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The Resource Mystery on the Isles of Shoals : closing the case on the Smuttynose ax murders of 1873, J. Dennis Robinson

Mystery on the Isles of Shoals : closing the case on the Smuttynose ax murders of 1873, J. Dennis Robinson

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Mystery on the Isles of Shoals : closing the case on the Smuttynose ax murders of 1873
Title
Mystery on the Isles of Shoals
Title remainder
closing the case on the Smuttynose ax murders of 1873
Statement of responsibility
J. Dennis Robinson
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"For the first time, the full story of a crime that has haunted New England since 1873. The cold-blooded ax murder of two innocent Norwegian women at their island home off the coast of New Hampshire has gripped the region since 1873, beguiling tourists, inspiring artists, and fueling conspiracy theorists. The killer, a handsome Prussian fisherman down on his luck, was quickly captured, convicted in a widely publicized trial, and hanged in an unforgettable gallows spectacle. But he never confessed and, while in prison, gained a circle of admirers whose blind faith in his innocence still casts a shadow of doubt. A fictionalized bestselling novel and a Hollywood film have further clouded the truth. Finally a definitive "whydunnit" account of the Smuttynose Island ax murders has arrived. Popular historian J. Dennis Robinson fleshes out the facts surrounding this tragic robbery gone wrong in a captivating true crime page-turner. Robinson delves into the backstory at the rocky Isles of Shoals as an isolated centuries-old fishing village was being destroyed by a modern luxury hotel. He explores the neighboring island of Appledore where Victorian poet Celia Thaxter entertained the elite artists and writers of Boston. It was Thaxter's powerful essay about the murders in the Atlantic Monthly that shocked the American public. Robinson goes beyond the headlines of the burgeoning yellow press to explore the deeper lessons about American crime, justice, economics, and hero worship. Ten years before the Lizzie Borden ax murder trial and the fictional Sherlock Holmes, Americans met a sociopath named Louis Wagner-and many came to love him. "--
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Robinson, J. Dennis
Dewey number
364.152/30974195
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
HV6533.M2
LC item number
R63 2014
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Murder
  • Maine
  • TRUE CRIME / Murder / General
Target audience
adult
Label
Mystery on the Isles of Shoals : closing the case on the Smuttynose ax murders of 1873, J. Dennis Robinson
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 383-391) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1575869
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxvi, 420 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781629145785
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014032738
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1575869
  • (OCoLC)867612985
Label
Mystery on the Isles of Shoals : closing the case on the Smuttynose ax murders of 1873, J. Dennis Robinson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 383-391) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1575869
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxvi, 420 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781629145785
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014032738
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1575869
  • (OCoLC)867612985

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