INDIANA: Who Killed Mary Cheever?

Precise, pleasant Miss Mary Cheever was a person of consequence in Gary, Ind. She had taught French and Spanish for 24 years, mostly at Lew Wallace High School, had once been president of the Gary branch of the American Association of University Women, and had seen Paris and South America. At 45, Miss Cheever surveyed her world sensibly through rimless eyeglasses and lived a rich, full, civic life.

One lowering night two weeks ago, Mary Cheever put her car in the garage after a P.T.A. meeting. At the mouth of the dingy alley...

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