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Subject:  The story behind the story Date:  11/4/2007  12:20 AM
Author:  pixiecakes Number:  28 of 33

Back in the '80s, Thomas Thompson wrote a novel titled Celebrity and one of the main characters, a journalist, becomes involved with a playwright. He asks her about the play that made her famous and she tells him she had read a short news snippet about some domestic tragedy and it inspired her to write that play.

Yesterday in Needham two strange tragic events took place at nearly the same time, withing a couple of miles of each other. In one, a man who was installing a lawn sprinkler at a house beat to death the 78-year-old owner and injured the man's DIL. The assailant's neighbors were all shocked, saying he was a quiet family man.

Meanwhile, in a nearby pizza parlor, a man in a dark business suit walked in, ordered a pizza and a drink, then started acting suspiciously. H