Inspector Harris and Detective Sergeant Powell investigate a series of killings of Santa Claus’s.
The killer is revealed as Daily News reporter, Giles Morgan, who – coincidentally – is Harris’ brother.
He has been killing Santas because they remind him of Christmas. A flashback reveals, as a child, he saw his father, dressed as Santa, necking with a partygoer at their house.
When his mother intervened his father knocked her downstairs, killing her.
Giles himself falls down some stairs to his death.
Finally, at home on Christmas Day, Harris opens a present from Giles marked “Don’t open till Christmas”. It is a music box with a revolving Santa: Harris listens to it but it explodes.
Detective Sergeant Powell
“Experience” Santa Claus
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