Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 3 Episode 3

The Perfect Crime

Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Oct 20, 1957 on CBS

Episode Recap

An arrogant detective Charles Courtney prides himself on never having committed a single mistake in his long and distinguished career. He keeps a shelf of labeled mementos from each of his cases. On the shelf, there is an open space and a blank tag for what Courtney calls "The Perfect Crime." One day a defense lawyer stuns Courtney when he confronts him with evidence that the detective helped convict an innocent man who has since been executed. Courtney kills the lawyer, bakes him in a pottery kiln, and places the vase in the open space on his shelf as a memento to his perfect crime.
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