Dean Murder project

Transferred to 8 October 2016.
Updated: 26 August 2017.

Two grants have been made to the Society by the Bean Family Foundation in support of efforts to recognize appropriately the centenary of the unsolved Dean Murder that occurred in Jaffrey on the night of August 13, 1918.

What these efforts might be has not been determined yet but could involve one or more of the following:
• A video documentary
• A website [accomplished]
• Digitizing records, articles, books and images [in process]
• A book
• An exhibition
• A conference
• A lecture
• A dramatic production

Dean Murder Resources

The Dean Murder Jaffrey Town History, Vol III, Pp 176-79.

Hearing by the Grand Jury on the Death of William K. Dean transcribed, edited and published by Margaret C. Bean

Prominent Citizen: Prime Suspect by Georgiana Hodgkins

The Dean Murder Mystery by Bert Ford. Underway.
Only 20 or so pages have been scanned. However, here is a link to the Google-scanned copy which is available from the Hathi Trust Digital Library.

Proud and Angrey Dust by D. Sweeney, August 1981. An unpublshed manuscript in the possession of the Jaffrey Historical Society.

ARTICLES: These are included for the sake of completeness, but please be aware that there may be inaccuracies and errors.
The Unsolved Murder of Dr. Dean in Jaffrey in 1918 An article in the Keene Sentinel by Amber Stronk, April 4, 2004.

Murder Mystery Blurs the Line between Fact and Fiction An article in Concord Monitor by Rebecca Rule, April 6, 2008. Appears to have been removed from the Monitor's website.

A Cold Case in Jaffrey: a 1918 Murder An article in The Equinox by Skyler Frazer, January 13, 2015.

Jaffrey Bicentennial issue of the Monadnock Ledger with a feature article on the Dean Murder.

A Long-Lasting Mystery An article by Kelly Stimmell on the Dean Murder in the Monadnock Ledger, September 8, 1994.

A variety of photographs and records

Margaret Bean's talk on the Dean Murder at the Amos Fortune Forum

Mark Bean's paper

Miscellaneous Correspondence

Dean genealogy by Paul St Pierre.

Colfelt genealogy by Paul St Pierre.

Rev. Herbert A. Hennon genealogy by Paul St Pierre.

Scanned Town Files Processing completed.

Scanned FBI records Galleries 1, 2 , 3 and 4 are complete. An index/database is now available.

Scanned Goddard records This collection of a variety of notes, letters, clippings, drawings, postcards, etc., is contained in three loose-leaf binders and were donated to the Jaffrey Historical Society (No. 2014-006-001) in 2013 by Helen Gorzocoski of Northfield, Ma. She is a relative of William Goddard who was a nephew of Dr. Dean (his mother was Dean's sister). Processing completed.

Fritz Wetherbee's take on the subject. This is an audio segment on the Dean Murder that appears on the record album entitled: "A Collection of Historical Moments of Southern New Hampshire by Fritz Wetherbee." Issued by Rabbit Records, 1983. Used with permission from Fritz Wetherbee, 2015.

A YouTube video on the Dean Murder. Published on April 20, 2012. "A short clip from the Jaffrey Historical Society where the story of the unsolved murder of Dr. William Dean. Items from the murder scene are displayed and discussed. Was he murdered by German spies? The town banker?"

Powerpoint presentation (pdf version). This presentation has been given at the Historical Society of Cheshire County, Keene Public Library and elsewhere.

Dean Murder Research Group A group of a dozen or so researchers and authors who share information on the Dean Murder. By invitation only.

1 April 2017 - Meeting of the DMRG to commence a Podcast on the Dean Murder. An e-mail was sent out on 26 February 2017 inviting members and others to attend a session at the Civic Center on Saturday, April 1, 2017.

Those who attended:

Mark Bean
Dick Boutwell
Greg Burke
Marylou DiPietro
Bill Driscoll
Tim Pilleri
Ryan Mullahy
Lance Reenstierna
Alan Rumrill
Kim Rumrill
Rob Stephenson
Those saying they will not attend:
Bruce Hill
Milli Knudsen
Tom Spinks