“Mystery in the Mansion”
Glensheen Historic Estate is scheduled to be featured on Court TV on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 at 9 p.m. The show, titled “Mystery in the Mansion,” tells the story of the Glensheen tragedies and legal battles that followed. “Mystery in the Mansion” is being aired on Dominick Dunne’s Court TV series “Power, Privilege and Justice.” Court TV can be found on channel 15 or channel 50 in the Twin Ports area. See the Court TV website for more information on the program.
After reading the book Will to Murder by Gail Feichtinger, John DeSanto and Gary Waller, producers of Count TV came to Glensheen to film “Mystery in the Mansion.” The piece focuses on the murders of Elisabeth Congdon, her nurse Velma Pietila and the investigation and legal battles that ensued.
Elisabeth Congdon and Velma Pietila were murdered on June 27, 1977 at Glensheen. Roger Cadwell, Elisabeth’s adopted-daughter Marjorie’s husband, was later convicted of two counts of murder. Marjorie was acquitted, a verdict that is called into question in Will to Murder. The story of the Glensheen tragedies is known as the most infamous double murders in Minnesota history.
Almost 100 years ago Chester and Clara Congdon laid eyes on the magnificent landscape that would become Glensheen. Completed in 1908 after three years of construction, Glensheen was built to resemble an early 17th century English country estate. It consists of a 39-room Jacobean-style mansion, a carriage house, a gardener’s cottage, formal gardens, a boathouse, a clay tennis court and a bowling green.
Glensheen’s operating budget comes primarily from tour admissions, rentals and donations. For more information, please call Lori C. Melton, Glensheen’s marketing director, at (218) 726-8921
The Historic Congdon Estate
3300 London Road
Duluth, MN 55804
Toll Free: 1-888-454-GLEN
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