Congdon Family Member Arrested
Summary: Marjorie Congdon Caldwell Hagen, the acquitted murder suspect in the infamous Glensheen Mansion murder case, was arrested Thursday in Arizona on suspicion of theft, fraud, and computer tampering.
In the article by Duluth News Tribune, the author combined their own writing, that of the Associated Press, and that of the Arizona Daily Star. This article was timely because it just happened Thursday. It appears in a Duluth paper because that was the location for the Glensheen murder case. The mansion has since become a sort of landmark in the city.
The author first talks about Congdon and who she is, before going into her long history with the police and arson/fraud in particular. The article, while supposedly being about the arrest, seemed to just mention that fact before focusing on Congdon's criminal history. Since this article was appearing in the paper because of Congdon's Minnesota connection, if the focus wasn't going to be on the crime she was arrested for, it should have had more focus on her ties to Duluth in particular.
The article also had come obvious typos. For example, instead of stating that Congdon "plead" no contest. they wrote that Congdon "pleaded."
In the Star Tribune article,. staff reporter Joe Kimball, the author also uses an hourglass structure, giving the most import information first and then giving a brief history of Congdon. While the first article seemed to focused on Congdon's criminal history, this article seemed very brief. Both article felt as though they were only being covered because of the Minnesota connection.
In the end, I'd say both articles accomplished their goal of informing on Congdon's latest run in with the law.