The Weed Of Crime Bears Bitter Fruit Meaning
The phrase the weed of crime bears bitter fruit means that nothing good comes from criminal schemes.
The idiom comes from The Shadow radio drama broadcasted in the 1930s. The program is well-remembered for those episodes voiced by Orson Welles. The episodes start with:
"Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of me. The Shadow knows"
At the end of each episode The Shadow
reminded listeners that,
"The weed of crime bears bitter fruit. Crime does not pay... The Shadow knows!"
Example: Don't mislead yourself. You will pay for your crimes one day; the weed of crime bears bitter fruit.