want me to do?” “Tell the captain that the investigation is still incomplete. you shouldn’t stop right here.bibliotastic. “No.” I replied.” I said.” “A little too late.” I said.” said O’Brien as he took a bite out of his sandwich. “You know Willie. That can’t be good because Willie hates owing anyone anything.” I said. and that we can prove that he’s been involved.” “He’ll climb back on top. Don’t let him get away with this.” I said. “Too many people owe him. He knows that the dog fighting in this city is over. I shook his cage.” “I’m telling you Pete. “We just can’t roll over and look the other way.” O’Brien said. and I plan on collecting.” O’Brien nodded as the waiter brought over our food and drinks. He always wants to be king of the hill. He’s taken down some good people.” “I don’t think it’s going to help. Even Willie the Greek owes him money. The man will not stop until he gets what’s his.” he added. You did nothing illegal. “Deal with it. It’s not going to be easy for him. “You weren’t betting. He’s watching over his shoulder now.” “Orange soda.” “Just tell her this is all resolved. Nick. he’s taken down those poor witnesses.” I said. I nodded.” “Willie knows better. “We have him right where we want him. “The city wins. “He owes me money. “Just let it go.” “You don’t even mean that. and he knows that.” “How can we win when Froggy hasn’t got a mark on him?” I half shouted. “Better late than never.” “He’s going to be extra careful now. “Trust me on this. and it seems everybody owes him money. “Coke.” “I told you before.” said O’Brien.” “And he’ll remember that.
“You said it before Nick.” “More like Frog eats dog.
. “Eat.” I said. the sandwich it’s good. it’s a dog eats dog world.” I lost my appetite.
” “I want my money.” I snorted back. Mr.” “I’m going to punch you in the face in a few minutes if I don’t see you writing a check. but I wanted to make sure I put a crimp in it. “Just wanted to see how the criminals live.” “Even the people that owe you?” “No.” I replied. “I figure in public you wouldn’t sick your dogs after me.” he said with a smirk on his face. “I walked by and saw your pretty face from the window. “I told you.” I smiled.” “Was it Stacey?” “Who?” “My damn wife!” he shouted. “I’ll handle this one.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
Froggy dreaded every step I took when I walked into the eatery.” he half mumbled. “So.”
www.” he said without looking at me. “At your service. He knew I knew it too.” “Hey! You can’t say that!” shouted one of the suits.” he continued smiling. I nodded. “All debts are off.” He grimaced. I don’t care if you put a foot in my ass.” I said. That’s what I do best. All I want is what you owe me. “Just for the last fight. “You know the guys running the dog fights confessed. They were his salvation. He was having dinner with three suits. “Who told you I was here?” he asked. “Yeah he does. Do I make myself clear?” “Hey.. how are you going to pay me?” “With my foot in your ass if you don’t get out of here. Barnum?” “You can pay me the money you owe me.” I said.” Froggy said.” I replied. as long as you give me what you owe me. It was a great chance to collect what you owe me.” “A threat?” he looked annoyed.” I added. “Nick Barnum. “It’s okay.” “You don’t get it. A thousand reasons for him to get up and walk out raced across his mind. “Something would marry you?” “You don’t have to take this.” I said..bibliotastic.” said another suit. “What brings you into an expensive place like this?” he asked again without looking at me. “My wife is in hot water. “No one else knew I was here. “What can I do for you.” he said.com
. I walked by and saw you. “Shut up or I’ll kick the living shit out of you. “It wasn’t your wife. “If I don’t get it.
.” “Wait!” “Checkbook?” “I said I wasn’t going to pay anyone for that past fight.” he said. “The kick was extra.” he said. “You’re crazy!” “One. or perhaps it was the urge to continue kicking the shit out of Froggy.Frank Atanacio
“How dare you?” “I’m serious.” said the third suit. “Five. “And you won’t!” “You don’t think I’ll punch you in the face. “Four.” “Mr.” I said as I kicked him in the face again. If that’s okay with you.” I said. you better know who I am!” “Two. The suits stood up but they all backed away. He touched his chin and growled.” I said. “No charge.” “Someone stop this bully!” Froggy shouted.” “You’re in deep shit. “Then I’ll drive to your house and kill your family.” “I don’t see a check book. “I’m going to count to five.” “I’m serious!” “Three.” “I called the police. A low-life. Froggy tried to stand. “Sit down or I’ll beat you silly. “Did you collect your winnings?” “Huh?” “Did they pay you?” He did not reply.” “Those threats can land you in jail!” “But they will be carried out before I go to jail. I flexed my arms.” I said.” “In that case.” One of the suits picked up his cell phone and dialed the police.” Froggy started. right?” He blinked. Barnum. It was a cramp that shot through me. I slowly walked over to Froggy and punched him in the face knocking him off his chair. Blood spat everywhere. “I’m going to get all my licks in. and fought to relax them.” “Mr.” “I’ll sue!” “And I’ll shoot you dead.” I said.” “Let me get rid of him. “You’re just a thug. but I kicked him in the face.
“That one!” shouted one of the suits. cramped rows of dining tables of the very upscale eatery.” I looked at her and winked.” said a waiter as he stood next to the suits. The Fairfield police led me through the narrow.” a waitress said softly.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
Froggy looked up at me. you’re going to kill him. He wanted to be in control.” “I don’t think they have dealt with people like Nick before. “You’ll get your money. “He wasn’t remotely afraid.” “Yeah.” I’ll give you your damn money!” “You see how simple that was?” Froggy’s head dropped into one hand. Froggy just stared at me as he resisted the temptation to berate me for my actions. It was suppose to be his way or the highway.” said another suit as he helped Froggy to a seat. Nick.” he sighed. “Please. The Fairfield Police quickly tackled me to the ground and handcuffed me. His eyes were red with anger as he waited for another kick.” Froggy whispered.” He grimaced as the Fairfield police rushed into the restaurant.bibliotastic. away from the waiters and waitresses as they tried to gear in closer for a look at me. Froggy stood up and tried not to be so tall.” he began.
www. It would have been unproductive because the suits would have definitely saw right through him. “These guys can be tough. The suits sighed. “Those type of guys don’t pay.” said the waiter. He was banking on it. for my money. Froggy watched me as the police did their job.” Always careful of what he says in front of other people. I smiled. “My money!” I shouted back. Froggy took a breath. “Kicking my face wasn’t necessary. Froggy nodded. I didn’t let him down as I kicked him again. “What an animal. “They got to be put out of their misery. “Leave him alone. I didn’t put up a fight.” Froggy said quietly. He wanted to bark out the orders. He was feeling the pain. because they were just simply doing their job. Now all he had to do was wait for me to try and get revenge.com
. “Oh.” Froggy said. “I’m sure they have. “Bastard is going to pay for this.” I said as the police hauled me away. please. He was particularly concerned that he had nothing to do with my capture. “Please. The police were headed for the main cruiser parked right outside the door. speaking slowly. “I’ll see you later.” “Maybe the cops will do that.” she begged. This part was over. it kinda was.
” we must watch out for our own people. but he didn’t have to like him.” O’Brien replied as he stood up. “Hey Pete. but I heard many good things about this Nick PT Barnum.” O’Brien added.” I said. “In many ways. He did it because he knew there would be no serious social repercussions O’Brien smiled as he cursed under his breath. In fact. “It will be. stroking his brown thin chin beard. he’s an animal. “I have the prisoner.” O’Brien nodded.” said the captain.” said the Fairfield police captain.” The captain cleared his throat in satisfaction.” An embarrassed silence descended over O’Brien’s face. but he had always hid his dislike for them.” O’Brien hadn’t been particularly fond of the captain. “I’m bringing the animal to you. “Something I said?” asked the captain.” the captain barked.Frank Atanacio
This was just the sort of meeting that usually put Detective Peter O’Brien to sleep. and help you watch out for yours. The captain shrugged. I will release this animal to you without handcuffs. “With respect to your captain. “He is an animal. They will handle the obvious and overlook the unobvious.” O’Brien replied with a hint of sarcasm. he was obvious.” O’Brien sighed. He knew that the captain was speaking to him like an undisciplined child. “No wait. The captain turned to O’Brien. O’Brien snored silently.
. “My men will never be put in the position you’re in. O’Brien?” “Yes sir. “Do you want him in cuffs or not?” “I’ll take the obvious. “The last thing I wanted to do was come here to pick up Nick Barnum.” O’Brien nodded. It was something they wanted no part of. They wanted to talk to him about my release. but managed to snap himself out of it when a question was shot his way.” “I hear your captain is tough. he’d nearly dozed off on two separate occasions. and my actions at the restaurant. This gave O’Brien the urge to just fall to sleep. He just respected the position. O’Brien sat at the head of the table as the captain was pacing in a command sort of way. “What?” The captain silently groaned. I just had a long night. “Come. Mr. You’re right. “Captain. right?” The captain made no effort to match O’Brien’s soft. “I don’t get into my captain’s business. I’m also sure you wouldn’t want your men to question your friends or what you do. when the captain had his back toward him.” he replied. not bothering to hide it. stroking his beard again. and he knew he poked fun at the Bridgeport Police Department. In his uniform days. polite tone. He knew he played O’Brien. “I hope you put him in his cage.” she said. “Well. “He does what he does and I don’t ask questions. “Am I correct in my assumption?” He asked. They wanted to explain all of this to O’Brien. A thin female police officer knocked at the door. It was their way of sharing things with sister towns. This time. He also remained alert enough to follow the conversation.” he said.” O’Brien replied as he leaned back in his chair. Will that be to your satisfaction. and I will make sure Captain Frank Roque takes care of him. and I was a Bridgeport citizen causing havoc in their town. “What a sight for sore eyes!” “Your friend too?” said the captain as he removed the handcuffs. he had watched captains come and captains go. I think he’s good friends with this Nick character.
“Let’s get out of here. The captain grimaced. “Come on Nick.” said O’Brien.” I said.bibliotastic.” I nodded.com
. “Just get him out of here.
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O’Brien felt a chill.” “You have clean holding cells.
” Damn.” I laughed.” “Pete.” O’Brien smiled.” O’Brien said. “I just don’t like the way this played out. and he simply lost his train of thought.” he growled. but he didn’t place them down.” O’Brien continued. “Coming into Fairfield to bail your stank ass out of jail because you couldn’t leave Froggy alone!” “I shook him good. confessions.” said O’Brien. I know deep down inside you agree with me. “His bark is worse than his bite. “That Frog managed to produce Patsies!” I half shouted. nine times out of ten I’d agree with you. I guess I made him nervous. That has to be good enough. We hurried in and ordered a turkey club and two diet colas. Why is this so different?”
. “The captain told him if he had to put a leash on you he’d tie you up at his office. The men will serve a great deal of time. “What?” “He called the captain and asked the captain to put a leash on you. I can feel it.” he huffed.” I said. I know he’s getting away with too much. O’Brien looked straight into my eyes and said to me. “It shouldn’t end this way.” said O’Brien. It’s all right there with no exceptions. what can I do about it.Frank Atanacio
O’Brien was hungry so we stopped off at The Flyer Diner on State Street next to the truck stop area and McDonalds. “How can you say that?” I said as I sipped on my soda. We have written statements. The waiter stopped in front of us with our meals.” I said as I took a small bite of my club. “Yeah you did rattle his cage. So again. Willie the Greek produced some Patsies. “It can’t just end here.” O’Brien replied. he killed Carolyn.” “It’s still not him. “Even if I do.” “I’m the one who should be angry.” The waiter smiled and continued doing his job. “Besides.” I continued. “As you may recall from past incidences. and the cruelty to those animals. “It’s okay. “No exceptions. Besides. O’Brien began tapping the counter with his fingers and he realized that I was annoyed.” “We got our man.” said O’Brien. and he almost killed Janet. “And the captain called him a fly eater.” I shouted almost abstractedly. It was okay with you then. we have confessions to everything. But not this time.” “Even if I do. That man is getting away with everything.” I said. “It has to be enough. and the men he sold down the river is doing time for everything that has happened. Including murder!” “He’ll pack up in leave. I’m not even including the dogs he killed. “But I think you should just let things be for now. “What?” “Do you have to keep tapping the freaking counter?” “Are you angry?” “Damn straight. there is no exceptions!” “One. The deacon is back home. everything the court needs to make the charges stick.” he paused.” I laughed again. Not like this. “Froggy called the captain a pig.” he said as he finished off his soda and ordered another one without speaking. “Leave it alone. “He got the deacon tied up in knots.
listen to what you’re saying. “Yep. “Nick. more innocent people are going to die. for doing what you think is right. “I don’t win!” he shouted. and as cruel as my intentions were. “We need to kill him.. “You can do some serious jail time Nicky boy. I realized we were just arguing in circles.” O’Brien continued. He knew I was right. I knew where he was coming from. “You’re talking murder and I want no part of it.” I sighed.” “Dog eats dog world. and nothing was being accomplished. O’Brien smiled..com
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“He’s a killer!” “Willie killed people too!” “Drug dealers! And other gang members!” “It’s all the same!” O’Brien shouted. I took a deep breath and let it out slowly. A spectator in life. “You win.
www.” I fought the urge to raise my voice. but I also knew he didn’t really share in that belief. so I spoke slowly and calmly and hoped the effort did not offend O’Brien.” I said softly.” I said. “Two wrongs.” he spoke. Let’s just change the subject. his eyes hard with restrained emotion. “Innocent people die because of it!” “And because we’re turning a blind eye on Froggy. “We have the chance to stop him.” I grimaced. Froggy had to die.” “You know I’m right.” “Now you’re talking murder. “I can’t do anything about it. Froggy wins!” “But he doesn’t have to win!” “Don’t go there Nick.” His face was tight.” I interrupted.” I whispered.” “Don’t even say it. I’m just like you. it just had to be done. “I’m just telling you that there is nothing we can do about this situation. but I just had to say my say. “Regardless of what you believe my intentions are.” said O’Brien.bibliotastic.” “How?” “Kill him.” I said. You’re not making any kind of sense.” “What?” “You heard me Pete.
and it was what I took. He’s on his way to the office and he told me not to leave. I took out my cell phone and called O’Brien. It was Exit 7 that I wanted. In order to take down the beast. Age hasn’t caught up to me yet. Fate was stepping in. O’Brien. To my surprise. A woman was dead. I can’t make him out. and I didn’t even care if I was being baited. and Froggy struck again. I was trying to find out what was going on in the office. It wasn’t my normal way of thinking. I wasn’t going to give it too much consideration because I knew O’Brien would just talk me out of it. Shadows that didn’t expect me. It was one of the old fashioned gold knobs.” Nicky. “Didn’t he already hurt you?” This time he sounds crazy. I wanted to make sure I didn’t get caught on the ever lasting construction on Boston Avenue. “I’m coming down now. Maybe I’m dead this time. It was something I couldn’t do. “Nick here. “Pete. the only exit I wanted was exit 7. It was newly built with the permanent paint siding. I touched my back pocket to see if I had my cell phone with me. but I didn’t forget to bring it with me. I was going to see Stacey. and it connected to Route 25 and the Merritt Parkway. It gave the new building character. “Should I call Pete?” I whispered. Route Eight consisted of a catalogue of highways. The man is not thinking like he use to. It was built on the spot were an old building once stood. and I had my chance to put an end to Froggy.” Don’t tell me you’re locked up again?
. I couldn’t let Froggy move on. which broke into several different avenues. but I had no choice.” I said. but then I remembered that Stacey was expecting me. In a flash I had realized that I had just stumbled upon my first substantial opportunity to get at Froggy. Froggy’s office was not one of them. I wasn’t ready to enter. but that didn’t happen. I couldn’t believe my luck. She was strangled to death with that choker.” I said under my breath. “You be careful. It connected to I95 North and South. the door was unlocked. but really didn’t care. I slowly walked into the office and was shocked to see a woman’s body on the floor next to the security guard’s desk.Frank Atanacio
I stopped for a light on Boston Avenue and East Main Street when my cell phone buzzed. and he even smelled like one. I knew that Stacey would have been relieved if she knew I was outside.” I said as I slapped the cell phone shut and tossed it into the passenger’s side. However. she genuinely needed my help. However. Froggy was a maggot in my book. Although North Main Street has many buildings dating back over a hundred years. it’s me. I wanted to avoid the build-up on East Main Street. I think Froggy is going to hurt me. I thought about it as I turned onto Route eight and was heading for the Trumbull Mall. I didn’t have my head piece on so I picked up the phone and place it to my ear. Thank goodness for that. I thought about Stacey for a moment. I think he’s gone off the edge. I wanted someone to peek out the window. I still had all my wits. it connected to Fairfield Avenue which became the Old Post Road.” I said as I knelt down before her and removed the choker from her lifeless body. it’s me. I just wanted to make sure she wasn’t setting me up. It wasn’t a step up. Or did. and I wanted to avoid The entrance side to Beardsley Park. He had to be stopped. It was either going to be him or me. I walked over to the body and noticed a choker collar around her neck. sacrifices had to be made. “Stacey?” Nick. Out of a window in front of the office I could see silhouettes pacing. “Please don’t be Stacey. I knew I had tossed it on the passenger side of my truck. Be careful. “Damn Stacey. I had to let him know what was going on. I walked to the front of the office and slowly turned the door knob. I didn’t really have the time to think it over. He would have urged me to mind my own business.
” I said loudly. “Punk!” he growled. “Now shut the fuck up before I plant you next to my whore of a wife. “An accomplice. Stacey had a condo at the old Warner Cost Factory off of Myrtle Avenue and close to Seaside Park. and I knew he wanted to pull the trigger. She was proud of that purchase. She wanted me to see it.bibliotastic. His fingers were twitching. “Mr. Instead. Barnum. and she was proud that it went unnoticed.” “How did it feel?” he asked.” “You’re sick. Then he looked for a moment as if he were going to pat my shoulder.com
. There he stood with a chrome 38 special beaming down on me.” “Touching. But he didn’t. because it was the first step she made toward leaving her twisted husband. but was brutally helped by Froggy as he kicked me in the stomach. There was no mistake about it.” he said. Mr.” I said. She told me it had a modern captain’s galley kitchen. “Damn that hurt. “What. He stood closer and then just smiled at me. “Stacey.” Stay put.” came a voice from behind me.” “Enjoy it?” “She showed me up. “You ass. and a big living room with a fireplace and a picture window that looked out to the Long Island Sound. “Sure thing.” I whispered in her ear as I kissed her cheek. but I was the one in pain. I may need your help. or a fall guy?” I asked. “Why did you kill your own wife?” I asked.” I smiled. Newsom?” “Of course.” He grimaced. I’m sorry I didn’t get to see your new condo.” I started. He hated me. “You would have made it a fine home. “She was choked to death with a choke collar. you’re not going to hurt her. he lifted the gun up over his head and brought it down with such a thrust he knocked me over onto the body of his dead wife. “Anything for a murderer. “She’s already dead!” “Yeah.” Froggy replied.” he paused briefly. I’m coming down!” O’Brien hung up the phone. We wanted each other dead.” “What are you talking about?”
www. Why don’t you head down to Froggy’s office.” Froggy paused and stared at his office for a moment.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
“Stacey’s dead. “Is this your handy work?” He smiled as I turned and looked up to face him. the kick to the stomach?” “Making love to my wife.” he growled. thanks to you.” he said. I tried to gingerly remove myself off of Stacey. “And then paid for it. “Well?” “You’re something. and I hated him. “I enjoy it. “Stay on your knees.
“You don’t get to say that!” he shouted. “Bring him in boss.” I nodded. a security guard poked his head out. you keep calling me that and I’m going to show you my punk.” “Get up!” Froggy demanded. Nick.” “Punk. “Do as I say.
. “Yeah.Frank Atanacio
“I have cameras everywhere. “Only I can judge my wife. “Some she didn’t even know about. “There were many.” he said.” “And murder her?” “Damn you!” From the office. I did as I winced with pain.” Froggy wasn’t impressed as he pushed me forward. “And the only way to do that was to sleep with other guys!” Froggy kicked me in the face turning me completely over onto my back. She was a whore and she got what she deserved.” he said as he pushed me toward the office.” “She was trying to keep your stench off her body!” I shouted. “You’re not the only one.” “You’re all heart. and just maybe I’ll kill you without making you suffer.” he replied.
Carefully. but was he going to leave me dead or alive? The office was made up to look like a robbery. “It was very nice knowing you. Froggy was taking money out of his safe and stuffing it in a duffel bag.bibliotastic. “In time. “Nick. “Okay. I shook my head slightly from side to side. She was killed because she walked in on me robbing the place. “Let me shoot this idiot. “Arnold!” he screamed. You’ll also get to shoot Nick PT Barnum.” said Froggy. “Don’t smile.” Froggy instructed.” “I can kick your ass any day of the week. sure.” I said.” The guard smiled.” he said sarcastically.” The guard nodded.
www. just a few more minutes.” said the guard as he took his gun out of his holster. “He catches you with this bag of money and he shoots you dead.” Froggy smiled. “I didn’t like him when he first came in to speak to you.” “I won’t.” Froggy said. He stuck the gun in my face giving me the chance to knock it away.” I threatened. “I need to make sure this all goes as planned. “How do I get shot?” “The guard walks in on you after he discovers the body of my dear wife.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
The security guard grabbed me and pushed me face first into the wall.” Froggy started explaining. “It’s not a good thing to do when you’re going to die. It happened too fast as I snapped his neck and threw him toward One Eyed Froggy. I can’t have anything go wrong. I grabbed his neck and forced him up against the wall. Froggy didn’t know what was happening as he scurried toward his gun.” He smiled even harder. “Boss?” “Wait.” Froggy continued. “You will get your reward. One big mistake. but trust me. “You’re going to shoot me. He had left it on the desk when he was filling the duffel bag with money. It crossed my mind that he was planning on setting me up. do it.” “Oh yeah.” I replied. “Boss. The guard walked over toward me and made one mistake.” “He’s getting on my nerves!” “Arnold. and all the draws to the file cabinets were tossed onto the floor as if someone was looking for something. I was also assuming that Stacey was caught in the cross-fire. He thinks he’s mister tough guy. “Stay put! Don’t give me a reason to knife you. Everything was turned over. I noticed that the office was completely a mess.” “I’m so glad. I know you’re angry and worried about this whole thing.com
.” I said. and blame this all on me?” He smiled.” “This guard?” “Yes!” “I’m going to snap his neck before all of this is over. let me at him!” “In time.
He felt like his knees were going to collapse.” Froggy gazed into my eyes. but he knew I was a man of my word.” “Let me do this. “Damn you Nick!” He shouted as he crawled to his feet. He was trying to see if I was the type to kill a man in cold blood. trust me.” “She wasn’t all upstairs!” he shouted as he pushed his index finger against his temple.” “That’s not nice.” He closed his eyes. “I didn’t think so.” I said.” he said.” I smiled.” “But Stacey. “Drop it or I’ll have to drop you. I always tried to carry out my threats. or Carolyn back?” He bowed his head. but he had to follow the rules. I will. Carolyn. “In that duffel bag. He didn’t know me.” We scuffled for the gun as I pushed him to the floor. “Do you want a blind fold instead?” “Fuck you!” I smiled. She didn’t have to die like that.” I said smiling. but she got the raw end of that deal. It was an easy win for me because Froggy was a weak man. O’Brien approached me and kicked the gun away.” “I have money.” I said. He knew what he was doing had no meaning. He was simply a weakling with money. I don’t know why she married you. now. lots more.” He nodded slowly. “Do it then!” He demanded.” “Pete?” “Drop the gun. and I’ll even pay off your winnings!” “Can you bring Stacey. “There’s more. and he grabbed my arm. lots of it!” I smiled. That’s murder. “Oh.Frank Atanacio
“He can’t hear you. “See how nice this all played out for you.” I did and Froggy smiled. “Get out of here. The only sad thing is you killing your wife. “She was a retarded whore. “Now I have the drop on you. take it!” “I can kill you and take the money. Nick.” “You wouldn’t.” I said as I aimed the gun at him. He steadied himself. He had no strength. That’s just the way I roll. “Pete?” “Drop it Nick. “His neck is broken.
. “She was your wife. “Can’t let you kill a man.” “I know. “Freeze!” Shouted Detective Peter O’Brien as he stormed into the office with his aimed directly at me.
” O’Brien nodded. “Back up is on their way.” O’Brien just looked at Froggy. Followed by another. can I take Deacon Mike Brandon’s duffel bag?” “He had Mike’s bag?” I nodded.” “Hey. right?” “My word. O’Brien still had the smoking gun pointed upward. He killed them both.” O’Brien said as he finally holstered the weapon. and the man who took it is getting away with it. I nodded. “You better go. “That didn’t stop him so I had to shoot him again.” he said.” “Froggy?” “That’s my story!” O’Brien shouted.” he called. “That is Mike’s bag. Stacey’s body was on the floor and I looked around the office to find something to cover her. just wait for me in the other room. “I can produce many witnesses. I should have done it quickly. “Tell me the whole story from the beginning. “Just calm down.Case File: Dog Eats Dog
“Listen. “See if you can cover up Stacey’s body or something.” I nodded and walked out of the office. and people will testify that he threatened my life.bibliotastic. I couldn’t believe he didn’t let me put that Frog out of his misery. “He came at you?” “He came at me and I shot him once. “Cuff him!” “Nick. “Pete!” I ran back into the office and I saw Froggy on the floor with two bullet holes in his chest. She lost her life. He won a great deal of money from me and I wasn’t going to pay. go ahead. but I did not turn to face him.” O’Brien explained. I stopped.” he said.” I couldn’t believe O’Brien was going to listen to that crazed killer.
www. There was nothing. I blamed myself.” I grabbed the duffel bag and walked quickly toward the door. “Yeah. “He came at me with a knife. “That man was caught in here by my wife and my guard. I looked to the floor and I saw a knife just two feet away from the body.” O’Brien smiled.” Froggy started. “This will stick. I left. and get out of here.com
. He just snapped their necks and then he came after me looking for his winnings.” he said. Suddenly. detective. “Nick. “Don’t let him get away!” Froggy shouted. a shot.” O’Brien said.