Secrets Under the Tree: Short Story

Prof. Hasan Yahya

Hasan Yahya

The police Department have resorted to forensic science to find out the identity of a woman or a man whose some of his/her remains have been found in the rare far of a public garden. The Forensic team arrived and began to collect the bones.  A quick testing on upper side bones,  found over a two-year period searching different places,  show the remains all belong to one woman. Partial remains were found  behind an old tree in the public garden. On that same day more remains were found in different locations in the same garden. Near the gate of the Garden, they found the other half for the same victim.  Detectives hope a clay composite showing what the woman  may have looked like will help them identify her. They began to dig their reports about missing persons in the last nine months period.   Judging from the bones, forensic scientists say the woman was Hispanic or of mixed ancestry, stood between 5 feet 3 inches and 5 feet 6 inches tall and was between 20 to 30 years old. The  remains were found several places, detectives said they believe she was killed more than two to three years back. The forensic team gave some description to hair color, teeth missing and teeth filled with gold.


As soon as the Police Department announced their bones findings, they began to receive reports about missing persons close to the descriptions. A mother in her fifties came and said if the woman had a silver ring on her finger. A man came with description of tattoo may be shown on her the victim back.  But the detective told the people, no rings and no tattoos, there only bones. The death happened two to three years ago. The DNA may give more evidence and signs may lead to the victim identity. Especially if the victim was raped prior her death.

One of the persons who came to ask about the victim was a young man, his age was 24 years old. He began to give description of his missing girl-friend. This person was suspected for its disappearance two years ago, but released after investigation. He brought alimony that he was out of town weeks before announcing the girl was missing. An when he came to her parents’ house, he knew about her missing. But the parents doubts were strong, and they gave hints to the police that her boy-friend might be involved. After confronting him, he shows evidence that he was away at his university. The police then released him for lack of evidence. This time, the police began to suspect the guy. They appointed one detective to dig out the background of the guy in the last two years. The guy was released, but left under close surveillance.


One week passed, a young lady entered the police station and asked about detectives who are involved in girl-bones found recently. The detective listened to the young girl. She began to give her story with the person who came to ask about the dead girl. She said that the guy was lying about his testimony, and tried to be innocence of murdering the girl. The young girl asked to be protected if they want the rest of the story. After guarantees from the police investigator, the girl told the police how he was drunk one night, and how he said that he commit rape the girl and how he killed her. She refused to have sex with him under the same tree that night. Moreover, he described where he buried her after cutting her into two halves, in the public garden East of  the city, behind the old tree, and near the main garden gate beside the party room building. Furthermore, he cut her into two, and buried the parts in two places in the same garden. When she was asked, why she volunteered to testify? She told them that since she knew him in the university, he was telling her stories about some women should die for their arrogance and misunderstanding. He made me afraid every time we meet. But last week he was drunk, and he told the complete story about his crime. When I read about the bones found in two places in a public garden, in the newspaper, I knew that there should be connection with what the guy was telling me when he was drunk. So I decided to show up and tell you the information I got. He may be innocent, but I think I was obliged not be silent.

In less than an hour, the suspect was arrested for murdering the girl. And  was in denial about being caught.  While after he  denied accusation. The parents later, testified that girl was in love with the guy accused. They showed some pictures for him with the girl.  A DNA sample was required for testing.  Suddenly, a confession was made with tears. The guy  broke down and told the police that he is sorry. And he did not mean to kill her. The police gathered all evidence to bring the guy to justice in addition to his confession. In the court, the offender was sentenced to life in prison, but the parents were not satisfied. They rejected the ruling. (882 words)

About Arab American Encyclopedia-USA - Hasan Yahya

HASAN YAHYA was born at a small village called Majdal-YaFa (Majdal Sadiq) in Mandate Palestine (1944). He migrated as a refugee to Mes-ha, a village east of Kufr Qasim, west of Nablus (in the West Bank), then moved with his family to Zarka, 25 km north of Amman – Jordan. He finished the high school at Zarka Secondary School, 1963. He was appointed as a teacher in the same year. Studied Law first at Damascus University, then B.A from Lebanon University in Arabic literature and Eastern Cultures (1975). He moved to Kuwait. Where he got married in 1967. He was working at Kuwait Television, taught at bilingual School, and Kuwait University. In 1982, Hasan left to the United States to continue his education at Michigan State University. He got the Master Degree in 1983, the Ph.D degree in 1988 in Education (Psychology of Administration ). In 1991, He obtained his post degree in Social research, the result was a second Ph.D degree in Comparative sociology-Social Psychology. He was the only Arab student who enrolled ever to pursue two simultaneous Ph.D programs from Michigan State University and fulfill their requirements perfectly. Professor Yahya employment history began as a supervisor of a joint project to rehabilitate Youth (inmates out of prison) by Michigan State University and Intermediate School Districts. Worked also as a Teacher Assistant and lecturer in the same university. He was offered a position at Lansing Community College as well as Jackson Community College where he was assistant professor, then associate professor, then full professor (1991-2006). He taught Sociology, psychology, education, criminology and research methods. He supervised 19 Master and Ph.D candidates on various personal, economic psychological and social development topics. Professor Yahya published Hundreds (1000 Plus on this site) of articles and research reports in local, regional, and international journals. His interest covers local, regional and global conflicts. He also authored, translated, edited and published over 280 plus books in several languages, in almost all fields especial education, sociology and psychology. These books can be found on Amazon and Kindle. He also, was a visiting professor at Eastern Michigan University to give Research Methods and Conflict Management courses. Prof. Yahya accepted an offer to join Zayed University Faculty Team in 1998, then he served as the Head of Education and Psychology Department at Ajman University of Science and Technology 2001-04. Dr. Yahya established several institutes in Diaspora, the Arab American Encyclopedia, Ihyaa al Turath al Arabi Project, (Revival of Arab Heritage in Diaspora.Recently he was nominated for honorary committee member for the Union of Arab and Muslim Writers in America. He was affiliated with sociological associations and was a member of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS) at USA. Social Activities and Community Participation: Dr. Yahya was a national figure on Diversity and Islamic Issues in the United States, with special attention to Race Relations and Psychology of Assimilation (generations 1,2 &3). He was invited as a public speaker to many TV shows and interviews in many countries. His philosophy includes enhancing knowledge to appreciate the others, and to compromise with others in order to live peacefully with others. This philosophy was the backgrounds of his theory, called “ Theory C. of Conflict Management”. And developed later to a Science of Cultural Normalization under the title: “Crescentology. The results of such theory will lead to world peace depends on a global Knowledge, Understanding, appreciation, and Compromising (KUAC)” Recently Prof. Yahya started "Publish your book FREE Project", to serve young Arab Writers. Dr. Yahya accepted the offer to be the chief editor of the International Humanities Studies Journal -I-H-S-Jerusalem, since July 2014. (Revised Sept. 2014) ولد الدكتور حسن عبدالقادر يحيى في مجدل يابا من أعمال يافا – فلسطين عام 1944. تلقى علومه الابتدائية في مدرسة بديا الأميرية في الضفة الغربية أيام احتوائها ضمن المملكة الأدردنية الهاشمية وتخرج في جامعة بيروت حاملاً الإجازة في اللغة العربية وآدابها، ودبلوم التأهيل التربوي من كلية القديس يوسف بلبنان، ودبلوم الدراسات العليا (الماجستير) ودكتوراة في الإدارة التربوية من جامعة ولاية ميشيغان بالولايات المتحدة عام 1988، وشهادة الدكتوراه في علم الاجتماع المقارن من الجامعة نفسها عام 1991. عمل في التدريس والصحافة الأدبية. أديب وشاعر وقاص ، ,كما عمل في تلفزيون الكويت الرسمي كمعد ومنسق برامج ثم اتجه إلى الكتابة والتأليف في علوم كثيرة تخص علمي النفس والاجتماع والتنمية البشرية ، والتغير الاجتماعي والسكان وألف ونشر العديد من المقالات (1000 +) والكتب باللغتين العربية والإنجليزية (أكثر من 330 كتابا) ، منها ست مجموعات قصصية وست كتب للأطفال ، وأربع دواوين شعرية باللغتين أيضا. وعدد من كتب التراث في الشعر والأدب والأخلاق الإسلامية والتربية والأديان . وهو الآن أستاذ متقاعد في جامعة ولاية ميشيغان. . وكان عضوا سابقا في جمعية العلماء المسلمين في أمريكا . وجمعية علماء الاجتماع الأمريكية - ميشيغان، وهو مؤسس الموسوعة العربية الأمريكية في الولايات المتحدة ضمن مشروع إحياء التراث العربي في بلاد المهجرز كما تم ترشيحه مؤخرا ليكون عضو مجلس التحرير لمجلة الدراسات الإنسانية العالمية. وقد قبل أن يتسلم رئاسة تحريرها اعتبارا من نهاية يونيو 2014 His email: Thank you!
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