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Will to Murder: The True Story Behind the Crimes and Trials Surrounding the Glensheen Killings
     

Will to Murder: The True Story Behind the Crimes and Trials Surrounding the Glensheen Killings

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by Gail Feichtinger
 

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On June 27, 1977, an intruder entered Glensheen, the stately Duluth manor built along the Lake Superior shore. Before leaving with a basketful of stolen jewelry, the intruder used a satin pillow to smother Elisabeth Congdon and Velma Pietila. Together with former Duluth News-Tribune crime reporter Gail Feichtinger, Duluth Police Detective Gary Waller and St. Louis

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On June 27, 1977, an intruder entered Glensheen, the stately Duluth manor built along the Lake Superior shore. Before leaving with a basketful of stolen jewelry, the intruder used a satin pillow to smother Elisabeth Congdon and Velma Pietila. Together with former Duluth News-Tribune crime reporter Gail Feichtinger, Duluth Police Detective Gary Waller and St. Louis County Prosecutor John DeSanto—the men who investigated and prosecuted Marjorie and her husband, Roger Caldwell—bring readers behind the scenes of the Minnesota’s most infamous double murder. Feichtinger then reaches beyond the Glensheen killings to follow Marjorie through her convictions for arson and presents new evidence that suggests that Marjorie may have gotten away with murder—five times.

Why the Duluth News Tribune calls Will to Murder…“The definitive book, the story behind the story of theCongdon-Pietila Murders”

•Previously unpublished evidence

•Crime scene diagrams and floorplans

•Results of a DNA test which links key evidence to Roger Caldwell and calls into question Marjorie Caldwell Hagen’s acquittal

•More than fifty photographs, including exclusive images of the crime scenes

•A timeline of events from the days before Glensheen was built to Marjorie Caldwell Hagen’s 2004 prison release and on to her 2009 sentencing for theft, fraud, and forgery

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781887317351
Publisher:
X-Communication LLC
Publication date:
05/01/2009
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
168,510
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Gail Feichtinger first researched the Glensheen murders as a crime reporter for the Duluth News-Tribune and Duluth Herald. Feichtinger was born in Stamford, Connecticut, studied journalism at Southern Methodist University and received a B.A. from Carleton College, and worked as a journalist until 1995. Feichtinger is now an assistant attorney general for the Minnesota Attorney General’s office. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Bob Geiger, and their daughters, Alexandra and Elena. Will to Murder is her first book.

John DeSanto was born in Duluth and graduated valedictorian from Duluth Cathedral High School in 1964. He received a B.A. from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1968 and went on to study law at the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1973. In 2009 DeSanto was appointed trial court judge for Minnesota’s Sixth Judicial District after 35 as Assistant St. Louis County Attorney; he finally retired for good in 2015. DeSanto and his wife, Lana, live in Duluth and are the parents of three adult children, Amy, Abby, and Adam.

Gary Waller was born in Duluth, Minnesota, where he served in the police department for twenty-one years. Waller holds a B.A. in criminology from the University of Minnesota Duluth and an M.A. in management from the College of St. Scholastica. In 1986, he was elected St. Louis County Sheriff; he retired in 1999. He now operates a consulting service doing organizational and facility assessments. He and his wife, Mary, live near Kettle River, Minnesota, enjoying time with their seven grandchildren.

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Will to Murder: The True Story Behind the Crimes and Trials Surrounding the Glensheen Killings 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thouroughly enjoyed the history in this book.Gail Feichtinger payed close attention to detail and true facts.Ultimately, the book takes you through the family history of the Congdons,Marjorie's bizarre actions right up to the trials.This book is not only a mystery thriller but also has Minnesota history packed into every page.
irayd8u More than 1 year ago
I grew up hearing stories about the infamous murders at Glensheen. However, I had never new the circumstances. I had toured the facility once before. On a trip up to Duluth this summer I took my teenage daughter on an impromptu visit with promises of intrigue and mystery..(ha ha sucker) She enjoyed the tour but felt it to be somewhat anticlimactic. I didn't know any of the "details" and they don't discuss these events during the tours out of respect for the Congdon family. And quite honestly it would be in bad taste had they! I decided to pick up a copy of this book from the gift shop so we could find out all the details. WOW....I only wish we had read this before hand because it would have given the tour a completely different perspective. This is a must read for anyone who is going to tour the mansion! My next read will be "Glensheen's Daughter, The Marjorie Congdon Story ", by Sharon Darby Hendry, because Marj is certifiable...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always enjoyed reading but have never understood when other people said that they could not put a book down. I recently purchased this book after touring the Glensheen mansion and seeing several versions of it in the gift shop. Nothing was ever mentioned on the tour of the murders and I was curious......I took this book along on a trip and I don't think that I saw a single bit of scenery! This book twists and turns in ways that even a fictional book couldn't begin to have.....It is a crazy, mixed up mysterious story that leaves the reader intrigued.......