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Louis Wagner was convicted as guilty and hanged for the famous Smuttynose Murders.  He insisted he was innocent, and many still think he may have been wrongly accused, though it is generally accepted that he was the murderer.


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Other possible suspects in the Smuttynose Murder Case from SeacoastNH.com

Maren's testimony against Louis Wagner

Letter Celia Thaxter wrote days after the murder

Article Celia Thaxter wrote two years after the murder, published in Atlantic Monthly 

Anatomy of an Ax Murder

A Murderous Row: Revisiting the Smuttynose Murders

The Moonlight Murders on the Isles of Shoals on ISAUU website

Horror on Smuttynose Island in Yankee Magazine 

A number of folks commenting about suspect rumors

Many books have been published on the Smuttynose Murders:

Cold Water Crossing by David Faxon

Moonlight Murder on Smuttynose by Lyman V. Rutledge

Return to Smuttynose Island by Emeric Spooner

The Ballad of Louis Wagner by John Perrault

Weight of Water by Anita Shreve (historical fiction) also a film

Location of Louis Wagner's grave