CRIME: The Geiger-Counter Murder

Until three months ago, Kanab (pop. 1,287) was a peaceful, elm-shaded Mormon oasis amid the wind-worn rocks and wild hills of south-central Utah. Basically a cow town, it was a pleasant stop for tourists and a sometime location for Hollywood westerns. Three months ago, Kanab's quiet was disturbed by the discovery of commercial-grade uranium ten miles east of town.

Steadily, uranium fever mounted. Some 1,300 claims were filed on lands in the surrounding desert and mountains. Outsiders came to Kanab to prospect, and among them was Leroy Albert Wilson, 62, a brawler, an inventor, a Mormon excommunicated for defending...

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