1912: Husband Set On Fire
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|Killings in circumstances of domestic violence are a substantial fraction of this set of homicide records. The specific situations may be bizarre, or unusual, as in this case, but the patterns are similar to cases reported today.
For further reading:
"I Loved Joe, but I Had to Shoot Him"
Homicides Among Chicago Families: 1870-1930
Wife Murder in Chicago: 1910-1930
View an interview with Cynthia Grant Bowman comparing patterns in domestic violence in the historical cases with patterns in domestic violence cases in contemporary settings.