By Nicholas J. C. Pistor
A whole family massacred. A kin feud. A sheriff chanced on lifeless. Neighbor grew to become opposed to neighbor. studies of ghosts, bounty hunters, deathbed confessions, and legacy fortunes. In 1874, the Saxtown bloodbath rocked a state reeling from monetary melancholy and shattered a small German immigrant farming group in Illinois. The homicide of the Stelzriede kin led investigators via forests and farmland, chasing footprints, bloody tobacco leaves, and the marks of an ax dragged clear of the scene. Nicholas J. C. Pistor's The Ax Murders of Saxtown is a gripping story of suspense and suspicion that exposes fresh information regarding the century-old crime and showcases the issues of the nineteenth-century justice method.
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The Temple Mount and the Near-Sacrifice of Isaac God decided to test Abraham. He commanded him to sacrifice, “thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest” (Genesis 22:2). He was to make of his body a burnt offering in “the land of Moriah,” on the mountain traditionally identified as Mount Moriah in Jerusalem, the site of the future Temple of Solomon. Abraham answered the Lord’s command and made the three-day journey with Isaac and two servants. Arrived on the third day, father and son left the others and went to build the sacrificial altar.
Abraham died and was buried in the cave of Machpelah alongside Sarah by Ishmael and Isaac. After a period of infertility, the Lord answered Isaac’s prayer and Rebecca gave birth to the twins Esau and Jacob. They were said to have contested even in the womb. Esau became a hunter, Jacob, a dweller in tents, that is, a shepherd. Esau was favored by Isaac, Jacob by Rebecca. Jacob was cunning and took advantage of Esau, demanding his birthright in the daughters of Canaan whom he might meet on his journey.
God promised him that he would be able to accomplish the task. When Moses asked what name he should give the people when they asked who had sent him, God replied, “I Am That I Am” (Exodus 3:14). He gave Moses further instruction to declare to the Israelites that “The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations” (Exodus 3:15). Moses continued to vacilate, hesitant about accepting the mission.
Ax Murders of Saxtown: The Unsolved Crime That Terrorized a Town and Shocked the Nation by Nicholas J. C. Pistor