On October 4, 1875, 17-year-old Josie Langmaid was absent from school – The Pembroke Academy in Pembroke, New Hampshire. When her parents learned that Josie never arrived at school, they organized a search party. At 9:00 that night they found the mutilated body of Josie Langmaid in the woods near the academy. The following morning they found her head, half a mile from where the body had been. The gruesome discovery tore the community of Pembroke apart.
Date: October 4, 1875
Location: Pembroke, NH
Victim: Josie A. Langmaid
Cause of Death: Clubbing and Decapitation
Accused: Joseph Lapage
"The Suncook Town Tragedy" - Paul Clayton