Pressroom Podcast: Glensheen murders prosecutor John DeSanto
He was just 30 years old and only four years out of law school when Duluth heiress Elisabeth Congdon was discovered smothered to death in her bed at Glensheen Mansion, her night nurse Velma Pietila fatally beaten with a candlestick.
Forty years later, then chief prosecutor John DeSanto joins this week’s Pressroom Podcast to share his firsthand experience with Duluth’s most well-known murder case.
“The day of June 27, 1977, Monday. I remember it like it was yesterday,” DeSanto, a now semi-retired senior judge who had a 35 year career in the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office, said.
Since that night and the trials that followed, DeSanto has written a book about the case and given many presentations to the public. In this podcast, he describes what he thinks happened the night of the murders and how not a day goes by that he doesn’t think about the “two beautiful, wonderful citizens of Duluth, Elisabeth Congdon and Velma Pietila.”
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