Wadena: Joe Kimball “Secrets of Congdon Mansion”
November 5 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Reporter Joe Kimball has covered the infamous Congdon murders since the day the bodies were discovered in 1977. He is the author of the best-selling “Secrets of the Congdon Mansion,” a first-hand account of Minnesota’s most infamous murder case, where one of the state’s richest women was smothered to death in her 39-room Duluth mansion, and her night nurse was bludgeoned to death on the stairway. An adopted daughter was accused of planning the crime as a way to speed up her inheritance. In addition to two murder trials, the shocking aftermath includes bigamy, arson and more murders. The mansion, known as Glensheen, has become a popular tour site on the shores of Lake Superior, but the guides won’t tell you much about the case. Even 40 years later, Minnesotans are fascinated by the story of the mansion, money and murders. Joe’s account was an inspiration for the popular play at the History Theatre: “Glensheen: The Musical.”
In his library speeches, Joe talks about covering the story from start to finish as a reporter for the Star Tribune and gives inside details of the victims, investigators and perpetrators, to bring the tale to life.
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