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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Mariticide and Uxoricide.

In the years before divorce was common, mariticide—the murder of one’s husband, and uxoricide—the murder of one’s wife, were often seen as the only way out of an abusive or loveless marriage, especially of one was interested in retaining the spouse’s fortune. Here is Murder by Gaslight’s list of mariticides and uxoricides:




Elsie Whipple


Elsie Whipple wanted to run off with her servant, Jesse Strang, but all of her money was controlled by her husband John. She persuaded Jesse to shoot him.


Reverend Henry Budge




Priscilla Budge was constantly fighting with her husband, Reverend Henry Budge. When she was found in bed with her throat cut, the Reverend became the prime suspect.

 

George Swearingen


George Swearingen murdered his wife Mary by pushing her off a horse. He wanted to marry his mistress, Rachel Cunningham.

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Mary Sheedy


To end her tumultuous marriage, Mary Sheedy enlisted the help of her hair dresser, “Monday” McFarland to murder her husband John.


Lydia Sherman


Lydia Sherman poisoned three husbands (and several other family members) primarily for financial gain.


Minnie Wallace Walkup


Minnie Wallace was sixteen years old when she married forty-eight year old James Walkup. A month later he died of arsenic poisoning. Her second husband died the same way.


Emma Cunningham


Emma Cunningham may or may not have been married to Dr. Harvey Burdell and she may or may not have strangled and stabbed him to death.
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Lucretia Chapman


Lucretia Chapman conspired with her Latin lover Lino Mina to murder her husband William.



Henry Green


Henry Green was infatuated with Mary Ann Wyatt and they married in haste. But when Henry’s mother did not approve he poisoned his new bride.




Frankie Silver


After enduring years of abuse, Frankie Silver snapped and took an axe to her husband Charlie.




 
 

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