Well, it’s Saturday and so here’s another short, short story for your amusement:
This is the 7 o’clock News bulletin.
“The Inquest into the death of local businessman Paul Scott, heard how Mr Scott took his own life out of remorse for the poisoning two years ago of his mother, Geraldine Scott”.
(Camera shot of photograph of Geraldine Scott)
“At the time, it was thought Mrs Scott, a wealthy philanthropist and well-known supporter of local charities, had ingested poisonous belladonna berries possibly mistaking them with blueberries. At that inquest the family’s then housekeeper, Anna Perez, had told of Mrs Scott’s new found enthusiasm for natural remedies and described her employer’s early morning forages into nearby woodland for herbs and fungi. The Coroner declared Mrs Scott’s untimely death due to misadventure and warned others to be cautious when collecting wild plants”.
(Close up on the newsreader)
“However, in a bizarre twist to the story Mrs Scott’s son, Paul, was also found dead at his luxury home two weeks ago. Rumours suggested a typewritten suicide note had been recovered and police had refused to comment. Today the shocking contents of that note were read out in court. In it, Mr Scott confessed to poisoning his mother for her wealth but wrote that the guilt had been too much. His young widow, Anna Scott, confirmed that her husband of just a year had become depressed and withdrawn in recent months. The Medical Examiner confirmed Belladonna had been found in Mr Scott’s stomach. The Coroner recorded a verdict of death by suicide”.
(Camera shot of widow giving press statement outside the court)
“Mrs Scott issued a brief statement after the hearing, thanking the Police and her friends for their help and support during these traumatic events. When asked about her future plans, Mrs Scott said she would be returning to her homeland of Brazil to continue her PhD studies into toxic plant life”.
(Handover over to weatherman)