Working the homacide detail, a report of the death of a 72 year old man comes in. Joe Friday and partner, Frank Smith go to investigate the suspicious details surrounding the man’s death. They talk to the man’s neighbor, who is upset over the lack of police protection. She tells about two men who came and beat up old Mr Stone.
Mrs Stone confirms the story, and offers motive for the robbery and murder. In the mess that was made of the house, clues are found, and Friday offers voiceover to tell how he pursued this case. The trail leads back to the nosy neighbor, who knows probably more than she ought to, but a domestic dispute with the family’s grown son, Herman is examined.
Through more voiceover, Joe Friday shares some trouble in the case, and has to take it in a new direction. Somebody has been lying in the stories told thus far, but who can it be? Join Joe as he sifts through the facts to get to the truths in the matter. A break in the case comes in, and the bad guys are nabbed.