Investigative reporter Tom Garrett is on leave from his newspaper job to work on his second novel. As Tom is having problems writing that second book, his boss and future father-in-law, newspaper publisher Austin Spencer, suggests he write a non-fiction book on capital punishment in their state instead. Both Austin and Tom have long believed that the state district attorney, Roy Thompson, has been able to manipulate juries into rendering wrongful guilty verdicts leading to the deaths of innocent people on death row. The plan would be to plant evidence leading to a guilty verdict of an innocent person in a murder case, Tom to be that innocent person. Austin and Tom would document all that planted evidence, and make it public after the rendering of the guilty verdict to reverse that wrongful verdict and hopefully lead to discussion of the merits of abolishing capital punishment. They decide that the fewer people that know about the plan, the better, which means not telling Tom's fiancée... Written by
Put them all together they spell M-U-R-D-E-R !
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The last film that Fritz Lang
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You get engaged to my daughter, and all you can think about is capital punishment?
Referenced in Ritual
Beyond A Reasonable Doubt
Sung by The Hi-Los
(as The Hi-Lo's)
Music by Herschel Burke Gilbert
Lyrics by Alfred Perry See more