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CONCORD READS: 2012 Book Selection Announced

on Tue, 07/03/2012 - 16:59


2012: One city, one book, two murders

Off New Hampshire's coast, on a foul night 139 years ago, two women were killed in the only occupied house on Smuttynose Island. One was strangled, one killed with an ax. A third woman, Maren Hontvet, fled the home she shared with her Norwegian fisherman husband, John, and passed the night hiding in a sea cave.

The women, Maren Hontvet later testified, were killed by Louis Wagner, a fisherman bent on stealing the Hontvet's savings, and on June 25, 1875, Wagner was hanged.