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A Murder Scene

crime-268902_1920A Murder Scene
by Jeff Folschinsky 

SETTING: THE HALLWAY OF AN OFFICE BUILDING.

 

 

 

 

PSYCHIATRIST
Henry, what are we doing here?

HENRY
Investigating.

PSYCHIATRIST
Investigating what?

HENRY
What do you mean,? A murder of course.

PSYCHIATRIST
Whose murder?

HENRY
Why Johansson’s of course.

PSYCHIATRIST
Who’s Johansson?

HENRY
The guy that was murdered. He said he wanted to give me some information. When I
showed up, he was dead.

PSYCHIATRIST
How do you know he was dead?

HENRY
Because he’s lying over there dead, that’s how. Are you blind?

PSYCHIATRIST
Henry, I don’t see anything.

HENRY
Are you telling me, you don’t see a dead body that’s has been clearly beat to death with a
children’s Bop it, Flip it, Twist it toy?

PSYCHIATRIST
No, and how do you know what the murder weapon is?

HENRY
Because it’s sticking out of his mouth for crying out loud.

PSYCHIATRIST
Henry, there’s no one over there.

HENRY
Are you mad?

PSYCHIATRIST
No, but you are. This is all part of your schizophrenia, Henry.

HENRY
What are you talking about?

PSYCHIATRIST
Remember Henry, you were recently diagnosed with schizophrenia.

HENRY
You’re in on it, aren’t you?

PSYCHIATRIST
In on what?

HENRY
The murder, you clever bastard.

PSYCHIATRIST
Henry, there isn’t any murder. This Johansson person does not exist.

HENRY
Of course they don’t. You killed him.

PSYCHIATRIST
I didn’t kill anyone.

HENRY
That’s what murders always say.

PSYCHIATRIST
I’m not a murderer Henry, and you know why; because this Johansson person is just a
figment of your imagination. He only exists in your head. I can’t kill someone that only
exists to you.

HENRY
Maybe you don’t exist. Maybe you’re just a figment of my imagination and you only exist
in my head. Maybe you’re looking to take over and poor Mr. Johansson was trying to
warn me, so you killed him before he could spill the beans.

PSYCHIATRIST
What?

HENRY
Exactly.

PSYCHIATRIST
Exactly what?

HENRY
Oh, I think you know.

PSYCHIATRIST
Actually, no I don’t.

HENRY
Oh, don’t you?

PSYCHIATRIST
No, I don’t. Henry, you’re not making any sense.

HENRY
Oh, aren’t I?

PSYCHIATRIST
No you’re not and please quit doing that?

HENRY
Doing what?

PSYCHIATRIST
You know what.

HENRY
Yes, I do know what, and you know why I know what?

PSYCHIATRIST
No Henry, why?

HENRY
Because you were thinking it, and I knew you were thinking it, because you, you clever
bastard, only exist in my head. Yeah, take that you imaginary murdering bastard.

PSYCHIATRIST
But I exist.

HENRY
No you don’t.

PSYCHIATRIST
Yes, I do.

HENRY
Oh, you poor diluted bastard. Up until a few minutes ago you thought you were real and
now when face with the truth. You find yourself in a massive state of denial.

PSYCHIATRIST
I’m not in denial.

HENRY
Aren’t you? My heart goes out to you buddy. I would give you a hug to comfort you, but
obviously you’re showing signs of homicidal tendencies. As the situation with poor Mr.
Johansson would clearly demonstrate, so I feel it’s best to just keep a safe distance from
one another.

PSYCHIATRIST
Mr. Johansson never existed.

HENRY
How dare you. Existed or not, the man is dead. Try to find a little respect in that imaginary
homicidal soul of yours for crying out loud.

PSYCHIATRIST
You’re impossible.
HENRY
So are you but you don’t see me acting like a complete shit. I don’t know what dark recess
of my mind you came from, but I’m embarrassed for myself, for you.

PSYCHIATRIST
I give up.

Psychiatrist walks out of the room.

HENRY
Wow, I never took myself for such a quitter.

END OF SCENE

 

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Jeff Folschinsky’s plays have been seen at various theaters across North America. His plays The Unsinkable Bismarck, A Pill By Any Other Name Is The Wrong Dosage, Rendezvous and Revelations and Kisses From Abroad are published by One Act Play Depot. His full length plays Turkey Day and The Legend of Little Lump are published by both Norman Maine Play Publishing and Big Dog Play Publishing. His play he co-wrote with Tyler Tanner, The Singing Bone, is published by JAC Publishing. Jeff is the author of the Tales from Little Lump book series, with his third book due to come out this year.

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One comment on “A Murder Scene

  1. jfolschinsky
    December 1, 2016

    Reblogged this on Jeff Folslchinsky and commented:
    Short play I wrote is in the latest issue of Eclectic Voices Literary Journal. Good for giggle.

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