John DeSanto, Gary Waller and Gail Feichtinger, authors of "Will to Murder: The True Story Behind the Crimes & Trials Surrounding the Glensheen Killings," will sign books from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at CatTales in downtown Brainerd. Waller will sign books from noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 25 at Book World at the Westgate Mall in Brainerd/Baxter.
"Will to Murder" was published by Duluth's X-communication in August. It is priced at $17.95 and available online at www.x-communication.org.
The book explores the 1977 murders of Elisabeth Congdon and Velma Pietila at the Glensheen Estate in Duluth. Feichtinger covered the murders as a crime reporter at the Duluth News-Tribune. Waller led the investigation of the killings and DeSanto prosecuted Roger Caldwell and his wife Marjorie, Congdon's adopted daughter. The authors worked on the book intermittently for 15 years.
In the book, Waller and DeSanto discuss their successes and failures as they explain how Roger Caldwell, who claimed innocence, was convicted of two counts of murder and later confessed to the crime, but then was set free. The authors also unveil evidence that wasn't brought to trial, previously unpublished photographs of the crime scene and the results of DNA tests -- unavailable at the time of the investigation -- that link a key piece of evidence to Roger Caldwell and call into question Marjorie Caldwell's acquittal. The book also sheds light on the backgrounds and recent activities of the major figures.
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