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About Will to Murder
The book follows the crimes and trials of Marjorie Congdon Caldwell Hagen—aka “Maggie Wallis”—the notorious adopted daughter of Elisabeth Congdon, who was the last surviving child of Chester and Clara Congdon—builders of Duluth’s Glensheen mansion. It was written by former Duluth News Tribune reporter Gail Feichtinger along with Duluth Detective Gary Waller and St. Louis County Prosecutor John DeSanto, the men who first investigated and prosecuted Marjorie and her husband, Roger Caldwell.
Waller and DeSanto bring readers behind the scenes of Minnesota’s most infamous double murder, frankly discussing their successes and failures in order to explain how a man who claimed innocence was convicted of two counts of murder and later confessed to the crimes—only to be set free. Feichtinger then reaches beyond the Glensheen killings to follow Marjorie through her convictions for arson and other crimes, presenting evidence that suggests she may have gotten away with murder—five times.
First released in 2003, the book has sold over 70,000 copies and remains the bestselling book at Glensheen Historic Estate, yet Zenith City Press has been reluctant to enter the eBook end of publishing. “Most of our books are large-format, heavily illustrated coffee table books,” explains Zenith City publisher Tony Dierckins. “They are designed to help readers visualize Duluth in the past and don’t translate well in electronic formats. Will to Murder is much more text driven, a page turner—and now, hopefully, a screen-swiper.”
Zenith City Press’s publishing schedule includes more text-driven titles in the next few years, so if the experiment with Will to Murder goes well, you’ll be seeing more eBooks from the Duluth-based publisher.
About the Authors of Will to Murder
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. 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.
Praise for Will to Murder
“The most informed account yet of the chilling details, bizarre twists, and lingering mysteries surrounding the murders Minnesota can’t forget.”
— Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“Fascinating, well-written, and gripping, Will to Murder gets you hooked like a good crime novel, takes you for a ride and leaves you wanting more. Finally, the definitive book, the story behind the story of the Congdon-Pietila murders.”
— Duluth News-Tribune
“[Will to Murder] contains a wealth of known and new information, but keeps one turning the pages in much the same way as a well-plotted mystery.”
— Lake Superior Magazine
“The definitive work on the [Congdon-Pietila murders]…the authors provide an inside story that has never been heard before… riveting… compelling… Will to Murder covers all the bases.”
— Duluth Budgeteer
“[Will to Murder is the] ideal read for those non-native Minnesotans who may not know what went on, or for those who simply cannot get enough of the family Congdon and the travails that ultimately left two people dead.… The book sizzles.”
— Minnesota Law & Politics
“More detail and depth than any previous account.”
— Minnesota Monthly