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MURDER   5'?m9f The sixth commandment: Do not murder

LIZ -- (enters, begins crossing)

AMY -- (follows) Elizabeth Benson?

LIZ -- (stops, turns) Yes?

AMY -- You're under arrest.

LIZ -- Under arrest? (smiles) Is this some kind of joke?

AMY -- No, mam. You're under arrest. Are you going to come along 
peaceably or am I going to have put the cuffs on you?

LIZ -- Why are you arresting me? What am I supposed to have 
done?

AMY -- You're under arrest for murder.

LIZ -- Murder?! I never killed anyone.

AMY -- Save it for the judge. Come along.

LIZ -- Wait a minute. Who was I supposed to have killed?

AMY -- You serial killers are all alike. Cold and heartless. You 
don't even remember your victims.

LIZ -- Serial killer?! You mean somebody actually thinks I 
killed more than one person?

AMY -- You've killed seven people today alone.

LIZ -- Seven?! Look, you obviously have me mistaken for 
somebody else. I....

AMY -- (sigh) Alright, if it will help me to get a confession 
out of you, we'll do a reenactment for you. (points back to 
entrance)

(Sister enters brushing teeth, stands afar, near front lip of 
stage)

LIZ -- That's my sister. What's she doing here?

AMY -- She's your first victim.

LIZ -- I didn't kill her!

AMY -- Oh, no? What were your first words to her this morning?

LIZ -- She wouldn't get out of the bathroom.

AMY -- And....?

LIZ -- And I told her to get out.

AMY -- And....?

LIZ -- That's all.

AMY -- And....?

LIZ -- Alright, I called her a brat and I said (to sister) "No 
wonder you don't have any friends."

(Sister sinks to knees groaning holding heart, dies)

AMY -- You killed her.

LIZ -- I did not. (looking confused, looks alternate to sister 
and Amy)

AMY -- A little piece of your sister died when you lashed out in 
anger. Here's your next victim. (points back to entrance)

(Mother enters wearing apron, carrying towel in one hand, 
spatula in another, stands near Sister's body, oblivious to it)

LIZ -- My mother?

AMY -- What did you say to her when she told you you were 
grounded for not doing your homework?

LIZ -- (sigh) Look, I didn't mean that. 

AMY -- What did you say to her?

LIZ -- I said , (to mother) "I hate you! I wish you weren't my 
mother!"

(Mother sinks to knees holding heart, groans, dies)

AMY -- Cold blooded murder.

LIZ -- Well, she made me mad.

AMY -- So, you lashed out in anger and you killed her. Here's 
your next victim. (points back to entrance)

(Suzy enters carrying books, stands near bodies, oblivious to 
them)

LIZ -- Oh, dear.

AMY -- You thought your boyfriend was going after your friend 
Suzy, but instead of confronting him about it, you attacked her. 
What did you say to her.

LIZ -- I called her a (to Suzy) "fat cow".

(Suzy, clutches heart, sinks to knees, groans and dies)

AMY -- You're a serial killer. Bodies all over the place.

LIZ -- That's not murder.

AMY -- That's not what Jesus said. He said in the sermon on the 
mount "You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 
'Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to 
judgment.' But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his 
brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to 
his brother, 'Raca,' is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone 
who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell.

LIZ -- (sigh) I'm a Christian. The Lord will forgive me.

AMY -- Yes, but your victims will always have the scars from 
your murderous attacks. Here's your next victim. (points back to 
entrance)

(Mrs Beldon enters, stands near bodies)

LIZ -- I never said a word to Mrs Beldon today.

AMY -- No, but you did say murderous words to someone else and 
those words got back to Mrs Beldon. What did you say?

LIZ -- I said, "Mrs Beldon is a dweeb. Nobody likes her."

(Mrs Beldon sinks to knees clutching heart, groans and dies)

AMY -- And what about these three victims? (points back to 
entrance)

(Girl1, girl2, girl3 enter, wearing glasses and unattractive 
hair and clothing, stand near bodies)

LIZ -- I didn't say a word to them! Besides, I was just joking! 
Don't tell me somebody told them what I said!

AMY -- No, the three of them overheard you when you got a laugh 
at their expense. What did you say?

LIZ -- (sigh) It was just a joke.

AMY -- What did you say about them?

LIZ -- (sigh) I said, "the only thing they'll ever win is a 
losing contest."

(all three girls, clutch their hearts, sink to knees groan and 
die)

AMY -- Murderer.

LIZ -- (moves toward victim) I should say I'm sorry.

AMY -- (grabs Liz's elbow, guides Liz to exit) I'm sorry it's 
too late for that. Your words have scarred them for life. You're 
under arrest for murder.

LIZ -- (looks back at victims) I'm sorry. I didn't know.

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