Man beats two women to death with axe during robbery

March 5, 1873 Smutty Nose Island (now spelled Smuttynose), Maine Two women are beaten to death with an axe while a third manages to escape On the evening of March 5, 1873, John Hontvet, his brother Matthew Hontvet, and John’s wife’s brother Ivan Christenson left their home to go fishing and trapping. A man known…

Monster robot kept in refrigerator scares waitress, patrons

August 3, 1960 Rangeley, Maine A man testing his robotic monster in cold-climate conditions in a restaurant’s freezer scares a waitress and 25 patrons The monster was created for a traveling horror show called “Terrors of the Unknown” led by Dr. Evil. The traveling show also featured acts including “The Mummy-King Kong” and a woman…

12-year-old abducted, sexually assaulted, stabbed, and strangled

July 6, 1988 Bowdoin, Maine 12-year-old Sarah Cherry is abducted, sexually assaulted, stabbed, and strangled Sarah had been babysitting an 11-month-old baby when she was abducted. The baby’s parents came home to find their child in the crib, unharmed. Sarah, who had “always been very reliable,” was no where to be found. Sarah’s body was…

Man murders young girl in oven during exorcism

October 27, 1984 Auburn, Maine John Lane, allegedly under the impression his girlfriend's 4-year-old daughter was a demon, locks her in an oven and burns her to death Lane claimed that he believed Angela Palmer was a demon, that she changed color and appearance, and called herself Lucifer. Lane also claimed he believed Angela's mother…