April 2009

Murder Mystery
I just spent the last several minutes riveted by 5280. I was just leafing through it while finishing dinner when  I noticed your story, "Anatomy of a Murder" [February]. Truth is definitely stranger than fiction. I couldn't put it down it was so fascinating. I just had to compliment you on your telling of the events. It's unbelievable to think the person responsible lives among us. Almost as strange seems to be the ostracizing of the wife and children of Ad Coors. I had no idea. Thanks for enlightening me.

Janet VanDorn
via e-mail

You brought back a lot of memories in your article "Anatomy of a Murder." I was a senior parole officer for nearly 25 years. I met Joseph Corbett Jr. after being assigned to make out his parole plan so that he could meet the parole board for the first time. Corbett was working as
a licensed X-ray technician in the prison hospital.

The events surrounding the murder of Adolph Coors III led to the hiring of parolees by the Coors Brewing Company in Golden. While I was at the Pre-Parole Release Center, I took a number of soon-to-be-released inmates to Coors in Golden for interviews and 250 questions of psychological testing. If the inmate did well, he would be hired to work in the salvage yard. He would be looked at closely, and if he met Coors' work standards he would move to the ceramic shop.

It is strange that after the Coors family lost a family member to murder, that the company would hire a parolee and give him a chance to make something of himself.
Mr. Sanchez did a wonderful job of researching and writing this article about Joseph Corbett Jr. I congratulate and thank him for the recall of memories when I was a parole officer handling such cases to be presented to the parole board. I could go on and on, as I put in 40 years, first as a parole officer and later as a case manager. I am 76 years old now, and I relived some of my experiences through your article. Again, well done.

Gregory Boodakian
Cañon City

Foodie's Delight
Just picked up the latest "Dining in Denver" issue [March], and I think it's beautiful. I especially enjoyed the morning, noon, and night approach. Can't wait to get out and try all the restaurants I've missed.

And, as you said, kudos to chef Matt Selby.

Bruce Hansen

In the November 2008 issue's "Denver at 150" feature we should have credited Roach Photos and Dennis Walla for the photograph of the Brown Palace hotel on page 101.  We regret the error.