***SPOILERS*** With his son in law Ralph Harris, Mark Rydell, now refusing to go along with his stolen goods racket that he's been involved in for years Papa Simon Beecher,Harold J. Stone, has no choice but to blast him to keep himself from serving a long jail term in the state pen. It seems that the very concerned Simon Beecher is not interested in his daughters welfare as he claims in blasting her husband Ralph and leaving her not only a widow but single mom before her child is even born. Getting away from the desperate and somewhat crazed Beecher Ralph is in hiding with a not to stable Beecher, to cover his tracks, goes to the city morgue claiming that the first stiff, or body, that he sees there to be his son in law Ralph Harris.
It's Beecher's young daughter Katie, Rochelle Oliver, who smells a rat in her fathers BS story in demanding to view her "dead" husband's body which Beecher keeps her from viewing. It's not long after that Ralph on the lamb in a Lower East Side ginmill gets in touch with his grieving wife Katie and spills the beans on her dad's attempt to murder him and cover up the evidence. With the NYPD now wise to Beecher's blotched plan are now there at his warehouse to arrest him for fraud and attempted murder of his son in law Ralph Harris. That's before Beecher in his crazed and unstable state of mind attempts to do Ralph in, in what can be described as an act of bitter revenge, for exposing his stolen goods racket that he was forced to be an unwilling partner in.
***SPOILERS*** Like everything else he did in this "Naked City" episode Beecher screwed this one up as well. Coming out in the open and attempting to murder his "ungreatful", in not willing to take the rap for him, son in law Beecher is caught with his pants down by the NYPD in of all places his stolen goods wear-house. It's there where all the evidence, including the attempted murder of Ralph Harris, is right there for the police to charge and arrest him for. As for Beecher's daughter Katie, the apple of his eye, knowing what a deranged lunatic her father is she leaves him to his fate, 10 to 15 behind bars, and takes off with her hubby Ralph Harris for a much better life then the one that Papa gave or planned to give her.
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