The narrator begins to tell his story of his time taking care of the old man, and his vulture eye. He explains that he is not insane, because an insane man could not have committed the crime as cunningly as he did.
The narrator watched the old man sleep for seven long nights. The narrator was nice to the old man every day. On the eighth night, th narrator was very cautious and opened the door. The old man was awakened, and became startled.
The narrator saw the man's vulture eye and it angered him. He could faintly hear the old man's heart beat, and it grew louder and louder. Finally the narrator jumped into the room, dragged the old man to the floor, and suffocated him with the bed.
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There was a complaint brought to the police because someone heard the scream from the old man. The police arrived at the narrator's door. When the narrator answered the door he told the officers that the old man was out of town, and the scream was his as he awoke from a dream. The narrator invited the officers in so that they would see how innocent he was.
The narrator was cheerfully answering to the officers' conversation. But the longer the officers were there, the more the narrator became nervous. The narrator had dismembered the old man's body and placed it under the wooden planks where his chair was placed. He heard the faint heart beat of the man start to grow louder. He couldn't handle it, and so he confessed.