MN Reads: “Murder at Minnesota Point” by Jeffrey M. Sauve
The body of an unidentified woman was discovered on the beach along Park Point in Duluth in 1894. The mystery would go unsolved for three years. "It was a heinous crime," says author Jeffrey Sauve about the subject behind his true crime book Murder at Minnesota Point. "There were over 20 suspects and the murderer had at least three aliases."
The story is presented factually, but newspaper clippings, testimonies, and interviews draw out different voices from those involved. It was one such 1894 newspaper clipping from the Duluth News Tribune that Sauve found in a box in 2012 that served as the catalyst for the book. "It just sort of captivated me," says Sauve.
Although the actual story relies on the facts of the case, Sauve does use the prologue as an opportunity to highlight the personal connection that he began to feel with the event. "You go down a rabbit hole," says Sauve. "It got dark, and I put this story on and off for years." In 2018, Sauve took a trip to Duluth and found himself at Enger Tower looking out at Park Point. He was mentioning the tale to his wife when a few other park-goers overheard. "Pretty soon I had about twelve people standing there listening." After that, the story was back on.
The book can be purchased online or at Zenith Bookstore. Sauve will be at Zenith Bookstore on Saturday, October 22nd from 12-2pm for a meet and greet.
Minnesota Reads is produced at The North 103.3 with funding provided in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.