The press and public were behind the fence that circled the property, far enough away to prevent them seeing inside the old house.

Horowitz looked out at the growing crowd. News had spread fast.

He had got the call as he was about to end his shift. A dead body, suicide. He recognised the address.

Now he looked at the faded entertainer slumped behind the desk, gunshot wound to the temple. Note on the desk ending ‘Please forgive me.’

The investigation would take time. The grounds would be dug up. The truth about the rumoured bodies would finally be known.

© J Hardy Carroll

Written as part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

To read stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

92 responses to “THE ENTERTAINER”

  1. Dear Iain,

    What is it about that gate that just inspires murder and mayhem? Well done and reminiscent of a hometown situation a few years back of a Kansas City man who had lured young boys to his home, then murdered them and buried them under his house.



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    • Thanks Rochelle. There must be something about that spooky old house! Or maybe it’s seeing it was J Hardy that took the photo! Not aware of the Kansas man but a few similar tales around, and a few scandals involving celebrities in recent years too, so used them as my inspiration.


  2. I’m guessing the entertainer has gone somewhere nice and hot for his afterlife! Sadly, this scenario you describe, happens far too often. At least the finding of the bodies will mean closure for the families and friends of the victims, but the murderer has taken the coward’s way out.

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  3. That looks like the perfect grounds for burying a bunch of dead bodies in, too. Liked the celebrity aspect too. Of course, my mystery-reading mind wants to know — was the celebrity really left-handed, or right-handed, and where was that note?!?

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  4. A haunting thought that’s often played out in the news.
    Bodies buried on properties like cast-a-ways. You nailed the feeling and the gruesome acts perfectly, lain. The photograph does exude horrific things happening behind that gate.
    Isadora 😎

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  5. He made sure that he’ll be talked about a lot even after death. I wonder who gets the book and film rights… Nicely creepy and telling a lot between the lines.

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