Janice Wainwright is a dedicated secretary to Morley Theilman who becomes concerned when she learns he is being blackmailed. Perry advises her to follow through with her instructions but it results in her being charged with his murder.
Janice Wainwright has been Morley Theilman's secretary for several years now and when she finds a blackmail note in his waste paper basket, she seeks Perry's advice. Theilman asked her to put a locked suitcase in a locker at the bus station and she wants to know if she can open it to confirm her suspicions. Perry agrees and they find $100,000 in $20 bills inside. The case eventually disappears from the locker and Theilman is found dead in a subdivision he had been building with business partner Cole Troy. When Perry tries to find Janice it appears that she disappeared. Paul finds her in Las Vegas where they find her meeting Theilman's first wife and her brother at the rail station. Cole says he saw a shapely woman following Morley near his office who could be Janice, Morley's wife Agnes, or even his ex-wife Carlotta who has changed her appearance. Janice is charged with his murder and Perry defends her but her defense is extremely weak. Written by
This is one of the rare cases where Mason has taken the trial to a jury (not a preliminary hearing) and uses that fact to his advantage against Burger. See more »
In the epilogue, it is strongly implied that Henry Battle was having a tryst with Janice Wainwright at the time of the murder. If so, why didn't he offer to testify and provide Janice with an alibi? See more »
Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, Mr. Mason has indeed surpassed himself. He has created for you a story which is pure poppycock! - absolute and complete nonsense. The defendant in this case is a shrewd, scheming woman. She seduced her employer, she stole from him and finally she murdered him. And as for Mr. Mason's ridiculous theory about a hose, this is an *abandoned real estate office* we're talking about - the water's been shut off there for over a year - how can anyone possibly...
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In a unique episode, the viewer will be treated to many aspects that are rare in 'Perry Mason' regular shows. Instead of a preliminary hearing this case will be heard in front of a jury. Perry rest the defensive side of the hearing without presenting any evidence. And we get to hear closing arguments present to the jury. This is unusual in most regular episodes from the series.
When a homely secretary, Janice Wainwright, becomes suspicious about her boss, Morley Theilman, being blackmailed she goes to see Perry for advice. Seems that she is to leave a suitcase filled with money in the a Union Station locker and mail the key to an person only known by a general address.
When her boss, Theilman, disappears she becomes even more suspicious when the police visit her apartment asking about his whereabouts. Seems even his wife of four years believes that that her husband may be having an affair with his secretary, Ms Wainwright.
Perry becomes suspicious of Ms Wainwrights actions when she quickly takes a train to Las Vegas. When the train arrives in Vegas, Perry is waiting on the platform (having taken a plane) and instead of meeting the homely Ms Wainwright- she is now stunning with a new make-over. And not only that, she is meeting her bosses ex-wife in Vegas.
It is not long before Morley Theilman's body is discovered at a vacant house owned by his company. And through circumstantial evidence the entire murder points to the lovely Ms Wainwright. But Perry does not lose faith and will defend her in court against Hamilton Burger's claims of murder for money. Perry will have to gamble in the courtroom as he does his best to defend Ms Wainwright on the mounds of evidence presented.
A very good story with an interesting mystery. Perry is at the top on his game in this episode.
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