(Liberty Lion: King. Weekly Prompt by Laura Feasey.)
‘Who is this King of Browning street? ’ Hector exploded into the nearest constable.
Hector had recently been very angry. A lot of times. His anger issues stemmed from his childhood, from his mother abandoning him but somewhere in life he got it under control. For his job required him to be cold and distant and logical, angry cops make mistakes. Angry cops lose cases because of their recklessness. Angry cops make enemies.
So he got into the program, worked his issues and became a role model. Till this case.
What started out as a normal homicide in an alley had turned into a serial killing. If that news was bad enough, the victims were all serial molesters. Hecklers and troublemakers for woman. And someone was killing them.
The second onwards all the victims had a card on their hands: A King. Of any category, they always had King cards. So the media named the killer The King of Browning Street.
The constable was embarrassed by the public humiliation delivered to him. This was the tenth crime scene and the King card was now nailed to the victim’s head. And with the media and the political pressure mounting, Hector had began to crack. The crime scene was the same: A single gsw to the chest, post mortem positioning of the body so that the hands covered their genitals and their jaws opened. No evidence and no witnesses.
Anyways no one would probably come forward, everyone wanted the troublemakers out of their streets. And the thugs were too egotistical to let cops handle this for them.
Hector had an interview this afternoon, but because of the new homicide he rescheduled it. He tried to remember who the reporter was but he kept forgetting her name.
A constable let a female in the yellow tape and immediately he regretted it. Hector went raging at him to not let pedestrians in and how he would have the constable suspended for this when the female showed her press ID.
‘Hello Mr Hector. Since you were too busy I thought I’ll get my interview on the road. I can assure you I will be of no hindrance and I won’t utter a word till you are done with investigating the scene.’ She had lovely eyes. And a face that reminded him of his high school girlfriend. What was her name? Karen yes Karen.
His anger suddenly vanished he nodded but asked her that no photographs or recordings be done else he would land him in trouble.
After a while he asked her name though he never heard her last name, else he would have shown a different reaction then.
‘Karen. Karen King. ’