2249. Murder by asphyxiation

I thought if I heaved his body into the dumpster before I threw in all the squashed cardboard boxes and plastic bags from the warehouse then no one would find the body. The dumpster would be taken away, emptied in some landfill, and we could all get on with our lives.

He’d only been working here for about three weeks and was as lazy as sin. He could get away with it, being the boss’s nephew. He would answer back real smart too, and it made me angry. That’s why I got one of the large untearable plastic bags from the packing cartons and threw it over his head. He struggled a bit before suffocating; more than a bit actually. Then I had the unenviable task of disposing of the body. I had all the time in the world. The boss was away. I was working alone and would lock up at the end of the day. The dumpster was out the back of the warehouse. I left the body in the plastic bag. Sometimes things like that work out nicely.

Then his mother came looking for him. “Have you seen my darling son?”

“No,” I said. “Not for a while.” That bit was at least true. “I haven’t seen him for an hour or so.”

I nearly laughed because we were standing out the back right next to the dumpster. I could see where he had got his horribleness from. His mother was twice as bad; rude, lazy, and full of herself.

And then she took out her phone. “I’ll just dial his number,” she said. “He always keeps his phone in his jean’s pocket and we’re sure to hear it ring.”

26 thoughts on “2249. Murder by asphyxiation

  1. badfinger20 (Max)

    When a story starts out “I thought if I heaved his body into the dumpster” I know I’m going to like it… Hopefully you stole or pitched the phone.

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  2. umashankar

    Modern fiction often leaves the conclusion to be imagined by the reader at leisure, taking clue from the story. The logical end that leaps to my mind is that the mother too got strangled and stashed away in the dumpster. This time though, the protagonist removed both the phones and tossed them onto a passing by ute.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Thank you! We just had a truck driver call in 5 minutes ago – he wanted to use the phone as there’s no cell phone coverage here. We showed him the landline and he couldn’t work out how to send a text!!

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