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Benson, the world's leading criminologist, is disappointed in love and becomes a recluse, obsessed with the idea of the "perfect crime." He finally gives in to his unholy impulses and murders Frisbie, leaving behind no clues. Stella, the woman who jilted Benson, then comes back to him, and he at last sees the chance to find happiness and fulfillment. Something arises to upset his plans, however: Trevor, a young married man who once lived with Frisbie, is accused of the murder on circumstantial evidence and sentenced to die. Stricken by conscience, Benson confesses to the crime, freeing Trevor and sealing his own doom. It all turns out to be a dream, however, and Benson awakens a wiser man.