Monday, October 29, 2007

‘Will to Murder’ author to sign third edition at Glensheen Saturday

John DeSanto, one of the authors of “Will to Murder,” has a book signing scheduled at Glensheen on Saturday, Nov. 3, from noon to 2 p.m. The signing will take place in Glensheen’s museum shop on the historic estate’s grounds, 3300 London Road, and is free and open to the public.

Will to Murder was first published in 2003 by Duluth’s X-communication and was written by former Duluth News Tribune crime reporter Gail Feichtinger and Gary Waller and John DeSanto – the men who led the investigation and prosecution of Roger Caldwell and Marjorie Hagen, the adopted daughter of Elisabeth Congdon.

The third edition includes exclusive coverage of Marjorie Caldwell Hagen’s release from an Arizona prison, the first photos of Hagen as a free woman, her suspicious activities in Tucson as “Maggie Wallis,” her 2007 arrest for check fraud and computer tampering and the mysterious death of yet another elderly person she befriended – and victimized.

Glensheen was built for the family of Chester and Clara Congdon between 1905 and 1908 and bequeathed to the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1968. It is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the winter.

More information is available by calling 726-8910 or visiting


"Gary Waller Looks Back at the Glensheen Killings" -- Gary Waller *ahem* looks back at the Glensheen killings. (I keed, I keed!) (written by my boss, Jana Peterson)

"From 'Quiet Neighbors' to the Ashes of the Hesperia" -- Not to plagiarize myself or anything, but it really is Glensheen's little details that make tours there really shine.

"Greetings from the Carnegie Library, Pt. 1" and "Greetings from the Carnegie Library, Pt. 2" -- The story of X-communication and Tony Dierckins, the (almost too) clever publisher behind it.

"Discover Duluth: Glensheen" -- Some pretty pictures* from the historic estate.

*At least that's what gramma keeps telling me!

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