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Anethe Matea Christensen
Birth: Oct. 1, 1847, 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, Karen Anne Christensen. On March 6, 1873, Louis Wagner came to shore in hopes of robbing the two ladies and instead hacked them to death with an axe. The force of the blows was so terrible that the handle of the axe broke. Wagner was tried and hanged in Maine on June 25, 1875. The murders were the subject of 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 movie in the works by director Oliver Stone. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Even Christensen (1845 - 1921)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Harmony Grove Cemetery
Portsmouth
Rockingham County
New Hampshire, USA
Plot: 419 A
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Dec 27, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 7036139
Anethe <i>Matea</i> Christensen
Added by: Shirley Ann Horrocks White
 
Anethe <i>Matea</i> Christensen
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