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Making a murder: evidence, photos from Dean murder investigation

  • Evidence connected to the murder of Dr. William K. Dean will be on display at the Jaffrey Civic Center from Aug. 10 to Sept. 3 as a part of an exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of the murder. Photo credit: Chuck Cole—Charles R. Cole

  • Evidence connected to the murder of Dr. William K. Dean will be on display at the Jaffrey Civic Center from Aug. 10 to Sept. 3 as a part of an exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of the murder. Photo credit: Chuck Cole—Charles R. Cole

  • Evidence connected to the murder of Dr. William K. Dean will be on display at the Jaffrey Civic Center from Aug. 10 to Sept. 3 as a part of an exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of the murder. Photo credit: Chuck Cole—Charles R. Cole

  • Evidence connected to the murder of Dr. William K. Dean will be on display at the Jaffrey Civic Center from Aug. 10 to Sept. 3 as a part of an exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of the murder. Photo credit: Chuck Cole—Charles R. Cole



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 10:9AM

An exhibit at the Jaffrey Civic Center next month will showcase 100-year-old evidence from the Dean murder, among other things. 

The display, put on by the Jaffrey Historical Society, will also display documents and photographs relative to the murder.

The exhibit will be open from Friday, Aug. 10 to Friday, Sept. 7 in the auditorium gallery and display case gallery.

“This was such an extreme crime… I still don’t think we have enough information to make even a speculative accusation as to who murdered Dr. Dean,” Mark Bean said.

Bean presented information about the Dean murder during the July 6 Amos Fortune Forum in Jaffrey, another event that commemorated the 100th anniversary of the murder. 

The pieces of evidence – which include the burlap sack placed over Dean’s head, the rope used to tie him up, doorknobs that were tested for fingerprints, and more – were found at the Keene Court in the 1980s and later examined by Margaret Bean – Mark’s mother – who at the time was collecting notebooks and transcribing the notes on the case’s Grand Jury inquest. 

The evidence was later given to the Jaffrey Historical Society. 

Robert Stephenson, who is organizing the exhibit, said he also plans to create informational panels to accompany the evidence in the exhibit.

The panels will provide answers to the teaser questions that have been running in the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript since April.

The panels will reshow each question, provide the answer to said question with ellaboration, and show photographs or other relevant information, Stephenson said.

Stephenson may also try to create a section in the exhibit where people could cast a vote for who they believe killed Dr. Dean. 

“It’s something I would really like to do,” Stephenson said. 

There will be an opening reception for the public on Aug. 10 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with refreshments and live music.

New Hampshire authors Jack Coey and Eric Stanway, who have each written about the murder, plan to sell their books at the opening.