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By Dominick Dunne

They have been the kin with every thing. funds. impression. Glamour. strength. the ability to halt a police research in its tracks. the facility to spin a narrative, concoct a lie, and think it was once the reality. the ability to homicide with no guilt, with out disgrace, and with no ever paying the cost. They have been the Bradleys, America's royalty. yet an interloper refuses to play his half. And now, the day of reckoning has arrived.

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I took it as a sign of Gerald's financial superiority. * * * * * One day Maureen Bradley and a young man named Freddy Tierney, whom Constant had heard about from Kitt, came by the school in Maureen's green Jaguar to see the plans for the new library that Gerald was building. Dr. Shugrue, the recipient of the Bradley largess, interrupted his overcrowded schedule to show Maureen the hilltop site where the groundbreaking had already taken place and then took her into the entranceway of the dining hall to go over the drawings of the new building.

There in front of him on the ground was Winifred Utley. She was wearing the same pink dress she had on at the dance at the club, but it was pushed up on her so that part of the skirt covered her face. Her panties were pulled down to her knees. I reached out to touch her, but her face and head were covered with blood. I recoiled. I realized that the stains on Constant's shirt were blood. "Constant, what happened? " I spoke in a whisper. My heart was thumping in my chest. I knew that a time of my life had come to an end.

We stood in the dark for a moment to see if the house was quiet. He placed the head of the bat down on the counter. "Get a garbage bag from under the sink," said Constant. He began to take his clothes off — shirt, trousers, undershorts — and piled them into the garbage bag. Then he placed the baseball bat in the same bag. Standing naked, he said, "You better take your clothes off too. Stuff everything in here. " I did what he said. He tied up the bag and took it outside. I followed him. "I'll put this in the trunk of Bridey's car in the garage.

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