Mona Dearly pulls out of her driveway in her son Jeff's car, having mistakenly taken his keys instead of her own. A short distance down the winding road, the brakes fail and she slams through the guardrail to her death in the river. A fisherman, Clarence, notices the car. Investigation reveals that the brake fluid tank had been punctured, and all four brake lines cut; and that the keys on Jeff's and Mona's key rings had been switched.
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Finding suspects is easy for Verplanck Police Chief Wyatt Rash. Mona was an obnoxious shrew. She perpetually intimidated her husband, Phil, and hit him with a frying pan when she suspected his affair with waitress Rona Mace. She attacked a cop for pulling Jeff over for drunk driving. Her threats and tirades made it impossible for sensitive landscaper Bobby Calzone to free himself from his business partnership with her son - an idler and a moron extraordinaire - no matter how many clients Jeff drove away. She even bashed Bobby's car with a golf club. The funeral director comments that he has seen more people upset about losing change in a candy machine than about Mona's death.
Wracked by conscience, Bobby admits to his fiance Ellie, Chief Rash's daughter, that he made the punctures in Jeff's car. Clarence secretly overhears this, and her distraught reaction. Equally upset is Jeff when he sees his father making out at a motel with Rona - but only, to Phil's shock, because she has done the same thing with Jeff. Later, Phil catches Jeff with Rona, and exchanges threats with him as Clarence watches from the shadows. Phil is found drowned. Rona packs to leave town. Phil tries to incriminate Bobby. Bobby lies about where he was last Wednesday. Jeff threatens suicide at Mona's grave. Chief Rash questions them all. But it is by talking to Clarence that he discovers the truth.
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