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Will to Murder

Will to Murder

The True Story Behind the Crimes & Trials Surrounding the Killings at Glensheen

By Gail Feichtinger, John DeSanto, and Gary Waller

The story of the crimes and trials surrounding Marjorie Congdon Caldwell Hagen, Elisabeth Congdon’s notorious adopted daughter, is brought to light by former Duluth Detective Gary Waller and St. Louis County Prosecutor John DeSanto, the men who first investigated and prosecuted Marjorie and her husband, Roger Caldwell. Together with former Duluth News Tribune crime reporter Gail Feichtinger, Waller and DeSanto bring readers behind the scenes of Minnesota’s most infamous double murder. They frankly discuss 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.

Softcover | 432 Pages | 60 Photographs | 6 x 9 inches

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about the authors

Gail 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. Duluth native John DeSanto worked for the St. Louis County Attorney’s office as a prosecutor for 35 years before becoming a judge in Minnesota’s Sixth Judicial District; John is now retired. Gary Waller was born in Duluth where he served in the police department for twenty-one years before serving as St. Louis County Sheriff from 1986 to 1999 Gary passed away in 2017.

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