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Howard Prince is the main protagonist villain in the Tales from the Crypt episode "None but the Lonely Heart". He is a con man who is on the verge of getting arrested for tax evasion. Because of that, he decides to form false relations with women before killing them for their money.

He was portrayed by Treat Williams.

Biography

In the beginning of the episode, Howard is eating dinner with his wife. He speaks tenderly to her and makes her hand him her money. Afterwards, he gives her poisoned wine. The wife dies, and Howard calls the ambulance while pretending to panic. Afterwards, he goes to her funeral and pretends to mourn her. After the funeral is over, Howard meets with his partner Morty, and it is revealed that Howard married before taking money from and murdering two other women in the past.

That night, while watching TV, Howard finds out about a woman named Effie who lost her husband some time ago. He meets her and forms a false relation with her. One morning, Howard finds a note warning him to stop his crime spree. Howard accuses Morty for giving him the note and throws Morty in a shredder, killing him. After marrying Effie, Howard finds another note that practically says the thing as the first note. Howard accuses Baxter (a video dating service owner) for blackmailing him, and he throws Baxter into a TV set, electrocuting him to death.

That night, Effie's butler Stanhope threatens Howard with a gun after finding out about Howard's crimes. Howard grabs Stanhope and breaks his neck. Finally, Howard gives Effie poisoned wine after taking her money, and Effie seemingly dies. However, while Howard is calling the ambulance and pretending to panic, Effie gets up and attacks him, and he grabs her and throws her down a flight of stairs, breaking her neck and killing her.

After that, when Howard prepares to leave the country, he finds another note, and he finds out that the gravedigger has been sending him the notes. Howard kills the gravedigger with a shovel, and he is confronted by his dead wives, who are zombies. The zombies cannot stay dead without Howard, so they eat him alive.

Personality

Howard is a textbook example of a selfish and sadistic sociopath. He is a manipulative con man who kills without even the slightest trace of remorse, and he maintains a friendly facade that makes him all the more despicable. In the end, Howard proves himself to be a cowardly person who is unwilling to get a taste of his own medicine.

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