The Tell-Tale Heart

By:Edgar Allan Poe, Also By:Olivia McClain

Summary

Beginning

The story is told by the killer who is a madman that thinks he is sane, "but why will you say that I am mad? ", who is freaked out by the kind old man, who he lives with, vulture eye. He was so freaked out that he planned to kill the old man to rid himself from the eye forever.

Middle

For the first 7 nights the killer got his head into the room and opened up his lantern just a tad bit to see if the deed could be done that night, but it could not, "for it was not the old man who vexed me, but his Evil Eye". On the eighth night he killed the old man by smothering him with his mattress. He cut up the old man and hid him in the planks.

End

The cops came to the door, because of a shriek heard by the neighbors. The killer convinces the cops that the old man is on vacation. "Villains!" I shrieked, "dissemble no more! I admit the deed! --tear up the planks! here, here! --It is the beating of his hideous heart!"