National Affairs: Murder in Pinecliffe

Emily Griffith was a kind of schoolmarm saint. All Denver revered her as founder and longtime head of far-famed Opportunity School, where, since 1916, the city has provided adults with free "second-chance" classes in everything from welding to hat-making (TIME, July 8).

Little, red-haired Emily retired in 1934. On Denver's standard $50-a-month teacher's pension—all that Emily would accept —she settled down in a pine-slab mountain cabin at Pinecliffe, 35 miles northwest of town, with her invalid sister, Florence.

"People This Old." Their cabin had been built for them by a onetime teacher at Opportunity...

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