I want to help her to, You know, John Terence? No. I only know that Mrs Kernan dislikes him on that. He evidently dislikes her, you know, with gusto. How about pierce? Well, pierce a malignant person. Mr. Shame on Evil person. Oh, I do not know him well. I met him only once, but I felt evil. It was my second meeting with him before I felt anything. But what about Shirley's husband? Would he be trying to drive her out of her mind, Mr Shane? Now, these problems off the mind, they are susceptible of various interpretations. You understand? I am a friend of Mrs Colonel. Yeah, you've said that. I want only for her toe. Have peace, Ron. There is one thing Mrs Kernan has always worn in. Necklace of one in particular. She was found a heavy gold mesh necklace. For many weeks now, she has ceased to wear it. I asked her about it, but she reacted strangely. I feel it is important. Yeah. What's the matter? Don't your feelings have the answer? The's problems of the mind when you think someone is trying to drive out of her mind. That explanation is much too simple, Mr Shame. I fear when you find the answer, it will prove to be a great deal. Well, it seems it was beginning to percolate like a gentle little thing. Removes words stirred softly. Seemed to say something beyond what I actually heard it would fit to, would answer all the questions. Well, it was late. Almost 11 o'clock when I parked in front of Shirley Turner's house. Went up the front steps E could hear voices behind the door, rang the bell. But you know what's the matter of my interrupting something? No, no, no. How about inviting me in then? Oh, yeah. Come in. Okay. Okay. Take it easier. Uh, hello, Terence. What happened? You to kiss and make us is my cue to exit. So long shirt. Relax. I'll see you some other time. When the houses, nor cluttered, always on the wing, stick around. But a plan. I want words with you. This time. You don't catch me off balance. Shake. You see, you're still a sucker for that. Right lead. All right. What are you doing here? What do you think he's doing here? You're trying to frighten me. Well, Terence, I just wanted to find out if she heard from her husband. I haven't heard from Stan since he left. He usually writes, That's all. Yes. You could have telephone. Did she refused to talk to me. Have you heard from your husband, Mrs Kernan? No. Gone quite a long time, hasn't he? Doesn't. Usually, right. You're gonna start on me now? I thought I could depend on you. Surely. How about Pierce? Don't you depend on him? I'm Charlie. Don't you make stands life miserable? No wonder he likes to go on the road to get away from you. No wonder he doesn't write. I hate you. I hate you. Know the one behind all this one creeping behind me all the time. Just stop E room feeling behind me? It's him, I tell you. Evil rotten belong in the hospital thing. Mrs. Kernan, you used to wear a gold mesh necklace. You don't wear it anymore. Why e I see it. Please. You can. What you trying to do to me? You're all against it all. Like to see me? Dad, Look, Mrs Turn away. What is it? You know I don't hear a thing. You're out of your move now. behind me. Coming closer. Well, whatever it is, it's not inside the room. It's not behind you. Come in. I had a question. Wow. Hello, everybody. What's the gun for, Pierce? Just protection, surely. Come with me. Put it away. Pierce. I haven't forgotten our last meeting, Shane, not one bit. Come on. Surely go with you. I want I want You'll do as I say, Shirley, all against me. No one cares. I do, My dear here is here, in this room. Coming closer. E o Charlie, Come back here. Shirley, You won't find your be with myself all by myself today. Well, piss. You didn't make the grade. In the big scene is a stand in for her husband. Your machine isn't over yet. Let's have my car key. Shane, I love I'm in no mood to quibble about shooting. You change? That's better. Yeah. Thanks. Now, if you two are wise men, you'll stay here. Everything's under control. Now. Let's keep it that way without bloodshed. I don't get this. What goes on? She got a car, Terrence? Yes, outside. You want to find out what it's all about, but what happened to Shirley? It looks like We'll have the answer pretty quick. Come on and we'll lose them. Yeah. Parents draw. There's a pretty good driving for a guy who spent most of his time steering his way around nightclub tables. We went through the downtown section faster than the law allows, keeping Pierce's car in sight. Once or twice. We spotted Shirley's coupe with few blocks ahead. Appears first. Didn't know it, but he was mighty helpful. Way kept on in Indian file. They're heading out of town. We're doing 70 and not catching up. How the tires on this T lobby tenants front ones are fine in the back. We'll find out. Uh huh. Well, maybe I had you wrong, Terrence. You've got guts. Thanks, Shane. Were on the office sometime. Get a few lessons in the manly are the deal. If I can practice on you Like I said, maybe I got you wrong. They're taking a fork to the left and slowing up high. Careful. We're getting too close. Got one of the headlights. I turn them off. We don't need them. This is shot at us. Was sort of a feeble last effort because he must have known was lost. We get around the bend. Pierce's car was just pulling off the road a few feet behind Shirley's cool. There's a grassy place near the river. Shirley was running a half flying in the wind. Bright movie couple clouds. It was almost like twilight. Sort of eerie piers started out after as we parked. We started after them. You reached a sandy place in the bank and fellow unease. Fierce got tour and started to bend down to pick her up with Hey! Stopped halfway and just watched, sort of fascinated. Then it hit me full for us. I stopped dead. What is it saying? What's she doing all over time? Nobody can help. Surely Kernan anymore. In a moment, we'll be back with a thrilling climax to tonight's Michael Shayne Adventure four score and seven years ago Each year, some two million visitors to Washington D. C. Read those words of the Gettysburg Address from the inscription on one wall of the Lincoln Memorial. On another wall is the second inaugural address, and in the center sits Daniel Chester. French is majestic figure of the Great Emancipator, one of the most beautiful tributes to a great man. The Lincoln Memorial is another American landmark of living way. Stood there about 50 yards from the river. What? Shirley turning on her hands and knees at the bank of the river. It was all cold inside. Sort of sick. Terrence had stopped when I did, He didn't get it. Come on, Shane. What are you waiting for? All right. All right. Shirley's hands here in the sand. When we got there, she was digging furiously and mumbling to herself. Pierce was quiet one hand on between again helping me again. Nobody will be able to touch me e early. Don't, my dear. I'll handle it. Peace. All right. This is kind of That's all right. E must take. I'm not No, not everything's all right. Nobody will hurt you. Nobody will hurt me. No, you're safe. E, don't get ashamed. I sound like a broken record, but I don't get it. Uh, strangers too much. Piers Comptel, You can't you piers. Yes. Yes, it's all over now. A llevar We left Shirley's car there. She drove back to town with Terrence and me. Piers followed. Shirley was like a child. Now, looking up at me with those big eyes as if I were going to protect her Onley. There wasn't even fear in her eyes anymore. Just a blank kind of look that I never want to see again. She's really cracked up, hasn't she? Like Humpty Dumpty? All the king's men can't help. But why? What caused it hard? Simple enough the way she lost control when she saw a cat stalking a bird on the lawn. The delusion she had of being followed the idea someone was trying to jump on it from behind. And her gold necklace. I know all that. But I know. You see, she was running away. Nobody was following. E don't have to run anymore. What was she running away from herself? What a conscience. Yes, no, it all the time. I guess so. Suspected he was trying to protect you, but he couldn't do it. No one could. Sometimes you get a case you don't like. It's your in business and you take what you get. Shirley's mind had played a trick, and it forced the knowledge of a guilt into her subconscious so that she was able to forget what she'd done. But her subconscious couldn't forget the two forces fighting each other finally snapped her mind. I guess there's always some kind of retribution one way or another, in her case, the toughest kind. Next morning, when the police got to the spot at the Bank of the Mississippi with shovels, they found what I knew they would. The proof of Shirley's guilt. The grave of Shirley's husband, Stanley Kirnan. He'd been choked to death from behind with a gold mesh necklace. Our story is based on characters created by Brett Halliday. Music is composed and conducted by John Duffy on Michael Shayne is portrayed by Jeff Champ. No mhm this'll. Siri's has been selected from the Archives of the Best in radio of years gone by.