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Smuttynose Murders Mystery Legend

 

Smuttynose Murders Legend is a NH legend based on a murder mystery that occurred on the Isles of Shoals in New Hampshire & Maine.

 

The Smuttynose murders occurred in 1873. A double murder that took place at Smuttynose Island. Smuttynose Island is the largest island at the Isles of Shoals.

 

According to the legend, there were two victims, both were Norwegian immigrants. Their names were Anethe and Karen Christensen. The murderer, Louis Wagner was a German fisherman who worked on the Isles of Shoals for a few years and new the islands well. After he ended his work on the islands, he returned to the mainland of New Hampshire. After some time he returned to the island in a row boat from Portsmouth Harbor. Louis rowed the boat there to rob the house on Smuttynose Island. During the robbery he killed the Norwegian residents.

 

In 1875, Louis Wagner was convicted of the murders despite his attempts at proving his innocence without a solid alibi and was hanged for the murders.

 

Since the hanging of Louis Wagner, other possibilities have emerged of who may have killed the Christensens.

 


 

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