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Frank killed for frills.

Byline: Jon Wise

STRONG threats from Corrie rapist Frank Foster, who snapped: "There will never be another pair of knickers stitched in this factory again."

A killer statement so brash, bold and murderously cruel that there was only one fate (or half-drunk whisky bottle) that could fall on Frank's head.

Yes, the evil bully met his maker (or possibly Makers Mark) and was left for dead in Underworld after being smacked over the head with a bottle of scotch.

It was scorned lover Sally who found the body and, as this is Weatherfield, news of Frank's death spread faster than Stacey Solomon can stub out a ciggie.

Coffin But who delivered the deathly blow? That has been so cleverly wrapped up by Coronation Street writers that it's almost impossible to tell.

Because not even Jason Gardiner has more enemies than Frank Foster.

At the start of the week he increased that number tenfold with the news he was buying Carla out of the factory and sacking all the staff.

Sally's ex hubby Kevin, hearing how she'd been treated, vowed: "I'll kill him. I'll rip him apart with my bare hands."

And booze-sodden Peter Barlow shouted to a packed restaurant: "If ever a man deserves to die, it's Frank Foster.

"I will cheer his coffin and dance on his grave.

"I don't care who knows about it." Not a wise thing to say just before disappearing on a bender and turning up the next morning covered in blood.

Peter was the main suspect, which allowed for some brilliant acting by Chris Gascoyne as he tried to fool police. But ultimately Carla was arrested for the murder after officers found her fingerprints on the offending whisky bottle.

And she had more reason than anyone to bump him off. The sick businessman even admitted to her rape moments before his death.

"I did feel bad about it, for a little bit," he taunted her. "Taking your factory, that means I've screwed you twice."

There have been more murders in soapland than Adele's won music awards but few were as cleverly planned and executed as this. And it's all down to the fantastic acting and scriptwriting.

Because while the nation hated Frank, Corrie made you empathise deeply with his grieving mum, Anne, who sobbed "I'll never be a granny", making us all question whether we wanted him dead after all.

So now Peter is back on the grog, Carla's in the clink and Sean Tully was given his first bit of storyline in donkey's years (he and Julie found Sally over the body).

And Coronation Street is back to its best form in years.

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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Mar 11, 2012
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