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29. The Hart-Meservey Murder

The winter of 1877 Captain Luther Meservey went to sea leaving his wife Sarah alone in their home in the village of Tenant’s Harbor, Maine. When Sarah was found strangled in her own home, the people of this small but close-knit community were terrified at the thought of a killer in their midst. Nathan Hart, a neighbor of the Meservey’s was tried and convicted on evidence so circumstantial that many in town refused to accept the verdict. The controversy persisted for generations and to this day, the murder of Sarah Maservey is considered one of Maine’s great unsolved crimes.

Date: December 22, 1877
Location: Tenant's Harbor, Maine
Victim: Sarah Meservey
Cause of Death: Strangulation
Accused: Nathan Hart
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