Peter Baxter's family are shocked to learn that he prepared a new will shortly before his death in a tragic fire leaving everything to his caretaker, James Hing. Kenneth Baxter and his cousin Stuart Baxter are particularly distressed and have every intention of challenging the validity of the will in court. James Hing approaches Perry Mason to help him defend the will and his inheritance but he isn't' being entirely truthful with him. In fact, James is arrested for Baxter's murder and the convoluted truth finally emerges. Wanting to test the loyalty of his heirs, Baxter wanted to test their loyalty and respect and planned to fake his death. James Ling admits to setting fire but Baxter was not supposed to die. Perry takes on the case knowing that someone other than his client made it impossible for Baxter to leave the burning house. Written by
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This is the first appearance of the new introduction, with the stylized bench, judge and attorney becoming a real hand and file, Mason's face fading into Lady Justice's sword. See more
When Doug removes the glass container of "volatile spirits" from his office closet the label reads "mineral spirits." However, when a close up of the container is shown it says "Volatile Spirits." This was done due to the censor not wanting the name of an actual accelerent to be used. See more
Version of The Case of the Black Cat