Murder By Proxy Crime Micro-Flash Fiction By Fred Zackel

Murder By Proxy: Crime Micro-Flash Fiction By Fred Zackel

Fred Zackel, author of Murder by Proxy, has written many crime novels such as The Girl Under The Bridge and Murder In Waikiki among others.

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As one of the four prison guards, I brought the new inmate onto the top floor of the D cell block. I opened the cell, but didn’t move. I took several deep breaths. We stood grasping the guard rail, not looking down. I get vertigo. I don’t know why he wouldn’t look.

“That’s your assigned cell block over there.”

“Why didn’t you take me there first thing?”

“No, first things first.”

The inmate groaned at my prissiness.

I said, “I can teach you how to fly.”

He looked at me with undisguised contempt.

“But before I do that, let me teach you all you need to know about suspense.”

The new inmate said, “Suspense? Like in a thriller?”

“Flying like off Cellblock D all by your lonesome.”

The inmate gave me a disgusted look.

I hollered over the railing. “Earl Lansing!”

I hollered again and the cell block quieted.

“Earl Lansing! You killed those little kids!

I started screaming: “Those were little children you killed!”

He caught on to my nasty scheme.

I pushed myself half over the railing, screaming as loudly as I could onto the cell block floor below.

I screamed: “You filthy f-ing pedophile!”

I didn’t have to look. I knew every con in the C cell block across from us was watching from behind his bars. The word gets passed.

“Those were little children you killed!”

He had gone all ashen. I had signed his death warrant.

I grabbed him and thrust him into his cell. I pulled the iron bars shut and the door automatically locked.

I stormed out. Left them to get down by themselves. I felt great. Who was going to rat on me? Who’s the monster now?

Justifiable homicide, right?

*****

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