The Case of the Startling Coincidences

Harold Rowe Holbrook, Jr. (left Wikipedia Commons) was born on February 17, 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Holbrook’s  “Wild Bill” McKenzie  replaced Perry Mason (Raymond Burr).

Holbrook is truly a famous actor. Put his stage name “Hal Holbrook” into a Google search, and you will find enough information to keep you occupied for months!

Among the many roles Holbrook played, were (see first link above):

  • William “Bill” McKenzie, A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Lethal Lifestyle (also known as A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Famous Fatality), NBC, 1994
  • “Wild Bill” McKenzie, A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Grimacing Governor, NBC, 1994
  • “Wild Bill” McKenzie, A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Jealous Jokester, NBC, 1994

The second Perry Mason Mystery, Grimacing Governor, brought several things to mind. While the story is markedly different to the Kingsland situation, several coincidences prompted me to parody Perry Mason with the sub-title above -”The Case of the Startling Coincidences“!

“Bill” McKenzie was the Canadian lawyer who came to Barbados to cross-examine the Chief Justice of Barbados, Sir David Simmons, a defendant in a Canadian Action concerning Kingsland Estates Ltd. This blog is currently publishing a series of articles on this cross examination. Here is a link to the first: The Cross-Examination of Chief Justice Sir David Simmons - I

In my opinion, McKenzie was very brave to go to Barbados. The very brother of the same defendant, Chief Justice Simmons, had stated about McKenzie that “he must watch his back” and “… nothing is stopping him (McKenzie) from coming to Barbados, but what happens after he gets here is another matter“! 

Death threats, an invitation to commit suicide, and smear campaigns have all been witnessed on this blog. Many of the defendants are active in Barbadian politics. 


The Case of the Grimacing Governor

This looks like a movie worth seeing!  I have emphasized several apparent coincidences below: (The quote is from IMDb user comments.)

Maverick lawyer Bill McKenzie returns to action defending the daughter of a disgraced politician. The politico was murdered, but his death was successfully made to appear as suicide. Several years later, his daughter finds herself suspected of murdering the Governor of the state, who she held responsible for her father’s suicide through a political smear campaign.

Hal Holbrook is great in this role and the mystery, while engaging is rather disturbing as McKenzie probes layer upon layer of political corruption during his investigation. One can’t help but wonder about the political repercussions after the smoke cleared. It might have made an interesting film on it’s own. The final revelation, while not surprising, is clever and ironic.

A treat, this late in the game.

On a side note, reflecting a new courtroom era, cameras can be clearly seen in the background, televising the courtroom proceedings to a large cable audience no doubt.

To cap it all, the testimony of Sir David Simmons was recorded on video, a first for Bajan courts! 

 Related: Sir David is also very famous, as attested by this Google search on “Sir David Simmons“.

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