Lamb To The Slaughter

Lamb To The Slaughter

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  • "Lamb To The Slaughter" By Roald Dahl
  • A pregnant housewife waits happily for her husband to come home from work, ready to take care of him like a "good wife" should. (Or how some people thought a good wife should act in those times.) But when he gets home...she's not so happy anymore.
  • He has some pretty unhappy news to give her. She's leaving her. Though he tells her she'll be well cared for and such, it doesn't keep her from being hurt beyond words. (Honestly, she shouldn't have married suck a jerk...) So she kills him.
  • In a bit of a panic, she throws the murder weapon, a frozen lamb leg, in the oven, her mind clear and with a plan made to keep her child safe, no matter what. She leaves the house, going to a store to insure she has an alibi. When she comes home...
  • She puts on a show, mainly for the police, of being the distraught, pregnant woman who arrived home to find her beloved husband dead on the floor. The police officers check out the body, lift fingerprints and search for the weapon, and ask questions but don't at all suspect the woman who is convincingly putting on an act of total innocence.
  • Taking advantage of the kindness of the men searching for the weapon, she asks them to do a kind favor for her and eat the meal she made for her husband instead since it would help her feel better about the whole business. A bit more relaxed after having a drink at her request, they agree and begin to eat while she sits in the other room, listening to them talk about the case.
  • They discus how the weapon might still be in the house as they eat, saying that they only need to find it and they'll find out who the killer is. While they eat the same piece of evidence they'd been searching for, Mary Malone, the killer and wife of Patrick Malone, laughed quietly to herself. It was, quite possibly, the perfect murder.
  • And that's how you murder your possibly cheating husband and get away with it. (Do not try unless pregnant. You will get less sympathy).
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