After the death of a newspaper publisher, the failing company is split between two families; one led by Joe Davies. He is engaged to marry a step-niece who owns the tiebreaker shares. After breaking the engagement, she is found murdered.
There is turmoil after the death of Adam York, publisher of the Los Angeles Chronicle newspaper. York was killed on a fishing expedition along with his brother. The only survivor was Tilden Stuart. York's nephew, Joe Davies, takes over the paper as his uncle had told him that he and his mother would inherit the bulk of the estate. When the will is read, Joe and his mother, Grace Davies, are given half of the estate with the other half going to Joe's aunt, Hope Quentin, and her family who have no interest in the paper other than what they can sell it for. The tie breaker rests with Joe's fiancée, Kerry Worden, who is York's Step-niece. The paper is failing financially but Boyd Alison, a shady businessman, steps in to offer a loan to keep the company going. Joe thinks he's doing okay as a result but, when Worden announces that she is going to marry Hope Quentin's son Ralph, he realizes he has been had. He foolishly says out loud that he could kill her and, when she is found murdered, he... Written by
The plot hinges on an attempt to make it appear that a recently deceased legatee has outlived his legator by one day. This distinction would be meaningless today, as California law has changed; legatees and legators are currently considered as having died simultaneously if their deaths are separated by less than one week. See more »
In the opening river raft scene, the wide shot shows that at least one of the three men is wearing a life jacket. However in the three closeups of each man, none of them is wearing a life vest. See more »
The Adam York party, now three days overdue, must have been caught in the sudden flash floods that turned rivers into raging torrents. Little or no hope is held that any of the three men in the fishing party could have survived the rapids in the desolate north country. Canadian authorities have organized ground search parties, while Royal Canadian and American Air Force helicopters are combing the area. We will bring you further developments as we get them.
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Linden Chiles the new owner of a local newspaper is Perry Mason's client in this episode. Seems like his father and uncle both died during a fishing expedition with family friend Denver Pyle and he's inherited the paper and is running it. His cousins want to just sell the thing and reap the profits. His girlfriend Claire Griswold jilts him for another man. When she winds up dead as he said he would like to have killed her. Of course the cops take him up on it and William Talman once again looks like he has a good case.
But of course there's a lot more going on here than Chiles's love life and a battle for control of a newspaper. Naturally Raymond Burr gets to the bottom of it.
This episode and many other shows should teach the lesson that one should never utter words like 'I'll kill you'. They could put you in a jackpot and you probably won't have a Perry Mason to get you out of it.
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