Mystery on the Isles of Shoals: Uncovering the Truth Behind the Smuttynose Ax Murders of 1873

On an icy March morning in 1873, horror struck the Isles of Shoals when two women were murdered during a home invasion. But was the man convicted truly responsible?

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Mystery on the Isles of Shoals: Closing the Case of the Smuttynose Ax Murders of 1873

By J. Dennis Robinson

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  • The Hontvet House, where the murder of Anethe and Karen Christensen took place. 

    Photo Credit: Murderpedia
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  • Mary “Maren” Hontvet, the only survivor of the Smuttynose murders.

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  • The ax with the broken handle found at the murder scene.

    Photo Credit: Skyhorse Publishing / Portsmouth Athenaeum

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