The local police officers are trying to solve the burglary from construction trailer without any success. An experienced Colonel of Police from the Regional Department comes across this case. He tracks a very smart and dangerous criminal who had already brutally killed a few people.
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The punishment for betraying the accomplices was swift and furious
within the thief circles. Valdemar became a witness of such punishment
one night. About ten days after being transferred to the new
correctional facility, all prisoners were asked to gather at the central
barrack, where “Professor”, the crowned “thief-in-law” was
All invited prisoners positioned themselves in the spaces between the
beds. The “Professor” sat at the table at the end of the barrack as
a supreme judge. To his right and left stood about a dozen of his
lieutenants who were overseeing various criminal groups and who were
playing the jury roles.
“Looks like a real court proceeding,” thought Valdemar to himself.
After everybody was present, the “Professor” gave an order and two
inmates walked in the person who was the reason for this gathering.
Valdemar could not see the prisoner’s expression since he happened to
face the back of the inmate.
“Professor” concisely announced the charges against this prisoner.
Apparently this inmate was part of the commercial bank robbery during
which the bank security guard was killed. Almost all the robbery
participants were able to flee from the crime scene except for that
inmate. The police got him. During the investigation he gave out the
names of all his accomplices and thus got sentenced to a very minor
term. The rest of the group members were arrested and convicted to
significantly larger terms. Here at this correction facility this inmate
continued to “knock” on the rest of the prisoners to the
administration of this facility, which was confirmed by trustworthy
“Now we have to decide what to do with him based on our “thief”
laws. What punishment should he get for his betrayal?” finished the
After his speech, “Professor” allowed his lieutenants to express
their points of view on the type of punishment for this prisoner. Every
single one of them condemned his betrayal and at the end of each speech
called out the sentence: death! All the present inmates were waiting for
the final verdict. It got very quite, so quite that Valdemar though that
everybody around could hear his fast heart beat. The sentence sounded
like a thunder in that silence: death!
As soon as “Professor” announced the sentence, the inmate fell on
his knees and started crying for mercy. When he turned to Valdemar, he
saw a fairly young face full of dread.
Not paying any attention to his blood curling screams, the
“Professor” waved his hand and Valdemar saw a tall man with broad
shoulders approaching with a large axe from the left of the accused. He
came up to the inmate from behind and hit him on the head with the axe
with a very powerful strike. The inmate made a strange sound, then fell
on his knees, tried to get up but immediately fell down on the floor.
His legs started thrusting in pre-death convulsions.
“Get rid off this trash and pin the murder on somebody young,”
commanded the “Professor.” After that everybody started to leave.
“Here is the human life, it does not mean anything,” thought
Valdemar. All night he was tormented by nightmares.
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