Not All Girls Feel like You Do
Mairead Kelly
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I was reading some of Erle Stanley Gardner’s old Perry Mason books. It was often a young woman who would kept swept into some mess and accused of murder. It was just assumed that women would be pinched and pawed and have clearly unwanted passes made at them. It was often part of the case with the “wolf” winding up as the corpse. (I suspect Gardner wasn’t all that keen on that kind of behavior.) Mason’s client was often framed for the murder, and if I were on the jury, I would have accepted a plea of justifiable homicide, just on general principles. This was Perry Mason, however, so he and Della Street, his mistress, usually cleared up the case before then.