Another complex puzzle solved
The case of the screaming woman perry mason gets a very unusual call: a woman wants him to cross-examine her husband to determine if his story will stand up. john kirby shows up to say he was at a sales meeting that lasted to 11 pm at night. on the way home he saw a young woman carrying a one gallon gasoline can. he gave her a lift, but her car had disappeared. so he took her to a motel, registered as man and wife, then drove home. kirby told his wife this story, and she insisted they drive to the motel to help the young woman; but she had disappeared. and the one gallon can was no longer in kirby's car. after kirby leaves, della street now connects this to an attack on a doctor babb who lives in the suburbs. a young woman was seen running from the doctor's house, and she fits the description of kirby's rider. the name "kirby" was found on the doctor's appointment book. paul drake is called to investigate. this is another story with numerous suspects. perry mason soon finds kirby's story had left out quite a few details. before the doctor died he mentioned his attacker: "john kirby", but witnesses say john kirby did not leave his car. the name of the young woman was also in the doctor's appointment book! john kirby is arrested, and perry defends him at the preliminary hearing. doctor babb had been running a baby mill. young women would give up their babies so a married woman could present an heir. [the implications about society are not discussed.] the records of these adoptions could provide a blackmailer with lucrative opportunities. one unasked question: could a person taking a shower in his house hear a woman scream from the next house?