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Karen Anne Christensen
Birth: Jun. 13, 1833
Hedrum Herad
Vestfold fylke, Norway
Death: Mar. 6, 1873
Kittery
York County
Maine, USA

Murder Victim. A Norwegian immigrant, she lived on an island off the shore of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, with her sister-in-law, Anethe Matea. On March 6. 1873, Louis Wagner came to shore in hopes of robbing the ladies, but instead hacked them to death with an axe. The force of the blows to the ladies were so terrible that the axe handle broke. On June 25, Wagner was tried and hanged in Maine on June 25, 1875. The murders inspired many books and poems. They include, "The Weight Of Water" by Anita Shreve, "Ballad Of Louis Wagner" by John Parrault, and "A Memorable Murder" by Celia Thaxter. There is also a film in the works by director Oliver Stone. (bio by: K) 
 
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South Cemetery
Portsmouth
Rockingham County
New Hampshire, USA
 
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Record added: Dec 27, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 7036144
Karen Anne Christensen
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