Two days later, picking up a New York newspaper, I read the headlines: “Judson MacPherson, well-known justice of the Criminal Court, commits suicide in abandoned house in the Catskill Mountains.”
Then followed a half-column account of the act in detail. MacPherson having gotten into financial difficulties had chosen the coward’s way out, so said the paper. A letter announced his intention of dying, and gave the location where to find his body. The paper also stated that the knowledge he had recently married a young and beautiful actress came as a distinct surprise to his friends. A picture of his bride accompanied the article.
The wistful, almost tragic, face pictured was unquestionably that of the woman who said she had killed him!
I stared at Alan as I handed him the newspaper.
“Was she lying?” I gasped.
He shook his head.
“If so, she was a clever actress,” he answered. “But one thing is certain, we’ll never know the truth. Either way he brought about his own death.”
· THE END ·