The Jaffrey Historical Society
Jaffrey Historical Society, 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH 03452
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The Dean Murder Project

Dean Murder Project Grants of $20,000 have been made to the Society by the Bean Family Foundation to support efforts to commemorate 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. Now available at
  • Digitizing records, articles, books and images
  • A book
  • An exhibition
  • A conference
  • A lecture
  • A dramatic production

Available Resources

The following resources are currently mirrored here on the Jaffrey History web site. Many more resources can be found at

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 Georgia Hodgkins

Margaret Bean’s talk on the Dean Murder at the Amos Fortune Forum in 1989

Mark Bean’s paper on the Dean Murder

A variety of material on the Dean Murder is being scanned. Some of the images may be found on SmugMug at