Judge Lyttle dismisses the case against Rusty on the grounds that there is no direct proof that Rusty murdered Carolyn, no proof of motive, and there is the possibility that Molto may have manufactured evidence in order to frame Rusty. Sandy later explains to Rusty that the person taking the bribe was Judge Lyttle, who was depressed after his divorce and contemplating suicide at the time, so, in a sense, Sandy blackmailed the judge into not letting Rusty's case go to trial lest he be exposed. On the ferry home, Detective Lipranzer (John Spencer) hands the missing glass to Rusty, explaining that he was given the glass by the evidence room after Molto removed him from the case, so he simply kept it. One day, when Rusty's wife Barbara is away at her final dissertation hearing, Rusty decides to fix the backyard fence. When his hammer breaks, he gets another from the tool box and is horrified to see blood and hairs on it. As he's washing it clean, Barbara returns. In an almost dissociative manner, i.e., speaking in the third person, she admits that she killed Carolyn, whom she calls "the destroyer", as revenge for her affair with Rusty. She explains how she phoned Carolyn and arranged a visit so that they could talk, hit Carolyn in the head with the hammer when she wasn't looking, tied her up in ways Rusty has described that perverts do, injected fluids taken from her own diaphragm after she and Rusty had sex, left a glass that Rusty had used on a previous night when he drank a beer, unlocked the door and windows, and came home. She arranged things so that Rusty would know she murdered Carolyn, but she knew he would keep it to himself and label the crime "unsolvable." What she hadn't counted on was Rusty being charged with the murder. However, "the destroyer was destroyed," she concludes, "and we were saved." Rusty looks at her incredulously. "Saved?", he questions. The final scene is a shot of the empty courtroom and a voiceover from Rusty explaining that it's possible to try two people for the same crime, but he couldn't take his mother from his son. Having spent all his life as a prosecutor assigning blame, he blames himself for setting off the events that led to the death of Carolyn Polemus. "There was a crime," he says. "There was a victim. And there is punishment."