New book sheds light on Isle of Shoals murders

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Cold Water Crossing by David Faxon recounts the 1873 murder of two New England women, revealing new events that seek to explain the crime

MANCHESTER, Conn. (MMD Newswire) June 15, 2009 -- Cold Water Crossing by David Faxon is an account of the brutal murders of two women in 1873 and the subsequent revenge of a third woman who escaped the killer to testify in his trial. Remembered as the "Isle of Shoals murders," the incident took place on Smuttynose Island off the coast of New Hampshire under circumstances that have baffled historians ever since, notes Faxon.

Cold Water Crossing tells the story of a cold winter evening when three women were unexpectedly left alone on Smuttynose Island when their companions were forced stay overnight on the mainland. A killer learned of the situation, stole a boat and rowed ten miles to commit a despicable crime. Yet one woman survived the night to return three years later and provide the evidence that resulted in the killer's execution.

"The book is an attempt to understand the mind of a man who would commit two senseless murders and bring tragedy to an innocent family," Faxon says. "I have added new and little-known facts about events that occurred after the murders in an effort to add new depth to the ongoing discussion about the killings."

For more information or to request a free review copy, members of the press can contact the author at Cold Water Crossing is available for sale online at and other channels.

About the Author
David Faxon is a retired corporate and non-profit finance director. A graduate of Merrimack College, he earned a master's degree in business administration from Northeastern University. Faxon is currently at work on his second book, a novel entitled Somewhere in the Rain Forest. He resides in Manchester with his wife Linda, near their four children and seven grandchildren.

David Faxon
Phone: (860) 713-1530



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