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"The Tell-Tale Heart"
written by Edgar Allan Poe
adapted to radio by Don Kisner

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Synopsis of the Recorded Radio Drama

A man is obsessed with the "evil eye" of the old man for whom he works; it is this obsession that eventually drives him to murder the old man.

For several nights the narrator waits by the old man's bedroom door. Each night for seven nights he opens the door very carefully, so as not to wake to old man, but each night the "evil eye" is closed. On the eighth night he makes a noise, and finally sees the eye open. In a sudden frenzy, he murders the old man and disposes the cut-up corpse under the floor boards of the old man's bedroom.

When the police come to investigate a scream heard by a neighbor, the murderer brings them into the house and invites them to rest for awhile. So confident is the murderer that he places his chair on the very spot where the corpse is buried. Soon, the murderer insanely imagines that he can hear the beating of the old man's heart and becomes convinced that the police also hear it. Panic overcomes him. Abruptly, he confesses, telling the police to rip up the floor boards. 

 

 

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