“Conspiracy” by Harold Swanton from Murder by Experts
A reporter is in a bad mood. His girlfriend has been cheating on him and now he is being sent to a town that is clearly going to be flooded to report on it.
As he is driving to the town, he passes the girlfriend’s apartment and gets an idea. This flooding is definitely going to happen, and when it does this town is gone-washed away. Why not kill his girlfriend and let the river wash the body away?
He heads to the girlfriend’s apartment and does the deed, but as he is, the water comes and the building starts swaying. He becomes disorientated and then he realizes that there is a man that witnessed everything.
He runs after them, but both are stopped and knocked out by a telephone pole hitting the water.
When he wakes up, he is in a hospital having been rescued. And to his surprise the other man is also in the room-but blinded from the accident.
He feels he is in the clear, but then a women’s murdered body is found and the man remembers having witnessed a man killing a woman.
The reporter is given the task of taking him to get more of the story when it turns out the man is not blind-he faked the whole thing!
He has a gun and plans to kill the reporter as he murdered his wife and doesn’t want any witnesses.
Imagine the irony! Both having killed their women and worried about being witnessed!
This reporter isn’t going down and manages to drive his way out and getting the gun from him and shooting him. So now he’s got his girlfriend killed, a great story, and feels fine about having killed the man-or does he?
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