It's what you do last that counts.
- Really, the fact that the film and novel are based on an actual murder case is this.
- David spends a duration of his adult life being haunted by Meg's death and how he couldn't save her.
- Susan and David are forced to witness Ruth burning Meg's clitoris and are powerless to do anything about it.
- While a horrible, horrible child, Donny is saddened to find his mother dead on the floor.
- After Ruth's death and her children getting arrested by the cops, Meg says to David that she loves him before succumbing to her wounds and dying. Then, David breaks down in tears and weeps over her body.