"The Tell-Tale Heart" is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe first published in 1843. It follows an unnamed narrator who insists on his sanity after murdering an old man with a "vulture eye". The murder is carefully calculated, and the murderer hides the body by dismembering it and hiding it under the floorboards. Ultimately the narrator's guilt manifests itself in the hallucination that the man's heart is still beating under the floorboards.

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The Long Walk
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This Book refers to The Tell-Tale Heart written by Edgar Allan Poe
Garraty starts thinking about what songs Foster and Edgar Allan Poe could have come up with if they had lived to see The Long Walk. He comes up with "The Tell-Tale Stride".

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Orange is the New Black:
Season:  4  / Episode:  4 
Doctor Psycho

This Television Episode refers to The Tell-Tale Heart written by Edgar Allan Poe
Lolly wants to know why everyone is looking at her as she rants and raves at the garden. Alex tells her it's because her little "Tell-Tale" stunt is freaking everyone else out.

Weeds:
Season:  7  / Episode:  5 
Fingers Only Meat Banquet

This Television Episode refers to The Tell-Tale Heart written by Edgar Allan Poe
Maxeen reads 'The Tell-Tale Heart' to Charles, her husband who is sick in bed, dying from cancer.

The Simpsons:
Season:  6  / Episode:  2 
Lisa's Rival

This Television Episode refers to The Tell-Tale Heart written by Edgar Allan Poe
Allison makes a diorama of Edgar Allen Poe's 'The Tell-Tale Heart'. Lisa's hiding of The Tell-Tale Heart diorama under the gym floorboards is a parody of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart".

The Simpsons:
Season:  1  / Episode:  8 
The Telltale Head

This Television Episode refers to The Tell-Tale Heart written by Edgar Allan Poe
The title of this episode of "The Simpsons" is taken from the title of the short story written by Edgar Allan Poe.

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Big Little Lies:
Season:  2  / Episode:  2 
Tell-Tale Hearts

 

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation:
Season:  12  / Episode:  2 
Tell-Tale Hearts

 

The Simpsons:
Season:  1  / Episode:  8 
The Telltale Head


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