The tale of the Twelve Officers by Mark Vuletik:

It was, of course, sad to hear that Ms. K had been slowly raped and murdered by a common thug over the course of one hour and fifty-five minutes; but when I found out that the ordeal had taken place in plain sight of twelve fully-armed off-duty police officers, who ignored her terrified cries for help, and instead just watched until the act was carried to its gruesome end, I found myself facing a personal crisis. You see, the officers had all been very close friends of mine, but now I found my trust in them shaken to its core. Fortunately, I was able to talk with them afterwards, and ask them how they could have stood by and done nothing when they could so easily have saved Ms. K.

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Comment by Tom Sarbeck on August 28, 2014 at 8:27am

Davis, I may have read too hastily. I missed the officer who did nothing because he knew Ms. K was being punished for her past sins.

Comment by Davis Goodman on August 28, 2014 at 9:40pm

Did you click on the full article Tom? I didn't want to paste the full article per copyright.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on August 28, 2014 at 10:50pm

Clicked? Yes. Read? Hastily.

Where I used to work, on slow days we made short stories long.

I sometimes wrote sentences with many modifiers (adjectives, adverbs; words or phrases) and looked for places to insert an "only" that didn't wreck the sentence.

Here's a simple one. Only I painted the house. / I only painted the house. / I painted only the house. / I painted the only house.

Comment by Davis Goodman on August 28, 2014 at 11:17pm

No...there isn't one about past sins though it would be strange if there was one because that would make it more of a critique of karma rather than theodicy, no?

Comment by Physeter on September 2, 2014 at 11:07pm

That would be a good one, Tom. He wasn't there. The problem is 12 police officers are quite a lot, already.

They also forgot the "suffering" police officer. When he saw Mrs. K's plight, he was so moved with compassion and empathy that he went home, threw away his gun, and hired another thug to come in and rape and murder him -- that is, the officer himself. By suffering through exactly what Mrs. K suffered through, he proved the true depth of his love, and left a reminder to all those who will be raped and murdered in the future that their finest police officers know exactly how they feel.


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