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'Serious Predator', Released from Prison, returns to Warren County

A violent felon originally from Queensbury was released from state prison in New Hampshire last week. And police in New Hampshire took the unusual step of alerting Warren County law enforcement that he would be returning. Gregory Warner reports on the man police call a 'serious predator', who served 26 years for stabbing a woman 19 times.  Go to full article

Man Arrested In Double Murder

State police have charged a man in the double murder of a couple in Schuyler Falls just before Christmas. David and Lorraine Donivan were stabbled to death on December 20th. 37-year-old Edward Dashnaw of Plattsburgh was arrested last night and charged with 2 counts of murder in the second degree. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Police Say Donivan Murder Suspect Returned to Scene of Crime

Edward Dashnaw's attorney declined to be interviewed today when contacted by North Country Public Radio. Brian Mann spoke with state police Captain Robert LaFountain about the investigation that led to Dashnaw's arrest.  Go to full article
John Briant
John Briant

Books: Adirondack Detective

The Jason Black Adirondack Detective series has garnered a regional and national following in the last few years. Author John Briant lives and writes about Black's crime solving adventures in Old Forge. He's working on the fifth book in the mystery series this winter. Like his protagonist in the novels, Briant is a retired state trooper and crime investigator. He told Todd Moe that writing is his third career.  Go to full article

Albany Agrees to Toughen Gun Laws

In a special session of the legislature, Governor Pataki and legislative leaders have reached agreement on new laws to stiffen penalties against the use of illegal guns, and to protect police officers. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Legislature Convenes Special Session Wednesday

State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer is urging Governor George Pataki and Democrats in the Assembly to come to an agreement on laws to stiffen penalties for cop-killers and to curb the illegal gun trade, during a special session planned for Wednesday. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
A scene from <i>American Tragedy</i> (Source: Metropolitan Opera)
A scene from American Tragedy (Source: Metropolitan Opera)

An Adirondack Murder on Stage at the Met

On December 2nd 2005, the Metropolitan Opera unveiled a new work based on Theodore Dreiser's classic novel American Tragedy. Dreiser's novel was inspired by a true Adirondack story. In the summer of 1906, a young man named Chester Gillette took his pregnant girlfriend boating on Big Moose Lake, near Old Forge. The next day, Grace Brown's body was found floating in a secluded cove in South Bay. Chester Gillette tried to flee, but was captured in Inlet and tried for murder. The case sparked a media frenzy and made headlines around the world. As Brian Mann reports, over the last century it has become a part of American mythology.  Go to full article
Chester Gillette, convicted of Grace Brown's murder.
Chester Gillette, convicted of Grace Brown's murder.

On Big Moose Lake, Adirondack Murder & American Myth

One of the most controversial events in Adirondack history is back in the news this week. In July of 1906, a handsome young man named Chester Gillette was accused of drowning his pregnant girlfriend, Grace Brown, in a secluded cove at Big Moose Lake. Gillette was the nephew of a mill-owner in Cortland, New York. Brown was one of the company's workers. Gillette's trial and execution made headlines around the world. The story is the basis for Theodore Dreiser's classic novel An American Tragedy.

In the hundred years since, the murder inspired other novels, plays, and two Hollywood movies -- including the classic film A Place In the Sun. Tomorrow, a new opera based on the murder and Theodore Dreiser's novel will premier at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Brian Mann spoke with Charles Adams, who's been a summer resident of Big Moose Lake since the 1930s. Adams drives a tour boat on the lake and is part of the Grace Brown Committee that is commemorating the anniversary of her murder.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence DA Candidates Face Off

The two candidates for district attorney in St. Lawrence County faced off in a debate last week. Republican Gary Miles and Democrat Nicole Duve clashed over several issues, including the case of a doctor who surrendered his medical license rather than face charges for overprescribing drugs. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

DEC Truck Crashes on Vandalized Bridge in Disputed Champion Lands

State officials are investigating the vandalism of two bridges in the Champion Easement lands near Santa Clara in the northern Adirondacks. One of the bridges collapsed earlier this month, causing a state Environmental Conservation dump truck to roll into the St. Regis River. The driver of the truck wasn't injured. As Brian Mann reports, the Champion lands are still controversial, five years after the state signed one of the biggest conservation deals in New York's history.  Go to full article

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