by Taffy Cannon, with apologies to Erle Stanley Gardner
Della Street nibbled on a pen labeled “Walker Novelties” and jotted an occasional note. Beside her, Junior Walker slumped in his seat. On trial for murdering his father, he claimed to know nothing about the explosive-filled whoopie cushion that had killed Senior Walker.
On the stand now was Senior’s blue-haired veteran secretary, Leticia Larue, dressed in severe black and dabbing at her eyes with a lace hankie.
“You heard Junior threaten Senior?” District Attorney Hamilton Burger asked.
“He said he’d blow him to the Great Joke Shop in the Sky.”
“No further questions.”
Perry Mason approached the witness, leaned forward and adjusted his lapel. Suddenly water squirted from his carnation into Leticia’s beady gray eye.
She leapt up, screaming. “You’re all alike, overgrown little boys! I did it! Forty-seven years of plastic vomit in my typewriter, rubber tarantulas in the powder…
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