December 12, 2017
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Return to Smuttynose Island

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In 1873 Smuttynose Island, Isle of Shoals Maine Louis H.F. Wagner rowed out 10 miles in a dory. He intended to rob a friends house, but ended up killing 2 of the 3 women left alone, with an Ax.

The Isles of Shoals Murders even today are considered highly controversial. Portsmouth, New Hampshire claimed the case then, feelings run deep even today. When Wagner was caught he was brought to Alfred, Maine for trial. Alfred is the County Seat for York County.

After he offered little defense, Wagner was convicted of his brutal crime and sentenced to be hung on the gallows of the Maine State Prison at Thomaston. While he was waiting transport to the prison, he broke the Alfred Jail. He was recaptured weeks later in Farmington New Hampshire.

He was eventually hung in 1875, alongside the Thorndike Slayer, John True Gordon another Maine Axe Murderer. Although the Christensen girls Anethe and Karen were buried in Portsmouth. It was never mentioned where Wagner’s body ended up.

It is claimed that experts on the case have always known, but did not share this knowledge. That is until this year, when author Emeric Spooner wrote his book, “Return to Smuttynose Island and other Maine Axe Murders.”

Mr. Spooner runs a local Maine website entitled Maine Supernatural which can be found at http://home.myfairpoint.net/espooner . In researching his book he dug deep to locate Wagner’s place of burial. Not hiding this knowledge but attempting to share it with the State, Mr. Spooner included a photo of the grave in his book.

Louis H.F. Wagner the States biggest Notorious Killer is buried at the Old Prison Burial Ground still in existence on the grounds of the Maine State Prison at Thomaston. He is the oldest burial in that cemetery.

Since the Prison has now been moved to Warren the location of the small cemetery does not make many maps. Wagner’s evil deeds should be remembered and not lost to time, or covered up by those that wish to keep this knowledge secret.