Larry Germaine, A.D.A. to Burger, has a girl friend with expensive tastes. She is disliked by his mother and becomes a tool to make it look like Larry is messing with a legal case. He is seen over her body stabbed with his mother's prop.
Larry Germaine is a young lawyer working for Hamilton Burger as an Assistant District Attorney. He's taken up with fast company, however, in the form of Carina Wileen, who loves to party and spend money. He really can't afford her lifestyle and Burger questions the choices he's made. Larry has decided not to pursue a criminal fraud complaint scientist Jack Randall has filed against Brady Duncan. When Burger begins to questions his ethics, Larry does not react well. His mother, Mignon Germaine, is also against his relationship with Carina, even visiting her at her home to get her to leave her son alone. Mignon has a nightclub act at the Club Caribbe centered around voodoo mysticism. When she sees Carina at the club, she stabs a voodoo doll in front of her and the girl collapses. It's only later, when Larry visits Carine in the hospital, that he is found by a nurse standing over Carine's body with a dagger stabbed through her chest. It's left to Perry Mason to sort out the killer from ...Written by
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This was one of the more off the wall episodes that the Perry Mason series ever had. The story went deep into melodrama with a young ADA in Hamilton Burger's office led down a garden path by a vixen who's got several men on a string.
The vixen is Karen Steele and the young ADA is Gary Collins. Collins is accused of tanking an investigation into corrupt activities of a pharmaceutical company president Douglas Kennedy. And it's on the word of Steele. Later on she winds up dead with Collins sitting over the body.
Where Collins got hired was through the intercession of his mother Fay Wray who has a nightclub voodoo act. It's intimated ever so gently that William Talman as Burger and Wray might have been item back in the day. If so it's one of the only times I remember Hamilton Burger having any kind of personal life hinted at. In fact William Talman has a great deal more screen time away from the courtroom than usual.
The plot wandered all over the lot though in this episode and you might have difficulty in following it.
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