Perry Mason defends Bruce Jay who is accused of killing his employer, Abner Gordon. Bruce had already spoken to Perry about $50,000 Abner owed him from an industrial accident some years before. The Gordon household is not a happy one. Abner Gordon was a crotchety old man who treated everyone around him very badly. He was constantly threatening to change his will and had only recently demanded that his niece Rachel Gordon, who has spent 15 years of her life caring for him, return some money she had taken for her lover Tracey Walcott. Abner's physician, Dr. Lambert, confirms the family situation to Perry. Rachel had a good deal of sympathy from the household staff including the butler Charles Norman and his wife, housekeeper Sadie Norman as well as nurse Phyllis Clover. Rachel had actually put three bullets in the old man but it was subsequently determined that he had been dead for several hours when she shot him. They've also determine he had been killed with Jay's own medication. Written by
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The last of 22 performances by Morris Ankrum as a Perry Mason judge. Ankrum died of trichinosis 43 days before this episode aired. See more
A murder is committed by contaminating medicine with a toxic chemical. The chemical has the effect of discoloring the medicine, and there is never any explanation for why the nurse administering the medicine fails to notice this. See more