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Posted August 28. 2017 9:56AM

Infamous Smuttynose murders ax on display

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Visitors to Star Island each summer like to sit in rocking chairs on the porch, just off the Rye coast on the second-biggest island in the Isles of Shoals. In 1873, Lewis Wagner murdered Karen and Anethe Christiansen on the island. (Courtesy)

One of the more unusual items in the collections of the Portsmouth Athenaeum is this ax, said to be the weapon used by Lewis Wagner in the double murders of Karen and Anethe Christiansen on Smuttynose Island, the Isles of Shoals.