Perry is involved in a lawsuit suing the publisher of a weekly supermarket tabloid. An acquaintance of Paul Drake, Jr. works there as a reporter but she was just recently fired from her job. She goes to the home of the publisher that evening to meet with him alone by the outdoor swimming pool and complain about losing her job. After a brief argument she left without reaching any resolution, bumping into a heavy decorative pool-side statue as she exited. Shortly thereafter the publisher is found dead, floating in the pool. The police track down and arrest the reporter.