Why does the narrator believe he will not get caught after murdering the old man in "The Tell-Tale Heart"?

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The narrator in "The Tell-Tale Heart" believes that he will not be caught because he has been so thorough and meticulous in covering up his crime. After killing the old man, the narrator dismembers the body and hides it under the floorboards. He takes great care to make sure that there is no trace of blood or struggle, and he ensures that the floorboards are replaced perfectly such that no one can tell that they have have been moved. When the police arrive to investigate the old man's shriek, the narrator claims that the old man has gone to stay in the country. The narrator is so confident that his crime will not be found out that he brings the policemen to the old man's room and even invites them to sit there while they talk. The narrator is ultimately successful in fooling the police; however, he is so overcome by his own guilt--represented in the story by the sound of the old man's heart--that he confesses to the police.

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