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Maine Smuggling and the Raid on Calais

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The northern tip of the Maine coast was a smugglers' paradise for generations. Maine smuggling was an essential part of the economy there. The famous turncoat Benedict Arnold chose to set himself up on Campobello Island to engage in illegal trade ...

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The Madness of Vermont’s Ezra Smith

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To this day nobody really knows what happened in August of 1877 to Deacon Ezra Smith of Vergennes, Vermont. Was he engulfed by madness? Was he always secretly evil? Or was he an innocent man who chose the worst possible ...

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The Merry Widow Murder of 1936

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On October 5, 1936, police got a call to the waterfront at Boston’s Logan Airport. Two men had found a bag in the water. When they opened it, out fell a woman’s leg. Police didn’t yet know it, but the ...

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