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Murder in Marblehead

Murder In Marblehead: A True Story Book Talk with Authors Harry Christensen and Richard Santeusanio

Wednesday, May 10, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Program Room, Abbot Public Library at Eveleth School


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Who Killed Beryl Atherton? Join us on Wednesday, May 10 at 6:30 pm with authors Harry Christensen and Richard Santeusanio, who will discuss their book, Murder in Marblehead. Copies will be available for purchase courtesy of the Friends of Abbot Public Library, or you can reserve a copy at


For over forty years, on the anniversary of the night of the most brutal unsolved murder in Marblehead’s history, local resident and attorney Harry Christensen has returned to the scene of the crime, hoping the psychotic killer might also. He parks across from the small, clapboard house where mild-mannered, unmarried, and well-liked elementary school teacher Beryl Atherton was brutally murdered on a stormy night in November, 25, 1950, causing the townspeople of Marblehead to plummet into a state of fear and shock in the days following the murder. Who would be next, everyone asked, and why Beryl? 


Christensen has pored over the evidence for 40 years, seeking the killer. In 2022, he and friend Richard Santeusanio gathered Christensen’s notes, and—along with details from published sources, interviews with those who might have information, and state and local police files—published Murder in Marblehead: Who Killed Beryl Atherton in October 2022.They’ve proposed three possible killers. Was it one of them or someone else? Join us for their riveting account. 

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