Friday, 15 March 2013


by Christopher Hatch

The detective crouched near the body, examining the crime scene. Glass littering the ground crunched noisily underneath the detective’s boots. The detective turned over the body, looking for any signs of death. Finding nothing, he let out a defeated sigh. He stepped back and turned to the deputy on the scene.

“Why are we even investigating this shit? The chief has me neck deep in open homicide cases and then this? What am I supposed to do – it’s not even human, someone just wanted the power supply.” The detective stomped away, leaving the husk of the robot’s body behind him.

Author bio: My name is Christopher Hatch, a student at the University of Maine Orono, studying English Education.  I was born and raised on a small farm in Maine.


  1. interesting conundrum.Guess this justice system needs another shade on the spectrum, 'sentient killing' or something

    marc nash

  2. Excellent look at the definition of murder. Will it be murder when robots are among us? Good story!

  3. Such a great twist in such a short little snippet! Love it!

  4. Ohh, that's kinda sad. Poor dead robot. :(

    Loved the twist. Well done!