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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Zenith City Press; 4 edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188731735X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887317351
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gail Feichtinger first researched the Glensheen murders as a crime reporter for the Duluth News-Tribune and Duluth Herald around the time Roger Caldwell bargained for his release. She obtained an exclusive interview following his release from prison by delivering Caldwell a pint of his favorite ice cream. Feichtinger was born in Stamford, Connecticut. She studied journalism at Southern Methodist University and received a B.A. from Carleton College. She has also reported for newspapers in Dallas, Texas, worked as a reporter and producer for Twin Cities Public Television, and was an assistant producer for the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. Feichtinger obtained a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law in 1996. She now works as an assistant attorney general for the Minnesota Attorney Generals office. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Bob Geiger, and their daughters, Alexandra and Elena. Will to Murder is her first book. Former Assistant St. Louis County Attorney and current district court judge John DeSanto prosecuted Roger Sipe Caldwell and Marjorie Caldwell for the crimes at Glensheen. DeSantoalong with his twin brother, Willwas born in Duluth, Minnesota. He graduated valedictorian from Duluth Cathedral High School in 1964, received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1968, andafter serving two years in the U.S. Armywent on to study law at the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1973. In 2009 DeSanto was appointed trial court judge for Minnesotas Sixth Judicial District. His chambers are located in the St. Louis County Courthouse in Duluth, Minnesota, where he worked as a prosecutor for thirty-five years. During the three-and-a-half decades he prosecuted cases, DeSanto tried only one murder suspect who received an acquittalMarjorie Caldwell. DeSanto and his wife, Lana, live in Duluth and are the parents of three adult children, Amy, Abby, and Adam. Will to Murder is his first book. As a Duluth Police Department detective, Gary Waller led the investigation of the crimes at Glensheen. 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. Like Waller, his father, Donald, served in the Duluth P.D. (for 25 years), as did his uncle Floyd Bowman and brother Roger, Duluths former Chief of Police. Waller has two children, Bridget and Sean (a former Duluth police officer now serving in Oklahoma), and two stepchildren, Terry and Kathleen. He and his wife, Mary, live near Kettle River, Minnesota, enjoying time with their seven grandchildren. Will to Murder is his first book.

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After reading this book, I see how very, very little I really knew--about the murder AND about Marjorie Congdon.
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Loved the book will to murder, based on a true story and a very interesting read.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By TundraVision on March 29, 2004
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On the night of Sunday, June 26, 1977, somebody snuck into the Congdon Mansion in Duluth, MN (featured in the 1972 thriller "You'll Like My Mother") and killed mega-rich Elisabeth Congdon and her nurse. Most folks around here think the murder was perpetrated by Elisabeth's bizarre adopted daughter dearest, Marjorie Congdon LeRoy Caldwell Hagen, and Marge's then-husband, Roger Caldwell.
Nonetheless, Marjorie was acquitted of these murders. And she was never even charged for 2 more murders of which she is almost certainly guilty. The heirs to whom she would forfeit her share of her mother's vast estate "settled" the civil case involving the "slayer statute" [the one that expresses the intent that those who kill their benefactor shalt not benefit.] One can only shake one's head in wonderment and console oneself that although there be imperfect justice on this Earth, certainly Marjorie will answer to a Higher Authority in the Next Life. She has already exhibitted an affinity for Fire in her numerous arsons, for some of which she was actually imprisoned.
This book is a collaboration between former Duluth News-Tribune crime reporter Gail Feichtinger, the Duluth Detective Gary Waller, and the St. Louis Co Prosecutor John DeSanto. With 20/20 hindsight, they courageously lead the reader through the morass of investigative and legal procedure and admit to screw-ups along the way. They explore "what ifs," like DNA testing, which was not developed back in the "Dark Ages" of the 1970's. There are helpful photos and charts and an abbreviated Congdon Family Tree in the back. An Index of all the players would have been nice, but I made my own.
Danger, Will Robinson!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Susan on December 6, 2006
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As a life-long resident of Minnesota and a frequent visitor of Duluth, home of the famous Congdon mansion (aka Glensheen), I grew up with a vague idea of the murders that happened in that house. The story was that one of the adopted children of the elderly Ms. Congdon killed the poor woman for money. After reading this book, I see how very, very little I really knew--about the murder AND about Marjorie Congdon. As it turns out, being associated with the vicious murder of her own mother is virtually just part of a "normal" day for Marjorie. I was absolutely floored by her outrageous behavior--all in the name of attention and extreme greed. She literally stopped at nothing to get her way, and if opposed she exacted calculated revenge to very scary degrees. I've loaned my copy of this book to several people and have recommended it to many. In fact, while on a second tour of Glensheen recently, I stood in the gift store and pointed it out to patrons. There are many books about Marjorie, but I doubt any of them is as comprehensive as this one. It's written by the journalist who covered much of Marjorie's court drama and who became well acquainted with the lawyer from whose point of view the story is often told. It's far more than "just the facts." It's written like a novel with richly-drawn human characters. (Truly, it seems fictional sometimes, because I've never known anyone who pulled off what Marjorie does.) The book also includes a good selection of photographs and provides an up-to-date account of Marjorie's latest status. In conclusion, you don't need to be from Minnesota or even the Midwest to appreciate this book. It's an American tragedy, quite certainly. And you'll find yourself recommending it often.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By David Lillehaug on November 9, 2003
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This book was like reading top-notch fiction; I couldn't put it down even though I knew the ending. The co-authors were the chief investigator and the prosecutor of the Glensheen mansion murders. Their direct participation (including some painful admissions of mistakes made) gives this book enormous credibility. The lead author, a reporter and a lawyer, ties it all together.
The book not only chronicles a double-murder investigation and two trials, it brings the cases up to date with new DNA analysis of critical evidence.
When I checked around, Will to Murder was flying off the shelves here in Minnesota. I suspect it will have legs and get national attention as well.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 6, 2003
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As a true crime book fan I always wondered why no one wrote about this murder. You have a rich well known victim - a out of control, greedy daughter who gets away with murder.
This book is well written and for the first time the whole story of the murders, as well as plenty of back ground into the killers is given.
The historical back ground of the Condon family and others is intermixed within the plot and unlike most crime stories was worth reading.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 15, 2004
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I loved this book. I thought the attention to detail was what was so spectacular about it. I grew up in Northern Minnesota and I loved hearing every little detail about a story that I have been around my whole life. Who wants to read a "generalized" account of a murder? True life murder investigations and accounts are very detailed, as they should be and this one is no exception. It was great getting all of the extra information that you don't hear about on TV or in the newspapers. I love non-fiction books and I think this one was truly interesting to read. I couldn't put it down even though I knew the ending! Very well written. I highly recommend it.
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