Yet while it may close the book on the case itself, the truth is that nearly every corner of South Hadley remains infected.
"What they did was not good," says Gus Sayer, the South Hadley Superintendent.
The long shadow of a young girl's suicide hangs like a haze over South Hadley, Massachusetts, these days.
Phoebe's death, understandably, sent normally quiet South Hadley into a spiral of shame and finger-pointing.
Nearly two thousand pupils had been at South Hadley, of whom a large number had become missionaries and teachers.
The view to the south includes, of course, the river, and also the pleasant village of South Hadley with its Seminary.
The Montague and South Hadley people were notified that the hour of assembling had arrived by the loud blowing of a conch-shell.
After a long conference, South Hadley was chosen, ten miles south of Amherst.
It was estimated that at the falls at South Hadley there were fifteen hundred horses in one day.