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The car wash in Herkimer where two people were killed Wednesday. Photo: Google street view
The car wash in Herkimer where two people were killed Wednesday. Photo: Google street view

"Community comes together" after Herkimer shooting

It was 25 hours between the time a shooting spree started in a small town Barber Shop, and a shootout with police in an abandoned building, that led to the death of 64-year old Kurt Meyers. State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico says police had tried to coax Meyers out of the building during an all-night standoff, before deciding to go after him soon after daybreak.  Go to full article
The car wash in Herkimer where two people were killed Wednesday. Photo: Google street view
The car wash in Herkimer where two people were killed Wednesday. Photo: Google street view

Residents "puzzled" about why Herkimer suspect went on shooting spree

Update: The AP reported at about 8:40 this morning that police had killed suspect Kurt Myers in a shootout. Details and updates on this story in the Inbox blog.

Residents of southern Herkimer County are puzzled about why a 64-year-old loner allegedly went into a barbershop and opened fire in a burst of violence that would eventually leave four dead and two critically wounded Wednesday.

Hundreds of police are locked in a standoff with suspected gunman Kurt Myers in the village of Herkimer this morning.

David Sommerstein joined us for the latest on the situation.  Go to full article

Firefighters stay sharp out West

Heavy rains this summer have meant few forest fires in the Adirondacks. North Country firefighters returned this month from keeping their skills sharp in the dry West. Adam Pickett was among a 19-person crew from New York that worked on the Bald and Rush forest fires in southern and northern California for two weeks. Pickett is a DEC forest ranger in the Old Forge-Herkimer County area. He told David Sommerstein he was part of a hand crew that fights wildfires on foot.  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
Grace Brown
Grace Brown

Grace Brown's Last Love Letter

At Chester Gillette's trial in Herkimer, the prosecution read from Grace Brown's love letters. The last of those letters was written a week before her murder. The letter is read by Jennifer Donnelly, who grew up in Lewis County. She's the author of a novel about the murder called A Northern Light, the 2006 selection of North Country Reads--a one-book, one community program--and is tonight's guest on Readers & Writers at 7 pm.  Go to full article

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