Monday, January 12, 2009

Did Louis Wagner Really Do It?

One of New Hampshire's most famous murder trials will be the subject of a library program on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 when former Portsmouth Poet Laureate John Perrault will present "Murder at the Isles of Shoals." In 1873, Louis Wagner was convicted of the brutal murder of Anethe and Karen Christensen on Smuttynose Island. More than a century later, the story continues to intrigue us. Novelist Anita Shreve used the story in The Weight of Water. Perrault, a lawyer and balladeer, examines the trial transcripts and contemporary media reports in an effort to answer questions about the murders and trial. Was Louis Wagner killer or victim? Did he get a fair trial? Perrault will conclude the program by singing his own composition, "The Ballad of Louis Wagner."

As always, seating is limited and registration is strongly advised by calling 424-5021 or emailing. This program is made possible by a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

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