And when he woke up, his hand left a trail of blood across his face but he didn't notice at first, too tired. It was only when he looked to his left at the body of Rita Haywood that he realised something was wrong. The body was facing him, eyes open, accusing the young actor of her bloody demise. But of course he didn't remember a thing.
And that's what he told the police when they arrived. He didn't call them himself but a neighbouring motelier did on hearing the screams, too afraid to go over herself. The young man was arrested and held in a cell, prime suspect. Face covered in blood, his picture appeared in the special editions that night. Trial by media, he was doomed from the moment he woke up.