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Joe Kimball to present 'Secrets of Congdon Mansion' at area libraries Nov. 2-5

Reporter Joe Kimball has covered the infamous Congdon murders since the day the bodies were discovered in 1977. He is the author of the “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.

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Reporter Joe Kimball will share about the “Secrets of Congdon Mansion” at area libraries from Wednesday, Nov. 2, through Saturday, Nov. 5.
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BEMIDJI — The Kitchigami Regional Library System will host “Secrets of Congdon Mansion” author Joe Kimball for a tour of north-central Minnesota from Wednesday, Nov. 2, through Saturday, Nov. 5.

According to a release, reporter Joe Kimball has covered the infamous Congdon murders since the day the bodies were discovered in 1977. He is the author of the “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," the release said. "In addition to two murder trials, the shocking aftermath includes bigamy, arson and more murders. The mansion, known as Glensheen, has become a popular tourist site on the shores of Lake Superior. Even 40 years later, Minnesotans are fascinated by the story of the mansion, money and murders."

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Kimball will talk share his experiences covering the story from start to finish as a reporter for the Star Tribune and give inside details of the victims, investigators and perpetrators, to bring the tale to life, the release added.

Here's a look at the dates and locations for each event:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 2: Brainerd Public Library at noon followed by the Walker Public Library at 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 3: Bemidji Public Library at 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 4: Blackduck Community Library at 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 5: Wadena City Library at 10:30 a.m. followed by the Pequot Lakes Community Library at 3 p.m.

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