|Haley Dock and Homestead. The murder occurred in the third house from the left.|
The stunning black and white illustrations from Harper’s Magazine express the stark beauty and harsh isolation of the Isles of Shoals, including scenes from Smuttynose Island where the murder occurred. The Isles of Shoal lay off the Atlantic coast, partially in New Hampshire and partially in Maine, not far from the city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
|White Island lighthouse.|
The night of March 6, 1873, LouisWagner rowed from Portsmouth to Smuttynose Island, guided by the beacon from the lighthouse on White Island. Knowing that the Christensen men were away fishing, Wagner was on his way to rob their house.
|Ledge of rocks, Smuttynose.|
Three women were sleeping in the house when Wagner arrived: Maren Hontvet, her sister Karen Christensen, and her sister-in-law Anethe Christensen. Wagner murdered Karen and Anethe with an axe he found in the house. Maren managed to escape and hid, in her nightclothes, in the rocks along the coast of the Island until dawn.
Here is the full story: The Smuttynose Murders.
Croskey, Julian. "The Isles of Shoals." Harper's New Monthly Magazine Oct. 1874: 663.