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The true story behind the film Weight of Water is told here in actual news clippings about the ax murders on Smuttynose Island. Click below to see the original article and read a transcription of each press clipping. Check back as we add more clippings - the ideal index for students, scholars and amateur detectives. Courtesy of SeacoastNH.com, the award-winning regional web site. For more on the Smuttynose Murders, click here.

Smuttynose Murder Crime File
Terrible Tragedy at the Isles of Shoals
Mar 6, 1873  Portsmouth Daily Evening Times

Wagner's conduct and appearance at Saco
Mar 11, 1873  Portsmouth Journal of Literature and Politics

Celia Thaxter's letter recounts murder
Mar 11, 1873  

Wagner at Portland
Mar 14, 1873  Portsmouth Journal of Literature and Politics

John and Ivan's thank you card
Mar 15, 1873  Portsmouth Journal of Literature and Politics

Ad offers Wagner photos for sale
Apr 3, 1873  Portsmouth Daily Chronicle

Wagner does not have a smutty nose
Apr 5, 1873  Portsmouth Journal of Literature and Politics

Wagner "breaks out" in song
May 17, 1873  Portsmouth Journal of Literature and Politics

More delay for the villain
May 31, 1873  Portsmouth Journal of Literature and Politics

Opening of the trial
Jun 11, 1873  Portsmouth Journal of Literature and Politics

Maren's Eyewitness Testimony
Jun, 1873  Maren's Trial Transcript

Wagner Escaped
Jun 28, 1873  Portsmouth Journal of Literature and Politics

Wagner takes a walk
Sep 6, 1873  Portsmouth Journal of Literature and Politics

Wagner accuses Maren Hontvet
Sep 20, 1873  Portsmouth Journal of Literature and Politics

Wagner writes letter to his mother
Dec 13, 1873  Portsmouth Journal of Literature and Politics

Wagner is pious in jail
May 9, 1874  Portsmouth Journal of Literature and Politics

Murder house ravaged by relic hunters
Sep 19, 1874  Portsmouth Journal of Literature and Politics

"A Memorable Murder" by Celia Thaxter
May, 1875  May 1875 Atlantic Monthly

"Dagger found In Wagner boardinghouse?
May, 1875  February 4, 1904 Portsmouth Herald

"Relic collectors want dagger
May, 1875  February 5, 1904 Portsmouth Herald


CREDITS:
This Smuttynose Murder news clipping feature:
Created, designed and hosted by SeacoastNH.com
With thanks to The Portsmouth Public Library
& Portsmouth Athenaeum
Primary researcher: Richard Winslow
For more info see SMUTTYNOSE MURDERS

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Copyright © 2000 SeacoastNH.com

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