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Glensheen Mansion

Duluth, Minnesota

In this house, an elderly woman and her nurse were brutally murdered by the woman’s crazed lover. Now, it is said that the two haunt the house. It is said that eerie black, shadowy figures walking about the basement. Lights turning on and off have also been reported. There has even been one report of a piece of candy rolling back and forth across the dresser.

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Stephanie says:

September 27, 2005, 10:33 am

Actually, it was the woman’s adopted daughter and the daughter’s boyfriend/fiance who killed her. Some people have reported feeling eerie spots of cold on the servants’ staircase and in another location, which differs from the reports of where the two were killed. The Glensheen staff is prohibited from talking about the murders.

shaun androff says:

October 3, 2005, 3:16 pm

I just visited the Glensheen mansion on 10/1/05 with my girlfriend Lori and we had a crazy experience. As we were walking around the mansion on the tour we felt a very cold spot as we walked into the basement by the staircase. There was no vents or fans in the area and we could not expain this erie sensation. I heard a lound scream coming from the second floor and figured a girl might have fallen or been playing with a sibling. To my amazement I must have been the only on to hear it as no one said a word or reacted to it. Our guid did not mention a word about the scream no did she bring up the murders on our tour. To my amzement I later read that day about the murders and that the house might be haunted. I had never heard about the murders until after the tour while reading the book about it later that day. SCARY!!!! This house is definetly visited by spirits.

Emma says:

October 13, 2005, 9:22 pm

when i was there last week (oct.8th 2005) with my boyfriend we had some freaky unexsplainable experiences. there were lots of chilly areas and freaky sounds from upstairs. when we were at the bottom of the stairs we heard what sounded like footsteps coming from the stairs. but no one was there. i believe that it is haunted.

lily says:

October 14, 2005, 5:15 pm

i was ounce at the glensheen house on a tour and in the middle of the tour i had to use the bathroom. so i wlked in to the bathroom. and all the sudden this lady in a white and black dress appeeared and said help me. i said i dont know what you meen. she repeated, help me! and then at that time i realized that the house was haunted, and i screamed and then she was gone.

Michele says:

October 15, 2005, 7:56 am

Miss Elisabeth Congdon, who was in her 80′s, and her night nurse, 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.

If you are really interested in the true story about the murders, read this book: “Will to Murder: The True Story Behind the Crimes & Trials Surrounding the Glensheen Killings?

Mary Morro says:

November 7, 2005, 6:18 pm

My husband, 4 year old daughter, and I were at the Glensheen on 11/05/05 for a tour. My husband and I, of course, had heard about the murders, but nothing was mentioned to our 4 yr. old daughter by us or the tour guide. When we were in Elizabeth’s bedroom, our daughter suddenly said she was scared and started to cry. She couldn’t tell me why she was frightened but it definitely gave me goose bumps!

Katie says:

November 10, 2005, 12:42 am

i dont know much about the mansion. but i do know i was there a few years ago while on a school trip. as we were on the tour the tour guide refussed to let us go to the top floor but would not explain why, all he said was that it wasn’t safe. i remember being just terrified walking through the mansion.

Jay Johnson says:

November 23, 2005, 1:33 pm

You must be feeble minded to think its haunted. Indeed murders took place, but that isn’t why the staff do not talk about the murders. They do not talk about it because they wish not to disgrace the former owners and fuel curiosity. It was given to the people of Minnesota as a gift, for tours. It isn’t a museum founded on the infrastructure of being haunted or because grizzly murders occured, but because it is a very old mansion. I walked through it and felt no “coldness” like some people have described. I sense that none of you are sincere and you only wish you’d run into a ghaslty apparition.

Liz Johnson says:

November 23, 2005, 5:26 pm

I agree with Jay Johnson. There could be many explanations for these things happening. I have also been throught the mansion and nothing unusual happened to me.

Kristina says:

November 25, 2005, 7:36 pm

I agree with Jay and Liz. I have been to Glensheen for 2 different tours and have been on all the floors. I knew about the murders, and felt no “cold chills” or “drafts” . My husband has also been there at night after hours, (the alarm went off he had to check it out) and he didnt feel, see, or sense any thing odd. But he did get walk the whole house and see things that those on the tour dont get to see.

Nina says:

December 14, 2005, 5:18 pm

Back in around 1994, my husband and I toured the mansion. On the 3rd floor, there’s a bedroom just to the right of the stairway, which later I found out was Elizabeth’s bedroom. When I went in that room, it just felt “creepy”, and as I listened to the tour guide talk, I felt the hair on the back of my neck stand up. There is also a bathroom directly across the hall from this bedroom; I got the same “creepy” feeling in that bathroom. The mansion was willed to the University of MN Duluth and the tour guides are not allowed to mention anything about the murders, but when we got home, I ordered the book “Secrets of the Glensheen Mansion” and that book says Elizabeth was murdered in her bed, in her bedroom, and the maid was “wounded” in the bathroom but actually died on the landing between the 2nd and 3rd floors. By the way, it was the infamous Ron Meshbesher who represented Marjorie Congdon. Roger later died apparently from alcoholism.

MnKaitlynn says:

December 22, 2005, 10:25 am

I was just recently at Glensheen on 12/17/05. The tour guides are now allowed to speak of the murders and the bedroom that Elizabeth was in when she was murdered is returned to the state of a bedroom (vs an all purpose meeting room that it used to be). While we were there (we ourselves had a group of 12 to celebrate my mothers graduation from college with a Masters) my sister-in-law Angie was mentioning that she was being drawn to these specific pictures. They were all of girls various ages, and on chatting we assumed that they were of all three women, Elizabeth, Marjorie and Jennifer I think is the other daughter at various stages in life. Upon glancing through The Will to Murder, which my brother purchased at the house, Angie realized that each and every picture she was looking at was indeed ONLY of Elizabeth. The only room that REALLY caught Angie’s eye was Elizabeth’s bedroom with the beautiful pink and green quilt on the bed and the georgus work on the fireplace, also in pink and green. Angie also told me that for 10 minutes, while she, my father and my brother were waiting for the rest of the group, they stood in the exact spot where the nurses’ body was found. The whole 10 minutes, Angie said she was bouncing back and forth ready to get a mood on. Perhaps the house isn’t COMPLETELY haunted, perhaps Elizabeth and her nurse did pass to the otherside, but there DEFINATELY is spiritual residue within the house. I knew which bathroom the murderer cleaned up in before I even read the book. I could just feel it. And so can you.

MnKaitlynn says:

December 22, 2005, 10:26 am

P.S. the Very Top floor is closed to the public because there is only one staircase that goes up and down and isn’t safe incase of a fire. Elizabeth and her nurse were murdered on the 2nd floor with the majority of the rooms, where the tour will always be allowed to go.

sarah says:

January 1, 2006, 1:47 am

It scared me pretty bad at some points. Like when my friend
and I and some other people were led into the room Elizabeth
Congdon was murdered. They also took us to the staircase
where elizabeth’s nurse was also murdered. It was all so
creepy when we into the different floors it went to different
temperatures. All in all it was awsome! It was still creepy even
though it is cool. I would recemend it to anyone who is
looking for a scare.

sarah says:

January 1, 2006, 2:03 am

i heard from someone that heard from someone that heard from her cousin that elizabeth was smothered with a pillow and that her nurse was blodgened to death with a candle stick. they said that roger caldwell had done both murders, but he was accompanied by his own wife marjorey caldwell. i was just wondering if this was true. after i did some research i found out that everything was true. except that they found just marjorey guilty at first and then after a while they convicted roger caldwell of helping to murder them. they only wanted to murder elizabeth because of her enormus fortune.

Ricky Porter says:

January 7, 2006, 12:23 am

I volunteered at the mansion for many summers now and all the staff will tell you that we have encountered strange experinces. The old mansions are hard to heat and cool and that is why you feel cool drafts and warm drafts in select areas of the home becuase not all rooms have vents or radiators. Most of the time what has happened is lights will switch on and off, and doors will close by themselves. I can honestly say the activity is quite fun when your with other staff and those things happen, but errie when your alone. Glensheen is very much haunted, but you get used to it and be nice to them and they will be nice to you.

Jennifer says:

January 9, 2006, 11:37 pm

There is a program (Dommick Dunne’s Justice) about the Congdon murder on Court TV that details the murder. The program is based on the book by Joe Kimball. Very interesting.

Lianna says:

January 19, 2006, 11:13 pm

I volunteer at Glensheen and some of what you all have said is completely false. Elizabeths bedroom as a child is not the bedroom she died in. The reason that you used to not be able to go up to third floor was becuase there was only one staircase and it is a fire code. They have now let tours up there but only 10 at a time. No murders actually happened on the third floor. I have never experienced flickering lights (I do not know anyone else who has) like Ricky Porter, however the former volunteer coordinator, other volunteers, and I did have a discussion of paranormal things that have happened there. The only reason that we did not discuss the murders for so long was out of respect for the Congdon family, however, they have recently given permission. Whether it is haunted, there have been stories of some paranormal stuff, but paranormal situations are not a normal occurence.

Lianna says:

January 19, 2006, 11:17 pm

Oh, and as far as this Bob character goes…there is no way that you could have had sex with your girlfriend in the master bedroom as there are tours every 10 minutes and I doubt that you would be able to escape your tour guide as they would have been able to see you in the master bedroom when they were standing at the entrance of the red guest room just 10 seconds after leaving the master bedroom.

sdr also known as sr says:

January 20, 2006, 11:55 am

looks like something ill check out after i graduate, thanx

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