Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 4 Episode 34

A True Account

Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Jun 07, 1959 on CBS

Episode Recap

Maureen Hughes suspects that her current husband is a murderer. She consults a lawyer, Paul Brett, on what to do. She relays to Brett that her patient, the late Mrs. Hughes, was miserable and irritable but not terminally ill. Nonetheless, Mrs. Hughes went into a coma and shortly thereafter, she died. Maureen began to suspect Mr. Hughes of murder some time after he pursued her and asked her to marry him. The reason for her suspicions was his possessive nature, combined with her overhearing him in his sleep telling his wife to drink more of the medication. Brett shrugs off Maureen's suspicions, but attends the funeral of Mr. Hughes a short time later, after Hughes allegedly committed suicide. Brett then pursues Maureen and eventually marries her. Maureen is now a wealthy woman. One night, Brett comes to bed only to find Maureen talking in her sleep, threatening her former patient in her dream and forcing her to overdose. Horrified, he drops something from the nightstand, and unknowingly wakes her up. Not long after, Brett is the one who is dead, and Maureen listens to his testimony on tape as he dictates the story into a tape recorder of how his wife is a gold-digging murderer, but that he cannot testify against her as his spouse, nor must he arouse her suspicions of him. As his body lies on the floor of their home, she burns the tapes in the fireplace.