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Israel Keyes. Photo: FBI
Israel Keyes. Photo: FBI

FBI: Serial killer's victims number "less than 12"

FBI officials now say the serial killer who spent time in the North Country and in Vermont may have murdered as many as eleven people.

Israel Keyes committed suicide eight days ago in a prison cell in Anchorage, Alaska. He left behind troubling questions about his activities in our region, and the identities of his possible victims.  Go to full article
After 105 years, the murder trial still makes headlines
After 105 years, the murder trial still makes headlines

American Tragedy murder in Big Moose Lake continues to echo

This weekend in Blue Mountain Lake, the Adirondack Museum will host a lecture on the Chester Gillette murder trial. The 1906 murder of Grace Brown on Big Moose Lake was one of the biggest national scandals of its day. The case inspired "American Tragedy," one of the great novels of the 20th century. In the decades since, the story of Grace Brown and Chester Gillette has sparked more novels, operas, folk songs, Hollywood films and documentaries. In 2005, Brian Mann set out to travel from the Adirondacks to New York City, to trace why this particular murder case continues to hold such a grip on our imagination.  Go to full article
Flyer distributed by Potsdam Police.
Flyer distributed by Potsdam Police.

Potsdam police seek public's help in homicide investigation

Potsdam police are turning to the public for help in their investigation into the homicide death of a 12 year-old boy last week.

In a press release yesterday, the department says it has distributed 1500 fliers seeking information about the death of Garrett Phillips.

The sixth grader was found unconscious last Monday in the Market Street apartment where he lived with his mother. He died later that evening.  Go to full article

Book review: "Secrets of Eden"

Chris Bohjalian sets his twelfth novel in a fictional Vermont town shocked by a murder-suicide. Betsy Kepes has this review of Secrets of Eden.  Go to full article

Books: Jon Clinch's "Kings of the Earth"

In 1990, an elderly dairy farmer in central New York was accused of killing his brother. Best-selling author Jon Clinch uses the real story as the basis for his novel, Kings of the Earth. Our book reviewer, Betsy Kepes, talked to Clinch about his new book.  Go to full article
The Adirondack Museum's Laura Rice with Earl's beam knife
The Adirondack Museum's Laura Rice with Earl's beam knife

Adirondack Attic: a knife, a murder

We continue our series, the Adirondack Attic, with Andy Flynn. You may know Andy from his series of "Adirondack Attic" books on local history. He uses the objects people make, use and leave behind to tell stories about the life and times of the region. NCPR is collaborating with Andy and his sources at the Adirondack Museum and other historical associations and museums in the region to bring these stories to air. Today, we hear the story of a knife and a 19th century murder in Hamilton County.  Go to full article

Three decades after Minerva murder, a search for closure

State police have begun excavating a site in the Adirondack town of Minerva that they think may be a thirty-year-old murder scene.

A local woman named June Collard vanished in November of 1980. Last month, her former husband, Thomas Collard, allegedly confessed to killing her and hiding her body. As Brian Mann reports, local officials are working with police in an effort to find the victim's remains.  Go to full article

Two killed in Vermont shooting; man in custody

Police say two people are dead and three are injured in Essex, Vermont after a gunman went on a rampage through two homes and an elementary school yesterday afternoon. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article
Convicted murderer Chester Gillette
Convicted murderer Chester Gillette

"American Tragedy" Weapon Found

Members of the Herkimer County Historical Society say they've found the antique tennis racket used in the "American Tragedy" murder a century ago. The racket's authenticity was confirmed using marks from the murder trial. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Books: Grace Brown's Love Letters

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Chester Gillette-Grace Brown murder case. The 1906 murder of Grace Brown on Big Moose Lake shocked the nation and is a big part of local history in the Adirondacks. It has sparked novels, movies, folk songs and an opera. Craig Brandon is the author of Murder in the Adirondacks, part true-crime story, part local history and part social commentary. He's researched and written about the Gillette-Brown murder case for over 25 years. Brandon has published a new book, Grace Brown's Love Letters. He spoke with Todd Moe.  Go to full article

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