A New Hampshire Murder
Date: July 9, 1900 Paper: Boston Daily Advertiser (Boston, MA) Volume: 175 Issue: 7 Page: 2
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"E. Wakefield, N. H., July 7. - What the authories consider as evidence of a murder was discovered here this morning when the body of Nathan Woodman, a well-to-do and respected farmer, was found in the door of his barn with a bullet hole in the head.
A pool of blood was beneath the man's head and about 100 ft from the barn door was a 38 calibre revolver, containing two empty shells. Mr woodman was 45 yrs. of age and he leaves a widow.
There were no evidences of a struggle near where the body was found, and nothing to indicate that the wound was self-inflicted. In fact, the authorities think the evodence points toward the bullet having been fired at Mr. Woodman from behind.
E. Wakefield is a small village in the southern part of Carroll Co. about 25 ml. north of Rochester and near the line between Maine and New Hampshire. It has a population of less than 100 persons. It is only a few miles from W. Newfield where, a few weeks ago, Geo [George] Goodwin, a farmer, and three other persons who compromised his household were murdered and an attempt was made to destroy the four bodies by setting fire to the house. This is the murder for which Geo [George] Champton at present is in jail at Alfred, Me, awaiting the action of the grand jury.
Within the past few weeks the district bordering on each side of the state line, between Maine and New Hampshire, has been the scene of several murders, beginning with that of Mrs Fannie SPrague at S. Berwick, Me, and including the Goodwin murders at W. Newfield and the shooting of four persons at Dover, NH last Wednesday night, two of whom died from their wounds.
The authories of the entire section are aroused to activity in these matters, and they have promptly undertaken to assst the East Wakefield officials in today's affair."
Amylynne (Baker) Murphy