Claire Alison contacts Perry for help after Martin Selkirk sends her threatening letters and assaults her boyfriend Dick Benedict. Selkirk is romantically interested in her. When Martin is found shot, it's Claire who is charged.

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Claire Allison
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Ralph Jennings
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Dick Benedict
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Lorraine Jennings
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In San Francisco, Claire Alison and Dick Benedict try to avoid Martin Selkirk, who wants to break up their romance. Claire is upset because she is receiving letters from Selkirk containing articles about women who jilted their fiancés. The envelopes appear to have been addressed on a printing press. Selkirk finds them and breaks Benedict's jaw in a fight with brass knuckles. In Los Angeles Lorraine Jennings, Selkirk's former wife, contacts Claire offering help if Claire will testify on Lorraine's behalf in a custody battle over young David Selkirk. Claire visits them while Dick recuperates in the hospital. Claire spends the night at the Jennings home and hears a mysterious shot fired in the night. When she gets up to get a blank, she finds a printing press in the linen closet. Claire leaves the house contacting Perry the next morning. The next day Ralph Jennings walks with a pronounced limp saying it is arthritis and Selkirk is found murdered at his beach house. When Claire is charged... Written by richardann

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Lt. Tragg uses a pocket knife to scratch his identifying mark on the butt of the murder weapon, a Smith and Wesson revolver. This would obliterate the serial number, which on Smith and Wesson revolvers is stamped on the butt, and real police officers always place their indentifying mark on the trigger guard or sideplate. See more »

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12 September 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Mala Powers is the Perry Mason client in this episode. She's the wife of Dennis Patrick, a spoiled rich man who is cruel and vicious, definitely one of the nastier victims in a Perry Mason story. They have a young son David Brady who is the object of a custody battle between grandfather Paul Cavanaugh and Powers and a some other interested parties. That is the key to the whole problem.

Powers maybe charged, but the major alternative is that young Brady killed his own father with a gun that his babysitter Kathryn Card rather unbelievably allowed him to play with and keep under his pillow. A solution from left field was found for this story.

I don't think any reader of this review will buy allowing a young adolescent to play with a loaded gun and keep under his pillow.


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