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Sylvia Walker is obsessed with mysticism and continually tries to establish contact with her late son Thomas Leslie Walker. When her nephew Philip Paisley apparently goes into a trance and writes a poem Sylvia's son wrote the day before he died in an elevator crash, she is convinced contact has been made and Philip and his wife Elaine move into the house. Sylvia's daughter Bonnie Craig is convinced that Philip is a fraud and seeks Perry Mason's advice. When Bonnie goes into a similar trance-like state and Paisley is killed when an elevator drops five floors, Bonnie is charged with murder. When Paul Drake learns that Philip was also a blackmailer, it's up to Perry to figure out who his latest victim was. Written by
The writer gets an 'A' for effort in this different type show
After five seasons the writers have to rely on repeating a plot in order to get the number of wanted shows filmed. But in this episode the writer used a different situation that will cause the viewer to find a new and interesting plot in the series.
The story centers around the family of Sylvia Walker. Sylvia, not long ago, had her son die and now uses paranormal activities to try to contact him. When her nephew, Philip Paisley, goes into a trance and writes a poem that only Sylvia knew about, she believes he has a direct line to her dead son. But there are others in the house that believe Philip is faking the trance in order to get into Sylvia's bank account.
When Philip gets into an elevator at Sylvia's house, the elevator breaks away killing Philip. When the police investigate, they find that death was no accident since the elevator was rigged to fall. This could have only been done by someone that knew something about machinery. And it just so happens that a cousin, that had reason to dislike Philip, knew much about how elevators work. The cousin, Bonnie Craig, not only knew about elevators but also knew about electric motors from when she worked for her Aunt's company. Bonnie is arrested for the murder and will be defended by Perry.
There is a lot going on in this episode. From trance writing, blackmail, ESP to even a Faraday Cage- this show is packed with loads of interesting material. But it will all come down to Perry putting on a demonstration that will reveal that someone else in the cast also knows much about machinery. And will end with confession that will bring the case to an acceptable closure for the viewer. Nice show.
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