The Ax Murders of Saxtown: The Unsolved Crime That Terrorized a Town and Shocked the Nation

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An entire household massacred. A family feud. A sheriff found dead. Neighbor turned against neighbor. Reports of ghosts, bounty hunters, deathbed confessions, and legacy fortunes. In 1874, the Saxtown massacre rocked a nation reeling from economic depression and shattered a small German immigrant farming community in Illinois. The murder of the Stelzriede family led investigators through forests and farmland, chasing footprints, bloody tobacco leaves, and the marks of an ax dragged away from the scene.Nicholas J....
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Overview

An entire household massacred. A family feud. A sheriff found dead. Neighbor turned against neighbor. Reports of ghosts, bounty hunters, deathbed confessions, and legacy fortunes. In 1874, the Saxtown massacre rocked a nation reeling from economic depression and shattered a small German immigrant farming community in Illinois. The murder of the Stelzriede family led investigators through forests and farmland, chasing footprints, bloody tobacco leaves, and the marks of an ax dragged away from the scene.Nicholas J. C. Pistor's The Ax Murders of Saxtown is a gripping tale of suspense and suspicion that exposes brand new information about the century-old crime and showcases the flaws of the nineteenth-century justice system.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762786978
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/14/2014
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 366,478
  • Product dimensions: 11.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicholas J. C. Pistor is a reporter at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch who has broken stories on some of the biggest crimes in the Midwest and has been a consultant for CBS's 48 Hours true-crime series. He has appeared on nearly every major television news network, including NBC's Today Show, CBS, Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN's Nancy Grace. He grew up a few miles from the Saxtown murder scene, where talk of the crime kept him awake as a boy. He currently lives in downtown St. Louis.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Dramatic opening and terrifying tale.  I was a little creeped ou

    Dramatic opening and terrifying tale.  I was a little creeped out by a lot of stuff in this book.  Still wonder how something like this could happen.  Book is very story focused to keep things moving. If you like horror and mystery and true stories, you will like this and won't be disappointed.  

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Fast and fun book. The author moves through the material fast.  

    Fast and fun book. The author moves through the material fast.  It also is such an old case but seems to contemporary with the writing style.  I do wish it were longer, but I think that would take away from the fast paced nature going from chapter to chapter.  Pretty exciting book and worth a look.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Fascinating story, well told.  I especially enjoyed the set up i

    Fascinating story, well told.  I especially enjoyed the set up in the prologue, and then how the case unfolded after that.  I only wish the author had solved the case, but I suppose that may be nearly impossible at this point.  Other parts about the case are equally fascinating, like the ghosts and curses.  Almost afraid to mention them.  Anyway, I thought this was a fun read that focused on a case I had never heard of.  

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    Extremely disappointing. Rehashes the same material several tim

    Extremely disappointing. Rehashes the same material several times for filler.
    225 pages of which 35 are notes. Really?
    Don't waste your time or money.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2014

    I see the ratings and some of these I believe are under impressi

    I see the ratings and some of these I believe are under impression it is fiction.  It is not.  This is a story about 
    about my ancestors and is a true story.  I myself wish there was a way to actually find the killer or at this point 
    find out who it was.  To close this chapter in my ancestors lives.  But as it stands there really is no ending.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2014

    If I could give it less starts I would.

    The first two chapters or so were really interesting and never tied back in to the story. This could have been a very interesting short story of about 30 pages or so. The author tends to ramble on about many details that have nothing to do with the story. It would be like reading The Cat and The Hat with a family history of the cat, the shopping habits of the mother, and a complete pedigree of the neighbors dog. Don't waste your time or money.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2014

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