Will he get away with it or unravel in his own web of deceit?
Mark was a former tennis pro who had it all, fame, wealth, and a beautiful wife. But when he found out his wife was having an affair with another man, his world came crashing down. The thought of losing his wife to another man was unbearable. Mark was left heartbroken and consumed with rage. He knew he had to do something to get rid of his wife and the other man from his life for good. Driven by his emotions and fueled by his obsession, Mark hatched a plan.
Chapter 1: The Perfect Plan
Mark sat at his office, staring at the ceiling, lost in thought. He had come up with the perfect plan, a plan to rid himself of his unfaithful wife and her lover. He had hired a hitman to carry out the dirty work, someone who would not hesitate to do what needed to be done. Mark had calculated every detail, from the time of the murder to the location.
He knew his wife’s routine, and he planned the murder to occur when she was alone. He had arranged for the hitman to break into their home and kill his wife. It was a foolproof plan, or so he thought.
As the day of the murder approached, Mark grew increasingly anxious. He had never done anything like this before, and the thought of his wife dying made him uneasy. But he knew he had to go through with it. It was the only way he could get his life back.
The day of the murder arrived, and Mark watched from a distance as the hitman entered his home. He waited nervously for the hitman to finish the job. Minutes passed, and Mark began to worry. What if something had gone wrong? What if the hitman had been caught?
Finally, the hitman emerged from the house and gave Mark a nod. It was done. Mark felt a sense of relief wash over him. He had done it. He had successfully eliminated his wife and her lover from his life. Or so he thought.
As he walked towards his car, Mark noticed a police car parked outside his house. His heart raced as he realized something had gone terribly wrong. He ran towards his house, but it was already too late. The police had found his wife, alive and well. The hitman had failed to complete the job.
Mark felt his world crumble around him. He could feel the weight of his crime bearing down on him. His perfect plan had failed, and now he had to come up with a new one. A plan that would allow him to get rid of his wife and make sure he wouldn’t get caught. He couldn’t let his wife get away with adultery and leave him devastated.
To be continued…
Chapter 2: The Unexpected Twist
Mark had everything planned out. He thought he had covered all the details, from the time of the murder to the location. The hitman he had hired was supposed to be a professional, but he never accounted for the hitman’s clumsiness.
Mark was waiting outside his house, waiting for the hitman to give him the signal that it was done. He had already told his wife that he had to work late, so he was sure she wouldn’t suspect a thing. He watched as the hitman entered his house, and he waited patiently for the signal.
But things didn’t go as planned. The hitman was supposed to kill his wife and make it look like a robbery gone wrong. But instead, he stumbled and knocked over a vase, alerting Mark’s wife to his presence. She panicked and screamed for help, and the hitman ran out of the house without completing his mission.
Mark was furious. He couldn’t believe the hitman had screwed up so badly. He knew he had to act fast and come up with a new plan. He couldn’t let his wife get away with adultery and leave him devastated.
He drove to a nearby bar to clear his head and think of a new plan. He sat down at the bar and ordered a drink. As he sat there, he noticed a man sitting next to him. The man was wearing a suit and had a briefcase with him. He struck up a conversation with Mark, and they started talking.
Mark soon discovered that the man was a lawyer. He told Mark that he was on his way to a meeting with a client. They talked for a while, and Mark decided to confide in him. He told him everything, from his plan to have his wife killed to the hitman’s failure.
The man listened intently, and Mark felt relieved to have someone to talk to. As they talked, Mark noticed that the man was taking notes. He didn’t think much of it and continued talking.
But when Mark finished telling him everything, the man stood up and announced that he was leaving. He handed Mark his card and told him that he would be in touch.
Mark didn’t think much of it and finished his drink. He went home, hoping to come up with a new plan. But when he arrived, he found the police waiting for him.
They arrested him and took him in for questioning. They had received a tip that Mark was involved in a murder plot, and they had found evidence to support it. They had found the hitman’s cell phone, which had messages from Mark discussing the murder plot.
Mark realized too late that he had been set up. The man he had confided in was not a lawyer, but an undercover cop. He had taken notes of everything Mark had said and had turned him in.
Mark was devastated. He hadn’t expected his plan to fail so miserably. He had thought he had everything under control, but he had never accounted for the hitman’s clumsiness or the possibility of betrayal.
As he sat in his cell, awaiting trial, he couldn’t help but think of how different things could have been. If only the hitman had been more careful, if only he had been more cautious with whom he confided in, maybe things would have turned out differently.
But it was too late now. He had to face the consequences of his actions. He had lost everything he held dear, and all because of his foolishness and arrogance. He could only hope that he would learn from his mistakes and never make them again.
Chapter 3: The Frame-Up
Mark knew that his new plan had to be meticulous if he wanted his wife to go down for murder. He had to make sure that the evidence against her was so strong that no one would question her guilt. He spent the next few days researching and planning his strategy. He knew that he had to plant false evidence, stage the crime scene and make it look like his wife was the killer.
The first step was to plant the murder weapon. Mark knew that he could not use the same weapon that the hitman had used, as it would have been traced back to him. He bought a similar knife from a local store, and he wiped off any fingerprints that might be on it. He then placed the knife near his wife’s bedside table, where the police would be sure to find it.
Next, he had to plant bloodstains on his wife’s clothing to make it look like she was at the crime scene. He took one of his own suits and cut it up, soaking it in fake blood. He then placed the suit in his wife’s wardrobe, knowing that the police would find it during their search.
Mark then had to stage the crime scene. He knew that he had to make it look like his wife had killed the victim while she was sleeping. He had to make it look like a crime of passion, a fit of anger that had led to the fatal stabbing. He moved the victim’s body to the bed, positioning it to look like she had been sleeping. He then pulled the covers over her, tucking them in around her neck.
Mark finally left a note on the bedside table, with his wife’s handwriting, confessing to the murder. He knew that the police would take the note as evidence, and the handwriting would match that of his wife.
Mark stepped back and looked at his handiwork. He was satisfied that his wife would be found guilty of murder. The evidence was strong, and he had planted it so carefully that there was hardly any chance of her being acquitted.
The next day, the police arrived at Mark’s house, and they found the evidence just as Mark had planned. They found the knife with his wife’s fingerprints, the bloodied suit, the staged crime scene, and the confession note. The evidence was overwhelming, and his wife was arrested on suspicion of murder.
Mark sat back and watched as the events unfolded. He knew that his wife was innocent, but he couldn’t let her get away with adultery. He felt a strange sense of satisfaction that his plan had worked.
However, Mark’s satisfaction was short-lived. As the investigation continued, the police began to uncover inconsistencies in the evidence. They found witnesses who had seen Mark and the hitman together, and they began to question Mark’s alibi. It was only a matter of time before his plan began to unravel.
Mark began to panic. He knew that he had to do something to cover his tracks. He couldn’t let the police find out the truth. He began to feel the weight of guilt for what he had done, and he knew that he would have to pay the price for his crimes.
Chapter 4: The Interrogation
Mark sat in the corner of the room, his heart pounding as he watched his wife being interrogated by the police. He could feel the sweat on his palms as he clutched them together tightly. He knew he had to remain calm, but the fear of getting caught was overwhelming.
The detective in charge of the investigation was a seasoned professional, and he had a reputation for being tough on suspects. He sat opposite Mark’s wife, his piercing gaze fixed on her every move. “Mrs. Wendice, please tell us your whereabouts on the night of the murder.”
Mark’s wife took a deep breath before answering. “I was out of town,” she said, her voice shaking slightly. “I had a business meeting in New York and didn’t come back until the next day.”
The detective raised an eyebrow skeptically. “Can you provide us with any evidence to support your claim?”
Mark’s wife nodded. “Yes, I have plane tickets, hotel receipts, and footage from the security cameras at the hotel.”
The detective studied the evidence before turning his attention back to Mark’s wife. “And what about your relationship with the victim?”
Mark’s wife hesitated before answering. “We were acquaintances. I had met him a few times at social events, but we were not friends.”
The detective narrowed his eyes. “Are you sure about that?”
Mark’s wife nodded. “Yes, I’m sure.”
The detective leaned back in his chair and sighed. “Mrs. Wendice, I have to be honest with you. The evidence against you is overwhelming. We found your fingerprints on the murder weapon, and we also found your husband’s suit with blood stains on it. Can you explain that?”
Mark’s wife looked visibly shaken. “I don’t know how my fingerprints got on the knife. And as for my husband’s suit, he must have accidentally spilled something on it.”
The detective didn’t seem convinced. “It seems unlikely that your husband would spill something on his suit and not notice. And your fingerprints on the knife suggest that you were the one who used it to kill the victim.”
Mark’s wife shook her head. “I swear to you, I had nothing to do with it.”
The detective sat back in his chair and studied Mark’s wife for a moment. “Very well. For now, we will release you, but we will be in touch if we need to question you further.”
Mark let out a sigh of relief as his wife was escorted out of the room. He knew that they had to be careful now. The evidence was accumulating, and they couldn’t afford to make a mistake.
As they walked out of the police station, Mark put on a brave face for his wife. He held her hand tightly, as if to reassure her that everything would be okay. But inside, he was terrified. He knew that they were running out of time, and they had to act fast if they wanted to get away with murder.
Chapter 5: The Alibi
Mark had thought of everything. He was sure that his plan would work. He had planted false evidence and staged the crime scene to make it look like his wife was the killer. He had hired a hitman to do the job, and he had calculated every detail, from the time of the murder to the location. But, things didn’t go according to his plans. When the hitman failed to kill his wife, his plan fell apart. He knew he had to improvise and come up with a new plan. He couldn’t let his wife get away with adultery and leave him devastated. So, he came up with a new plan – to frame her for murder.
Mark planted evidence that would lead the police straight to his wife. He staged the crime scene to make it look like his wife had murdered the victim. He put her fingerprints on the knife used to kill the victim and his suit, which had blood stains. He was careful, but he never considered his wife could have an alibi.
The police arrived at the scene of the crime and found the body of the victim. They collected evidence, placing it in evidence bags, and took photographs of the scene. They found Mark’s wife’s fingerprints on the knife and the suit, which had blood stains. The evidence was incriminating, and the police were convinced they had their killer.
Mark’s wife, on the other hand, was in shock. She vehemently denied any involvement in the murder. She said she was out of town when the murder occurred, and she had proof of it. She had taken photographs of herself at the airport and the hotel where she was staying. She had also receipts for her meals and shopping. She had a solid alibi.
The police were left with no choice but to release her. The evidence against her was strong, but her alibi was stronger. Mark was furious. He knew he had to come up with a new plan.
He went back to the drawing board and thought of a new way to frame his wife. He was desperate, and time was running out. He needed a new idea, and he needed it quickly. Finally, he came up with a plan. He would plant evidence that would make it look like his wife was lying about her alibi.
Mark started to work on his new plan. He went to his wife’s hotel and planted evidence to make it look like she was lying about her alibi. He placed items in her room that were found at the crime scene, and he made sure to leave evidence that would incriminate her.
The police received information about the evidence found in his wife’s hotel room. They immediately went to the hotel and searched her room. They found the items Mark had planted and were convinced that his wife had lied about her alibi. They re-arrested her and charged her with murder.
Mark was overjoyed. His plan had worked, or so he thought. However, his wife’s defense team was quick to point out that the evidence could have been planted. They had already conducted an investigation into the murder, and they knew that Mark had been involved in the crime. They knew that he had hired a hitman to kill his wife and had staged the crime scene to make it look like she was the killer.
The case went to court, and the jury was presented with all the evidence. They heard the testimony of the people involved in the case, and they saw the evidence that had been collected. In the end, they found Mark guilty of the crime, and he was sentenced to life in prison.
Mark’s wife was exonerated of all charges and freed. She forgave Mark for his deception but was left with the pain of losing her lover and being accused of his murder. Mark’s betrayal and his plot for murder had cost him everything he held dear. He was left to serve a life sentence, while his wife moved on with her life, forever scarred by his actions.
Chapter 6: The Betrayal
Mark had always considered himself a smart and cunning man. He had a plan for everything, and he always had a backup plan in case things didn’t go as expected. However, he had never anticipated the level of betrayal that he was about to face.
When Mark had hired the hitman to kill his wife, he never thought that the hitman would turn on him. He had carefully selected the hitman after months of research, and he had made sure that he was the right candidate for the job. The hitman had assured him that he would take care of everything and that no one would ever find out.
But as it turned out, the hitman had other plans. He had recorded all of their conversations, and he had kept copies of all the documents that Mark had given him. He even had pictures of Mark and his wife together, which he had taken without their knowledge.
Mark knew something was wrong when he received a call from the hitman. He sounded nervous and agitated, which was unusual. Mark had assumed that everything had gone smoothly, and so the call had caught him off guard.
“What’s wrong?” Mark asked, trying to sound calm.
“We need to talk,” the hitman replied.
“Is everything okay? Did something go wrong?”
“I’m afraid I have some bad news,” the hitman said. “I can’t go through with the job.”
“What are you talking about?” Mark asked, his heart racing.
“I can’t do it,” the hitman said. “I’ve changed my mind. I don’t want to be involved in this.”
Mark was taken aback. This was not what he had expected. He had paid the hitman a lot of money, and he had given him specific instructions. He couldn’t back out now.
“You can’t do this,” Mark said, trying to sound convincing. “We had an agreement. You can’t just change your mind.”
“I’m sorry,” the hitman said. “I can’t do it. I’ll return your money, and I’ll forget about this whole thing.”
Mark knew that he couldn’t let the hitman go. He had too much information, and he could easily expose Mark if he wanted to. Mark had to think fast.
“Listen,” Mark said, trying to keep his voice steady. “There’s been a change of plans. I don’t want you to kill my wife anymore.”
“What do you mean?” the hitman asked, sounding suspicious.
“I want you to help me frame her for murder,” Mark said. “I’ll pay you double what I promised, and you can keep all the evidence you have. You’ll be doing me a huge favor.”
There was a long pause on the other end of the line, and Mark held his breath, waiting for the hitman’s response.
“All right,” the hitman finally said. “But you have to be careful. This is a risky move, and if you get caught, it’s over.”
“I know,” Mark said. “But I have no other choice.”
Mark knew that he had to be extra careful from now on. The hitman could easily turn on him, and he could ruin everything. Mark had to make sure that he paid the hitman double what he had promised and that he kept his end of the bargain. He also had to make sure that he had a backup plan in case things went wrong.
Mark thought about all the people he could trust, and he came up with only one name: his best friend, Jack. Jack had always been there for him, and he knew that he could count on him. Mark decided to call Jack and tell him everything. He hoped that Jack would understand and that he would help him.
“Jack, I need your help,” Mark said as soon as Jack answered the phone.
“What’s wrong?” Jack asked, sounding concerned.
“I’ve hit a snag,” Mark said. “The hitman I hired has betrayed me, and I need your help to fix things.”
“What do you want me to do?” Jack asked.
“I need you to keep an eye on the hitman,” Mark said. “Make sure he doesn’t do anything stupid. Also, I need you to keep an eye on my wife. I have a feeling that she knows something.”
“Okay,” Jack said. “I’ll do my best. But you have to promise me that you’ll be careful. I don’t want you to get into any more trouble.”
“I promise,” Mark said. “I’ll be careful.”
Mark felt relieved that he had someone he could trust. He knew that he had to be extra careful from now on. He couldn’t afford to make any more mistakes. He had to make sure that his plan worked, and that he got away with it. He also had to make sure that he didn’t lose Jack’s trust, or his friendship.
Chapter 7: The Final Showdown
The sound of footsteps echoed in the dark alley as Mark made his way towards the hitman’s hideout. He knew it was a risky move, but he had to confront him. He couldn’t let the hitman go free, not after what he had done.
As he approached the door, he took a deep breath and kicked it open, gun in hand. The hitman was taken off guard and stumbled back, his face filled with fear.
“What the hell do you want?” the hitman demanded, his hand reaching for something in his pocket.
But Mark was quick, firing off a shot that missed the hitman’s head by inches. He knew he didn’t have much time, and he had to act fast.
“You betrayed me,” Mark said, pointing the gun at the hitman. “You recorded our conversations and threatened to expose me to the police.”
The hitman sneered. “You hired me to kill someone, what did you expect? That we’d be best buddies after?”
Mark shook his head, his eyes cold with anger. “You’re going to pay for what you’ve done.”
The hitman laughed, pulling out a knife from his pocket. “I don’t think so.”
The two men circled each other, knives at the ready. Mark tried to stay focused, but he was starting to feel dizzy. The pain from his injuries was starting to catch up to him, and he knew he couldn’t keep this up for much longer.
The hitman lunged forward, and Mark barely managed to dodge. He stumbled back, his foot catching on a piece of debris on the ground. The hitman took advantage of the moment and charged forward, his knife aimed at Mark’s chest.
Mark closed his eyes, bracing for impact. But instead of feeling the knife plunge into his skin, he heard a gunshot.
He opened his eyes to see the hitman on the ground, a pool of blood forming around him. Mark looked up to see his wife, gun in hand.
“I had a feeling you would need some backup,” she said, helping Mark to his feet.
Mark leaned heavily on her, his injuries making it hard for him to stand. “How did you find me?”
“I followed you,” she said, leading him out of the alley. “I couldn’t let you do this alone.”
As they made their way out of the alley, they could hear the sound of sirens in the distance. The police had arrived, and it was only a matter of time before they found them.
Mark knew he had to act fast. He couldn’t let his wife get caught up in his mess.
“Go home,” he said, pushing her away gently. “I’ll take care of this.”
She looked torn, but eventually nodded and hurried away. Mark watched her disappear into the night before turning back to face the police.
He knew he didn’t stand a chance against them, but he had to try.
He raised his hands in surrender, his face grim. It was over. The betrayal and the plot for murder had cost him everything he held dear.
As he was led away in handcuffs, he couldn’t help but wonder if it was all worth it.
Chapter 8: The Aftermath
Mark sat in his prison cell, regretting every decision he had made that led him to this point. He had lost everything he had worked for, his reputation, his wife, and he had even lost his freedom. He was now a convicted murderer, serving a life sentence in prison.
As he sat there, his mind drifted back to the night of the murder. He had thought he could get away with it, that he could outsmart everyone. But in the end, it was his own foolishness that had led to his downfall. He had underestimated his wife and her ability to clear her name. He had also underestimated the hitman, who had turned on him in the end.
Mark felt a sense of shame and guilt. He knew what he had done was wrong, but at the same time, he felt justified in his actions. His wife had betrayed him, and he couldn’t bear the thought of losing her. He had been blinded by his emotions and had made a grave mistake.
As time went by, Mark tried to come to terms with his situation. He knew he had to face the consequences of his actions and make amends for what he had done. He tried to reach out to his wife in prison, but she refused to see him. He understood why she was hurt and angry with him, and he didn’t blame her.
Mark’s life in prison was a daily struggle. He had to deal with the guilt of what he had done and the harsh reality of being confined to a small cell. He spent his days reflecting on his life and his choices, wishing he could turn back time and make things right.
One day, a letter arrived in Mark’s mailbox. It was from his wife, who had finally agreed to see him. Mark was overjoyed at the thought of seeing her, but he was also nervous. He didn’t know what to expect, but he knew he needed to face her and apologize for what he had done.
When Mark saw his wife again, he was overcome with emotion. He could see the pain and hurt in her eyes, and he knew he had caused it. He took her hand and told her how sorry he was for everything he had done. He promised her that he would spend the rest of his life trying to make it up to her.
Mark’s wife listened to him quietly, her eyes filled with tears. When he was done, she looked at him and said, “I forgive you, Mark. But you have to understand that what you did was wrong, and you have to pay for it. We can never go back to the way things were, but we can try to move forward.”
Mark felt a sense of relief and gratitude. He knew he had a long way to go, but he was willing to try. He had lost everything, but he had also gained something. He had gained a sense of clarity and a new appreciation for life. He knew he had to make the most of his time in prison, to learn from his mistakes, and to try to make a difference in the world.
As Mark sat back in his cell, he knew that the road ahead was going to be tough. But he also knew that he had the strength and the determination to face it. With his wife’s forgiveness and support, Mark felt like he had a chance at redemption. He knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but he was ready to take the first step towards a new life.
Some scenes from the movie Dial M for Murder written by A.I.
Mark – Ex-tennis pro
Margot – Mark’s wife
Tony – Margot’s lover
Lesgate – Hitman
The story takes place in a luxurious mansion in the countryside.
Scene 1: The Perfect Plan
INT. MARK’S STUDY – DAY
Mark sits at his desk, staring at his computer screen. A picture of Margot and Tony together flashes on the screen. His face turns red with anger.
How could she do this to me? How could she betray me like this?
He hits his fist on the desk, then takes a deep breath and starts typing on his computer.
I’ll show her. I’ll make her pay for what she’s done.
INT. DARK ALLEY – NIGHT
Mark meets with Lesgate, a hitman he hired to kill his wife.
Remember, everything has to be perfect. I want my wife dead, and I don’t want any mistakes.
Don’t worry, everything will go according to plan.
Mark hands Lesgate a bag of cash.
Half now, half after it’s done.
You got it.
INT. MANSION – NIGHT
Margot is in her bedroom, packing a bag. She hears a noise in the hallway and goes out to investigate. Lesgate is standing there with a knife.
Don’t scream. This will be quick.
Margot tries to run, but Lesgate catches her and stabs her. She falls to the ground, lifeless.
INT. MARK’S STUDY – DAY
Mark sits at his desk, sipping a glass of scotch. He takes out a cigar and lights it. His phone rings. It’s Lesgate.
(on the phone)
Is it done?
(on the phone)
Yes. Your wife is dead.
(on the phone)
Good. I knew I could count on you.
FADE TO BLACK.
End of Scene 1.
INT. MARK’S LIVING ROOM – DAY
Mark paces up and down, panicking.
This wasn’t supposed to happen. What do I do now?
Mark’s phone rings, and he answers it.
(on the phone)
We have a problem. The job didn’t go as planned.
What do you mean? Did you do it or not?
(on the phone)
I tried, but something went wrong. Your wife’s still alive.
Mark grits his teeth, trying to keep his cool.
Okay, stay put. I’ll figure something out.
Mark hangs up the phone and begins to pace again. Suddenly, an idea strikes him, and he stops in his tracks.
(smiling to himself)
I’ll have to change the plan. I’ll frame her for murder instead.
Mark pulls out a notepad and begins to jot down his new plan.
INT. MARK’S LIVING ROOM – NIGHT
Mark is on the phone again, speaking to the hitman.
(on the phone)
I need you to come back here. We need to talk.
(on the phone)
What’s going on? Is something wrong?
(on the phone)
Just get here as soon as you can. We need to discuss the new plan.
The phone clicks off. Mark lets out a deep breath, knowing that he needs to move quickly. He tears up the old plan and begins to draft the new one, his mind racing.
INT. MARK AND KATHY’S LIVING ROOM – DAY
Mark sits nervously on the couch, his eyes glued to the door. Kathy walks in, looking tired and confused.
Mark: “Hey, babe. You feeling okay?”
Kathy: “No, Mark. I’m not. What’s going on? The police took me in for questioning. They say I’m a suspect in a murder!”
Mark tries to look sympathetic.
Mark: “I know it looks bad, but I promise you, I didn’t do this.”
Kathy: “Then how did my fingerprints end up on the murder weapon? And why did they find your suit with bloodstains?”
Mark looks away, trying to come up with a plausible answer.
Mark: “I don’t know, Kathy. I think I’m being set up. I think someone is trying to frame us.”
Kathy looks at Mark, skeptical.
Kathy: “Who could possibly want to frame us?”
Mark looks down, unsure of how to respond.
Kathy: “Mark, please. Tell me the truth. Did you have anything to do with this?”
Mark takes a deep breath, then looks up at Kathy.
Mark: “Okay, fine. I did it. But I had to. I couldn’t let you leave me for that other guy. I had to protect our marriage.”
Kathy looks at Mark in shock.
Kathy: “You’re admitting to murder?”
Mark nods, looking down.
Kathy: “What are we going to do now?”
Mark looks up, a new plan forming in his mind.
Mark: “I have an idea. We can frame someone else for the murder. Someone who deserves it.”
Kathy looks at Mark, horrified.
Kathy: “No, Mark. That’s insane. We can’t just blame someone else for your mistake.”
Mark stands up, looking determined.
Mark: “I’m doing this, Kathy. I won’t let you go to jail for something you didn’t do. We’ll make sure the real killer pays for their crime.”
Kathy looks at Mark, unsure of what to do.
Mark: “Trust me, Kathy. I won’t let anything happen to you. I’ll protect you, no matter what it takes.”
Kathy looks at Mark, tears streaming down her face.
Kathy: “Okay, Mark. I trust you.”
Mark gives Kathy a reassuring smile, then starts to plan their next move.
INT. POLICE INTERROGATION ROOM – DAY
Mark sits across from Detective Jones, his face twisted in a fake expression of concern.
(starting the interview)
Mark, can you tell me where you were on the night of the murder?
(breathes out a sigh)
I was at work, Detective. I have proof.
(leans forward to show evidence)
Here are my time cards for the last week. You’ll see I was there from 6 pm to 6 am.
(studying the cards)
All right, let’s step through the events of the night of the murder. Your wife claims that you had a fight with her earlier that day.
Yes, we did have an argument, but it had nothing to do with the murder.
Interesting. So you weren’t angry that your wife was having an affair with another man?
What? That’s a lie! My wife would never cheat on me.
I see. But we found your wife’s fingerprints on the murder weapon. Care to explain that?
Mark feels the weight of the situation start to crush him.
I don’t know how that could be. You have to believe me, Detective. I’m innocent.
Mark, if there’s something you’re not telling me, now’s the time to come clean. We have other evidence linking you to the crime.
I swear, I didn’t do it. Please, you have to believe me.
(shaking his head)
I’m sorry, Mark, but the evidence says otherwise. You’re under arrest for murder.
Mark looks on in horror as Detective Jones stands up and walks out of the room.
Scene 5: The Alibi
INT. INTERROGATION ROOM – DAY
Detective Myers is seated across from Margaret, who is still in handcuffs.
Margaret, we have evidence that places you at the scene of the crime. Your fingerprints were found on the murder weapon and your husband’s suit. Can you explain that?
I don’t know how that could be. I was out of town when it happened.
Out of town? Where exactly were you?
I was visiting my sister in New York City. Here’s my plane ticket and hotel receipt.
Margaret hands over the evidence to the detective. He examines them carefully.
This is very convenient, isn’t it? Did you know your husband was planning to have you killed?
What? No, I had no idea.
Look, Margaret, I understand you’re in a difficult situation. But we have to follow the evidence, and right now it points to you being the killer. Please, tell me the truth.
Margaret takes a deep breath.
I understand that, detective. But I swear on my life that I had nothing to do with the murder. I was in New York City at the time, and my sister can vouch for me.
Okay, we’ll look into it. But if we find out you’re lying, you’ll be in even bigger trouble. Meanwhile, you’re free to go.
The detective uncuffs Margaret and opens the door. She steps out and takes a deep breath of fresh air.
Thank God for my sister’s alibi. But who framed me for murder? And why?
Margaret turns to look back at the interrogation room as the door closes behind her. She knows this isn’t over yet.
FADE TO BLACK.