Glensheen’s Daughter – The Marjorie Congdon Story

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On a beautiful summer morning in 1977, shock waves ripped through the Glensheen mansion with the discovery of the bodies of heiress Elisabeth Congdon and her night nurse, Velma Pietila. Glensheen’s Daughter is the fascinating story of the events leading up to the murders and the nightmarish aftermath. It is also the story of a beloved adopted daughter who let nothing, not even a double homicide, stand in the way of her desires.



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In 1932, Elisabeth Congdon, an unmarried heiress to a mining fortune, adopts a three month old baby girl.  The child, Marjorie, grows up in the Glensheen Mansion in Duluth, Minnesota, given everything she could possibly need, or want.

Forty-five years later, Elisabeth, who is beloved throughout the community, is found smothered in her bed. Her night nurse has been bludgeoned to death with a candlestick. Evidence points to Elisabeth’s son-in-law, Roger Caldwell and her adopted daughter Marjorie. This is the inside story of Marjorie Congdon and the stream of mysterious arsons and murders that have followed in her wake.

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Sharon Darby Hendry

4 reviews for Glensheen’s Daughter – The Marjorie Congdon Story

  1. Sharon Hendry has crafted a fascinating look at one of Minnesota’s most notorious figures – Marjorie Congdon LeRoy Caldwell Hagen. Great details from Marjorie’s life-the early days at Glensheen, her mother’s tragic murder and the fireworks in Arizona – show how this mysterious woman and her self-destructive ways shattered the lives of everyone close to her.

  2. The Congdon case had it all: murder in one of America’s great mansions, multi-million dollar inheritance, family feuds, suicide, private eyes, and investigative intrigue. But the butler didn’t do it. Sharon Hendry makes a true crime story read like a mystery thriller. Skip the fiction – This is the real thing!

  3. A chilling, close-up look at one of the strangest multiple-murderesses of the 20th century. Sharon Darby Hendry’s meticulous research and powerful storytelling make the tale of the Congdon murders as compelling and immediate as if they occurred yesterday. Glensheen’s Daughter is destined to become a classic in the true crime genre.

  4. Sharon Hendry has captured the chilling essence of evil in this well-crafted criminal profile of Marjorie Caldwell.

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