In the basement of an abandoned hotel, six bodies were discovered. Of the six, one was a mother of three, the others were a doctor, a teacher, a lawyer, a priest, and finally, an author.
The victims appeared to have been tortured, set on fire and left to die. A cloth wrapped around the forehead of each victim concealed a brand burned onto the heads of the victims. The brand resembled that of a Child Abuse ribbon.
Police officers quickly surrounded the area, and in minutes, forensics studied the area and removed the bodies from the scene. It was determined that each of the victims had records with both the police department and the department of child protection.
The main suspect was that of Edgar Rice, a respected social worker and sworn protector of children everywhere. The man had celebrity status and was a hero to all who lived with the pain of child abuse.
At the hearing, Edgar Rice stood without a lawyer. He did not plead for his life, instead he chose to plead for all the children forced to suffer the pain of abuse. As the crowd in attendance watched and listened, Edgar explained his reasons for the slaughter.
“The mother of three beat her children every day. Her kids lived in total fear and nobody would listen to them.”
“The doctor noticed bruises on the kids, but because he was having an affair with the mother, he chose to remain silent.”
“The kids revealed the abuse to their teacher. She did not believe them.”
“When the mother was finally arrested for her crime, the lawyer got the charges dropped, setting her free.”
“The priest heard her confession and forgave her.”
“The last victim was a writer. He was writing an expose, and since he did his homework and discovered the truth, it was up to him to do something to protect the kids. He did nothing.”
The judge, a victim of child abuse himself, dropped all charges.
this is my entry into this week’s TRIFECTA CHALLENGE. The word is Brand