Murder at Minnesota Point

By Jeffrey M. Sauve

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Billed as the crime of the century in 1894, Murder at Minnesota Point tells the twisted, sensational true story of a young, unidentified woman found slain on the isolated sandy shores of Minnesota Point, Duluth, Minn. For two weeks, her corpse was displayed for public viewing in hopes of discovering her identity. After she was buried in an unnamed pauper’s grave, her assailant breathed a temporary sigh of relief. Over the next two years, city detectives pursued numerous suspects from every corner of the country. The manhunt captivated a nation enthralled with the sensational details and deepening intrigue.

Only by chance, an overlooked satchel containing incriminating evidence was brought forth, breaking open the case. Speculation suggested that the wanted man was a bigamist and a serial killer, having dashed his first wife in 1890 and two other people in 1893. His evil past included chumming with the infamous Minneapolis killer Harry Hayward. The two men may have acted together in dispatching the woman in Duluth. Murder at Minnesota Point is the result of the author’s exhaustive 10-year study that traces the villain’s descent into ruin. The engrossing story of a long-forgotten murder is one that the reader will not soon forget.

About the Author

Jeffrey M. Sauve has been featured in the Minneapolis StarTribune, Minnesota Historical Society’s MNopedia, MinnPost, MPR Radio, and TPT television. An award-winning author and historian, Sauve has written eight books and numerous articles for local and regional publications. After serving 20 years as an archivist at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, he pursued a successful writing career.

  • Paperback ISBN: 9780578341392
  • Ebook ISBN: 9780578341408
  • Paperback dimensions: 5.25 x 8 in
  • Publication date: Jul 12, 2022
  • Rights/Sales territory: Worldwide
  • Format: Paperback | Ebook
  • Pages: 208
  • Imprint:
  • Subjects:
    TRUE CRIME / General
    TRUE CRIME / Murder / General
    TRUE CRIME / Murder / Serial Killers

Reviews of Murder at Minnesota Point:

"[A] compulsively compelling account from first page to last." —Midwest Book Review

"This is a well-researched, intriguing read, complete with unexpected twists and turns. Anyone interested in true crime and Minnesota history will enjoy this." —Northern Wilds magazine

"This is an engrossing book, one anyone who enjoys reading true crime stories will enjoy." —Children's Literature

Awards received by Murder at Minnesota Point:

2023 IPPY Awards Bronze Medalist, Best Regional Non-Fiction – Midwest

2023 Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards Nominee - Nonfiction

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